The Journal of Military Operations, a new peer-reviewed academic journal, has just published its first issue. It is available online at https://www.tjomo.com/. You have to register, but it is free. Its editor, Dr Jim Storr, states on the Birmingham “On War” blog that it aims to fill a gap for a journal “which focuses on how armed forces do, and should, fight wars.”
This is a very promising venture, which fills a gap in the market and is free. Judging by the membership of the Editorial Advisory Panel, it should be a high quality publication:
It is produced by the IJ Group, which was founded by A. E Stahl. It already publishes the Infinity Journal, which describes itself as being
an online, peer-reviewed “journalzine” concerned with strategy as the product of consciously linking ends, ways, and means. We are interested in strategy at any level—from grand strategy to campaign strategy—and as regards any dimension—from nuclear weapons to cyber-power. We are as concerned with the theory as much as the practice of strategy, whether across cultures, across history, or as a way ahead.
You do have to register separately for the two journals, but doing so is quick.
Following on from my recent post about my own PhD, I’ve been looking at the British Library’s Electronic Theses Online service (EThOS). It lists over 250,000 British PhD theses. Many can be freely downloaded as PDFs, and hard copies of others can be purchased. It claims thatthey will digitise a thesis not currently available for download on request in 30 days. However, when I requested one I was told after the 30 days that it was not available. Some people restrict access for a while as they fear that free availability of their thesis will hurt their chances of getting it published. I was told in a university seminar on copyright was that this was not the case because of the extent that a thesis has to be changed in order to make it publishable, but some of the other students present were clearly not convinced.
The number of hits for some military history keywords are given below. The first number is the total of theses and the second is the number available for download. There will be a fair degree of double-counting and some are cultural history or engineering theses, but there are still many military history theses available:
Air Force 108/64
Published military historians whose theses are available for download include Gary Sheffield, Gerard Oram, Ross Anderson, Matthew Hughes, Annika Mombauer, Nicholas Lloyd, David Kenyon, Bryn Hammond, John Buckley, Gerard de Groot, Saul David, Charles Esdaile and David Zabecki. When searching for a particular author note that sometimes the first name(s) are given in full, but sometimes only initials are stated, especially for older theses or Oxbridge ones. Also, authors may use a diminutive of their first name on the cover of their books, but theses normally quote their full name.
Click on the link below to go to the British Library EThOS homepage: