Submission Guidelines

The Greensboro Historical Review (GHR) is devoted to publishing articles written by students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. We define our field broadly, and we welcome submissions from scholars in all disciplines that provide insight into important issues in history. We are happy to consider manuscripts about any time and any part of the world.

When we evaluate manuscripts, we consider the significance of the topic, the originality of the argument, and the quality of the research and writing. We also consider the potential readership for each piece, and authors should give careful thought to the question of audience.

To have a manuscript considered for publication, please send an electronic version in Microsoft Word format to; please address hard copies to P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170. Most manuscripts are sent to two referees for review. Usually, the first referee is an expert on the subject of the manuscript, and the second referee is a specialist in a related sub-field. Occasionally we send a manuscript to a third referee. The review process is blind: We do not identify authors when we send manuscripts to referees, and we do not identify referees when we share their evaluations with authors. We hope to respond to submissions within 4 months.

A manuscript that has been published or that is currently under consideration for publication elsewhere in either article or book form should not be submitted. The Journal will not consider submissions that duplicate other published works in either wording or substance. Articles that are accepted become the property of the Greensboro Historical Review. The GHR allows authors the free use of their materials as long as an interval of at least six (6) months elapses between publication in the Journal and subsequent publication.

Articles in the Greensboro Historical Review are typically no longer than 8,000 words or 28 double-spaced pages, not counting notes, but submissions of lesser or greater length will be considered based on merit. The title page of your manuscript needs to include your name, academic affiliation, address, telephone number, and email. The title page also must include a brief abstract. In 150 to 200 words, the abstract should explain clearly what you argue and why your work is significant. The first page of the text should begin with the title of your manuscript but should NOT include your name or contact information. To ensure your anonymity, you also should avoid personal references in the text and notes. Cite your own work just as you would cite the work of another author. Do not include acknowledgements. The manuscript should be double-spaced, and any hard copy submissions should have text on one side of the page only.

If we accept your work, you will need to provide a new electronic version of your article that conforms to the Greensboro Historical Review's publishing guidelines. We will provide instructions for the preparation of any graphic materials that accompany your article. If you plan to use any illustrations, maps, or photographs that are taken from a source protected by copyright, you will be responsible for securing permission from the copyright holder to use those materials.

If we accept your work, your article also will need to conform to certain standards of style and citation. Our articles have endnotes, for example, not in-text references to a list of sources. Though we will consider submissions that do not meet our style and citation standards, the publication process will proceed much more efficiently if your manuscript conforms from the start. We rely on the Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations in most matters. The following rules cover the most common issues that arise in copyediting:

Spelling: We use Merriam-Webster's Eleventh New Collegiate Dictionary (2005) as a guide to spelling (including hyphenation, closed or unclosed compounds, etc.), although other modern U.S. dictionaries are usually valid. All spellings are Americanized where appropriate. For plants, trees, and animals mentioned in the text, use common names rather than scientific names (unless there is no common name in English); scientific names may be included in an endnote if warranted.

Capitalization: See Chapter 7 in the Chicago Manual of Style. Generally, minimize the use of capital letters, especially in titles of people and government organizations.

Quotations: Use block quotations only for quotes longer than ten typed lines. Do not begin or end quotations with ellipses. Avoid putting quotation marks around a single word, especially for purposes of irony.

Money: For whole dollars and other basic currency units: One dollar–ninety-nine dollars: write out, with "dollars." For $100 and up: Use numerals and "$" sign. For large, "round" amounts of $1 million or more, use, e.g., $3 million, $55.6 million, $17 billion, etc. For fractions of basic currency units, less than one, spell out the number, e.g., five cents, fifty-seven cents, eight pence, fourteen shillings. For fractions greater than one unit, use numerals and the currency sign, e.g., $2.47, $137.50, £ 3.12.6 (old), £ 3.68 (new). If the currency symbol isn't available, write it out, e.g., 100 yen, seventy-five rubles, 3,000 lira, 4.55 francs.

Dates: Use day-month-year or month-year formats for dates in text or notes, unless date is given otherwise in a title or direct quotation. Examples: "24 March 1936," "April 1967."

Abbreviations: See Turabian for general usage. EH frequently abbreviates titles or ranks before a name, on first and subsequent references. Common nouns or short phrases are sometimes preferable to abbreviations or acronyms, especially if the latter are long and obscure. If an acronym or abbreviation is needed, be sure to use the full name or title on first reference, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, e.g., "National Park Service (NPS)."

Footnotes: Your article should have no more than 100 notes. Try to limit notes to one at the end of each paragraph; strings of references to a single source, for example, can be combined into one note for a whole paragraph.