Perspectives on History welcomes submissions on all aspects of the practice of history—from the public square to the private study. Above all, we strive to be a place for historians across the discipline’s broad spectrum to find common ground and share their enthusiasm.
Manuscripts must be original and not submitted elsewhere, including online platforms. We recommend that potential authors review articles on our Past Issues page, our submission guidelines (see below), and our copyright policy. Follow the links below to guidelines and instructions on sending your submission.
Submitting an Article
Articles should normally be about 1,200 words in length (about six double-spaced pages), with a maximum of 1,500 words. We prefer a journalistic and conversational style that can engage a wide audience. We welcome ideas for sidebars and illustrations, but ask that footnotes be kept to a minimum.
If you are not sure whether your article is right for Perspectives, send us a query through the online submission form.
Submitting a Review
Perspectives on History will consider reviews of books, films, websites, and exhibitions. Perspectives will not review books that have been reviewed or are likely to be reviewed in the American Historical Review, preferring instead broader topics and themes. We will also consider reviews of works that are not in themselves historical, but which lend themselves to a historian’s perspective.
We recommend sending a query first. Please submit through our online submission form.
Submitting a Letter to the Editor
The American Historian Association welcomes feedback responding to our print and digital publications, as well as communications that address issues relevant to the profession. Due to space considerations and in the interests of clarity of communication, letters to the editor of Perspectives on History should be no more than 750 words.
Letters to the editor should be guided by the AHA’s Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct. Please read our complete guidelines.
Submitting an In Memoriam Essay
In Memoriam essays should be about 500 to 750 words, and no more than 1,000 words. They should focus on the subject’s professional life, but above all should be a historian’s appreciation of a fellow historian, including their influence on colleagues, institutions, their field, and the discipline. The subject of the essay need not be an AHA member.
Authors of In Memoriam essays are encouraged to submit a portrait photograph of the subject as a high resolution digital image.
Submitting Member News
AHA members are encouraged to submit news about their careers, including prizes, promotions, honors, tenure, and new jobs. The purpose of this page is to recognize and honor the accomplishments of AHA members. Submissions must be no more than 150 words.
Submitting Affiliate News
Perspectives on History publishes news and announcements from affiliated societies each month as space allows. Submissions should be less than 500 words and include contact information.
If you have news you would like to share, please read our complete guidelines and instructions on how to submit.