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Journal Writers Guidelines

Writers’ Guidelines for Submission of Journal Articles

Before sending a completed manuscript, please send the editor a letter of inquiry containing a brief summary of the proposed article.  Inquiry letters should be sent to bdinges@azhs.gov or:

The Journal of Arizona History
Attn:  Editor
949 E. 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85719

It is strongly suggested that potential authors examine back issues of the Journal, available in many libraries, for examples of style and content.  We use the fourteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style for matters of style:  numbers, capitalization, compound words, punctuation, and documentation.  Webster’s Third New International Dictionary is our authority for conventional American usage and spellings.  For the Spanish language, we use the Velasquez Dictionary.

Submit all manuscripts on 8-1/2-by-11 inch paper.  It is important to double-space all parts of the manuscript, including endnotes and block quotes.  Number pages consecutively.  An unjustified ragged right margin is easier to read.  A typical manuscript runs from sixteen to thirty double-spaced pages, but we do consider longer or shorter essays.

It is helpful to submit a list of available illustrations.  We will perform photo research and acquisition, if necessary, and arrange for a cartographer to draw maps.

Contributors to the Journal receive two copies of the issue in which their article appears and twenty-five off prints of the article.  Authors may buy extra copies of the issue at a 40% discount.  Book reviewers keep the book they review and receive a copy of the issue in which the review appears.