Journal of Historical Sociology

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Edited By: Derek Sayer and Yoke-Sum Wong

Impact Factor: 0.196

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 42/72 (History); 71/82 (Anthropology); 127/138 (Sociology)

Online ISSN: 1467-6443

Author Guidelines

  • The Journal of Historical Sociology was founded in 1988 on the conviction that historical and social studies have a common subject-matter. We welcome articles that contribute to the historically-grounded understanding of social and cultural phenomena, whatever their disciplinary provenance or theoretical standpoint. We are open as to topic, period, and place, and seek to be as international as possible in both the content and the authorship of articles. Alongside articles, we carry occasional essays on 'Schools and Scholars' and of 'Review and Commentary', and shorter pieces in our 'Issues and Agendas' section which are deliberately designed to provoke.A typical JHS article will contain little by way of extended literature review (which we are prone to edit out), will say something substantial and new about its empirical subject-matter, will be aware of the theoretical implications of its topic without turning into an abstruse discussion of pure theory, and will be of interest to readers beyond a specialist geographical or disciplinary audience.

  • Electronic submission All submissions should be made by e-mail to contributions should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 100 words, and a brief (up to five lines) biographical note including institutional affiliation.

  • Length Since we work within an annual page-budget, we enforce restrictions on length. Articles should normally be no longer than 10,000 words or 35 double-spaces standard north American letter-size pages (8.5' x 11'); review essays or 'Issues and Agendas' pieces no more than 6,000 words. Longer submissions will be considered on their merits, but their chances of acceptance are much less.

  • Refereeing Submissions are first read by responsible editors, and may be rejected without further review. Those we wish to consider further will then be sent to external referees. We aim to give authors a decision within four months, though we cannot guarantee always to do so. That decision may be a conditional or unconditional acceptance, a rejection, or an invitation to revise and resubmit. We will only invite resubmission if we envisage eventually carrying the paper providing appropriate changes are made. We will indicate to authors what changes we would like to see. Resubmitted papers are not sent out for a second round of external reviews.

  • Referencing There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

    Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

  • Accepted papers Once a paper has been accepted for publication, you must provide us with a final text that strictly conforms to the following guidelines. Papers that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to authors for correction. Length. Unless we have explicitly agreed otherwise, all contributions must fall within the length limits set out above. We reserve the right to edit accepted papers down to these lengths.     Style. Please avoid undue jargon. Either U.S. or U.K. spellings or punctuation conventions may be used, as long as they are consistent within an article. Unnecessary capitalization or italicization should be avoided. Any standard citation system may be used, providing, again, that it is consistent within an article (although authors should italicize the titles of books or journals rather than underline them).     Manuscript preparation. Manuscripts should be typed double-space throughout, INCLUDING all quotations, notes, and references. Our preferred fonts are Courier 10-point or Times Roman 12-point, and the same size font must be used throughout, once again INCLUDING all quotations, notes and references. Quotations of less than five lines in length should be run into the body of the text within quotation marks; longer quotations should be typed full out as a separate paragraph within quotation marks, and the whole paragraph clearly indented. Footnotes are not acceptable. Any notes should be ENDNOTES, numbered sequentially throughout the text and grouped together on separate sheets after the body of the text.      Disk preparation. Final submissions along with the abstract and biographical note are required on CD-ROM or, with the agreement of the responsible editors, may be sent as an electronic attachment. We prefer PC-formatted CDs and text saved as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect files. If you are unable to meet these specifications, let us know well in advance (especially if you are a Mac user). Please disable the separator line for endnotes (found in most Microsoft Word applications) and remove any footers or headers. We prefer page numbers centered on the bottom of the page. Authors based in Europe or elsewhere are requested, if possible, to save their final version on 8.5' x 11' paper (standard other American letter size).CD-ROMs should always be accompanied by two hard-copy printouts of your text.
  • OnlineOpen OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

  • Production You will be sent a copy-edited manuscript of your paper in advance of publication. This is your last chance to request changes without incurring costs. Proofs: The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following web site: This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately. All proofs must be corrected and returned within 5 days, so please allow for this time when you are advised that your article is being typeset.

  • Author ServicesNEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Blackwell’s Author Services.Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit  for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

  • Copyright Transfer Agreement  Authors will be required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the CTA is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. (US Federal Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned). After submission, authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances (please see the form for further details). To assist authors an appropriate form will be supplied by the editorial office. Alternatively, authors may like to download a copy of the form.