As part if ICCT’s mission, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism publishes PerspectivesPolicy Briefs, and Research Papers by leading scholars and practitioners working in Counter-Terrorism, through the ICCT Journal. To ensure maximum impact and a timely publication process, all authors are requested to follow the style guidelines and checklists as described on this page.


Manuscripts published through the ICCT Journal should embody and help further the Centre’s core aim of contributing to effective counter-terrorism policy and practice through a focus on prevention and the rule of law. While policy-relevance is a key priority at ICCT, the Centre is dedicated to impartiality and does not support or advocate any one particular approach to dealing with terrorism and extremism. Objectivity, accuracy, policy relevance, and empirically-supported research are guiding principles for all ICCT Journal output, and contributors are expected to adhere to these accordingly.

The ICCT Journal’s Research Papers, Policy Briefs and Perspectives are published on a rolling basis. The Journal seeks to provide a unique platform for scholars and professionals working towards understanding, preventing, and responding to terrorism and violent extremism.

The ICCT Journal’s publications differ from one another in several respects. Authors are asked to consider these carefully when deciding how to structure and format their manuscripts.

We welcome unique insights from a broad range of authors, including early-career scholars. In addition to academics in the fields of terrorism studies, security, and political science—and counter-terrorism and P/CVE practitioners—we encourage and invite submissions from experts outside these fields who hold unique insights. This may include, among others, anthropologists, psychologists, archaeologists, philosophers, journalists, environmental scientists, theologians, arms experts, geographers, and more. We are especially interested in experts who bring non-Western or non-Eurocentric perspectives and experiences.
Authors submitting materials for publication should adhere to the ICCT Style Guidelines 2021.

The guidelines provide additional information about style, language, formats and references. Please note that authors run the risk of their manuscript being sent back to them if one or more of these criteria are not met.

Note: authors are not required to pay an article processing charge (APC).
The ICCT Journal asks all authors to observe high standards with respect to publication ethics, taking into account the following points in particular.

  • The editors will not consider manuscripts under simultaneous submission elsewhere or material that has already been published.
  • All material must be original. In addition to observing the usual cautions against plagiarism, authors must avoid repeating material from their own previous work, a practice sometimes called “self-plagiarism.”
  • Any potential conflict of interest must be made clear to the editors at the point of submission. This includes any financial interests or connections related to the work, potential bias in the manuscript’s findings that reflect an author’s commercial, academic, or governmental affiliations. If the manuscript is published, relevant conflict of interest information will be included in a statement in the paper.
For more information, see the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website. and the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.
ICCT Journal publications are published in open access format and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License , which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

By submitting their manuscripts to the ICCT Journal, authors agree and accept that their work will be subject to the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License.
To submit an abstract, a full manuscript, or to discuss publishing in any of our formats, please contact the Editorial Team at editor@icct.nl.

As a standard practice, we accept submissions from experts in their relevant fields with proven experience and knowledge through prior published work, or otherwise established expertise. We also welcome submissions from PhD graduates or academics further along in their career.

In order to maintain a standardised and high quality of work and ensure a smooth review process, the ICCT Journal kindly asks prospective authors to use the following checklists as guidance when preparing your submission to the ICCT Journal. Please check, fill in and attach the appropriate checklist with your submission.

ICCT adheres to a double-blind peer-review process. Research papers will be evaluated by two reviewers with expertise in the subject matter of the manuscript. Policy Briefs will be evaluated by one reviewer. Perspectives are reviewed internally by the editors. The editors will make every effort to notify authors of the decision within:

  • Eight weeks of receipt of Research Papers;
  • Six weeks of receipt of Policy Briefs;
  • One of two weeks for Perspectives. Particularly timely perspectives covering topic of the day can be reviewed and published within 48hrs, but authors must explicitly state this in the submission process.
*All timelines indicated above are subject to the availability of relevant reviewers.

ICCT reserves the right to reject any submission without elucidation. Manuscripts that are accepted on condition of revision may be subject to a second review after revisions are received.