History in the Making

Submission Guidelines


CSUSB's nationally award-winning journal of history, History in the Making, is gearing up for another great year. This journal is written, edited, and produced by students and is judged in a national competition sponsored by the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. Four out of the last five volumes submitted have won first, second, or third prize in this competition. Journals are judged on quality of content, editing, and overall design.

Any students regardless of major who are interested in contributing their talents and in learning more about planning, editing, and producing an academic journal are welcome to submit their work for possible publication.

We will consider any of the following for publication:

  • Original primary source based papers either on a historical topic or using an historical approach will be considered.
  • Academically-based travel essays.
  • Essays critically analyzing the historical significance and historical memory of a significant person who died in the past year.
  • Reviews of recently published historical monographs, historical documentaries, films, exhibitions, or public history projects.
  • Essays critically examining a particularly noteworthy historical source or collection from an archive.
  • Papers from undergraduate introductory courses that deal with a historical issue.

Authors interested in submitting an article should expect to submit their work by early January of each year to be included in the annual volume which is published in the Spring.

Call for Papers

We are now accepting submissions for Volume 15, 2022. Please email submissions stripped of all reference to the author or the course for which the paper was originally written if applicable (this is a blind review process) to jmurray@csusb.edu. In the message of the email itself, authors should identify their major/program, the course for which the paper was originally written, and their commitment to working with editors over the winter quarter if their submission is accepted. The committee encourages submissions from recent alumni, current students, and students from other institutions. Submissions are due January 3rd, 2022.

Submitting a manuscript

Provide a complete version of the paper with all references to the identity of the author removed. Students should submit articles electronically to Dr. Murray at jmurray@csusb.edu and Dr. Tiffany Jones at tjones@csusb.edu with the subject line: “Journal Submission.”  Please include in your email your year of study (e.g. freshman, junior, sophomore, senior) or if CSUSB Alumni, the date the piece was written. Also include your best contact information.

All submissions should be in Microsoft Word® or Rich Text Format. Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by a board of student editors and accepted or rejected based on academic standards of scholarly contribution and strength of research, adherence to submission guidelines, and the needs of the journal.

Papers need to be thematically concentrated in the discipline of history and based on original research. Articles must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere at the time of submission. Footnotes and bibliographies should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style.

To submit a manuscript in person:

Please drop off a hard copy at the history department attention Dr. Jeremy Murray.  Authors will also need to provide an electronic complete version of the paper with all references to the identity of the author removed. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format.

Questions regarding submissions should be directed to Dr. Jeremy Murray at jmurray@csusb.edu or Dr. Tiffany Jones at tjones@csusb.edu.

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