Article manuscripts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. They should be written in English and not exceed 8,000 words in length, not counting notes, tables, and charts. We can accommodate a maximum of 8 images/graphs/figures per article. Please follow the AHR style guide when submitting your manuscript.

A typical published AHR article of 8,000 words contains an additional 4,500–5,500 words of notes; a ratio of 2:1 is a good guideline for an initial submission, since references are often added in revisions. Please follow our house style for submitted manuscripts: 8 ½ × 11 inch page size, Times New Roman 12 pt. font, no subheadings, double spaced, and with numbered pages. Formatting the manuscript in this fashion, and masking the author’s identity, will speed up the processing of your submission.

The AHR publishes approximately 8 to 10 percent of submissions. These articles are selected through a rigorous review process. Each manuscript is evaluated by the AHR editorial staff. Those with the greatest promise are sent anonymously to members of the AHR Board of Editors for further review. Upon recommendation by board members, essays are then sent to specialists to undergo double-anonymous peer review. All articles are evaluated to determine suitability for publication in the AHR and to help authors clarify their argument and explain their essays’ broader implications. Those selected for publication are then subject to further revision and re-evaluation.

Although the journal is openly available only to AHA members and institutional subscribers, AHR authors receive a shareable link to the full text of their published article on the Oxford University Press website. They may share that link with others or post it to their own website or in an institutional repository, provided there is no charge for access to that site.

The AHR participates in Read and Publish. Scholars wishing to make their article open access may opt to pay an article processing charge.

All submissions should be made through our editorial management system, Scholar One, at We do not consider manuscripts submitted by email.

Inquiries for the AHR Editorial Office, including correspondence regarding manuscript submissions, should be emailed to or mailed to Editor, American Historical Review, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003.