Focus and Scope

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) is an independent think-and-do tank based in The Hague that focuses on the rule of law, prevention and risk assessment — three vital pillars of effective counter-terrorism policy and practice. ICCT provides multidisciplinary policy advice and practical, solution-oriented implementation support on these core themes and the broad range of topics they cover.

As part of that mission, the Centre publishes Research Papers, Policy Briefs and Perspectives by leading scholars and practitioners in the field. To ensure maximum impact and a timely publication process, all authors are requested to follow the guidelines described below. Manuscripts published with ICCT 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. Secondly, 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 output, and contributors are expected to adhere to these accordingly.

ICCT’s Research Papers, Policy Briefs and Perspectives are published on a rolling basis. Both outlets seek to provide a unique platform for both established and upcoming scholars, academics, and professionals working to develop insights, policies, and best practices relevant for understanding, preventing, and responding to terrorism and violent extremism. Contributors are especially encouraged to:

  • Write with both academics and policy makers/practitioners in mind as potential end-users of the insights or data presented;
  • Combine theoretical and conceptual work with empirical insights, particularly those derived from primary sources;
  • Use the journal as a forum for debate and commentary on contemporary terrorism and violent extremism as seen from a variety of perspectives and analytical approaches.

ICCT’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.

  • Research Papers are 8,000 – 10,000 words in length and must be based on original and rigorous academic research. Their primary purpose is to contribute to the state of the art on key themes related to understanding, countering or preventing (involvement in) terrorism.
  • Policy Briefs are considerably shorter at 4,000 to 5,000 words, and serve a different principal audience; namely, counter-terrorism policy makers and practitioners. To do so effectively, the Briefs should aim to make a limited number of clearly argued points and they must stress the relevance of the findings being discussed to the professional reader.
  • Perspectives are no more than 3,000 words in length. These short-form articles allow for timely responses to new developments and current affairs. Perspectives should be written with the aim of conveying research findings to a broader audience.

Style Guide

Authors submitting materials for publication should adhere to the ICCT Style Guidelines 2021Please 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).


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 counterterrorism and PVE 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.

To submit an abstract, a full manuscript, or to discuss publishing in any of our formats, please contact the Editorial Team at

We are especially interested in experts who bring non-Western or non-Eurocentric perspectives and experiences.

Creative Commons

ICCT 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 ICCT, authors agree and accept that their work will be subject to the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License.

Instructions for Reviewers

Reviewers are asked to comment on the argument, methodology, and structure of the manuscripts provided to them. Comments should usually be limited to one page and please keep in mind that these will be passed on the author(s). If relevant, reviewers are asked to write comments to the editor in a clearly-labelled separate section. Please advise the editor whether the paper should be a) accepted as is, b) accepted with minor revisions, c) revised and resubmitted to the journal or d) rejected.

Publication Ethics

The ICCT asks all authors to observe high standards with respect to publication ethics, taking into account the following points in particular. For more information, see the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website.

  • 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.