Learn more about accepted submissions to the journal of record in the field of American history.

The JAH welcomes submissions of articles on all topics related to American history, as well as suggestions for possible historiographical essays, round tables, “Textbooks and Teaching” themes, and online discussions.

The JAH does not accept unsolicited reviews. To be considered as a reviewer for the JAH, please complete our online reviewer data sheet. If you have been invited to review for the JAH or if you would like more information about the JAH’s review methodology, please review the guidelines below for the appropriate item.

Please also read and review the OAH’s policy on Procedures for Addressing Allegations of Misconduct in OAH Publications.

Where to Send Your Manuscript

An electronic version should be submitted in an e-mail attachment sent to [email protected]. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement of print copies has been temporarily suspended.

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. Author names should not appear on the abstract or article.


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.

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 exceed 14,000 words. The JAH rarely publishes regular research articles that are less than 10,000 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. Images (glossy photograph or image of a page from a book or magazine) must be at least 600 dpi with a width of 3600 pixels and height of 4800 pixels. Illustrations (line art, wood craving, or ink drawing) must be at least 1000 dpi with a width of 6000 pixels and a height of 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.