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Submission Guidelines

Senate Judiciary Hearings concerning Cambodian relief, October 16, 1979. From left: Senators Harold Metzenbaum, Edward Kennedy, and Strom Thurmond.

Manuscripts can be submitted electronically in Rich Text Format (RTF) to the journal editors or in print to the attention of the editors at the Society’s mailing address. They should contain the author’s name at the top of the first page only, as they will be sent to reviewers. Texts must be no more than 7,000 words in length (not including notes and charts) and follow style conventions of the Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition. History articles must be based primarily on research in federal records and be fully documented. They should examine aspects of the history of the U.S. federal government, or the U.S. military, or of societal changes that affected or were affected by the federal government, 1776 to the present. Methodological articles must examine, in depth, contemporary issues of concern to the federal history community in such areas as research and writing, public history, museum studies, archival science, web–based history, or other topics. Authors should also send an abstract, brief biographical information, and information on available images.

The editors will provide an initial response on the status of submissions within four weeks of receipt. Manuscripts accepted for publication will be reviewed by peer reviewers. Authors should not submit a manuscript that has been published or is under consideration elsewhere for publication in either article or book form. The editors will not consider submissions that duplicate published works in either wording or substance. The text citations should be formatted as footnotes or endnotes and numbered sequentially. The editors reserve final authority in matters of style, grammar, and length after consultation with the author. Published articles become the property of the SHFG and the authors. The journal retains the right to reissue articles published in the online journal at a later date in an electronic or printed journal version. An author can freely reprint an article after sufficient time has elapsed through written request from the editors.

Federal History does not charge a fee to authors for submission or publication of articles.

Authors, particularly those at military and intelligence agencies, must have their draft articles cleared and approved for publication in writing by their respective offices, where required, prior to full acceptance by the editors.

Authors have the responsibility to provide images in digital format and to secure rights to reproduce the images online and, if decided at a later date, in a possible printed version of the article. We can include up to four or five images per article. Digital files must be scanned at a minimum of 300 dpi at full size. The author must secure full worldwide Internet reproduction rights in writing. Permission for possible print versions can be requested later if needed. The author must also provide full caption and citation information for the images.

The general deadline is the 15th of December prior to the publication date of the following April. Earlier submission is recommended, as space may be filled by early fall.

Plagiarism is not acceptable in submitted articles. Our subject-matter reviewers attempt to identify instances of plagiarism, and if found, the article will be rejected. We do not accept articles that have been published elsewhere.

Access, Copyright, and Licensing
By submitting a text, the author agrees to share copyright with the journal and the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG). A copyright form will be sent to all authors accepted for publication. The author retains full rights to reprint the article elsewhere with full citation to original publication in Federal History. The journal likewise retains the right to republish the article in any future SHFG anthology, in either electronic or print format. Articles cannot be reprinted elsewhere without permission of the author.

This is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Print copies of the journal are sent to SHFG members.

Back Issues
The contents of the last three issues, will be maintained on the SHFG web site. Earlier issues can be ordered in printout hardcopy for $15 per issue or $4 per article by sending a check payable to SHFG to the mailing address below.

Article Reviewers
If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for articles, please complete our application and submit it to the email address below.

Contact Information
Send materials or inquiries to the editor at:
Email: editor–shfg–
Editor, Federal History
Society for History in the Federal Government
Box 14139
Benjamin Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044


Benjamin Guterman
Retired, National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC

Assistant Editor

Judson MacLaury
Retired Historian, U.S. Department of Labor

Editorial Board

Hope M. Harrison
The George Washington University

Betty K. Koed
United States Senate Historical Office

Roger Launius
National Air and Space Museum

Lawrence Peskin
Morgan State University

Marc Rothenberg
National Science Foundation

David M. K. Sheinin
Trent University

John A. Tokar
National Security Agency
Center for Cryptologic History

David. F. Winkler
Naval Historical Foundation

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