Essays in History accepts manuscripts in all areas of History. The journal also 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 in Microsoft Word format.

We expect that all submissions be original work, not published elsewhere or under consideration for publication elsewhere. We accept submissions only in the spring, for publication in the following winter. Our deadline for submissions for the 2018 issue is May 2nd, 2018.

Authors should submit their work as e-mail attachments according to the article and book review guidelines specified below. Authors who prefer to submit manuscripts by post should contact the editorial staff first.

General Information for Authors of Article Submissions:

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

Citations should appear as footnotes (numbered consecutively throughout the text). We adhere to the citation guidelines set forth in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed.

The editors prefer to work with manuscripts that are between 5,000 and 9,000 words in length (approximately 20 to 35 pages), not counting notes, tables, and charts.

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.

For further questions, please contact the editors at

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 one year prior to the given journal issue (e.g., book reviews published in our 2016 issue are of monographs published no earlier than 2015). Book review inquires should be sent to 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 submissions 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 a footnote and standard Chicago format.

Essays in History also publishes historiographical essays. These reviews typically examine two or more recent books on a particular historical topic. If you are interested in writing a historiographical review, please contact the editors directly.

For all questions, please contact the editors at

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