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Submissions are now open for the Fall 2024 Issue!

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Below are our current submission guidelines. 

Fall 2024 Call for Submissions

We are excited to share a call for submissions for the Fall 2024 issue of the Vanderbilt Historical Review. One of the preeminent undergraduate historical research journals, VHR is looking for substantive, original historical research to publish in Issue IX at the end of 2024. The early decision notification deadline for a decision by September 1st is July 1st, pieces submitted by this deadline will receive priority consideration. The regular submission deadline is September 30th, with rolling decision notifications. Undergraduates from any four-year institution are welcome to submit. All topics and periods of history and historiography qualify for submission in this year's issue. See more specific criteria for submission below. 


Faculty interview pieces from any institution are also being accepted with the same submission deadlines as the articles above. Faculty interviews should be substantive narrative pieces about research and historiography done by the faculty member, and should be between 1700 and 3500 words in length.


Last month, VHR published Issue VIII. You may view this issue at: This issue received the highest number of submissions since VHR’s founding in 2016 and consequently included the most articles VHR has published in a singular issue. We are appreciative of this growth and success of VHR and aim to build on it with Issue IX!


All submissions, as well as inquiries regarding the submission process, can be directed to Submissions should be in Word Document or Google Doc format and all identifying information should be on the title page. In the email, please include your Name, Year, Institution, Email, Phone Number (if in the United States), and the title of your piece. We eagerly await these submissions and look forward to crafting VHR’s Issue IX this fall!

*Authors are limited to one substantive article submission per VHR Issue

Vanderbilt Historical Review welcomes submissions from undergraduates of both national and international four-year institutions. The author must be a student at their respective college or university at the time of submission.



In order to be considered for publication, substantive article submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • The topics of the paper may cover any topic related to history, including but not limited to the history of culture, literature, religion, languages, politics, economics or labor, social issues (gender, sexuality, age, wealth, race, education, human rights, crime), business, diplomacy, technology, military, media, music, art or architecture, the environment, a certain region of the world, or any other interdisciplinary topic that is relevant.

  • The main or primary author(s) must attend an undergraduate college or university.

  • The paper must focus on topics of historical importance or significance. Although the paper may cover a myriad of topics throughout history, it must be a research paper with an original thesis. 

  • The paper must not have been published in a previous student, professional, or any other form of publication.

  • The paper must have received an A- / A / or A+ at the author's respective college or university if completed for a course. 

  • The full paper is to be submitted with the format descriptions listed below.

    • The document must not contain any information other than that which is relevant to the paper including the name(s) of the author(s), the university which he/she/they attend, etc.

    • The author(s) must submit, in the submission form, the author's name, college/university, graduation year, and contact information of Author's Professor Mentor.

    • The author(s) will retain all rights of his/her/their document.

    • The paper is not allowed to have citations of class lectures or any variant of such.

    • All sources must be scholarly/academic, or primary sources.

    • The paper must:

      • Be original in content; the student(s) must cite all sources according to the most recent publication of the Chicago Manual of Style.

      • Have citations formatted as footnotes throughout the reading and a Works Cited page.

      • Be double-spaced, 12pt. Times New Roman font, paginated with one-inch margins in .doc or .docx form.

      • Be in English. No papers in foreign languages will be accepted.

      • Be between 10 and 30 pages in length (excluding the Works Cited and abstract), following the formatting rules listed earlier.

      • Include an abstract between 100 and 200 words prior to the introductory paragraph.

      • Be submitted on or before the deadline.


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