Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for the British Journal for Military History

Author Guidelines

Authors should submit their manuscripts, plus 100 word abstract, as an e-mail attachment to the Editors at

Please provide us with appropriate contact details including your full mailing address.

The editors are happy to consider papers that are under consideration elsewhere on the condition that the author indicates the other journals where the article has been submitted.

Papers submitted to the BJMH must not have been published elsewhere.

The BJMH is a double blind peer-reviewed journal, i..e communication between reviewers and authors is anonymised and managed by the Editorial Team. All papers that the Editors consider appropriate for publication will be submitted to at least two suitably qualified reviewers for comment. Subsequent publication is dependent on receiving satisfactory comments from reviewers. All authors will be sent copies of the comments from the reviewers.

The Editors are keen to encourage article submissions from a variety of scholars and authors regardless of their academic background. For those papers that demonstrate great promise and significant research but are offered by authors who have yet to publish or who need further editorial support, the Editors are willing to offer mentoring and guidance to ensure an article’s successful publication.

The Editorial Team is particularly keen to consider articles on subjects that might not ordinarily receive much attention but which clearly show the topic has been properly researched and for which the author does not receive any external financial support.

The Editors will provide authors with additional supoort on a case-by-case basis. If authors wish to take advantage of this Editorial Support Service then they should provide an outline of their background and explain how they believe the Editors can help when they submit their paper.

The Editorial Team makes every effort to offer this service in a transparent manner and so will publish their reasons for supporting the author at the same time that their article appears in the BJMH.

Articles should be no more than 8000 words in length (including footnotes) and be set out according the BJMH Style Guide. Authors should note that articles will usually be rejected if they do not conform to the Chicago Manual of Style or if they go over the word count.

The editors may suggest changes to articles and book reviews in the interest of clarity and economy of expression; such changes will not be made without consultation with the author. The editors are the final arbiters of usage, grammar, and length.

Authors are encouraged to supply relevant artwork (maps, charts, line drawings, and photographs) with their essays. The author is responsible for obtaining permission to publish any copyrighted material.

Please Note: the Journal has been given permission by the Imperial War Museum to make use of their images free of charge.

The submission of an article, book review, or other communication is taken by the Editors to indicate that the author understands the copyright arrangements of the journal. Specifically, work published by the BJMH retain a Creative Commons copyright license that allows articles to be freely shared, copied and redistributed in any medium of format but must be attributed to the author and cannot be used commercially or remixed or transformed unless the licensor gives permission. More information about this license can be found here:

The British Journal for Military History acting on behalf of the British Commission for Military History do not accept responsibility for statements, either of fact or opinion, made by contributors.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the BJMH style guide (below).
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.



The style guide for BJMH is very simple and designed to encourage you to submit your work.

Please use Arial in Font 12 for all your submissions.  Footnotes should be in Font 10. In addition, we prefer that you adopt the Chicago Style for your paper. More information about the style can be found here:

Use footnotes not endnotes. Quotation marks should come before the full stop, reference numbers after it and spelling should be British rather than American.

Please justify your text. Paragraphs do not require indenting. Line spacing should be single and leave a carriage return between paragraphs.

Quotations should use single quotation marks and wherever possible have a footnote reference. Extended quotations (over three lines) require indenting. Quotations within quotations should use double quotation marks.

With regards to page layout: the top and bottom of the page should be 2.54cm, the left/right margin 3.17 and the header/footer 1.25cm.

Examples of References:

Michael Howard, War in European History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).

Michael Howard, ‘Men against Fire: The Doctrine of the Offensive in 1914’, in Peter Paret (ed.), Makers of Modern Strategy, (Oxford: Clarendon, 1994), pp. 510-526.