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Policies And Processes

Policies and Processes for Manuscript Submissions

“Egypt. Agriculture. An Egyptian cotton field,” Matson Photo Service, photographer, between 1950-1977. Library of Congress LC-M305- SL17-5054

“Egypt. Agriculture. An Egyptian cotton field,” Matson Photo Service, photographer, between 1950-1977. Library of Congress LC-M305- SL17-5054

Research Articles

To qualify for peer review, manuscripts must be written in English, originally researched, historically/historiographically engaged, and be fully cited using endnotes. Please do not submit pieces that have been published or are under consideration elsewhere.

  1. All manuscripts must be submitted online via our ScholarOne site, found here: Please follow the instructions closely.

  2. All manuscripts should be:

    • In Microsoft Word format (doc. or docx.). The file will be anonymized and converted to PDF for review.

    • Double-spaced

    • No longer than 12,000 words of text, not including endnotes

    • Complete with endnotes that are also double-spaced

    • Written in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition)

  3. Any style questions can be answered by reference to the Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition) or by contacting our editorial office:

  4. Potential illustrations (jpg, tiff) should be uploaded as separate files along with the submission. Please do not embed images or tables within the manuscript.

  5. Once received and evaluated as appropriate for Agricultural History, the manuscript will be sent out for double-blind peer review. Please upload a separate title page with your name and contact information, and be sure that the main document is free of any identifying information in both the text and endnotes. The peer-review process can take up to four months.

  6. Please use ScholarOne for all resubmissions, even if you submitted the original manuscript via our previous submission process.

  7. An accepted manuscript is usually published within a year. During this time, the author will have the opportunity to make final changes to the manuscript in response to comments from the reviewers and the editor. The editorial staff will then conduct a rigorous fact-checking and editing process. We will check every citation for accuracy, to the best of our ability given available library and interlibrary loan resources, and will copyedit the manuscript for style, organization, and clarity. The author will have the opportunity to review and approve the copyedited manuscript before publication.

  8. Please send all other inquiries to

Special Features

In addition to traditional research articles, we regularly publish roundtables, forums, review essays, and other special features that address important topics and historiographical trends in the field. If you have an idea for a special feature, feel free to let us know what you’re thinking at

Book Reviews

We make every effort to review all new books in agricultural history and related fields, but given the geographical and chronological scope of the journal, some books may get overlooked from time to time. If you notice such an omission, please let us know. Also, if you would like to be added to our list of reviewers, please send a note to our book review editor, Erin Stewart Mauldin, indicating your credentials and areas of expertise. She can be reached at