Author Guidelines

Contributions will be accepted on a year-round basis, with a submission deadline of August 31 for inclusion in the following year’s volume. Articles should be submitted in electronic form as a Microsoft Word file, typed double spaced (including notes and citations), and documented in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. All submissions will be subject to double-blind review: therefore, contact information (author’s name, telephone number, postal address, e-mail address) should be provided in the cover letter but should not appear anywhere in the article itself. Contributors are welcome to submit black-and-white illustrations and graphs with their texts. Due to the journal’s book-length format, essays of unusual length are welcome. Articles may not be submitted to any other journal while they are under consideration at Book History. Submissions acceptable to the editors will be double reviewed by outside experts in the field. 

Book History now has a fully electronic system for processing submissions.  The submissions portal is here:

The editors of Book History award an annual prize for the outstanding graduate student essay submitted to our journal. The competition is open to anyone pursuing a course of graduate studies at the time of submission. The deadline for submission for each editorial year is 31 August. The author of the winning essay will receive a prize of $400.00, and the essay will be published in the journal.

Queries concerning submissions should be sent directly to the editors: Greg Barnhisel ( for articles dealing with the Americas, and Beth le Roux ( for articles dealing with Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), the Pacific and global issues; and Yuri Cowan ( for articles dealing with Europe.