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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under consideration for publication with another journal.
  • The submission file is a Microsoft Word document.
  • Citations are listed as endnotes, formatted as suggested by the Chicago Manual of Style. Endnotes are linked with superscript notes in the text.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining.
  • All images and figures will be uploaded as separate files during the submission process. They are 300 dpi and permission has been obtained from the rightsholder.
  • There is no identifying information in the manuscript file itself that would give away my identity to the blind reviewers (including headers and footers).
  • I can provide both an English and French version of my abstract and keywords.

Author Guidelines

All manuscripts submitted for publication must be original work not published previously and not currently under consideration by any other publication. Papers submitted to the journal for publication need not have been presented at the Society’s annual meetings, nor must contributors be active members at the time they submit their work for publication. All submissions must be original research that has not been published in English or French. Translation from languages other than English or French may be considered on a case by case basis.

FCH also welcomes proposals for special issues or forums of several articles around a theme. Potential guest editors should contact the Journal Editor to discuss their proposals.

French Colonial History appears annually. Given the review and production schedules of the journal, manuscripts received prior to June 1 will have the best chance of completing the review process in time for inclusion in the following year’s issue. We strive to respond to initial submissions within two months.

To ensure publication in time for FCHS’s annual meeting, authors must be available to respond to reviewers’ comments, make revisions, and review page proofs late summer through early spring. A tentative schedule will be provided at time of submission acceptance.

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

Articles, normally 8,000–10,000 words in length (including notes), may be submitted in English or French. Quotations from languages other than English or French should be translated into the language in which the manuscript is written.

Manuscripts should be prepared following the guidelines below and The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition), which MSUP uses for copyediting, punctuation, endnotes, and style. You can also refer to the MSU Press journals Style Sheet to prepare your piece for submission.

Authors should provide two abstracts, one in English and one in French, of not more than 150 words.

Articles

All manuscripts submitted for publication must be original work not published previously and not currently under consideration by any other publication. Papers submitted to the journal for publication need not have been presented at the Society’s annual meetings, nor must contributors be active members at the time they submit their work for publication.

All contributions will be peer reviewed by French Colonial History editors and editorial board members.

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