Submission Guidelines

We run fairly informally with Teaching History: no fancy printed style sheet or any of that. We assume that authors will use good writing style and such. Then, when we accept an essay, we do whatever editing is needed to assure consistency within the journal.

The typical submissions usually run ten to fifteen pages in length in double-spaced manuscript (longer is okay). Of course, the length is not as important as the quality of the essay. The ideal essay will describe a teaching method or a series of methods, give examples to illustrate, add some comments from students (if available) on student response to the approach—often drawn from end-of-semester evaluations—and beyond those things offer whatever else the author wants to say. In some cases, examples of activities, a reading list, a list of websites, or a syllabus might be useful additions as an appendix. We also publish occasional “teaching notes” that run shorter than full essays.

Notes can be done as footnotes or as endnotes. For format, please use Turabian/Chicago style rather than APA or MLA. If you have other questions about the journal's format and style, you might be able to get your own answer by referring to a copy of Teaching History. Our article index will provide some additional information.

We would ask you to send the editor an electronic copy of the essay—that is send it as an e-mail attachment (, which is our preferred format, or a copy on disk. Please be certain that notes come through as part of an e-mail attachment. You can follow up with a copy sent by ground mail if you wish. Our preferred word processing system is Word.

When you send manuscript materials, please provide full contact information (name, affiliation, address, telephone, e-mail, etc.) and any other information that you deem pertinent.

All essays submitted to Teaching History go out to five or more reviewers in "blind" form. Our turnaround time runs four to six months, depending on the speed of the readers. When appropriate, we ask for reviews from outside referees.

If you cannot send your manuscript as an e-mail attachment, please send manuscript materials plus disk to the editor at the following address:

Sarah Drake Brown
Editor of Teaching History
Department of History
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

If you have any additional questions, please contact the editor at