Journal of Applied Operational Intelligence (JAOI) aims to be a bridge between high-quality peer-reviewed academic research and the intelligence and law enforcement practitioner communities. The journal's focus will be on ‘evidence-based’ research, where conclusions and recommendations are underpinned by qualitative and/or quantitative data.



Chief Editors: Dr Ian Stanier & Dr Jordan Nunan

Issue Theme: Contemporary issues in applied operational intelligence.



The Journal of Applied Operational Intelligence (JAOI) has just been launched by University of Buckingham Press (UBP), aiming to bridge the gap between high-quality peer-reviewed academic research and the practitioner community on contemporary intelligence issues. The journal provides a unique emphasis on applied empirical research that seeks to address how organisations can enhance the day-to-day policies and practices in the intelligence arena. JAOI aims to address the ‘so what?’ question underpinned by academic rigor.


JAOI will be published annually on an open access basis, with no fees for submission, and will be globally distributed. The journal accepts a wide range of methodologies (e.g., quantitative and qualitative), and articles will normally combine rigorous examination of challenges relevant for real-world events with appropriate theoretical analysis and proper appraisal of practical implications. The core readership of the journal will be intelligence practitioners, policy makers, and academics.


A primary focus of the journal is the effective application of operational intelligence across all sectors (e.g., public, private and third sectors) in authentic contexts. It's not intended to offer an exhaustive list, but some examples of topics covered by this journal are the:

  • Use of Human Intelligence (HUMINT), including informants, agents, cooperating offenders, and undercover operatives.
  • Application of techniques that enhance the elicitation of information (e.g., interviewing, debriefing, and interrogations).
  • Intelligence collection and analysis.
  • Methods for effective intelligence sharing.
  • Actioning of Intelligence (e.g., the use of single source information, improving the timeliness of dissemination).
  • Concepts of what works / what does not work in intelligence practice?
  • Applications of intelligence models to practice (e.g., the UK National Intelligence Model).
  • Comparisons of intelligence practice (e.g., local, regional, national, and international).
  • The use of technology to benefit intelligence practices.
  • Effective training methods for intelligence practitioners.


Key Dates:

  • Opening date for submissions: 5th February 2024
  • Closing date for submissions: 31st May 2024
  • Publication date: Winter 2024


Author Guidelines:

Please see About the Journal | Journal of Applied Operational Intelligence ( for more detail about each submission type.


Word Count Guide:

Research articles - 4,000-6,000 words

Student features - 1,500-2,000 words.

Commentaries - 1,500-2,000 words.

Book reviews – 1,000 Words.


To submit work:

Please submit your articles via UBP’s journal platform at: Submissions | Journal of Applied Operational Intelligence ( Note that if submitting for the first time, you will first have to create a user account and can then submit using the link above. Through your account you will be able to view the status of your articles as well as interact with the editorial team, answer any questions, and submit requested revisions.