FAQ

The Columbia Journal of History (CJH) is Columbia’s premier undergraduate history publication sponsored by the History Department. CJH publishes historical research manuscripts from undergraduate students from across the nation and around the globe.

Below are the most popular inquires we receive. If you do not see your question, please feel free to reach out to us: contact@columbiahistoryjournal.com.


Q: How often do you publish your journal?
A: We publish no less than six articles, twice a year: once in the winter and once in the summer.


Q: How and what do you decide to publish?
A: We give preference to creative and original historical research manuscripts; such submissions contain engaging and unique theses as well as compelling and coherent argument methodologies. The proper structure of such a paper contains an analysis of primary sources as well as a discussion of relevant scholarly contentions. For more information on our publication standards, please consult our Submission Guidelines.


Q: How long should my submission be?
A: We often publish papers that are between 5000 and 9000 words (20-30 pages), not including citations or bibliography.


Q: Can I submit after the deadline?
A: If you send your submission after the deadline, it will not be considered during the current publication cycle.


Q: I am a college student that does not attend Columbia. Can I still submit?
A: We welcome submissions from undergraduates attending colleges and universities across the United States. We also accept submissions from international students.


Q: Does the author have to be an undergraduate?
A: We do not accept submissions from authors who have graduated more than six months prior to submission.


Q: I am not a History major, but am still interested in submitting something to the Journal. Is that possible?
A: As long as your publication meets the criteria listed on our website, submit it!


Q: Why was my submission rejected?
A: Please note that we generally accept between 5% and 15% of submissions on average. Unfortunately, due to the large number of articles we receive, we have to reject many submissions every cycle that fit our submission guidelines.


Q: How can I support the Journal?
A: There are several ways you can support and become more involved in the Journal:
1) Follow us on LinkedIn
2) “Like” the Undergraduate History Council on Facebook
3) Join the Editorial Board
4) Pitch an Idea or Initiative to the Journal (contact@columbiahistoryjournal.com).


Q: What other journals can I submit to?
A: We are a founding member of the Society of Undergraduate Humanities Publications where you can find other journals to submit your article.

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