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 not currently accepting submissions.

The strongest submissions are best structured as Historical Research Manuscripts.

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. Any illustrations (e.g., texts, charts, tables, graphics, images, multimedia, supplementary datasets, etc.) must appear within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. 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 (~1-2 months) 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 “Summer 2019 Submission” to by midnight of February 1st, 2019.

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