Call for Chapters: Edited Volume on Amphibious Operations

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Call for Papers
February 15, 2022
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Maritime History / Studies, Military History, South Asian History / Studies, Asian History / Studies

Call for Chapters: The Evolving Role of Amphibious Operations in the History of Warfare


B.A. Friedman and Timothy Heck (co-editors)

Marine Corps University Press


The second volume of On Contested Shores: The Evolving Role of Amphibious Operations in the History of Warfare (Marine Corps University Press, 2020) will be an edited volume featuring expert strategic analysis, historical analysis, and commentary on the past, present, and future of amphibious operations across the range of military operations. Building on the success of the first volume, approximately twenty scholars will engage subjects ranging from the history of amphibious operations, doctrinal and national perspectives, and the future of amphibious operations. Each essay will not only shed light on the past but also illuminate critical methods for understanding current and coming conflicts. 


We are actively seeking chapters that address topics related to the DOTMLPF-I (TEPID OIL) needed to conduct or defend against amphibious operations as well as those that address specific warfighting functions. We are also looking for chapters that address emerging or enduring security issues such as climate change, non-state actors, and special operations.

Each contributor will provide commentary or analysis on an amphibious operations topic. Writing must be based on documented and sourced research. Chapters will address how and why this particular event or topic helps us understand amphibious operations today and in the future. We anticipate submissions should be between 3,500-6,000 words with citations and endnotes as necessary. Images are also welcome, including maps and graphics, as are tables. Citations and endnotes should be in the Chicago Manual of Style ‘​Notes and Bibliography​’ format. If possible, maps and images should come from the public domain.


Contributors will come from across the spectrum of those who study conflict and war. We seek inputs from across nations and backgrounds. Despite our background, our intent is not to create a collection of essays by US Marines for US Marines but rather by a wide variety of experts for the use of all in the discussions surrounding amphibious operations. Strategic theorists, policy advisors, diplomats, historians, and ground-level practitioners are invited to submit. We are particularly interested in a diversity of voices and experiences.


Those unable to submit chapters but interested in serving as peer-reviewers, please contact the editors with your availability, interest, and CV.


Submission Instructions: 

Interested applicants should email a 500-word abstract and a one-page CV (per participant) no later than 15 February 2022 to the editors at, and include “OCS 2 Chapter Proposal” in the email subject line. Selected participants will be notified by late-March 2022 and will be asked to submit a full draft by 1 August 2022.  



It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that their chapters are not based in whole or part on classified data or could be compiled with other data to create a potential spillage. Authors are responsible for submitting their work in advance for a proper security review through their respective organizations and ensuring security is not compromised. At the time of submission to the editors, each author will provide documentation from their security officer stating that the submitted work has been reviewed and approved for public release. 


Academic rigor and integrity: 

All chapters will undergo double-blind peer review by at least two subject matter experts. Plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, does not conform to standards for academic rigor or scholarly best practices and all chapters will be submitted to Turnitin.



15 February 2022: Chapter proposals due 

Late March 2022: Chapters selected by editors, authors notified

1 August 2022: Chapters submitted

Fall 2022: Editorial and peer review

Early 2023: Submission to Marine Corps University Press



Timothy Heck

Brett Friedman


Amphibopsbook at gmail dot com


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Timothy Heck

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