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Kansas History - Editorial policy and style guide

Kansas History, current issueKansas History is published quarterly by the Kansas Historical Foundation and the Department of History at Kansas State University and contains scholarly articles, edited documents, and other materials that contribute to an understanding of the history, prehistory, and cultural heritage of Kansas and the Central Plains. Political, social, intellectual, cultural, economic, and institutional histories are welcome, as are biographical and historiographical interpretations and studies of archeology, the built environment, and material culture. Articles emphasizing visual documentation, exceptional reminiscences, and autobiographical writings also are considered for publication. Genealogical studies generally are not accepted.

Manuscripts are evaluated anonymously by scholars affiliated with the university, the journal’s editorial advisory board, and others in the academic community, who determine the work’s suitability for publication based on originality, quality of research, significance, and presentation, among other factors. Previously published articles or manuscripts that are being considered for publication elsewhere will not be considered. Authors should allow six to eight weeks for a decision, which will be communicated through the editors along with appropriate comments and suggested or required revisions when applicable. Manuscripts may be submitted to the editors electronically at KHJournal@K-state.edu or in hard copy in triplicate at the mailing address below. They should be double-spaced and should not exceed 6,500 to 7,000 words excluding endnotes (which also should be double spaced). Kansas History follows The Chicago Manual of Style, published by the University of Chicago Press (17th ed., 2017). Submitted articles should follow the manual as closely as possible, particularly with regard to the citation of source material.

If a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will work with the editors to produce a final draft. The editors, of course, reserve the right to make changes in the article but will consult with the author regarding such throughout the editing process. After reviewing the final edited version of the manuscript, the author will be required to sign a copyright transfer agreement. The copyright agreement, which allows the Kansas Historical Foundation to copyright each journal issue, will be sent to the author several weeks prior to the scheduled publication date; refusal to sign the release rescinds the Foundation’s acceptance of the manuscript.

The copyright agreement also requires that the author stipulate that he/she will not reuse or reprint the article without first having acquired permission from Kansas History. In addition, the author must attest to the originality of the work and, wherever applicable, acquire permission to publish or to reproduce for publication all currently copyrighted materials (quotations, photographs, maps, etc.) submitted by the author but not original to or created by the author. Authors are encouraged to make suggestions for illustrations to accompany the article when published and to provide copies of the same if they are not among the collections of the Kansas Historical Society. The author is responsible for the cost of any such illustrations and for obtaining the appropriate permission to publish from the individuals or institutions to whom the illustrations belong; the cost of any illustrations personally commissioned from photographers, graphic designers, etc., is also the responsibility of the author. Although illustrations often enhance an article and are an important part of Kansas History, a manuscript’s acceptance usually has no relationship to their availability. For its part, the Foundation agrees to publish the article in a timely manner and to provide the author with six free copies of the journal in which his/her work appears. The author will also have the opportunity to purchase ten additional copies of the issue in which his/her work appears at one-half the regular cost per issue.

Articles appearing in the print version of Kansas History will be posted online sometime after their publication. They will appear on the Kansas Historical Society’s website and via EBSCO Publishing. Journal articles are abstracted and/or indexed in Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life. The journal on microfilm is available from ProQuest Microfilms.

The Edgar Langsdorf Award for Excellence in Writing, which includes a plaque and an honorarium of two hundred dollars, is awarded each year for the best article published in Kansas History.

All editorial queries should be addressed to the editors: Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains, Department of History, 117D Calvin Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-1002; 785-532-6730; KHJournal@K-state.edu.