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RESOLVE Editorial Guidelines: Policy Notes

>> 1   What is a Policy Note?

RESOLVE Network Policy Notes distill insights and findings from research and the author’s own experience and expertise into short, brief memos for policymakers and practitioners. The purpose of Policy Notes is to translate research findings from academia into easily understandable recommendations for P/CVE policy and practice. Policy Notes include a Sources section and a “Suggested Further Reading, by topic” section (an additional list of recommended readings for topics addressed in the Note itself). For more information on RESOLVE Research Products and Policy Notes, see RESOLVE’s editorial guidelines.


>> 2   Outline and Guidance

Policy Notes should be no more than 5,000 words and follow the following outline/format:

The following guidelines should be used in preparing the RESOLVE Network Policy Note, which is not to exceed 2,000 words (not including the Sources and “Suggested Further Reading, by topic” List). All citations/sources must be formatted in Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Notes-Bibliography Style:


  • Provide background information on the topic including:
    • Why this topic is important
    • What work/research has been done on the subject to date


  • Why is this important to policymakers and practitioners?
  • How have policymakers and practitioners approached/dealt with this topic to date?
    • Cite examples of interventions
    • Where have those interventions gone wrong/done well & where can they be improved?

RECOMMENDATIONS (Approx. 1,000-2,500 words total)

  • Transition to providing recommendations based off insights and research/literature (where applicable and available) in short subsections following the format below:
    • Subheading (Recommendation 1)

Short Paragraph (250 words)

    • Subheading (Recommendation 2)

Short Paragraph (Approx. 250 words)

    • Subheading (Recommendation 3)

Short Paragraph (Approx. 250 words)

    • Subheading (Recommendation 4)

Short Paragraph (Approx. 250 words)

CONCLUSION (Optional - 250 words total)

  • Sum up findings and recommendations
  • Note further gaps and considerations that need to be addressed by researchers, policymakers, and practitioners if not already addressed in the previous sections


  • For those interested in learning more or delving into the topic in more depth, provide any additional recommended sources/works based on key topics brought up within your policy note. For example:


On Socialization/Radicalization Processes

Horgan, John, Max Taylor, Mia Bloom, and Charlie Winter. “From Cubs to Lions: A Six Stage Model of Child Socialization into the Islamic State.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 40, no. 7 (2016): 645-664.

Hegghammer, Thomas. “The Rise of Muslim Foreign Fighters.” International Security 35, no. 3 (Winter 2010/11): 53-94.

On Women and Radicalization

Bakker, Edwin, and Seran de Leede. “European Female Jihadists in Syria: Exploring an Under-Researched Topic.” International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 2 (2015).

Hoyle, Carolyn, Alexandra Bradford, and Ross Frenett. “Becoming Mulan? Female Western Migrants to ISIS.” Institute for Strategic Dialogue (2015).

On Deradicalizations Processes and Theory

Altier, Mary Beth, Christian Thoroughgood, and John Horgan. “Turning Away from Terrorism: Lessons from Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology.” Journal of Peace Research 51, no. 5 (2014): 647- 661.

On Previously Implemented Deradicalization and Reintegration Models

Boucek, Christopher. “Saudi Arabia’s ‘Soft’ Counterterrorism Strategy: Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Aftercare.” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2008).


  • List all sources/works specifically cited in the Policy Note using the Chicago Manual of Style – 17th Edition Notes-Bibliography style).


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