Journalism History seeks articles on topics related to the full scope of mass communication history, which may discuss individuals, institutions, or events. The journal features manuscripts that provide fresh approaches and a new, significant understanding about a topic in its broader context, as well as topical essays, especially if they contain clear theses with supporting documentation.  In addition to content about traditional journalism, Journalism History welcomes submissions with historical angles on visual communication, public relations, advertising, scholastic journalism, media diversity, sports media, the business of journalism, media technology, oral history, media law and ethics, and documentaries. We also encourage cross-disciplinary and global collaboration so that the content of the journal increasingly reflects media history outside of U.S. borders and across disciplines.

Before submitting articles, authors should pay careful attention to the style of writing published in the journal, as well as the maximum length of articles and the interests of scholars in previous issues.

  • Articles for Journalism History should be double spaced and no more than 25 pages, not including notes.
  • Endnotes should follow the text, conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, and include detailed and complete citations with documentation.
  • Editors and reviewers place a premium on the clarity and readability of each manuscript in addition to the author’s ability to follow the suggested mechanics of scholarly writing.
  • Corresponding editors referee manuscripts anonymously, and authors usually receive notification regarding the status of their article within two months of submission.
  • Authors must also submit a 130-150 word abstract along with a two-sentence biographical note.

How to Submit

Journalism History receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its Editorial Manager site. Editorial Manager allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and it facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform.

If you have technical issues with Editorial Manager, visit the EM Help System to access technical support.