Air University (AU) Press, Air University at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, publishes scholarly books, journals, faculty research, student papers selected by AU schools, and the Air University Catalog and other administrative documents for AU. Airpower scholars and students use our publications throughout the world.
AU Press seeks manuscripts from both military and civilian writers on such topics as
• air, space, and cyber power doctrine and strategy;
• the nature and future of air, space, and cyber power’s role in warfare and peace;
• the history of air, space, and cyber power;
• case studies of the employment of air, space, and cyber power at all levels of conflict;
• international relations, regional security studies, and strategic issues;
• the Space Force; and
• biographies and leadership studies of air, space, and cyber power personalities, pioneers, units, theorists, leaders, and commanders.
Authors may submit manuscripts on these topics to the AU Publication Review Board for consideration. See the submission instructions in this guide.
AU Press publishes several series of research papers: Maxwell Papers from the Air War College, Wright Flyers from the Air Command and Staff College, Walker Papers from the Air Force Fellows Program, and Drew Papers—theses by students at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS).
AU Press also produces four professional journals. The Air and Space Power Journal (ASPJ) is the professional flagship journal of the Air Force. Strategic Studies Quarterly (SSQ) serves as a forum to exchange strategic-level ideas about national and international security policy and defense strategy. The final two journals, Journal of the Americas and The Air Force Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, focus on regional specific topics concerning airpower. For specific submission instructions, see the journals’ respective websites: Air & Space Power Journal, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Journal of the Americas, or Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs.
For more information about our publications currently in print, please see our list of recent publications: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AUPress/Articles/. All of our publications, including many no longer in print, are available in electronic formats from our website. DOD personnel may obtain copies of books in print by visiting our bookstore in the front lobby of the AU Library, located at 600 Chennault Circle on Maxwell AFB, calling us at 334-953-2773 e-mailing us at AirUniversityPress@au.af.edu. Selected publications are also available from the US Government Printing Office.
Air University Press does not pay for the manuscripts it publishes. In some cases, however, sponsoring agencies may commission manuscripts for publication by AU Press. If appropriate, payment is negotiated between an author and the sponsoring agency. If you are a government employee who has written a manuscript as part of your job; has used government time, equipment, supplies, or facilities to do so; or has composed a study based on knowledge gained through official duties, then government laws and regulations prohibit you from accepting payment for your work.
If you are a government employee who writes a manuscript as part of your job, you cannot own the copyright to that manuscript. By law, no copyright exists, and the manuscript is in the public domain. If you are not a government employee and AU Press publishes your manuscript, you retain the copyright. However, the publishing agreement you will sign with AU Press gives the Air Force unlimited rights to publish and distribute your manuscript in print and electronically. As the copyright owner, you may also give the manuscript to a commercial publisher, but your agreement with that publisher cannot restrict the Air Force's rights to publish and distribute your manuscript. For additional details, see the AU Press publishing agreement in the "Essential Forms" section.
As a rule, AU Press does not process or publish classified material. If you believe that your project merits an exception to this rule, please notify us as early in the development process as possible.
Before submitting a manuscript to AU Press, make sure it contains no classified or sensitive information (e.g., inspector general reports or other documents marked “Controlled Unclassified Information", Social Security numbers,PII, etc.). Do not cite classified information or the titles of classified documents (whether in the text, notes, bibliography, etc.). Do not include information of a personal nature (e.g., mentioning the name of your spouse and/or children, your place of birth, etc., in the acknowledgments or a biographical sketch).
AU Press publications must undergo security clearance and policy review to ensure that they contain no classified and sensitive information and do not misrepresent current Air Force policy. Normally, the public affairs (PA) office here at Maxwell completes the review, but DOD-affiliated authors may have their manuscript cleared by their local PA office. If you do so, please provide us with the clearance/case number assigned by that office.
A number of variables affect our publication process (see the figure below). These include the manuscript’s length and quality, your availability to work with the editor, the workload and priorities of the press team assigned to your project, and the number of manuscripts already in AU Press’s production queue. The following schedule shows typical production times once the editing process begins:
• Book 8 to 12 months
• Drew Paper 4 to 5 months
• Wright Flyer Paper 3 to 4 months
• Walker Paper 3 to 4 months
If AU Press decides to publish your manuscript, we will notify you to submit the final files according to the instructions in the following section. Once we have received your final files and confirmed that they meet our submission specifications, we will put your manuscript in our production queue and send a publishing agreement as outlined in appendix A of the Air University Style and Author Guide for you to read, sign, and return to us. This document specifies, among other things, the obligations of both you and the Air Force as they pertain to the publication of your work.
An editor will contact you when your manuscript is assigned to him or her. Most AU Press production teams include a project editor, copy editor, quality reviewer, illustrator, and typesetter. The illustrator will prepare your figures for printing and develop a cover design. The editors will edit the manuscript according to the Air University Style and Author Guide and the Chicago Manual of Style. You will then review those edits and work with the project editor to resolve all editorial issues. This is your last opportunity to make changes to your manuscript. After this stage, we will correct only errors of fact, grammar, spelling, or typography.
Figure. General work flow
The manuscript will then undergo a quality review and be typeset. Once the manuscript is typeset, the project editor will thoroughly proofread the typeset page proofs. You will receive a PDF of the page proofs for review. Normally you will have only a short time to review the page proofs and submit corrections of fact, grammar, spelling, or typography. After all corrections have been made, the manuscript will be prepared for printing (subject to budgetary constraints). We usually receive hard copies of a book four to six weeks after the files are submitted to the printer.
All manuscripts must comply with the Air University Style and Author Guide, which is based on the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. If you are interested in publishing a manuscript through AU Press, please read this section carefully. We cannot accept manuscripts that are not submitted according to the procedures described here.
Submitting a Manuscript to the Publication Review Board
To have a manuscript considered by the AU Publication Review Board, please email an electronic copy of the document—preferably as a Microsoft Word attachment— to the Air University Press Director. Also, include a brief note that identifies your potential audience, describes your project’s value to the Air Force, and tells us about your background and expertise.
Submitting an Accepted Manuscript for Publication
If we accept your manuscript for publication, we will ask you to assemble all of your manuscript materials for final submission. All files should be submitted electronically on two CDs—one for text files and one for images. (Original images may be submitted by mail.) Please submit the following items, which are discussed in detail below.
Formatting Your Manuscript
Formatting and Submitting Tables and Illustrations
Seed List for Index
• Use the author checklist in appendix B of AU-1 to compile your submission. Please email all materials to the Air University Press Director. If unable to submit digitally, then send by mail to:
Air University Press Director
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405
Maxwell AFB, Alabama 36112-6010