Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

2014 Impact Factor: 0.690
2014 Ranking: 45/85 in International Relations | 26/41 in Social Issues
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

John Mecklin Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, USA

eISSN: 19383282| ISSN: 00963402|Current volume: 71|Current issue: 6 Frequency: Bi-monthly
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is no longer published by SAGE. Some archive content (volumes 55-71) will remain available via SAGE indefinitely. For further information and access to content published from 2016 onwards (volumes 72 and above) please visit http://www.tandfonline.com/.

"The Bulletin has a strong reputation for good information, particularly among reporters, producers, think-tanks, academia, congressional and executive branch officials." Robert Alvarez, Institute for Policy Studies and former senior advisor at the Department of Energy

"The Bulletin is one of the best tools I have to teach my students about pressing contemporary issues and the complexities of the nuclear age. It is an invaluable and necessary resource." W. Patrick McCray, University of California

This journal is a must-read for:

  • Nuclear weapons nonproliferation negotiators
  • Physicists, environmental scientists, and biomedical experts
  • Public policy officials and staff members
  • National legislators
  • NGO leaders
  • Diplomatic and military representatives
  • Journalists
  • Energy executives
  • Technology entrepreneurs
  • National laboratory officials
  • Involved and well-informed citizens
  • Educators and historians

Topics covered include:

  • Treaty negotiations on nuclear weapons and security
  • Fissile materials management
  • Nuclear waste disposal
  • The future of nuclear power
  • Nuclear terrorism
  • Energy alternatives
  • Security implications of climate change
  • Biological threats
  • Nanotechnology risk management
  • Citizen engagement in public policymaking
  • Mobilizing public action on global security issues
  • Historical perspectives on nuclear weapons development

