The editorial offices of Pacific Historical Review are located at 487 Cramer Hall, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207-0751; telephone: (503)725-8230; Fax: (503)725-8235. All articles for publication, books for review, and editorial correspondence should be addressed to David A. Johnson, Editor, at that address.
Articles must be typed double-spaced; notes must be typed in the same size font as the text, starting on a separate sheet, and also double-spaced. The author’s name should appear ONLY on a separate title page, and nowhere on the article or notes, because all articles are subject to blind review.Authors should submit four copies of their article and four copies of a 125-word abstract. Preferably, authors will send electronic copies of the article and abstract in either MS Word or RTF format as e-mail attachments; a Macintosh or IBM-compatible 3.5" or compact disk containing the article in either MS Word or RTF format will also be accepted. Since the abstracts are sent to potential referees with our request for their reading of the entire article, these also should not include the author’s name anywhere on the page.
The editors are interested in broad, interpretive studies that span disciplinary boundaries, as well as focused, archivally-based case studies that offer a significant addition to scholarly knowledge and understanding.
Submitting an Article: Basic Format Guidelines
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Submitting an Article: What to Include
The Article Review Process
The Pacific Historical Review receives approximately 100 submissions a year. Of these, 16, or about 1 in 6, will eventually be published in the PHR.
Initially, the editors read each submission to verify its suitability to the PHR and to identify experts to serve as external referees. Depending on the nature of the particular piece, the editors will seek anywhere from 2 to 5 referees; 3 is the usual number.
The review process is double-blind to ensure author-referee anonymity and may take anywhere from three to six months to complete. Referees are asked to include‹and go beyond‹a recommendation about publication. Once all referee reports are returned to the PHR,the editors, as a general rule, reach one of four decisions:
Revise and resubmit is a typical outcome for a PHR submission. Authors should not interpret this decision as a polite rejection but, rather, as an indication that the referees recognize the manuscript's promise and that the editors hope the author will undertake the recommended revisions and resubmit the article to the Review.
The editors expect that manuscripts submitted to the PHR are not under consideration by other journals or previously published in whole or substantial part (as a book chapter, for example). University of California Press holds the copyright of articles published in the Pacific Historical Review. PHR authors who wish to reprint their article (in whole or substantial part) will need the Press's permission to do so.
Every quarterly issue of the Pacific Historical Review features an extensive section devoted to book reviews--approximately thirty in each issue. Our reviews are generally 500 words in length, although the Review also publishes longer review essays (of 2,500 or more words).
If you are interested in writing book reviews for the PHR please contact the editors by letter or email. In your letter, identify the fields in which you are qualified to review and include a listing of your significant publications. PHR book reviewers are expected to have a record of significant (refereed) publication in the area in which they review.