About ARJ

The Defense Acquisition Research Journal (ARJ) is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal published by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). All submissions receive a blind review to ensure impartial evaluation.

We welcome submissions from anyone involved in the defense acquisition process. Defense acquisition is defined as the conceptualization, initiation, design, development, testing, contracting, production, deployment, logistics support, modification, and disposal of weapons and other systems, supplies, or services needed for a nation’s defense and security, or intended for use to support military missions.

Research involves the creation of new knowledge. This generally requires using material from primary sources, including program documents, policy papers, memoranda, surveys, interviews, etc. Articles are characterized by a systematic inquiry into a subject to discover/revise facts or theories with the possibility of influencing the development of acquisition policy and/or process.

We encourage prospective writers to coauthor, adding depth to manuscripts. It is recommended that a mentor be selected who has been previously published or has expertise in the manuscript’s subject. Authors should be familiar with the style and format of previous Defense ARJs and adhere to the use of endnotes versus footnotes, formatting of reference lists, and the use of designated style guides. It is also the responsibility of the corresponding author to furnish a government agency/employer clearance with each submission.

Call for Authors

We are currently soliciting articles and subject matter experts for the 2013 Defense Acquisition Research Journal (ARJ) print years. Please see our contributors guidelines for submission deadlines. Even if your agency does not require you to publish, consider these career-enhancing possibilities:

  • Share your acquisition research results with the acquisition, technology, and logistics (AT&L) community.
  • Change the way Department of Defense (DoD) does business.
  • Help others avoid pitfalls with lessons learned or best practices from your project or program.
  • Teach others with a step-by-step tutorial on a process or approach.
  • Share new information that your program has uncovered or discovered through the implementation of new initiatives.
  • Condense your graduate project into something beneficial to acquisition professionals.

Enjoy These Benefits

  • Earn 25 continuous learning points for publishing in a refereed journal.
  • Get promoted or rewarded.
  • Become part of a focus group sharing similar interests.
  • Become a nationally recognized expert in your field or speciality.
  • Be asked to speak at a conference or symposium.

We welcome submissions from anyone involved with or interested in the defense acquisition process—the conceptualization, initiation, design, testing, contracting, production, deployment, logistics support, modification, and disposal of weapons and other systems, supplies, or services (including construction) needed by the DoD, or intended for use to support military missions.

If you are interested, contact the Defense ARJ managing editor (DefenseARJ@dau.mil) and provide contact information and a brief description of your article. Please visit the Research Agenda page and the Contributor Guidelines page for more information.