How to Submit an Article for the Quarterly

Authors should examine recent issues of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and consult this guide thoroughly before submitting a manuscript. Authors who are familiar with the style and practices of the Quarterly often have the best chance for publication.

Authors are required to submit an electronic copy of the article in Microsoft Word to the e-mail address below. The title of the article should appear on the manuscript, but the author's name should appear on a separate title page. Articles are reviewed anonymously by scholars who are experts in the article's subject area to evaluate whether the article is appropriate for the Quarterly.

The entire article, including block quotations, footnotes, and figure captions, should be double-spaced with at least a one-inch margin on all four sides. Notes should be double-spaced and sent as a separate section at the end of the article. All pages of the manuscript should be numbered consecutively throughout. Our length guidelines are flexible, although in most cases we consider forty pages (double-spaced, including notes) to be the maximum acceptable length for a manuscript.

If after peer review and revision an article is accepted for publication, the editors will ask for the manuscript to be submitted in electronic form, either as an e-mail attachment, on a recordable compact disc, or on a zip drive. The article should be saved as a Microsoft Word document, preferably version 6.0 or later. If you do not use Word, you may be able to save your document as a Word document by using your word processing program's "Save As" command. If you have questions about how to submit your article after it has been accepted for publication, your editor will be able to advise you.

An indication of how the article will be illustrated should accompany each submission. If an article is accepted, authors will be responsible for obtaining illustrations, securing the necessary permissions to reproduce illustrations, and paying any required usage fees.

All submissions should be sent to:


Authors will receive two copies of the copyright form from the editor with the first set of proofs. One copy is for the author to sign and return to the editor, and the other is for the author's files. As a condition of publication in the Quarterly, the Texas State Historical Association requires authors to grant the Association the copyright to their contributions. Authors must guarantee that the work is original and that it has not been previously published, or, if previously published in whole or in part, that an assignment of copyright in the name of the Texas State Historical Association has been obtained. After a work has been published in the Quarterly, the Association will grant the author, upon written request, permission to republish the work, subject to the author giving proper credit of prior publication to the Quarterly. If there are any questions about copyright issues, please review Chapter 4 in the Chicago Manual of Style or contact the TSHA publications department. We are generally willing to let authors deposit their articles in institutitional open-access databases one year after publication.

Contact the editors if you have questions not addressed in this style guide. Call (940) 369-5200 for more information or visit the Contact SHQ page on this Web site for our e-mail addresses.

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