Guide for Authors

Network Security and Computer Fraud & Security are monthly, subscription-only professional journals published by Elsevier and edited by Steve Mansfield-Devine.

We welcome contributions from people who have valuable knowledge to share - including researchers, academics, security practitioners, vendors, integrators, institutes, government departments, trade or technical bodies, consultants, analysts, penetration testers, ethical hackers etc.

We are always interested in articles that deal with trends, issues and technologies – the more detailed or technical the better.

The articles need to deal with very specific subjects – we don't run pure opinion pieces. (And no marketing copy – the copy must be vendor-neutral with no mention of company or products.)

As these journals are read by a wide range of infosec professionals and researchers, contributing presents an opportunity to raise your profile in this sector. All articles are also entered in Elsevier's ScienceDirect online database, used by professionals, researchers and academics as a key research resource and citation source.

Contributors with professional qualifications from bodies such as ISACA and (ISC)2 may also be able to claim CPE credits for their articles.

The articles must not have been published elsewhere (including the web) and we need first use rights.

Academics, students and doctoral candidates please note: Network Security and Computer Fraud & Security are NOT peer-reviewed journals.

Precisely when the article will run depends on space and the mix of articles for each issue (eg, not having two cloud security pieces in the same issue).

We generally ask for a minimum of 2,000 words, but as long as the subject supports it, we can go up to around 4,500 words. We can use shorter pieces, too – the absolute bare minimum is 1,200 words.

It's also really helpful if you can supply illustrations – we prefer diagrams, charts and graphs to photographs.



Send proposals or articles to: smd {at} contrarisk [dot] com

Articles should be in Word format using our template – available in the Contributor's Pack below – with illustrations supplied separately (not embedded in the document) as high-resolution files.

Articles should be accompanied by a short biography (around 75 words) and a colour photograph for each author (minimum resolution 800 pixels per side).

We need exclusivity and full rights for all articles. All contributions require a signed Copyright Agreement.


Sample copies