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We recognize that access to the internet is not universal; therefore we will accommodate those who are unable to submit their manuscripts electronically. Please contact the editorial staff at JWAH, 141B & 141C Old Horticulture, 506 E. Circle Drive, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; Phone: (517) 884-4593, Fax: (517) 884-4594, or for further instructions. The editor-in-chief can be reached directly at


Submissions are accepted only in MS-Word format. Please submit your article and a 150-word abstract in one file. Please be certain that no identifying information [i.e. the name(s), affiliation(s) of the author(s)] is submitted with the article. Tables, figures, and images should be uploaded as supplementary files at the time of submission. A confirmation note will be sent to each scholar immediately after the submission is received. Once you have received this confirmation, please do not ask for further confirmation.

Book Reviews: Review essays (not exceeding 1,000 words) should engage the interpretation, meaning, or importance of an author’s argument for a wider scholarly audience. The justification for shorter or longer reviews should be discussed with the Book Review Editor prior to submission. Include your name and affiliation at the end of the review. Double space your document, with an extra space between paragraphs (rather than indenting each one). See the style sheet below for book review formatting guidelines.

See the book review page for list of books available for review.

Editorial Policy

All articles submitted to JWAH must be original work that has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration by any other publication. All submissions to JWAH go through a double-blind peer-review process. Response time is typically 3–4 months from submission. The article is first read in-house by an editor. If the submission meets the style, content, and quality requirement of JWAH, the editor-in-chief sends it out to two referees who are experts in the relevant field of research. If there is a consensus in the assessment of the article by the referees and the editor, their expressed decision is final. The editor-in-chief will only consult a third reviewer if there is a difference of opinion. The fact that JWAH requires a consensus view between the referees and an editor ensures that the process is as fair as possible. To ensure publication, authors must be available to respond to reviewers’ comments, make revisions, and review page proofs. A tentative schedule will be provided at the time of submission acceptance.

Manuscript Preparation

JWAH follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., and uses endnote-style citations. Refer to the JWAH style sheet linked below to prepare your manuscript for submission:

JWAH Style Sheet.

Images and Derivative Materials

– It is the author’s obligation and responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright and/or other use restrictions prior to submitting materials to MSU Press for publication.

– Images must be submitted as supplementary, clearly-labeled files at the time of submission.

– All images must be a minimum of 300 dpi at planned publication size.

– Citations, permissions, and captions are required upon submission for all images.

– We cannot publish such materials without an accompanying signed permissions letter.

Publishing Agreements

Pieces accepted for publication must be accompanied by a signed publishing agreement before the piece can go to print. You can find links for the agreements below:

JWAH Article Publishing Agreement

JWAH Book Review Publishing Agreement.