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About Us 

Air University (AU) Press, Air University at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, publishes scholarly books, journals, faculty research, student papers selected by AU schools, and textbooks, as well as the Air University Catalog and other administrative documents for AU. Our publications are used by airpower scholars and students 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;

• aircraft and weapons systems;

• space applications; and

• biographies of air, space, and cyber power personalities, pioneers, 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: AFRI 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 supports the English, Spanish, Chinese, and Africa-Francophonie editions of Air and Space Power Journal (ASPJ), the professional flagship journal of the Air Force, and Strategic Studies Quarterly (SSQ), a forum for military, government, and academic professionals to exchange strategic-level ideas about national and international security policy and defense strategy. Both ASPJ and SSQ are refereed publications. For submission instructions, see the journals’ respective websites: Air & Space Power Journal and Strategic Studies Quarterly.

For more information about our publications currently in print, please see our catalog, AU-3, Air University Press Publications. 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 at 600 Chennault Circle on Maxwell AFB, calling us at 334-953-2773, or e-mailing us at aupress@us.af.mil. Our publications are also available from the US Government Printing Office.

Payment to Authors

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 a 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 copyright owner, you may also give the manuscript to a commercial publisher, but your agreement with that publisher cannot restrict the rights of the Air Force to publish and distribute your manuscript. For additional details, see the AU Press publishing agreement in the "Essential Forms" section.

Classified and Sensitive Material

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 “For Official Use Only” [FOUO], Social Security numbers, 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 in a biographical sketch).

Security and Policy Review

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.