Architectural History: Notes for Contributors
Architectural History is a double-blind, peer-reviewed international journal that publishes significant original and interpretive research on buildings, the built environment, the history of architectural theory, and architectural historiography, in all places and from all periods. Articles in Architectural History are expected to be rigorous, analytical, and, although closely focused, also contextualise their subject and explore its relevance in relation to wider issues concerning the history and understanding of architecture.
It is the responsibility of all authors to follow our submission procedure and to ensure that their manuscripts accord with the current version of the Notes for Contributors. The Editors reserve the right to reject submissions that are poorly written, as they do not have the resources to rewrite them. Texts that do not accord with the Notes are also unlikely to progress to publication.
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Submission and pre-publication procedures
The journal now accepts submissions on a year-round basis, with the aim of providing readers' reports and a decision to publish within three months of receipt. Submissions received by September 15th will be considered for publication the following year. All files should be sent here.
Submitted texts should normally be between 6,000-12,000 words in length, including notes (which should be primarily bibliographic), and in accordance with the instructions detailed below.
Texts should represent the product of original research and should not be under consideration by any other journal. Nor should they constitute material forming chapters of books or other works that are issued within three years from their publication in Architectural History. In considering this timescale, please bear in mind that publication of successful articles normally takes place at least a year from submission.
Submitted texts judged to be of suitable standard are normally sent to two anonymous referees. Refereeing is anonymous in both directions, so please ensure that your name does not appear on any of the versions of the text you send in, or on the labels of the electronic files (and that it is not made explicit in endnotes etc.), but only in your covering letter and email. You will normally receive a response from the editor by mid- December.
If your article is provisionally accepted for publication you will be required to revise your text in accordance with comments made by the referee(s) and your allocated editor. In returning your revised text, you should enclose responses to the referee reports and to any comments from the editor, indicating how their advice has been followed or explaining why it has not been. If the revised text does not fully deal with the comments, publication may be delayed or abandoned. You are advised to resubmit your text as soon as possible to ensure it can be formally accepted in time for the next issue.
We are now accepting proposals for special issues, consisting of a coherent group of shorter articles on a specific subject or theme. Although the collection may arise from conference proceedings or a similar event, the published version must conform in all respects to the standards of the journal. Each contribution should be fully illustrated and fully referenced.
The proposal should provide a rationale for the individual contributions, for the collection as a whole and for its inclusion in Architectural History. If the proposal is accepted, the entire manuscript will be sent out for peer review. If accepted for publication, it will be co-edited with a member editorial team, with oversight of the whole resting with the Lead and Deputy Editors.
State the total number of words – both inclusive and exclusive of your endnotes – below your title.
An abstract of 200-300 words should follow, before your text.
Text should be double-spaced with margins wide enough to allow for comment from the referees and editors, and with single (not double) space-bar presses between sentences. Insert line gaps between paragraphs.
Use endnotes rather than footnotes, likewise double-spaced and beginning on a new page.
Sub-headings should not be in capitals or in bold or underlined.
Please supply all illustration (and table) captions, again double-spaced, on one or more separate pages or in a separate file.
For spelling, refer to the OED, but with ‘-ise’ not ‘-ize’ where both are permissible. Compound adjectives should be hyphenated: ‘seven-bay façade’, ‘double-pile houses’.
Englsh usage and punctuation should accord with the MHRA Style Guide, available at www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Books/StyleGuide ; with apostrophes, James’s is preferred to James’.
Titles and ranks are capitalised when they accompany a personal name rather than merely referring to an official title, so ‘King Henry I’, ‘Prince Charles’, ‘Bishop Gilbert’, but ‘the duke’, ‘the archbishop’, etc.
Dates take the forms ‘October 1992’, ‘11 May 1994’, ‘1711–14’, ‘1933–39’ (with dashes rather than hyphens), ‘the seventeenth century’ (not ‘the 17th Century’); note the use of the hyphen in ‘late seventeenth-century architecture’ (where ‘seventeenth-century’ is used adjectivally). In general, spell out numbers one to a hundred, unless they appear in lists or measurements.