Governing Board
Lee Francis Internist and CEO, Erie Family Health Center
Austin Hirsh Partner, Reed Smith
George Poste Co-Director and Chief Scientists, Complex Adaptive Systems
Mark Ratner Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University
William Revelle Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University
Lew Wats Retired CEO of PFC Energy
Science and Security Board
Lynn Eden Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, USA
Rod Ewing University of Michigan
Sivan Kartha Stockholm Environment Institute, Tufts University
Lawrence Krauss Director, Origins Initiative, Arizona State University
Leon Lederman Director Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Raymond Pierrehumbert Professor in Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
Ramamurti "Doug" Rajaraman Emeritus Professor of Physics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Robert Rosner Professor, Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics, University of Chicago
Jennifer Sims Chicago Council, USA
Richard C.J. Sommerville Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California
Sharon Squassoni Director, Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International studies
David Titley Retired Rear Admiral, US Navy
Elizabeth Wilson Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Executive Director & Publisher
Board of Sponsors
David Baltimore Nobel Laureate in Medicine, 1975
Paul Berg Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1980
Nicolaas Bloembergen Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1981
James Cronin Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1980
Jayantha Dhanapala Former United Nations Under-Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs
Freeman Dyson National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction, 1984
Sam Edwards Professor Emeritus for Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University
Manfred Eigen Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1967
Jerome Friedman Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1990
Sheldon L. Glashow Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1979
Marvin L. Goldberger President Emeritus, California Institute of Technology
Brian Greene Professor of Mathematics and Physics and Joint Director of the Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astrophysics, Columbia University
Stephen Hawking Author and Director of Research. Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
Dudley Herschbach Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1986
Howard Hiatt Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Roald Hoffmann Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1981
Pervez Hoodbhoy Professor of Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University
Masatoshi Koshiba Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2002
Lawrence Krauss Director, Origins Initiative, Arizona State University
Reimar Lust Former President, Max Planck Society
Shirley Malcom Head, Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Ben Mottelson Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1975
William J. Perry Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
John C. Polanyi Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1986
Victor Rabinowitch Former Senior Vice President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Lisa Randall Professor of Physics, Harvard University
Martin Rees President, The Royal Society
Richard Roberts Utah State University
Roald Sagdeev Professor of Physics, University of Maryland
Kosta Tsipis Former Director, Program in Science and Technology for International Security, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Frank von Hippel Co-Director, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Steven Weinberg Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1979
Frank Wilczek Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2004
Past Sponsors
Ruth Adams (1923-2005) Editor, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Samuel Allison (1900-1965) Director, Enrico Fermi Institute for Nuclear Studies, University of Chicago
Edoardo Amaldi (1908-1989) Secretary-General, CERN Laboratory
Robert Bacher (1905-2004) Chair, Division of Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, California Institute of Technology
Hans Bethe (1906-2005) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1967
Detlev W. Bronk (1897-1975) President, National Academy of Sciences
Owen Chamberlain (1920-2006) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1959
S. Chandrasekhar (1910-1995) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1983
Georges Charpak (1924-2010) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1992
Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) Author and Screenwriter
A. H. Compton (1892-1962) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1927
E. U. Condon (1902-1974) President, American Physical Society
Farrington Daniels (1889-1972) President, American Chemical Society
Carl Djerassi (1923-2015) Recipient of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology
Paul Doty (1920-2011) Founder and Director Emeritus, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
Lee A. DuBridge (1901-1994) Director, Radiation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1921
Val Fitch (1923-2015) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1980
Brian Flowers (1924-2010) Physicist and Fellow, Imperial College
James Franck (1883-1964) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1925
Donald Glaser (1927-2013) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1960
Bentley Glass (1906-2005) Academic Vice President, State University of New York, Stony Brook
S. A. Goudsmit (1902-1978) Senior Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Gerhard Herzberg (1904-1999) Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1971
Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1964
T. R. Hogness (1894-1976) Director, Institute of Radiobiology and Biophysics, University of Chicago
Alfred Kastler (1902-1984) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1966
Henry Kendall (1926-1999) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1990
Ryogo Kubo (1920-1995) Recipient of the Boltzmann Medal, 1977
F. W. Loomis (1889-1976) Associate Head, Radiation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Philip M. Morse (1903-1985) State University of New York, Fredonia
Marcos Moshinsky (1921-2009) Former Chair, Mexican Physics Society
Nevill Mott (1905-1996) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1977
H. J. Muller (1890-1967) Nobel Laureate in Medicine, 1946
Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) Director, Manhattan Project
W. K. H. Panofsky (1919-2007) Director Emeritus, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Linus Pauling (1901-1994) Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1954
G. B. Pegram (1876-1958) Vice President, School of Mines, Engineering and Chemistry, Columbia University
Rudolf Peierls (1907-1995) Scientist, Manhattan Project
Gerald Piel (1915-2004) President, American Association for the Advancement of Science
I. I. Rabi (1898-1988) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1944
Leonard Rieser (1922-1998) Chairman, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Joseph Rotblat (1908-2005) Nobel Laureate in Peace, 1995
Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989) Nobel Laureate in Peace, 1975
Oscar Sala (1922-2010) Former Head, Department of Nuclear Physics, University of Sao Paulo
Abdus Salam (1926-1996) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 19878
Julian Schwinger (1918-1994) Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1965
Frederick Seitz (1911-2008) President Emeritus, Rockefeller University
John Simpson (1916-2000) Founder, Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research, University of Chicago
Cyril Smith (1903-1992) Manhattan Project scientist
Leo Szilard (1898-1964) Physics and Co-Founder of the Council for a Livable World
Edward Teller (1908-2003) Member, General Advisory Committee, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Toshiyuki Toyoda (1920-2009) Professor Emeritus of Physics, Nagoya University
Harold Urey (1893-1981) Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
C. F. von Weizsäcker (1912-2007) Former Director, Max Planck Institute of Physics
V. F. Weisskopf (1908-2002) Co-founder, Federation of Atomic Scientists
Jerome Wiesner (1915-1994) Special Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, 1961-1964
Robert Wilson (1914-2000) Nobel Laureate in Physicsm, 1978
Sewall Wright (1889-1988) Recipient of the National Medal of Science, 1966
J. R. Zacharias (1905-1986) Professor and Head of the Transmitter Components Division of the Radiation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Journal Citation Reports Social Sciences
  • Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 SAGE production
    11. Further information

    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists welcomes submissions on nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences. The Bulletin selects articles that will contribute to public discussion and help shape the global security agenda.


