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Author Guidelines

History in the Making is a journal for the publication of student work which demonstrates substantive research and excellence in the discipline of history. Published essays will be of high quality and of interest to other history students and academics. We accept submissions between 2,000-5,000 words for undergraduate students, and up to 8,000 words for honours and postgraduate students. Successful submissions will clearly demonstrate originality of research and argument and an engagement with scholarly debate. Submissions also must conform to the style guide as set out below.

We welcome and encourage students to submit their high quality essays written as part of undergraduate units of study. However, any essay originally written in response to a set question must be submitted in the form of a stand-alone journal article.

Please note: we will only review one submission per author for each issue.

History in the Making does not publish book reviews. We also will not publish images in articles unless the author has obtained the necessary permissions for their use.

Making a submission
  1. Create an author account in order to submit your article via the website. Make sure that you include the name of the university you are attending when you register.
  2. Please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere in the body of the essay (including on the first page).
  3. All submissions must adhere to the following specifications: The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined below.
  4. Submissions must utilise footnotes, not endnotes or in-text citations.
  5. Submissions must conform to the word limits of 2,000-5,000 words for undergraduate submissions and up to 8,000 words for honours and postgraduate submissions, including footnotes. Submissions which exceed these word limits will not be accepted.
  6. Before completing the submissions process, authors must ensure that they have adhered to all of the items stipulated within the checklist attached to the online submission form. This includes providing information regarding the degree and year level during which the submission was written and, if the submission was written for a particular course, the details of that course and the mark the submission received.

Style guide and presentation guidelines
History in the Making uses the Chicago system of citations. A summary of the Chicago system can be found here: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

Abbreviations
If utilising abbreviations within references, the full name of the institution, organisation or country must be stated in the first reference followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, e.g. National Library of Australia (NLA). The abbreviation may be used subsequently.

Contractions – such as ‘don’t’ and ‘it’s’ – must not be used within the submission unless as part of a quotation from a primary or secondary source.

Numbers
Numbers under 100 should be spelled out, e.g. ‘one’, ‘five’, ‘sixty-eight’. Numbers above 100 can be given as figures, e.g. ‘103’, but round numbers should be spelled out, e.g. ‘ten thousand people attended the demonstration’.

Dates
  • Spell out centuries, e.g. ‘seventeenth century’ instead of ‘17th century’.
  • Dates should follow the day month year model – e.g. 31 December 2000 – not December 31, 2000. Sentences should not start with the date unless this is part of a quotation.
  • Always spell out months in full, e.g. December not Dec.
  • No apostrophe is used in ‘1940s’, ‘1780s’ etc.
  • Year spans should appear as 1830-50, not 1830-1850.


Quotations:
  • Quotations should use single quotation marks, e.g. ‘quote’ rather than “quote”. In the instance of a quote within a quote, utilise double quotation marks, e.g. ‘The author quoted the observer as saying, “I have been misquoted”.’
  • Generally, quotations three lines long or less should remain within the body of the main text, with single quotation marks. Quotations longer than four lines should be separated from the main text as an indented paragraph and without quotation marks.
  • Quotations must replicate the quoted text exactly. In the instance of obvious errors in spelling, grammar or word use, utilise the term [sic] following the error. e.g. ‘The man said he didn’t reconise [sic] the subject.’

General
Carefully check the use of apostrophes within the text to ensure you have indicated the correct possession. e.g ‘The history student’s journal’ (singular possessive, i.e. a journal belonging to an individual history student) OR ‘The history students’ journal’ (plural possessive, i.e. a journal belonging to many history students) OR ‘The history students enjoyed the journal’ (plural, but no apostrophe). ‘It’s’ is short for it is, e.g. ‘it’s sunny outside’, while ‘its’ indicates possession, e.g. its eyes are blue.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  3. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. Ensure that you have removed any identifying information, such as your name, from the document.
  6. Ensure that you have included the following information in the comments section of the submissions section:

    • The degree (e.g. BArts, BArts (Hons), MArts, PhD) and year level (e.g. first, second, etc.) during which the submission was written
    • The century and geographic area that the submission covers
    • The name of the course the submission was written for (if applicable)
    • The year the submission was written
    • The mark the submission received
  7. Ensure that you have included the university that you are attending under 'affiliation' within your user profile.
  8. If using images in your article, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the necessary permissions for their use.
 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:


  1. Authors retain copyright and grant History in the Making Journal Association Inc the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under an Australian Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives 3.0 License that allows others to share the work, without alteration, for non-commercial purposes with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

  4. Authors license History in the Making Journal Association Inc to grant a sub-license under the Copyright Act 1968 to the National Library of Australia. That sub-license permits the National Library to:
  1. copy the Author’s work into the PANDORA Archive,

  2. retain and provide public online access to the work in perpetuity, and

  3. make reproductions or communications of the work as reasonably necessary to preserve it and make it available to the public.

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ISSN: 2200-4777