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Finding military journals

  • 1.  Finding military journals

    Posted 11-01-2020 13:19


    I hope that someone can assist me in finding the below information.

    I'm working on a project where we want to include military journals or articles authored by military academics. These might come out of some of the DOD academic settings like USU, NDU, Army War College, etc. or even any IDAs. Our topic crosses engineering, biomedicine, and ethics.

    I wasn't sure where to start to even look for this type of thing. Would those types of journals appear in a database like Scopus? Or would they be in DTIC? Or not indexed anywhere? Is there a list of the different DOD academic centers/universities or journals?

    If anyone has any suggestions on how to go about figuring this out, I'd be most appreciative. If you could let me know by Thursday November 5 that would be most appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Alicia Livinski

    Alicia Livinski
    Informationist/Biomedical Librarian
    US National Institutes of Health

  • 2.  RE: Finding military journals

    Posted 11-02-2020 10:28
    Good morning,

    I hope you are well.

    I. List of military journals

    The following website has a number of U.S. military academic presses listed. Those presses often have links to the peer-reviewed journals they produce available via their websites.

    II. Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals (AULIMP)

    You could try AULIMP at

    AULIMP is a subject index to significant articles, news items, book reviews and editorials from 63 English language military and aeronautical periodicals. It has had two titles in its history:

    • Air University Periodical Index, 1949-1962
    • Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals, 1962/63-present

    A comprehensive list of all journals covered by AULIMP since 1949 is available as the Historical Index of AULIMP titles -

    I hope this information is helpful.


    Travis Ferrell
    DMIL Past Chair

    Travis Ferrell, MA, MLIS
    Military Libraries Division Past Chair

  • 3.  RE: Finding military journals

    Posted 11-02-2020 11:44
    Besides what Travis posted, many of the S&T articles by DOD researchers are indexed in DTIC, Web of Science, and others.  Unfortunately, you need to know the individual organization the scientist work at.  Each of the Services have a number of different labs.

    Gloria Miller
    US Army Futures Command

  • 4.  RE: Finding military journals

    Posted 11-03-2020 13:53
    The suggestions in the other emails are good.   In addition:

    DTIC does receive journal articles from some military authors, and DoD-funded authors, and are trying to obtain more in line with the Federal public access initiative.   We also have Technical Reports, which are often considered gray literature, and may be of use to this effort.   The search capabilities are better on the DTIC registered site, which you can access as a government employee, but then you would also come up with materials that are for example Government only or Government and Contractor only, which may or may not be useful, depending on your project.  The public search uses Google search.

    ​For materials not sent to DTIC, PubMed Central is a good source for biomedical information which is co-sponsored by another Federal agency, or for those materials whose publishers send their entire journal output to PMC.    If you just want materials by military personnel, you normally can't separate that from those authored by civilian employees of DoD organizations.    But you can try a high recall search by querying on the topic then in PMC "affiliation" field, search for (ARMY OR NAVY OR "AIR FORCE" OR NAVAL OR DEFENSE) and then take out the false drops from for example Japanese Navy and Chinese AF and Agricultural Defense.   If you also want items funded by DoD then also use the "Acknowledgements" field.

    Web of Science/Scopus/Dimensions cover a broader subject area than PMC, but I'm not familiar with how to search on affiliation/performing organization, vs funder.    I assume you'd have to do something similar to what you do for PMC.

    And course once one knows of a military author who publishes in that subject area, one can go to Web of Science/Scopus/Dimensions or even Google Scholar to find their other work.

    If you have questions on the above, feel free to email me.

    Roberta Schoen (
    S&T Programs and Policy
    US Department of Defense/Defense Technical Information Center
    Federal Librarian
    Military Librarian

  • 5.  RE: Finding military journals

    Posted 11-02-2020 18:11
    There are commercial journals like Military Medicine, too. I would combine what they said with affiliation searches in WoS and Scopus. (hopefully WoS no longer abbreviates US Army as USA :)  )

    Christina PikasJohns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

  • 6.  RE: Finding military journals

    Posted 11-04-2020 07:19

    Thank you very much everyone who replied to my question. I really appreciate the suggestions of places to look for these types of journals.

    I also appreciate the suggestions on how to search for military affiliations using the affiliation field in many of the databases. I've done that for NIH and HHS before, but not for DOD so appreciate the suggested terms and tips.

    If anyone thinks of something else, please do send along to me.

    Thank you again!

    Alicia Livinski

    Alicia Livinski
    Informationist/Biomedical Librarian
    US National Institutes of Health