Submission Information for Contributors
Four paper copies of manuscript sent by postal mail to:
Journal of Southern History, MS 45
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892
If postage is included, submission materials will be
- Preferred manuscript length is 8,000 to 12,000 words, exclusive
of endnotes, on one side of 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
- Please use 12-point type for both text and notes.
- Double-space text and notes, with notes placed at the end of
the manuscript text.
- Author's name and institutional affiliation on title page
- Illustrations, tables, and maps that significantly enhance the
article are welcome.
- Regarding general form and style, please follow the Chicago Manual of Style or request our house-style
guide for examples of specific treatments. [download as a PDF file]
- Please include a working postal address, with telephone, fax,
and e-mail information for home or office, as well as for extensive
holiday or sabbatical residences.
The refereeing process for manuscripts is double blind. Referees
are members of our editorial board and other specialists in the
academy most appropriate to each manuscript. We have no quotas of
any kind with regard to authorship, topic, chronological period, or
methodology---the practitioners via their submissions determine what
we publish. Authors must guarantee in writing that the work is
original, that it has not been previously published, and that it is
not under consideration for publication elsewhere in
Should a manuscript be accepted for publication, the author will
be asked to submit the manuscript file by e-mail. Our editorial methods currently utilize
Microsoft Word software; however, we do have the capacity to
translate alternative programs.
Accepted manuscripts undergo a rigorous editing process. As time
permits, we will copyedit the manuscript, which includes checking
every citation and corroborating every quotation and statement of
fact insofar as is possible given our library holdings as
supplemented by interlibrary loan. We will also read the manuscript
very closely as to style, grammar, and vigor of argument. The
edited manuscript will be submitted to the author for consideration
before publication. (In the highly unlikely event that, in the
process of fact checking, we find so many errors in the footnotes
and quotations that in our judgment the evidentiary legitimacy of
the manuscript is called into question, we reserve the right to
withdraw our offer of publication.)
The Southern Historical Association (SHA) at the University of
Georgia holds the copyright for all material published in the
Journal. After a work is published in the
Journal, the SHA will grant the author, upon written
request, permission to republish the work, without a fee, subject
to the author giving proper credit of prior publication to the
Journal. All other reprintings by third parties require
the approval of the author and are subject to any reprint fee that
the author requests. The SHA sets a standard fee of $100 in
addition to whatever fee, if any, that the author requests.
The Journal's editors make every effort to identify the most qualified person to review each new book on southern history. In an attempt to be sure that we do not overlook willing, qualified reviewers (who have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree), we invite scholars in the field to complete and return this form to tell us of your interest in reviewing and the areas in which your research makes you competent to evaluate new work. The Journal does not accept unsolicited book reviews.