Quotations embedded in the text should have single quotation marks and should normally respect the punctuation of the original. A quotation within a quotation, however, should have double quotation marks, and final punctuation marks should be omitted if the quotation is less than a complete sentence. Omissions from the middles of quotations (but not from the beginnings or ends) are indicated by an ellipsis in square brackets: ‘[...]’. Quotations longer than about thirty words should be begin on a fresh line, and the text following should recommence on a fresh line (the quotation being indented in the eventual publication).
References to illustrations need to be indicated in parentheses in the text with bold numbers (Fig. 1, Figs 2 and 3, etc). The bold numbers serve as ‘flags’ for the printer before being finally converted to normal font.
Citations in endnotes should follow the journal’s conventions and be in accordance with the following examples. Note that the author’s name is normally as it appears in the cited publication (i.e. given in full and not reduced to initials, except where this is the author’s own style, e.g. A.J.P. Taylor, Judith A. Green). Note the use of ‘p.’ for page (plural ‘pp.’) and ‘f.’ for folio (plural ‘ff.’); and also note the conventions for contracting page numbers and for using dashes rather than hyphens (pp. 4–6, 24–26, 104–06, 324–26).
Endnotes (not footnotes) should be kept to a minimum. The endnote number should appear only after the full stop. Two or more consecutive references to the same source should where possible be grouped in the same note. The reader should be able to follow the article without referring to the notes. The notes may be used to discuss minor problems of interpretation which, if incorporated in the text, would disrupt its flow, but they should not be used to sustain a running commentary on the work of other historians.
Illustrations should only be included if they are necessary and contribute to the text. Some articles may require only very few illustrations, and the maximum for any article is normally around 20. The number, in the final event, will be decided by the Editor.
Illustrations are not to be embedded in the electronic version of the text. Versions of the illustrations should be sent to the editor when the article is submitted both by post and electronically. If your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to submit your finalised images, in the form of high-quality digital files. Authors should then discuss their images without delay with their editor or with the printer, so that improvements can if necessary be made.
The finalised images must be of sufficiently high quality for satisfactory reproduction. Images that may look OK on a computer screen may not be suitable in reality. To this end:
You will be asked to submit the finalised images with your revised submission, i.e. by 15 February. If you are purchasing digital images from archives or museums, please allow sufficient time for your request to be processed.
All illustrations should be clearly labelled with the author’s name and the figure number used in the text and the list of captions, in the format ‘Author’s surname fig 01’. If you have any preference as to the scale at which particular illustrations are shown, or any specific juxtapositions, this should be indicated (although it may not be possible to accommodate all requests).
Illustrations should be numbered and captioned individually and sequentially. Do not use suffixes (a), (b) etc.; and do not assemble two or more photographic images into a single figure. Avoid any unnecessary ‘referring ahead’ to images that come later in more detailed sections.
Illustration captions should be listed separately and formatted according to appropriate and consistent systems, which may be as follows (although it may be that variations are unavoidable or desirable).
Tables should be as simple as possible. They should be submitted in separate files, and each must have its own explanatory caption.
The author is responsible for obtaining relevant permissions in writing, before final submission, to reproduce images, and will be required to sign a legally binding form confirming that these permissions have been secured. The author is also responsible for reproduction charges levied by archives or libraries. Rightsholders may ask for information about the journal to determine the fee, and for this the following may be useful: the journal is published by Cambridge University Press; the print run is 1,000; territorial rights are global; the journal is not published electronically, but after three years articles are scanned at low resolution and uploaded to JSTOR. Photo-credits are listed in the captions.
The editors cannot undertake to give advice on copyright law and warn authors that the process of obtaining copyright clearance can be time-consuming. For example, to use a drawing deposited in an archive may require not only the permission of the archive, but also that of the creator of the drawing, and it may not be easy to track down those who hold the rights in the case of defunct architectural practices.
These are sent to authors for checking in the early summer before publication. Any changes at this stage must be minimal.
It is the author’s responsibility to keep their editor informed of contact addresses throughout. If that author cannot be contacted and corrected proofs are not submitted in time, then the article may be published without the author’s corrections, or its publication may be postponed.
Republication of Articles
An author wishing to include material from their article, in whole or in part, in a book or in another publication must seek permission in writing from the Editors, which will not normally be withheld provided a three-year period of time has elapsed, and provided the original article is referenced.