Submissions

Essays in History accepts manuscripts in all areas of history. The journal welcomes historical work from authors based in other disciplines.

Manuscripts are to be written in English, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font, with margins of one inch on all sides, and saved as a word document. All citations are to be formatted as endnotes.

We expect that all submissions be original work, not published elsewhere or under consideration for publication elsewhere. We accept submissions in the spring for publication the following winter. Our deadline for submissions for the 2020 issue is March 1, 2020.

Authors should submit their work as e-mail attachments according to the article and book review guidelines specified below.

For further questions, please contact the editors at essays_in_history@virginia.edu

General Information for Authors of Article Submissions:

Article submissions should be sent via e-mail to essays_in_history@virginia.edu, and should include a current C.V. and a 100 word abstract describing the work under consideration.

Manuscripts should be in the range of 5,000-10,000 words with a maximum of 10,000 words total, including endnotes, tables, and charts. Citations should appear as endnotes (numbered consecutively throughout the text) and conform to the citation guidelines set forth in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

Because article submissions proceed through a “double-blind” peer review process, in addition to review by the editorial board, authors should make sure that their name, institutional affiliation, and other contact information does not appear anywhere in the text or filename of the article.

Upon acceptance, authors must provide an image, associated with their article, that will appear on the web publication.

General Information for Authors of Book Review Submissions:

We ask that authors contact the editorial staff prior to their submission in order to determine the monograph to be reviewed. We do not have a set list of titles, so reviewers are free to submit a potential title of their own choice to the editors. Works selected for review are generally monographs published within the last two years (e.g., book reviews published in our 2020 issue are of monographs published no earlier than 2018). Book review inquires should be sent to essays_in_history@virginia.edu along with a copy of the author’s C.V.

Reviews should start with title of the work, followed by a period, then the name(s) of the author(s)/editor(s), followed by the location of the publication, the publisher, and the date of publication, followed by the number of pages of the publication, followed by the format(s) of the publication as well as the price(s).

An example:

Worries of the Heart: Widows, Family, and Community in Kenya. By Kenda Mutongi (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007). Pp. 272.  Cloth, $50.00. Paper, $20.00.

All reviews should end with the reviewer’s name and institutional affiliation.

Reviews should be approximately 700 to 1,200 words in length. Reviews should concentrate on the work at hand and focus on the author’s argument, the evidence used to support it, and how it fits within the historiography of the relevant field(s). Reviewers should ensure that their submission concentrate on the book being reviewed, with references to other works only when necessary.

Quotations from the book under review should be cited parenthetically, with the page number. Citations to outside works, which should be used sparingly, should employ endnotes and standard Chicago format.

General Information for Authors of Historiographical Essay Submissions:

Essays in History also publishes historiographical essays. Submissions should be sent via e-mail to essays_in_history@virginia.edu, and should include a current C.V. and the list of titles reviewed in the essay.

Citations should appear as endnotes (numbered consecutively throughout the text). We adhere to the citation guidelines set forth in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

The editors prefer to work with manuscripts that are between 2,500 and 5,000 words in length, not counting notes, tables, and charts.

Because essay submissions proceed through a “double-blind” peer review process, in addition to review by the editorial board, authors should make sure that their name, institutional affiliation, and other contact information does not appear anywhere in the text or filename of the article.

Upon acceptance, authors must provide an image, associated with their essay, that will appear on the web publication.

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