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Editorial Policy

The editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma actively seeks manuscripts relevant to the broad sweep of Oklahoma’s rich heritage. Suitable topics include narrative history, biography, historiography, historic preservation, archaeology, anthropology, ethnohistory, and related fields of study. Editors evaluate manuscripts on a variety of criteria, including originality of idea, responsible use of source material, and writing style. The Chronicles of Oklahoma does not publish fiction, poetry, genealogy, family history, or work that has previously appeared in another publication. Manuscripts submitted to the Publications Division should conform to The Chicago Manual of Style, seventeenth edition (University of Chicago Press, 2017), be approximately 5,000 words in length (excluding endnotes), and be typed double-spaced. Endnotes should be placed at the end of the manuscript, not embedded within the manuscript. For spelling and word division, follow Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.

The editor reserves the right to make any editorial changes deemed necessary for the sake of clarity, accuracy, or conformity to an adopted style. The editor also reserves the right to submit all manuscripts to two members of an editorial advisory board or two recognized authorities in the field of study who will make recommendations to the editor. This process may take up to three months. Once a manuscript is accepted and scheduled for publication, the editor will provide the author with editorial comments, and the editor and author will work together to produce the final version of the manuscript.

Before publication, authors must sign a provided copyright waiver form which grants to the OHS one-time print and electronic publication rights. Appropriate photographs, maps, and illustrations with proper citation information and print permission should be supplied with the manuscript and will be returned upon author’s request. The OHS is not responsible for manuscripts or illustrations sent through the mail. To safeguard against loss of valuable materials, authors should not send the only existing copies of manuscripts or rare photographs.

Permission to reprint copyrighted material from The Chronicles of Oklahoma must be submitted in writing. In some cases, permission from the author also must be obtained.

How to submit an article

The editorial staff prefers that articles be submitted electronically. Email article submissions in a Microsoft Word or PDF format to ebass@okhistory.org. Be sure to include your name, address, and email address.

If electronic submission is not possible, you may mail manuscripts along with a copy on a USB drive or compact disc to:

Editor, The Chronicles of Oklahoma
Publications Division
Oklahoma Historical Society
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Citation style guide

Citations should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, seventeenth edition, 2017, although some changes may be made to accommodate house style. Please proofread all citations for style, substance, and typographical errors.