Guidelines for Submission

Aims and Scope

The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology (JDMS) is a quarterly refereed archival journal devoted to advancing the practice, science, and art of modeling and simulation as it relates to the military and defense. The primary focus of the journal is to document, in a rigorous manner, technical lessons derived from practical experience. The journal will also publish work related to the advancement of defense systems modeling and simulation technology, methodology, and theory. The journal will cover all areas of the military/defense mission, maintaining a focus on the practical side of systems simulation vice pure theoretical applications.

The journal seeks contributions that provide in-depth descriptions of applications of modeling and simulation to defense systems and developments of new simulation-based military technologies. Methodologies and theories that demonstrate achieved, or potential, significant improvements in defense modeling and simulation practice are also welcome. Submissions will be judged for their contribution to the development of a robust and reliable knowledge base for application of validated modeling and simulation principles to defense systems. Comprehensive review and tutorial papers that explicate topics in modeling and simulation that fall within the journal aims and scope are welcome and will be reviewed both for technical quality as well as understandability to the general reader. The journal will be of prime interest to developers, researchers, educators, and managers who are interested in lessons learned from the experiences and conclusions documented in the articles.

Further Definitions:

Applications includes (but is not limited to): warfighting, training, test and evaluation, command and control, decision support, aerospace, peacekeeping, non-traditional missions, special operations, and homeland security.

Methodology includes (but is not limited to): simulation design techniques, scenario construction, and federation construction process.

Technology includes (but is not limited to): simulation techniques, synthetic natural environment modeling, multi-resolution techniques, time management techniques, and High Level Architecture.

Author: if your proposed article does not fall under the JDMS aims and scope, please consider submitting to our sister journal, Simulation: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International

Review Process

All manuscripts submitted for publication will be critically reviewed for their relevance to journal objectives, technical quality, significance, and readability.

Special Issues

Proposals for special issues should be accompanied by the curriculum(a) vitae of the proposed guest editor(s) and will be reviewed for their relevance to the journal objectives, significance, topicality, and balance.

Sole Publication Policy and the Review Process

Papers submitted for publication must be original. Manuscripts are accepted for review on the strict understanding that the same work is not pending publication, or under review, by another periodical journal; that it will not appear subsequently in another periodical journal without the permission of The Society; and that its submission for publication is approved by all of its authors and by the institution where the work was performed. The editors of JDMS notify their referees in advance that by accepting a manuscript for review, they also accept an obligation to maintain confidentiality of the manuscript’s contents; this obligation ends only when the manuscript becomes lawfully available to them through another channel without an obligation of confidentiality.


Language and Length

All manuscripts must be submitted in English. There is no restriction on the length of submitted manuscripts. However, the length of papers should ideally be between 10 and 20 pages.  All papers must be formatted in single column, 12-pt type, portrait layout for 8.5in. x 11in. paper (i.e. US Letter-size paper).  Please be sure all tables & figures in your papers are clear & readable.  Authors should note that publication of lengthy papers might be delayed, as the length of the paper acts as a disincentive to the reviewer to undertake the review process.

Single Page Description

In order to facilitate the finding of appropriate referees for the manuscript, full-length papers should be accompanied by a separate single-page description. This description should answer the following question:


The references should be grouped in a section at the end of the text and should be numbered. They should include: surname and initials (use et al. in cases where the number of authors is greater than three); full title of paper; journal title; volume and number; inclusive page numbers; year of publication. If in doubt, authors should always write the journal title in full. References to a book should include: author’s surname, followed by initials; year of publication; title of book; editors (if any); volume number/edition (if any); inclusive page numbers; place of publication and name of publisher.


Authors are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the manuscript (whether original or revised) before final submission. One set of proofs is sent to the corresponding author before publication; any changes and approvals should be returned promptly. The publishers reserve the right to charge for any changes made at the printer’s proof stage (other than printer’s errors), since the insertion or deletion of a single word may necessitate the resetting of whole paragraphs.


One complete copy of the journal and 25 reprints of the article are sent free of charge to the corresponding author of each contribution. Extra copies can be ordered at prices shown on the reprint order form, which is sent with the proofs.

Copyright Assignment

The owner of the copyright in the Contribution must complete the Copyright Assignment form.

Online Submission Process

Once the paper meets the submission requirements listed above, the paper may be uploaded to the JDMS Online Manuscript Submission System. To enter the site, create an account and log in. To upload the paper, follow the displayed instructions. Notification of successful submission will be sent. Once a paper has been submitted it can no longer be edited.

If no notification is received or if further assistance is required, please contact:
Vicki M. Pate
Managing Editor
Society for Modeling and Simulation International

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