Submission Guidelines

The Columbia Journal of History encourages undergraduate students to submit research papers and essays that relate to the field of history. We publish outstanding student research papers from seminars, upper-level electives, independent study and thesis programs. We encourage additions to scholarly debate through original research!


We are no longer accepting submissions for our Fall 2018 issue.

Please see the guidelines for the Art History Initiative.


Submissions should be double-spaced in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format, follow the Chicago citation style, and include footnotes as well as a Works Cited section. Although we will consider submissions of any length, the majority of published pieces range from 5000 to 7000 words (20 to 25 double-spaced pages), excluding references. Longer papers should be shortened to fit this page length recommendation before submission. We will not consider papers that do not adhere to the stylistic requirements outlined above.

The submission must not have been previously published in any student, professional, or academic publication. If you have also submitted your piece to another publication, please inform us if you have been selected for publication by their team. We do not republish papers.

Authors must be willing to commit upon acceptance to an editorial review process (~1 month) in which our editors will prepare the submission for publication.

Please include a cover page with the following information in the same document as your paper:

  • 1-3 sentence summary of the paper’s central argument
  • ~150-word Abstract
  • Motivation for writing the paper

In addition to your paper, please include the following information with your submission email but not in your document:

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • College/University

Please email your submission with the subject line “Fall 2018 Submission” to contact@columbiahistoryjournal.com by the deadline of October 1st, 2018.

Please return to this page in December of 2018 for information concerning submissions to the Spring 2019 edition of the Columbia Journal of History.

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