Voenen zhurnal is the first theoretical military journal in Bulgaria. Its first issue was published in 1888 and it used to be published monthly. Its Editor-in-chief was the Chief of the Armed Forces HQ Maj. Racho Petrov. Voenen zhurnal was published until 1947 with two interruptions: in 1913 and in 1916 – 1919. Ministerial Order № 16 from 27 January 1992 of the Minister of Defence reinstated the title of Voenen zhurnal of the former Voenna misal journal and it was published 6 times a year as the official journal of the Ministry of Defence.

Since 2000 the team of Voenen zhurnal has been part of the editorial board of G. S. Rakovski National Defence College and since 2016 the journal has been published by the Defence College.

The journal’s articles, published four times a year, provide authoritative work on wide range of military science and defence policy topics, as well as important economic, social and various issues related to national security and Bulgarian Armed Forces.


Voenen zhurnal accepts articles up to 20 standard pages (30 lines, 60 characters per line). They are submitted electronically in Word 97-2003 (Document, Times New Roman, Font Size 12) and PDF format, as well as printed in one copy. As an exception, authors can publish two articles in an issue but only if they are a co-author of the second article.

Each article is accompanied by short abstracts and key words both in Bulgarian and English (Font Size 10). The title and the name(s) of the author(s) are also in Bulgarian and English. At the end of the article there should be contact information with author(s) details, and a signed statement that the article does not contain any classified information.

Tables and figures should not be scanned and should be numbered consequently. Numbering of the formulae should be on the right.

Referencing is with Endnotes in accordance with the Bulgarian State Standard ISO 690:2011 and the Academic Bulgarian Language Dictionary from 2012. It is not allowed to refer only to a website. Bibliography in Bulgarian should be transliterated (Cf. Academic Bulgarian Language Dictionary: p. 37).


General overview of the journal’s philosophy of existence

Voenen zhurnal is one of the first scientific journals in Bulgaria. In its long history, more than 100 years of existence, it has always been the leader in the scientific area and an example of correctness and openness to criticism, alternative ideas and innovative approaches. The leading principles are objectivity, impartiality and scientific approach to any topic.

The major intention of the journal is the intention of spreading knowledge and results from the scientific research work, theories, concepts and achievements in education and training in the area of defence and security sector.

The journal is funded and fully supported by ”G. S. Rakovski” National Defence College and it can be used only for scientific and educational purposes. It cannot be used for commercial purposes or advertising whatsoever.

The National Defence College and the editorial board are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. The cornerstones of our policy are – no plagiarism, no fraudulent data, correct citation of sources of information and references, zero tolerance to publishing a research in our journal if it has already been published somewhere else.

Responsibilities of the editorial board

Editorial board is responsible for everything published in the journal. The members of the editorial board are expected to:

Author’s responsibilities

Responsibilities for the reviewers

Dealing with unethical behavior


Prof. Dr. Georgi Karastoyanov
tel. +359 2 92 26529, E-mail: g.karastoyanov@rndc.bg

Dr. Stoyan Nikolov, Assoc. Prof
tel. +359 2 92 26657, E-mail: s.nikolov@rndc.bg
Dr. Nikolay Kanchev
tel. +359 2 92 26672, E-mail: n.kanchev@rndc.bg

Editorial Board
Colonel Dr. Dimitar Tashkov. Assoc. Prof. (Chairman)
Colonel Dr. Atanas Atanasov, Assoc. Prof.
Lt. Colonel Dr. Vladimir Irinkov, Assoc. Prof.
Colonel Dr. Ivan Hristozov, Assoc. Prof.
Captain (NAVY) Dr. Krasimir Kostadinov, Assoc. Prof.
Colonel Dr. Petko Dimov, Assoc. Prof.
Colonel Dr. Rosen Dimitrov, Assoc. Prof.
Colonel Dr. Svetoslav Velev, Assoc. Prof.
Prof. Dr. Lidiya Velkova
Dr. Valentina Georgieva, Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Irina Mindova-Docheva, Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Mila Serafimova, Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Rumen Nikolov, Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Rumiana Kareva, Assoc. Prof.
Prof. Mark Kramer – Harvard University (USA)
Prof. Arne Westad – London School of Economics and Political Science (member of British Academy) (Great Britain)
Prof. Dr. Carol Atkinson – University of Southern California (USА)
Colonel Dr. David Razmadze – David Aghmashenebeli National Defence Academy (Georgia)
Dr. Daniel McDonald – Defence Equal Opportunity Management Institute (USА)
Dr. John Nomikos – Research Institute for European and American Studies (Greece)
Dr. Jovanka Saranovic – Defence Research Institute – Beograd (Serbia)
MG prof. Mihail Ionescu – Institute of Military History and Political Studies of Defence – Bucharest (Romania)


G. S. Rakovski National Defence Academy
82, Evlogi I Hristo Georgievi Blvd.
Sofia 1504, Bulgaria

Chief Editor
Prof. Georgi Karastoyanov, PhD, (02) 92 26529, e-mail: g.karastoyanov@rndc.bg

Managing Editors
Stoyan Nikolov, PhD, (02) 92 26657, e-mail: s.nikolov@rndc.bg
Zoya Krachunova, PhD, (02) 92 26672, e-mail: z.krachunova@rndc.bg