Manuscript Submission Guidelines
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists welcomes submissions on nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences. The Bulletin selects articles that will contribute to public discussion and help shape the global security agenda.
1. Peer review policy
The Bulletin operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. It should be noted that not all manuscripts are peer reviewed, and this decision is left to the discretion of the editorial staff. For those manuscripts that are peer reviewed, each is reviewed by at least two referees. These manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within (e.g.) 4-6 weeks of submission.
The Bulletin publishes original research, essays, review articles, and book reviews on issues related to nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, biosecurity, and climate change. The editorial approach of the Bulletin is unique, as it takes the best in thought from authors around the world and ultimately presents articles that are written in accessible language for a lay audience. Because of this approach, the Bulletin is known for its editing process. Editors encourage new writers to the Bulletin to familiarize themselves with the tone and content of the publication before pitching an idea or submitting an unsolicited manuscript. Manuscripts should not exceed 4,000 words.
The Bulletin prefers that authors query the Editor via email with an outline of a proposed article, along with a 25-word synopsis of what the article will reveal, prove, or illuminate about the respective topic. The editorial staff will respond within 2-3 weeks to manuscript pitches, and within 4-6 weeks to manuscript submissions.
1. Essays. The essays that are featured in the Bulletin are research-based commentary, preferably on a currently relevant issue, targeting either the research community, the political agenda, or both. The emphasis is on policy recommendations, but the article should be based on a succinct and balanced summary of existing research on the issue. These manuscripts should not exceed 4,000 words.
2. Letters to the Editors. Readers' letters should address issues raised by published articles or should report significant new findings that merit rapid dissemination. The decision to publish is made by the Editors, in order to ensure a timely appearance in print. All letters must not exceed 400 words. If the letter is in direct response to a previously published manuscript, the Bulletin might ask the original author to provide a response; the Bulletin will not print further dialogue. All letters must be printed with the name of the author. All letters must be sent via e-mail to the Editor, and contain a contact phone number so that the Bulletin can verify the author’s identity.
3. Book Reviews. A list of up-to-date books for review is available from the Bulletin’s Editor. The Bulletin welcomes and encourages pitches for book reviews. Reviews should not exceed 1,500 words.
4. Global Forum. The Bulletin publishes the Global Forum column, which presents questions to top thinkers, experts, policy makers, and opinion makers who live and work around the world. Each writer will have up to 2,000 words in which to explore a response to one of today’s pressing questions. The Bulletin selectively invites participants. However, we always welcome those who would like to be considered to contribute; please send the Editor a brief biography of yourself, and no more than 1-3 published writings. The Bulletin also welcomes suggestions for future questions; please send these to the Editor with “Global Forum Nomination” in the subject line.
3. How to submit your manuscript
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Manuscripts and pitches should be submitted to the Editor by e-mail:
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreements are to be returned to:
Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. The Bulletin does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.
We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in the Bulletin with SAGE.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows: