Article Submission Guidelines

Where to Send Your Manuscript

Two paper copies of the manuscript should be sent to:

Journal of American History
1215 E. Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401

An electronic version should be submitted on a cd or dvd, along with the paper copies, or as an e-mail attachment sent to [email protected].

All articles submitted to the Journal of American History must include an abstract. This abstract must be on a separate page from the body of the article and may not be longer than 500 words.


All text, including quotations and footnotes, should be prepared in double-spaced typescript according to The Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press). See the Journal’s style sheet for further details.

The electronic version should be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Rich Text format (RTF).

Because submissions are evaluated anonymously, the author’s name should appear only on the title page. Please provide your full address, including e-mail, in all correspondence.


Manuscripts, including footnotes, must not be less than 10,000 words and must not exceed 14,000 words.


Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, the JAH strongly encourages the author to enhance the article with illustrations. The author will be responsible for providing the illustrations in a form that is suitable for publication, for obtaining permissions, and for paying any permission, use, or processing fees involved with the illustrations. Each illustration must be submitted electronically as a .tiff, .eps, or .jpg.

Images in the .jpg format must be of high quality and resolution. The lowest acceptable resolution for an image (example: a glossy photograph or an image from a book or magazine) is 600 dots per inch (dpi). The lowest acceptable resolution for line art is 1000 dpi. All images must be at least 6 x 8 inches. The following table provides a summary.

Illustration Type Resolution Width Height
Images – glossy photograph or image of a page from a book or magazine 600 dpi 3600 pixels 4800 pixels
Illustrations – line art, wood carving, or ink drawing 1000 dpi 6000 pixels 8000 pixels


A manuscript that has been published or that is currently under consideration for publication elsewhere in either article or book form should not be submitted. The Journal will not consider submissions that duplicate other published works in either wording or substance.


Articles that are accepted become the property of the Organization of American Historians. The oah allows authors the free use of their materials as long as a decent interval elapses between publication in the Journal and subsequent publication.