    1. Peer review policy

    The Bulletin operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. It should be noted that not all manuscripts are peer reviewed, and this decision is left to the discretion of the editorial staff. For those manuscripts that are peer reviewed, each is reviewed by at least two referees. These manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within (e.g.) 4-6 weeks of submission.

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    2. Article types

    The Bulletin publishes original research, essays, review articles, and book reviews on issues related to nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, biosecurity, and climate change. The editorial approach of the Bulletin is unique, as it takes the best in thought from authors around the world and ultimately presents articles that are written in accessible language for a lay audience. Because of this approach, the Bulletin is known for its editing process. Editors encourage new writers to the Bulletin to familiarize themselves with the tone and content of the publication before pitching an idea or submitting an unsolicited manuscript. Manuscripts should not exceed 4,000 words.

    The Bulletin prefers that authors query the Editor via email with an outline of a proposed article, along with a 25-word synopsis of what the article will reveal, prove, or illuminate about the respective topic. The editorial staff will respond within 2-3 weeks to manuscript pitches, and within 4-6 weeks to manuscript submissions.

    Additional notes:

    1. Essays. The essays that are featured in the Bulletin are research-based commentary, preferably on a currently relevant issue, targeting either the research community, the political agenda, or both. The emphasis is on policy recommendations, but the article should be based on a succinct and balanced summary of existing research on the issue. These manuscripts should not exceed 4,000 words.

    2. Letters to the Editors. Readers' letters should address issues raised by published articles or should report significant new findings that merit rapid dissemination. The decision to publish is made by the Editors, in order to ensure a timely appearance in print. All letters must not exceed 400 words. If the letter is in direct response to a previously published manuscript, the Bulletin might ask the original author to provide a response; the Bulletin will not print further dialogue. All letters must be printed with the name of the author. All letters must be sent via e-mail to the Editor, and contain a contact phone number so that the Bulletin can verify the author’s identity.

    3. Book Reviews. A list of up-to-date books for review is available from the Bulletin’s Editor. The Bulletin welcomes and encourages pitches for book reviews. Reviews should not exceed 1,500 words.

    4. Global Forum. The Bulletin publishes the Global Forum column, which presents questions to top thinkers, experts, policy makers, and opinion makers who live and work around the world. Each writer will have up to 2,000 words in which to explore a response to one of today’s pressing questions. The Bulletin selectively invites participants. However, we always welcome those who would like to be considered to contribute; please send the Editor a brief biography of yourself, and no more than 1-3 published writings. The Bulletin also welcomes suggestions for future questions; please send these to the Editor with “Global Forum Nomination” in the subject line.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Manuscripts and pitches should be submitted to the Editor by e-mail:
    John Mecklin
    Email: jmecklin@thebulletin.org

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    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement  

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright.  Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreements are to be returned to:
    Lisa McCabe, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 77 W Washington St, Suite 2120, Chicago, IL 60602, USA. (Fax: +001 312-364-9715)

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests   

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. The Bulletin does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), the Bulletin additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

    This work was supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration in the Energy Department [grant number xxx].

    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

    This work was supported by the Ploughshares Fund [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Nuclear Threat Initiative [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

    This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

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    8. Permissions
    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC and RTF. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    The Bulletin conforms to its own style guide. Click here to review the Bulletin’s style guidelines.

    9.3 Reference Style

    The Bulletin adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. EndNote supports SAGE Harvard – download the output file by following this link.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address, and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures, and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subject to editorial approval and, in some cases, to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/submission.sp for further information.

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    10. After acceptance

    10.1 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting  and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in the Bulletin with SAGE. 

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    John Mecklin
    E-mail: jmecklin@thebulletin.org

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