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JMCT is the leading peer-reviewed journal in the field of conflict management, negotiation, mediation, and facilitation within the military environment. The mission of JMCT is to foster an intellectual platform in which scholars, students, researchers, and subject matter experts can contribute original content that enhances the discipline.
The views and opinions expressed or implied in JMCT are those of the authors and should not be construed as carrying the official sanction of the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, Air Education and Training Command, Air University, or other agencies or departments of the US government.
The Journal of Military Conflict Transformation (JMCT) is the leading peer-reviewed journal in the field of conflict management, negotiation, mediation, and facilitation within the military environment. The mission of JMCT is to foster an intellectual platform in which scholars, students, researchers, and subject matter experts can contribute original content that enhances the theory, training and education, and the overall discipline.
The information on this page is meant to serve as a reference guide for submitting materials to JMCT, which welcomes articles (3,000-5,000 words), film reviews (750-1,500 words), and book reviews (500-1,000 words). Some issues of JMCT are centered around particular themes within the field, but articles are accepted on a continual basis. For a copy of the author's release form CLICK HERE.
Individuals interested in publishing may submit materials via email to email@example.com. All submissions must be unclassified, non-sensitive, and releasable to the public. Content must be original, not previously published, and represent substantive new content or perspectives. Additional submission requirements can be found in the following: JMCT Submission Guidelines and Quick Reference Guide.
Your film commentary should be 750-1500 words. For the purposes of the journal, your commentary will not need to appraise the quality of the acting of the characters. Your focus is on how the film or a portion of it could add to the negotiation student’s learning experience. Below are some guidelines for writing your film commentary.
1. Watch the film at least twice. You have watched a movie and believe there are at least parts of it that would apply to learning about Conflict Transformation, Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation. You now need to view the film again, but this time, take notes! While you are watching the film with a critical eye toward negotiations write down your thoughts and reactions. Do you see an opportunity for a case study, or to reinforce a learning objective?
2. Express your opinions and support your criticism. For the JMCT, it doesn’t matter if the movie was an academy award winner or a low-grade movie. Did the actors successfully portray some aspect of conflict transformation, negotiation, mediation, or facilitation? Your opinions are an important aspect of your review but be sure to back up your thoughts with specifics.
3. Consider your audience. More than likely, your audience will be students and instructors of conflict transformation, negotiation, mediation, and facilitation. Keep your audience in mind as you decide what elements of the movie to highlight. Some movies that are based on real-life events can enrich understanding and provide an example for problem-solving. Still, fiction can also provide the same types of elements that can increase learning and serve as a platform for discussion in a classroom.
4. Be descriptive. The point of a film review is to encourage people to view a movie. In this case, you are sharing a learning tool. Be sure to describe how you feel the film can contribute to teaching others about the art of negotiation and how you would use the film in your classroom. You will want to WRITING A FILM COMMENTARY FOR THE JMCT provide a description of the characters involved in the film and describe the portion of the film that is relevant to the learning opportunity.
5. Highlights, surprises, and credits. You will need to give the readers some idea of the plot of the film to understand your position for using it as a learning tool. Still, you may not want to spoil the outcome for the reader just in case they have not yet watched the film. Use your voice and make sure your review will grab the attention of readers. Do give credit to the work, including the director.
JMCT accepts reviews of books that have been published on topics closely related to conflict management, negotiation, mediation, and facilitation. Before beginning your review, please submit the book title and author to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.
As the reviewer, you are encouraged to assess the book's strengths and weaknesses as it applies to the military context. In addition, we ask that you include recommendations and conclusions. Please refrain from using in-text citations.
AU-1 Style and Author Guide
METCAT Papers were established by The Air Force Negotiation Center to serve as a repository for innovative and progressive manuscripts concerning themes within Military Education and Training in Conflict Analysis and Transformation (METCAT).
The views and opinions expressed or implied in METCAT are those of the authors and should not be construed as carrying the official sanction of the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, Air Education and Training Command, Air University, or other agencies or departments of the US government.
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