Submissions

The submission window for our Spring 2019 issue has now closed (including for Vanderbilt students). Acceptance emails will be sent out approximately one month after the January deadline. For additional inquiries, please contact: vanderbilt.historicalreview@gmail.com

Overview

Publication on the review is highly selective and rigorous. Each submission passes through a blind peer review process and is assessed on academic merit, originality, and historical relevance. If a submission is accepted, its author will be notified and the editorial process will commence. This process ensures that submissions are free of errors and have all the characteristics of scholarly writing when published.

For articles: ideal article submissions are between 2500 and 8500 words; submissions longer than this may be shortened appropriately during the review process. Please refrain from submitting theses that are significantly longer than 8500 words.

For book reviews: the preferred word count is 750-2500 words. Submitted reviews must be of academic publications (preferably by a university press) published within 5 years of the submission deadline. If the reviewed work is of a yet-to-be published manuscript, there must be a confirmed date of publication that is within 6 months of the submission deadline.

Submission Requirements

In order to be considered for publication, submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • The email must adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Subject/title of email must be in the format “Submission for Spring 2019: <Short title here>”
      (See below for clarification on “Short title”)
    • Include author name, preferred name, and university in email body.
    • The submission file/document itself must have the name of the author removed from all pages as well as the filename itself.
  • The author must be an undergraduate student or must have graduated no earlier than the spring of 2018.
  • Authors may only submit one work for consideration per issue.
  • Authors must be willing to commit upon acceptance to an editorial review process (~2-3 weeks) in which our editors will prepare the submission for publication.
  • The submission must not have been previously published in any student, professional, or academic publication. Because the work will be put into Vanderbilt’s archives, we require the author(s) to sign a distribution agreement form (provided upon acceptance).
  • Submissions must adhere to rules outlined in the most recent publication of the Chicago Manual of Style. Articles written using MLA and APA must have citation format converted before submission.
  • Submissions must have a title composed of both a short title (up to 50 characters) followed by a long title (up to 125 characters). For example, “Art as Power: The Medici Family as Magi in the Fifteenth Century.” (“Art as Power” constitutes the short title, and “The Medici Family as Magi in the Fifteenth Century” constitutes the long title)
  • Article submissions must be divided into at least 3 sections with relevant section titles.
  • Submissions must have an abstract of 50-100 words (which can be provided after acceptance)