I am both flattered and puzzled by talk of a professional wargame journal. Flattered, because as a wargamer since age 12, my hobby has been deemed worthy of a professional journal.
But I’m also puzzled. A professional journal must necessarily mean that wargaming is a profession. That is, a vocation with specialized training as well as accepted standards of who belongs to the profession. Thus we see professional journals for doctors and engineers, which require academic credentials as well as licensing. But we don’t see professional journals for writers, which is more of a craft than a profession, and a craft which any idiot can join (the author of this post being a prime example).
So if we have a peer-reviewed professional journal, who is qualified to do the reviewing? Who is not? Does one need to have designed defense simulations, or will hobby wargames do? Does Operations Research count? What about writers who flunked math and break out in hives at the thought of statistics?
This will be particularly interesting given the origins of this journal in Connections, which brought defense professionals into contact with hobby wargamer designers, almost all of whom have to work day jobs other than wargaming. Applying the word “professional” will require elastic and creative definitions.