Information & Culture: A Journal of History welcomes submissions of research articles. Authors may submit a complete manuscript or may contact the editor with a proposal. You are encouraged to consult the journal’s home page, which gives an overview of the material published in Information & Culture.
Prospective authors should familiarize themselves with the broad topics covered by the journal (found on the about page) as well as the submission requirements and the peer review process. We expect authors to submit completed articles following all guidelines below. Papers that do not follow these guidelines will not be accepted for review. Please note, we do not accept papers that are currently under consideration for publication with another journal.
- Interpretive. Good history is about interpretation. Each article must have a historical thesis that is bolstered by an appropriate line of argument and credible evidence that is appropriately cited. Papers are expected to follow the methods of high-quality academic historical scholarship. Articles that are merely descriptive will not be accepted for publication.
- Information History. All articles must be primarily historical in nature and primarily about information. If the relevance of information to the manuscript theme is not immediately clear, the author should add text as necessary to clarify the relationship, and to place the submission in a larger body of scholarship.
- Language. Should be written in Standard English. Word choice should be precise and syntax should be clear. Articles written in a language other than grammatically correct English at a high academic level will not be considered.
- Manuscript. Articles should typically range from 6,000-10,000 words. Longer articles will be considered in the context of whether the topic and treatment merits the extra length, and whether the journal has the space. Shorter articles may also be considered under certain circumstances.
- Abstract. The article’s abstract should be no longer than 100 words and should be independent from the body of the article. Care should be taken to craft a clear and compelling abstract. Authors should bear in mind that the abstract is the first thing that the reader and any potential reviewers will see.
- Keywords. Authors are encouraged to provide three to five keywords that capture the manuscript’s salient points. Keywords should be listed on a separate line on the title page.
- Reviewers. Authors should submit, along with the manuscript, the names of at least two potential reviewers with expertise in the topic.
- Endnotes. All citations should be provided as endnotes. Endnotes should be placed in a Notes section following the body of the manuscript. For a sentence with citations, there should be only one callout for all references cited within that sentence, and with few exceptions, that callout should be placed at the end of the sentence. Endnotes must be formatted electronically in MS Word and conform to “Humanities Style” in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Notes should include all bibliographic information required by that style.
- Acknowledgments. Acknowledgments are not required, but when included, should appear at the beginning of the Notes as an unnumbered endnote
- Cover Sheet. Include a seperate page with article title, author name, mailing address, phone number, fax number, email address, and a 50-word biographical statement. For blind review purposes, do not include personal or institutional information on any page of the manuscript itself, including the abstract.
- MS Word document in Times New Roman 12-point font
- Text should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition
- All text should be one and a half spaced, including headings, long quotations, endnotes, and captions
- One-inch margins on all sides
- Page numbers in the upper right margin
- All copy aligned left; do not justify
- Paragraphs indented five spaces (0.25”) with a single tab
- An extra line of space should be inserted above and below extracts, subheads, and figure/table/image callouts, but not between paragraphs
- One space only after each period at the end of a sentence
- Include first name and/or initial(s) of all persons when referred to in the manuscript for the first time
- Spell out the title of an organization when first referenced, with acronym in parentheses. Acronyms may be used in all subsequent references
- Tables should be submitted as separate MS Word files
Photos and Illustrations
- Permissions are required for all published images. Should the article be accepted for publication, it is the responsibility of the author to obtain official written permission to reprint an image from the copyright holder or owner, including preferred wording for crediting the source of the image. Any cost involved is the responsibility of the author.
- Figure captions should always include a source attribution and a statement of permission to use the image. Images obtained at no cost should attribute the source “Courtesy of…” while permissions obtained for a fee should state the source and “Used by permission.”
- All images (photos, maps, or illustrations) to be included with a manuscript should be noted in the cover letter.
- Images should be submitted as separate files (one file per image). Images submitted in Word documents are not acceptable.
- Each image file should be at least 300 dpi at the size at which it is to be published.
- Grayscale images in TIFF format are preferred, but most standard formats will be accepted.
- Figure callouts should be placed in the manuscript on a separate line as Figure X Here, or similar text.
- Figure captions should be placed at the end of the manuscript, after the Notes section.
- The editor will make the final determination as to which images, if any, will be published.
Special Notes and Recommendations:
Non-native English speakers preparing a manuscript for submission to Information & Culture may wish to utilize one of the many professional English language editing services that specialize in academic journal manuscript preparation. Clearly written manuscripts help editorial staff and peer reviewers better evaluate the paper for its content, reducing the time required for the review process and resulting in a more competitive submission overall.
Please note, however, that the use of editing services is at the author’s own expense and does not guarantee that the article will be selected for peer review or accepted for publication in Information & Culture.
Once the manuscript meets the guidelines above, please submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.