Call for Authors
Praeger Security International is accepting proposals to publish volumes in the PSI Guides to Terrorists, Insurgents and Armed Groups.
Each volume in this series is meant to be a relatively short but authoritative research study of a particular terrorist group, insurgency, organized criminal network or other armed group.
- The volume should include organizational biographies, 5-6 narrative chapters that provide a concise overview of the origins, ideology, growth, activities, etc. of your chosen group.
* NOTE: Chapter 1 should provide basic facts about the group, and address key questions the reader will need to know: When was the group founded, by whom, and where are their primary bases of support and operations? How are they organized, led, etc.? What are the primary sources of their weapons, finances, other kinds of logistics support? What are the main pillars of their ideology, and have these changed over time? Where are their primary recruitment bases? Do they control territory? Providing these and other basic facts about the group will be necessary before leading the reader through your narrative in subsequent chapters.
- Envisioned as works aimed at a broad audience (not specifically specialists in their respective fields), these volumes will chronicle the rise and (in many cases, but not all) the demise of terrorist organizations, insurgencies, and armed groups from around the globe, while addressing issues of international security, transnational threats, and regional concerns specific to each entity.
- Beyond the narrative chapters, each work must include content specific appendices, to include maps, glossary, brief biographical sketches of leaders, prominent organizational members and a timeline of key organizational events (establishment of, key events such as hijackings, bombings, taking/releasing hostages, etc.). When possible, original documents that illustrate organizational philosophies, organizational responses to international actions, or national policies directed toward the organizations would be a welcome inclusion in any appendix.
- Overall, your volume should provide a general readership with everything they need to know about a particular terrorist group, insurgency or other armed group
* NOTE: The works in this series are not limited to single authorship, and when appropriate, can be co-authored
Recent works in the series include:
Current Works in ProgressAuthors are currently writing volumes for the series about the following groups:
- 17 November Revolutionary Organization - Joanne Lekea
- Irish Republican Army - James Dingley
- Khmer Rouge - Boraden Nhem
Please click here for an Example of a PSI book proposal
Your proposal should include the following elements:
I: The Basic Facts
1. Complete name and street address of each co-author or co-editor. Include phone, fax, and email.
2. Name of Organization or Group that your book will focus on, and working title if you have one
For ideas on groups, please see the following web pages:
Terrorist Organization Profiles (TOPS), courtesy of START (U. Maryland)
Terrorist Groups, courtesy of the National Counterterrorism Center
Organized Criminal Networks, courtesy of the FBI
3. Length: Our ideal is 70,000 - 90,000 words.
4. Proposed delivery date. This should not be longer than 18 months after contract at the latest. We will aim to publish 6-9 months after determining that the manuscript received is acceptable. This determination process may include peer review and subsequent revision by the author. Also, if significant portions of the manuscript have already been written, please indicate this in your proposal.
II: About the Book
Please click here for an example
III: About the Author
7. CV or resume. (Please submit your CV as a separate document, a Word attachment to an email, not embedded in the middle of the proposal.)
8. Author's citizenship.
Please send your proposal, as well as any requests for information or clarification, to PSI@teachingterror.net.
For information about the series editor, please visit James Forest's website