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Editorial Policy  


The Indiana Magazine of History documents and investigates the changing culture of Indiana and the Midwest. The editors welcome original, critical writing or annotated primary documents that highlight the challenges faced by past residents of the state and its surrounding region, that add historical perspective to contemporary issues, or that deepen public understanding of historical thinking and its application to our region.



Generally speaking, submitted works fall in one of four categories: articles, documents, critical essays, or research notes. (Please note that the IMH does not accept unsolicited book reviews. To be considered for future review assignments, send a c.v. and letter of inquiry to the editor.)

Articles should be based on original research and should present a clear and well-supported thesis that contributes new information or a new interpretation to subjects of interest to our readers. Authors should demonstrate their awareness of other relevant work on their topic and should be prepared to show how their own research fits into that existing body of work.

Edited documents should present original material, hitherto inaccessible to most readers, that helps to highlight broader issues in Indiana and midwestern history. The editor of such a document should indicate in accompanying notes its significance and relation to other material already published or better known.

Critical essays provide authors with an opportunity to present original interpretations of existing material, and to reflect more broadly on the history and culture of the state and its surrounding regions.

Research notes should highlight the interpretive challenges and opportunities created by specific historical sources or new research methods.

For more useful information on preparing material for publication, you may wish to refer to the guidelines developed by the Conference of Historical Journals.



The IMH is a peer-reviewed journal. After determining if a submission has the potential for publication, the staff sends the work to one or more reviewers with relevant expertise. The process is “double-blind”: neither the reviewer nor the author knows one another’s identity. The work is then either accepted for publication, returned with suggestions for revision and resubmission, or rejected as unsuitable for the IMH. Once the work is accepted for publication, the author is asked to sign an agreement that transfers copyright to the trustees of Indiana University while guaranteeing the author’s own right to republish in the future.



Submissions should be sent in duplicate hard-copy form, double spaced, with wide margins and with footnotes (Chicago Manual of Style format preferred) at the end of the document. The author’s name should not appear on the first page of the manuscript, nor should his or her identity be revealed in footnotes. Submissions, as well as any correspondence concerning editorial matters, may be sent to:

Indiana Magazine of History
Department of History
742 Ballantine Hall
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405