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Submissions will open soon for the Fall 2024 Issue. Stay tuned.

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Below are our current submission guidelines. 

*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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