CHS Submission Guidelines

Statement of Policy

The editors of Critical Historical Studies invite contributions from across the social sciences and and humanities that explore the complex connections between cultural, political, and social change, on the one hand, and historical transformations of the socioeconomic contexts in which these changes take place, on the other. We will consider monographic research articles, theoretical articles, review essays, and critical reflections on current cultural, political, and scholarly issues.


We do not accept unsolicited book reviews.


We accept only publications written in English. We will consider publishing articles that have previously appeared in another language if the original publication is not readily available in US libraries or if we feel an English translation of the piece would make a considerable contribution to the advancement of the scholarly program of CHS.


We do not accept multiple submissions. Work submitted to CHS may not be under consideration in any form by any other publisher.

General Specifications

Manuscripts should not exceed 12,500 words, including footnotes. We ask that manuscripts use 1-inch margins on all sides and be double-spaced throughout


CHS follows a double-blind article review procedure in which the identities of the author and the evaluators remain confidential. Further to this process we ask that all features that may identify the author be removed from the body of the text. Submissions should instead include a cover page indicating author’s name, affiliation, and contact information. Acknowledgments can be provided on a separate sheet. All references to the author’s own work should be identified by name rather than with first person personal pronouns.


All submissions should include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Should your article be accepted, this abstract will be included in the online version of the journal.


Footnote numbers should be consecutively numbered throughout the manuscript, and footnotes should be formatted following the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Second and later references in the footnotes to previously cited works should give author’s last name and the title of the work. Use “ibid.” when appropriate. Do not use “op. cit.” or author, date. All references to reprint editions must include the original publication date.

Formatting Electronic Files

Acceptable electronic formats include Microsoft Word (.doc), Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf).


Do not embed images in the text. Image files should be provided in TIFF (.tiff) or EPS (.eps) format. If you have more than one image file, please compress/zip all files using either of the following archive formats: Windows or Unix zip (.zip) or Unix tar (.tar or .tar.gz or .tgz)


Please note that authors of accepted manuscripts may be required to submit high-resolution hard copies of all figures, as not all digital files are appropriate for publication.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted to