Each article should make an original contribution
to Illinois history. Illinois history is
interpreted broadly to include the lives of native or resident
Illinoisans, Illinois as frontier, Civil War, etc.
The Journal of Illinois History does not
accept previously published manuscripts or
manuscripts that are to appear in substantially the same form
Manuscripts should not exceed 25 double-spaced
pages, excluding endnotes.
Authors should provide footnotes for all
information not available in such standard references as the Dictionary
of American Biography and the Dictionary of American History.
Standard rules for annotation should be
followed. Give the source for all direct quotations, all disputed
information, and all ideas and interpretations not original with
Manuscripts should be typewritten and
double-spaced. Footnotes should be numbered
consecutively, double-spaced throughout, and placed at the end
of the manuscript. The author's name should appear only on
Authors should provide three copies of
the manuscript. In the covering letter the author should point
out what new material or interpretations are presented in the
Articles for publication are carefully
chosen by the editors, who solicit comments from
members of its twelve-member Editorial Advisory Board and additional
referees who possess expertise in other areas. The Journal
the confidentiality of the refereeing process. Identification
is removed from the manuscript before it is sent to the referees,
and comments of the referees are likewise shared anonymously.
Referees are asked to judge manuscripts
according to the following criteria:
Research. Is it historically sound? How
thorough is the research? Is it well organized and clearly written?
Are the sources appropriate? Are the conclusions justified?
Originality. Does the manuscript make a
contribution to the field? How is it original, or in what way
is originality lacking?
Significance. Is the subject matter important?
Would this article appeal to our readers? Does it approach the
subject matter in an interesting way?
Appropriateness. Is this an appropriate
article for a publication specializing in Illinois history?
should it be issued here rather than in a regional or nationally
Mail manuscripts to:
Evelyn R. Taylor
Journal of Illinois History
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
1 Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701-1507