2021 CSJ Call for Abstracts on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce

Prospective authors must participate in a Paper Development Workshop prior to their abstract being reviewed. For more information, see the Call for Abstracts link above

Submission Types

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

  • CSJ Articles support replication, validation, and generalization of practice, research, and instructional methods and results. Due to the depth of analysis required, an article will typically be between 7,500 and 15,000 words. Abstracts for CSJ Articles have a structured format discussed in the author guidelines. At least the first three sections of the structured abstract form must be completed with your registration of an abstract submitted for review by the CSJ editorial staff. Selected abstracts will receive a double-blind review by a panel of up to ten peers. Once accepted, further development of the abstract and associated paper will be guided and mentored by the peer reviewers.
  • CSJ Notes explore uncharted territory, rather than seeking to confirm or disconfirm the results of prior literature as is done in an article. CSJ Notes inspire conceptualizing, applying, investigating, or experimenting with nascent ideas. A note will propose or review new or emerging domains, principles, techniques, or tools. Accordingly, a CSJ Note is much shorter than an article, typically between 1,000 and 2,500 words. The note is, in effect, an extended abstract that could be subsequently developed into an article for a future issue of CSJ.
  • CSJ Dialogues capture a discussion among stakeholders about dilemmas or previously insurmountable challenges to cybersecurity skill assessment, development, recruitment, or evaluation. CSJ Dialogues may be edited recordings of a focus group session, interviews with subject matter experts, or conversations between tor more practitioners, scholars, or educators exploring the goals, success factors (objectives), and effective practices for successful mitigation or resolution of problems or taking full advantage of opportunities facing the cybersecurity community. A dialogue abstract will include a problem definition, an initial list of open-ended questions, and brief bios of individuals who will be (or were) conversing about the issue(s) to be the prime focus of the dialogue.

Call for Peer Reviewers

Article authors, exceptional peer reviewers, and editorial team members become Fellows of the Cybersecurity Skills Journal and are eligible for recognition awards and fellowships:

  • CSJ Associate editorship is awarded to thought leaders based on established publication record or accomplishments
  • CSJ Fellow Reviewer awards recognize high quality and/or quantity of insightful and constructive reviews
  • CSJ Research Impact awards recognize highly cited and influential articles
  • CSJ Practice Impact awards recognize the application of published digital assets


The Cybersecurity Skills Journal (CSJ) is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal published by the National CyberWatch Center Digital Press. The goal of CSJ is to stimulate professional discussion and advance the interdisciplinary field of cybersecurity through the publication of scholarly works of value and interest to the profession. CSJ seeks to integrate and expand the methods, processes, and evidence of effective practices which underlie skilled performance. CSJ focuses on valued, measured results; considers the larger system context of people’s performance; and provides valid and reliable measures of effectiveness.

Editorial Board

Laurin Buchanan, CISSP, Managing Editor
Principal Investigator
Secure Decisions

David H. Tobey, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief
Assistant Professor of Management
Indiana University South Bend

Robin A. Gandhi, Ph.D., Associate Editor
Associate Professor, Cybersecurity
University of Nebraska Omaha

Christopher Mansour, Ph.D., Assistant Editor
Mercyhurst University

Terrance R. Campbell
Assistant Editor
YOUR Center
Tennessee State University

Casey W. O’Brien
Advisory Board
Assistant Director, Cyber Defense Education and Training
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Filipo Sharevski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
DePaul University

Eman El-Sheikh, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Cybersecurity
Professor, Computer Science
University of West Florida

Elizabeth K. Hawthorne, Ph.D., CISSP
Senior Professor Emeritus, Computer Science, Union County College
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science/Cybersecurity, Rider University