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We welcome new submissions.

For any queries regarding book reviews, please contact the Reviews Editorial Collective Tim Boon, Marybeth Hamilton & Andrew Perchard at this email address.
Please note: HWJ does not accept unsolicited books for review.

Editorial Procedure Contributions are read by four or five editors, a process which takes up to six months. The final decision rests with the editors responsible for the next two issues, and will depend on the balance in those issues as well as on the merits of the work.

Final copy dates are in March for the autumn issue and September for the spring issue. Once a contribution has been accepted, the editors of forthcoming issues will work with the author.

Length and Format All submissions must be typed on A4 paper, double-spaced, with 3cm margins. Short articles are preferred. The maximum is 10,000 words, including footnotes. Contributions to the middle section of the Journal ('Critique', 'Archives and Sources', 'Work in Progress', etc.) are from 3,000 to 6,000 words. Accounts of particular archives or sources are welcomed, and reports on the practice and production of history in schools and adult education, museums, the media, the trade union movement, and the community. These can also take the form of brief notes (200-500 words) for the 'Noticeboard', which depends heavily on contributions from readers. Please supply the word count for your contribution if possible.
N.B. Authors should supply an abstract and biographical note if their piece is accepted to the Journal.

Style should be clear and accessible. Authors must avoid jargon, and use any foreign words sparingly and with translation. Prior knowledge should not be assumed: state the context of the work, identify individuals whom you mention, and explain specialist references. Turns of phrase using masculine forms as universals are not acceptable and will be edited out.

Illustrations Authors of accepted articles should, if possible, supply at least one illustration, which must be a good photograph or line drawing; photocopies are not acceptable. Permission for reproduction is essential and is the responsibility of the author.
N.B. Picture and translation costs will only be paid by the Journal in exceptional circumstances. Please inform the editors at an early stage which illustrations are likely to be supplied and whether there are any potential difficulties.

Proofs Authors will receive a proof copy of their work for typographical correction only; no other revisions can be accepted at the proof stage. Orders for offprints must be placed at this point.

Offprints and single issues Upon publication, all authors will receive an ‘electronic offprint’ in the form of a toll-free link to their online article, which can be disseminated to colleagues or posted on an institutional or personal website. All contributors will also have the option to claim a gratis copy of the issue in which their article appears, and to purchase print offprints.

Hard copy offprints and single issues can be ordered using the Oxford Journals Author Services site. Authors are entitled to a 50% author discount off the single issue price.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge.  Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.

Copyright and Permissions Submitted manuscripts will be expected to contain original work and should not have been published in abridged or other form elsewhere. It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors assign an exclusive licence to History Workshop Journal . Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. Please notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Any requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled on behalf of History Workshop Journal by Oxford University Press and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. As part of the licence agreement, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that History Workshop Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance.

History Workshop Journal authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in History Workshop Journal can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

Charges information
You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge: £1850/$3000/€2450
Reduced Rate Developing country charge*: £925 / $1500 / €1225
Free Developing country charge*: £0 /$0 / €0

*visit our developing countries page for a list of qualifying countries).

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

Author Self-Archiving/Public Access policy For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Self-Archiving policy page.

  • All submissions must be typed on A4 paper, double-spaced, with 3cm margins.
  • Spelling should conform to the current edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary. Please note that this requires the use of 'z' rather than 's' in such words as 'organize', where there is a choice. See also Collin's Authors and Printers Dictionary (OUP).
  • Paragraphs should be indented or otherwise clearly marked.
  • Quotations should be set in single inverted commas if brief, and if longer than three or four lines should be indented and double-spaced without quotation marks. Double quotation marks should be reserved for quotation within quotations. Within quotations (but not at the beginning or end) use [ ...] to indicate an omission. Words added by authors in quotations should go in square brackets.
  • Breaks in the text should be indicated by a central asterisk, and subheadings should be underlined.
  • Capital letters should be used with restraint, and for the specific rather than the general: 'The church', but 'the Church of England'; 'the king, but King Henry'; 'labour' but 'the Labour Party'. Use lower case for 'the left of the party', 'left-wing parties', 'the women's movement' etc. Similarly, 'the North', 'the Midwest', but 'central Europe', 'the west of Ireland'.
  • Numbers in the text should be spelt out up to ninety-nine, and from 100 upwards go in numerals. Spell out any number at the beginning of a sentence and round numbers ('one hundred') or approximate ones ('about three hundred and fifty').
  • Dates The order in dates should run '20 July 1940'. N.B: 'nineteenth-century England', but 'the nineteenth century'.
  • Italics may be indicated by underlining or with an italic typeface. Use for titles of books, newspapers, journals and pamphlets. Use Roman with inverted commas for titles of manuscripts, plays, films, works of art, TV or radio programme, and exhibitions. N.B: the Guardian, but The Times.
  • Full stops in abbreviations should be kept to a minimum. Use none in contractions which end with the final letter of the original word (Dr, Mrs, St, edn, mss, hrs). None for WC2, cf, NB, km, cm, and none for acronyms, such as TGWU, ANC, USA. But use for Co., ed., and a.m., i.e., e.g. (NB: ed. (editor or edited) but eds (editors), vol. but vols, no. but nos, ms. but mss).
  • Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Two or more consecutive references to the same source should where possible be grouped in the same note; the reader should be able to follow the article without referring to the notes. They may be used to discuss minor problems of interpretation which if incorporated in the texts would disrupt its flow, but they should not be used to sustain a running commentary on the work of other historians. Endnotes (not footnotes) should be used and placed at the end of the article, headed NOTES AND REFERENCES and beginning on a new page.
  • References Authors are asked to give full names rather than initials where possible and to follow the following conventions:

Peter Fryer, Staying Power: the History of Black People in Britain , London, 1984.

Contributions in collections:
Leonore Davidoff, 'Class and Gender in Victorian England', in Judith L. Newton, Mary P. Ryan and Judith R. Walkowitz (eds), Sex and Class in Women's History , London, 1983.

Articles in journals:
Laura Mulvey, 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema', Screen 16:3, Autumn 1975, pp.6-18.

Critical editions:
Quintin Hoare and Geoffry Nowell Smith (eds), Selections from the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci , London, 1971.

Bronson Alcott, The Journals of Bronson Alcott , ed. Odell Shepard, Boston, 1983.

Tape recordings and transcripts:
Mrs Mary Potts (b. London, 1903; name altered), London History Workshop Sound and Video Archive, Collection 9, Interview 59:2, transcript, pp.10-12.
Names should be given in full only if permission has been given; if name or other details are changed to preserve anonymity this should be noted.

  • Sources that recur frequently may be given in abbreviated form and the abbreviations listed under the heading 'Guide to References and Abbreviations' at the end of the text and before the endnotes. Alternatively, the abbreviation may be used for the second and further references, where these are not too far from the first, full reference. Short abbreviations should always be used rather than Latin abbreviations like ibid., op.cit., or loc. cit.

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