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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, sixteenth edition (University of Chicago Press, 2010), 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, as well as a copy on a compact disc to:

Publications Division
The Chronicles of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Historical Society
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-7917

Citation style guide

Citations should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition, 2010. Please proofread all citations for style, substance, and typographical errors.

Examples of citations:
(The first time cited, include the full citation. Afterwards, the author can utilize the shortened version of the citation as shown below)


Angie Debo, And Still the Waters Run: The Betrayal of the Five Civilized Tribes (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1961), 141-42.

Debo, And Still the Waters Run, 142.

Edited works:

Terri Baker and Connie Henshaw, eds. Women Who Pioneered Oklahoma: Stories from the WPA Narratives (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011), 80-85.

Baker and Henshaw, ed.s, Women Who Pioneered Oklahoma, 98-104.

Journal articles:

Guy Rowley Moore, “Pawnee Traditions and Customs,” The Chronicles of Oklahoma 17, no. 2 (Summer 1939): 151-62.

Moore, “Pawnee Traditions and Customs,” 151.

Newspaper articles:
A. J. Smitherman, “The Biography: Launching the Tulsa Star,” Empire State, December 25, 1961, 6A.

Archival sources:

Anton Classen to Joseph Thoburn, August 12, 1908, folder 21, box 15, 1986.01, Joseph Thoburn Collection, Research and Archives Division, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (hereafter cited as Thoburn Collection).

Joseph Thoburn to Anton Classen, August 12, 1908, Thoburn Collection.

Newspaper clipping, September 8, 1910, Thoburn Collection.


Gary Evan Moulton, “John Ross, Cherokee Chief,” (PhD diss., Oklahoma State University, 1972), 50-62.

Moulton, “John Ross, Cherokee Chief,” 58-62.

Court cases:

United States v. Christmas, 222 F.3d 141, 145 (4th Cir. 2000).

Christmas, 222 F.3d at 145.

Profit Sharing Plan v. Mbank Dallas, N.A., 683 F. Supp. 592 (N.D. Tex. 1988).

Profit Sharing Plan, 683 F. Supp. 592.

Brendlin v. California, 127 S. Ct. 2400 (2007).

American Indian treaties:

“Treaty with the Choctaw, 1830, September 27, 1830. 7 Stat., 333. Proclamation, February 24, 1831,” Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, vol. 2, ed. Charles Kappler (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1904), 311.

“Treaty with the Choctaw, 1830,” 311.

Government publications:

US Department of Agriculture, Yearbook of Agriculture, 1931 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1932), 152-56.

US Congressional committee reports:

US Office of Indian Affairs, Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the Year 1855, 1856, 34th Cong., 1st sess. (Washington, DC: A. O. P. Nicholson Printer, 1856), 163-65.

US Statutes at large:

Labor Management Relations Act, sec. 301(a), 61 Stat. 156 (1947).

US code:

Labor Management Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. sec. 185(a) (1952).


Michael M. Smith, "Hispanics," The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, www.okhistory.org (accessed November 16, 2016).