Historical Research

Cover image for Vol. 90 Issue 247

Edited By: Professor Lawrence Goldman

Online ISSN: 1468-2281

Author Guidelines

Historical Research has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

  • Quick and easy submission
  • Administration centralised and reduced
  • Significant decrease in peer review times

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/historicalresearch. Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online, please contact Julie Spraggon in the Editorial Office by e-mail (Julie.Spraggon@sas.ac.uk).

The article should be accompanied by a concise summary (in not more than 100 words) of its scope, method of investigation and sources, conclusions reached and the contribution it makes to knowledge of the subject. Articles should normally not exceed 14,000 words, including footnotes.

General guidelines:

  • Capitalization: Historical Research favours lower case whenever possible.

  • Numbers up to 100 are written out in full except in the footnotes.

  • Dates in the text should be given in the form 20 September 1985. In the footnotes, the months are given in the form Jan., Feb., March, Apr., May, June, July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec. In text: thirteen-eighties, thirteenth century. In footnotes: 1380s, 13th century.

  • Quotations are given within single quotes. Longer ones of more than three lines are printed as a separate paragraph without quotes. In quotations from printed works, punctuation and spelling should be exactly as in the original. Quotations in French and Latin are not translated.

  • Documents to be printed should have the exact reference, underlined, as the heading. Permission should be obtained for publication and acknowledgement made if necessary. Standard abbreviations should be extended and capitalization modernized but the spelling of the original should be preserved. If it seems desirable to add a minimum of punctuation to make the meaning clear, a footnote to this effect should be added.  

  • Footnotes should be double spaced, on a new sheet at the end of the article. They should be numbered consecutively throughout the article. Cross-references should be avoided if possible.

  • References: the first citations of a work should include the following details: for books, author's name (normally initials and surname), the full title, number of volumes, place of publication (if other than London) and date of the whole work, volume and page reference; for articles, the author and the title, journal, volume number and year, and page reference. When giving page references p. is used for books but not for journal articles.

  • Editors' names come after the title.

  • Title case is used for references to books, but article and dissertation titles should be in lower case.

  • Subsequent citations may use a short reference. (author's name where only one work is cited, author's name and short title where more than one work is cited). Ibid., Idem and Op. cit. are not used.
    e.g.: J. Wylie, The Reign of Henry V (2 vols., Cambridge, 1914-29), i. 440. Later: Wylie, ii. 100. 
    Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George III
    , ed. R. Grenville, Duke of Buckingham and Chandos (4 vols., 1853-5), iii. 454. Later: Court and Cabinets of George III , iv. 369.
    J. C. Holt, 'Politics and property in early medieval England', Past and Present, lvii (1972), 3-52. Later: Holt, p. 49.

  • Parliamentary Papers should be cited by title, followed (in brackets) by the abbreviation Parl. Papers, the date of the session, the paper number (in round brackets) or the Command Paper number (in square brackets), and the volume number (in lower case Roman numerals). Command numbers should be prefixed as follows: 1833-1869 - no prefix; 1870-99 - C.; 1900-18 - Cd.; 1919-56 - Cmd.; 1956-86- Cmnd.; from 1986 - Cm. It is assumed that references are to House of Commons papers; where Lords papers are cited use the abbreviation Parl. Papers (H.L.).

    e.g. Report of the Royal Commission on the Coal Trade (Parl. Papers 1871 [C. 435], xviii), p. 123.

    Subsequent references use a short title, e.g. Royal Commission on the Coal Trade, p. 123.

  • Manuscript references include the location of documents, description and folio. N.B. v (not superior) is used for verso. e.g. British Library, Additional MS. 47573 fo. 26. Later: Brit. Libr., Add. MS. 47573 fo. 22v. The National Archives of the U.K., E 315/263 fos. 3, 4, 10v. Later: T.N.A., E 315/263 fo. 5.

  • Online references should include URL and the date accessed as in the following examples:

    See <http://www.movinghere.org.uk/> [accessed 28 June 2006].

    For further information and images, see <http://www.wellsnevada.com/metropolisbrochure.pdf> [accessed 22 Apr. 2010].

    See the websites for the ‘Voices of the powerless’ series <http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/voices/> [accessed 28 June 2006] and ‘In our time’ <http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/inourtime> [accessed 28 June 2006].

  • Online articles should be cited as follows:

    K. Loughlin and V. Berridge, ‘Whatever happened to health education? Mapping the Grey literature collection inherited by NICE’, Social History of Medicine (2008), doi: 0.1093/shm/hkn059.

  • We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

  • No alterations can be made at the proof stage, apart from correcting printers' errors.

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 Adobe web site. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and/or 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. Remarks should be sent to the executive editor preferably by e-mail or fax. Proofs must be returned to the executive editor by airmail within seven days of receipt.

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If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs.

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Pre-submission English-Language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscripts professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at wileyeditingservices.com/en. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.