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Tips for Writers
Academic publishing requires attention to detail. Ask yourself these questions before submitting a paper to an academic journal.
- Does my paper fit within the journal's subject area?
- Is my paper correctly formatted?
- Is it within the journal's word limit or page limit?
- Are my sources properly cited in the journal's required style? (For example, APA stye)
- Have I included all the materials the journal wants me to submit? (For example, a cover letter, title page, or abstract)
- Am I submitting my paper before the publication deadline? (Most journals in this list do not have deadlines, but some do)
- Have I had a professor, colleague, friend, etc. proofread my paper so there are no errors?
Undergraduate Research Journals for History
These journal listings are for information purposes only. UNL librarians cannot tell you what journals to submit your paper to. It is the writer's responsibility to check the journals' websites for the most up-to-date information.
This page was last updated in October 2020.
Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History
Description: "Dedicated to promoting undergraduate students’ research interest in history and their writing skills."
Published by: Georgia Southern University
Submission guidelines: Accepts research articles, short essays, book reviews, and other types of history writing.
Chicago Journal of History
Description: "A forum for dedicated undergraduate students of history and related fields from across the country to exchange ideas and share their intellectual passion."
Published by: University of Chicago
Submission guidelines: 15-40 pages.
Submission deadline: February 18
Description: "Aims to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to publish outstanding historical work."
Published by: University of California, Berkeley
Submission guidelines: 15-50 pages.
Submission deadline: September 25, 2020
Columbia Journal of History
Description: "An independent, peer-reviewed undergraduate research publication that promotes intellectual inquiry and recognizes outstanding historical literature on diverse subjects."
Published by: Columbia University
Submission guidelines: 5000-7000 words, or 20-25 pages.
Submission deadline: October 16, 2020
Description: "Showcases stellar examples of undergraduate research in the field of history."
Published by: Cornell Historical Society
Submission guidelines: 10-35 pages.
Submission deadline: December 31.
Gateway History Journal
Description: "Provides undergraduate students an opportunity to demonstrate their exceptional history research, analysis, and writing."
Published by: Washington University in St. Louis
Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era
Description: "Publishes undergraduate papers on the Civil War Era and its lasting memory. We are interested in academic essays, public history essays, and book reviews broadly relating to the American Civil War."
Published by: Gettysburg College
Submission guidelines: Academic essays - up to 6000 words. Other nonfiction - 2000-6000 words. Book reviews - up to 700 words.
Submission deadline: Submissions are accepted Dec. 1 - Feb. 14.
Gettysburg Historical Journal
Description: "An open access, peer-reviewed journal that features original undergraduate student research and essays. While the Gettysburg Historical Journal focuses on research in the field of history, we publish and encourage submissions from other disciplines that utilize historical viewpoints or methodologies, including sociology, anthropology, and classics."
Published by: Gettysburg College
Submission deadline: Submissions are accepted Dec. 1 - Feb. 23.
Grand Valley Journal of History
Description: "Provides undergraduate students from all institutions with an opportunity to publish their historically-based research."
Published by: Grand Valley State University
Submission guidelines: At least 1000 words.
Herodotus Undergraduate History Journal
Description: "Dedicated to preserving and showcasing the best undergraduate historical work, selected through a process of peer review."
Published by: Stanford University
Submission guidelines: 2500-6000 words.
History Matters: An Undergraduate Journal of Historical Research
Description: "An undergraduate history journal that welcomes submissions from all undergraduates. We are especially seeking papers that utilize primary sources."
Published by: Appalachian State University
Submission guidelines: 10-20 pages.
Submission deadline: January 31, 2021
Michigan Journal of History
Description: "Our aim is to encourage students to pursue their passion for history by providing them a chance to become published historians."
Published by: University of Michigan
Submission guidelines: 10-30 pages.
Submission deadline: January 30, 2021
Pursue: Undergraduate Research Journal
Description: "Provides undergraduates an avenue to publish their original research articles in the following areas: (but not limited to) psychology, sociology, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science, mathematics, humanities, agriculture, architecture, business, and education."
Published by: Prairie View A&M University
Submission deadline: October 10 for the Fall issue and March 10 for the Spring issue.
Report: West Point Undergraduate Historical Review
Description: "A biannual undergraduate historical journal published in the fall and spring."
Published by: United States Military Academy (West Point)
Vanderbilt Historical Review
Description: "We strive to provide a forum that promotes the discussion of history and help showcase the exceptional work of students from all over the world."
Published by: Vanderbilt University
Submission guidelines: Articles - 2500-8500 words. Book reviews - 750-2500 words.
Submission deadline: December 1, 2020
Vexillum: The Undergraduate Journal of Classical and Medieval Studies
Description: "An undergraduate journal that supports and promotes undergraduate scholarship in the fields of Classical and Medieval Studies, and accepts scholarly papers by undergraduate students written on a wide range of topics: history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, art history, sociology, philology, and linguistics."
Published by: Yale University
Submission guidelines: 2500-10,000 words.
Yale Historical Review
Description: "Provides undergraduates an opportunity to have their exceptional work highlighted and encourages the diffusion of original historical ideas on college campuses by providing a forum for outstanding undergraduate papers covering any historical topic."
Published by: Yale University
Submission guidelines: 12-30 pages.