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New for 2010 – Please note that the journal now encourages authors to complete their copyright license to publish form online


American Literary History welcomes essays concerned with the idea and development of a national literature; the social, economic, and political aims of American literature; literary change, the definition of genres, and periodicity; gender studies, canon formation, and ethnic and native American issues; the reading process, reception, and the institution of American criticism; interdisciplinary approaches; and the linguistic, hermeneutical, and metacritical inquiries that American literary study raises. The journal also welcomes articles from other disciplines that help interpret problems in American criticism. Contributions may exceed standard length. Each year the summer issue is devoted to a single topic selected by the editors.


It is a condition of publication in the journal that authors grant an exclusive license to Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. As part of the license agreement, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication and Oxford University Press as the publisher.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright license to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


In order to reproduce any third party material, including figures or tables, in an article authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder and be compliant with any requirements the copyright holder may have pertaining to this reuse.

When seeking to reproduce any kind of third party material authors should request the following:

(i) non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the specified article and journal;
(ii) electronic rights, preferably for use in any form or medium;
(iii) the right to use the material for the life of the work; and
(iv) world-wide English-language rights.

Further guidelines on clearing permissions can be found at:

Authors should also include a statement indicating that permission has been obtained in the relevant legend/footnote and provide the Editorial Office with copies of any relevant paperwork.

A template permissions request letter can be found at the end of the above document.


American Literary History authors have the option, at an additional charge, to make their paper freely available online immediately upon publication, under the Oxford Open initiative. After your manuscript is accepted, as part of the mandatory license form required of all corresponding authors, you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay to have your paper made freely available immediately. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Authors may use the following Creative Commons licenses:
•Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives license (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licenses.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The applicable open access charges vary according to which Creative Commons license you select. The open access charges are as follows.

Charges for CC BY-NC-ND:
•Regular charge: £1800/ $3200 / €2750
•Reduced Rate Developing country charge*: £900/ $1600 / €1375
•Free Developing country charge *: £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.


Manuscripts should be typewritten with wide margins on 8.5 x 11-inch bond paper. All material should be double-spaced including notes, references, extracts, poetry, and figure legends. Do not divide words at the ends of lines. Each section of the manuscript should begin on a separate page. The title page should include the author's address and telephone number, as well as fax number and e-mail address if available. If a prospective author wishes to remain anonymous to readers, please submit the title page separately from the essay itself. Assemble the sections in the following order:

  • title page
  • text
  • notes
  • works cited
  • figure legends

Acknowledgments should appear as the first (unnumbered) note. In general the journal follows the recommendations of the MLA Style Manual. For specific instructions on style contact the editorial office at the address below.

Articles for publication may be submitted through the ScholarOneManuscripts website. Click here for instructions on how to submit.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


The journal encourages the submission of suitable illustrations. Prepare your figures at print publication quality resolution, using applications capable of generating high-resolution .tif files (600 d.p.i. for line drawings and 300 d.p.i. for color and halftone artwork). The printing process requires your figures to be in this format if your paper is accepted for publication. For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to Please also prepare a second version of your figures at low-resolution for use in the review process; these versions of the figures can be saved in .jpg, .gif, .tif, or .eps format. Your figures will need to be in final format, with all cropping already done. For more information regarding figure requirements and preparation, please go to

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint extracts and reproduce illustrations. The permissions forms should be supplied with the final manuscript. All necessary credits and acknowledgments should be included in the figure legends.


All copies of books to be considered for review should be submitted to the editor:

Gordon Hutner

Department of English
Rm. 208 English Building
University of Illinois
608 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801-3668


Professor Gordon Hutner

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