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Contact the Editorial Office

Address manuscripts, editorial correspondence, books for review, and all other business correspondence, including requests for reprint permission, to:

Journal of Social History
George Mason University
4400 University Drive MSN 3A2
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

To email us with a question, contact Susan Woodruff.

Brief Submission Guidelines

We prefer that authors preparing manuscripts for consideration style their articles according to the strictures in chapter two of A Manual of Style of Authors (University of Chicago Press). However, this is not a requirement in the submission stage, but will be if we choose to publish. In particular:

1. Except for quotations, manuscripts must be in English.

2. Doublespaced endnotes must be grouped together on pages separate from the manuscript and must be complete references modeled after the samples in chapter 15 of the Manual of Style (see above).

Example of note style for book:

• Timothy W. Guinnane, The Vanishing Irish: Households, Migration, and the Rural Economy in Ireland, 1850-1914 (Princeton, 1997).

Please note that this style does not note the publisher name.

Example for note style of journal:

• C. Horace Hamilton, "The Annual Rate of Departure of Rural Youths from Their Parental Homes," Rural Sociology 1 (1936): 164-179.

4. We do not have any length requirements, although our articles tend to be 20-30 pages. A submission will not be rejected on the basis of length. If we are interested in your submission we will ask for revisions in terms of length as well as content.

Submission of Manuscripts

All material to be considered for publication in the Journal of Social History should be submitted in electronic form via the journal's online submission system. Full instructions for online submission can be found here or via the online submission site. If for exceptional reasons you are unable to submit your manuscript via the online submission system, please contact the editorial office.

Please ensure that all authors read and understand the submission instructions and fully answer all questions in the online form. Contact the Editor with any queries.

License to Publish

It is a condition of publication in the journal that authors grant an exclusive license to Oxford University Press. Requests for permission to reprint material found in the journal should come to Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also 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 licence 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.

Journal of Social History authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. 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.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in the Journal of Social History can use the following Creative Commons licence for their articles:
•Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

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

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 open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1050/ $1700 / €1400
Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £525 / $850 / €700
Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page 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.

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.


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