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Aims and Scope
Founded in 1961, the peer-reviewed Journal of British Studies (JBS) is dedicated to the
advancement of scholarly understanding of British history and culture from the Middle Ages
through the present. Drawing on both established and emerging approaches, JBS presents
scholarly articles and book reviews by authors who wish to share their ideas on British society,
politics, law, economics, and the arts. Explorations in the history of the British Isles and the British
Empire may be conceived in the broadest way chronologically, geographically, and thematically,
and put British experience in European, comparative, transnational, and global contexts. The
Journal publishes the work of scholars with an established international reputation and offers a
prominent forum for younger scholars. Contributions are aimed both at specialists and nonspecialists.
The Journal publishes research articles and book reviews, with each coordinated by a different editorial office.
Unsolicited book reviews are not accepted, but for more information about the Journal’s book review policy click here.
JBS publishes research articles that are of interest to the specialist and non-specialist reader. To ensure that your contribution is fully accessible and stimulating to the general reader, it is crucial that you situate your article in its historiographical context and make clear the wider significance of your research.
Any submission must:
- be the original work of the author(s)
- not have been published previously, either as a whole or in part, either in print or electronically
- not currently be under consideration or accepted, in whole or in part, for publication elsewhere.
Articles should normally be between 7,500 and 13,000 words, inclusive of footnotes. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and not used for “sub-texts.” Wherever possible without introducing confusion, references should be grouped together.
You may of course include tables, maps, and images in your article if they are integral to the argument or add significantly to its substance or intelligibility.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure that you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Preparing Your Manuscript
Follow the style guidelines below regarding the format of your manuscript and references. The system relies on automated processing to create a PDF file from your submission. If you do not follow these instructions, your submission cannot be processed and will not be received by the journal office.
At the top of the first page of the manuscript, please provide word counts for your article: one that includes footnotes and one that does not.
Prepare your manuscript, including tables, using a recent version of Microsoft Word and save it in .doc or .docx format.
If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the final version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes.
Anonymize your files and text: Do not include a title page, any acknowledgements, or your abstract (there will be a place to enter that as you upload your document into our system). In the text and citations, replace any information that would identify the author(s) by substituting words such as: [citation deleted to maintain the integrity of the review process]. Do not add any running headers or footers that would identify authors. Refer to your own references in the third person. For example, write “Smith has demonstrated,” not “I have previously demonstrated” [reference]. Check that all identifiers have been removed from electronic files, including your documents prepared using Microsoft Word.
Current MS Word instructions:
Authors should submit any figures as separate files, in TIFF (.tif) or EPS (.eps) (not GIF [.gif] or JPEG [.jpg] format). For further guidelines concerning the electronic submission of images, please see the Guidelines for Artwork.
Revised and Final Versions of Manuscripts
If you are submitting a revised manuscript, please include your responses to the Editor’s and reviewers' comments as part of a cover letter file. When submitting a revised manuscript with figures, include all figures, even if they have not changed since the previous version.
The final version of your manuscript must be submitted in Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text (.rtf) format because your keystrokes will be used in publication. For both revised and final versions of manuscripts, please observe the same formatting instructions outlined in this document.
Please note that authors of accepted manuscripts may be required to submit high-resolution hard copies of all figures during production, as not all digital art files are usable.
Research Article Style Guidelines
Manuscripts submitted for consideration to the Journal should be carefully proofread and fully documented. Notes should appear as footnotes (not endnotes) and be 12 pt, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.
As the Journal employs a blind-reviewing process, all obvious references by which the referees could identify the author must be removed by the author prior to submission. In particular, do not include a title page.
The manuscript should have 1-inch margins all around and should be double-spaced throughout, including the text, all quotations, equations, appendices, references, footnotes, tables, figure legends, and headings.
The Journal adheres to the grammatical conventions outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. By incorporating these into your initial draft, you will save yourself considerable time during the revision process. Articles published in previous issues of the Journal are an excellent resource for answers to most questions concerning grammar. Listed below are two of the most frequently encountered issues:
- Use the Oxford comma. Always insert a comma before the “and” between the last and second-to-last items in a list.
Apples, pears, and oranges are all fruits.
- If a sentence ends in a quotation, always place the period inside the quotation marks, rather than outside.
As Julius said, “Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war.”
Follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, with appropriate allowances for reference to manuscript sources that require special forms of reference. Note that in references to scholarly literature, all titles, in the text and in footnotes, should be capitalized. Titles of printed primary sources published up to 1900 retain their original capitalization.
Dates should be consistent with the Journal style, for example, 10 January 1856.
The Journal uses the following style for footnote references to printed documents:
First reference to a book:
A. James Hammerton, Cruelty and Companionship: Conflict in Nineteenth-Century Married Life (London, 1992), 16.
[Note that the publisher is not identified in the reference and that the first reference includes the full title, including any material placed after a colon. Provide the author’s full name in the first citation precisely as printed in the publication. Italicize titles for book titles.]
Second reference to a book:
Hammerton, Cruelty and Companionship, 119.
[Note that only author’s surname, a short title, and page reference are included.]
First reference to a journal article:
James Buzard, “The Uses of Romanticism: Byron and the Victorian Continental Tour,” Victorian Studies 35, no. 1 (Autumn 1991): 29–49.
[Note also the inclusion of the issue number and month/quarter of publication. “vol.” is not included to designate volume. Include full page run for a journal article, and also for chapter of an edited collection, on first mention.] If you also wish to reference a particular page, please use this format:
James Buzard, “The Uses of Romanticism: Byron and the Victorian Continental Tour,” Victorian Studies 35, no. 1 (Autumn 1991): 29–49, at 36.
Second reference to a journal article:
Buzzard, “Uses of Romanticism,” 37.
[Note use of author’s surname and short title of article.]
First reference to a contribution to a multi-author work:
Anne Carr and Douglas J. Schurrman, “Religion and Feminism: A Reformist Christian Analysis,” in Religion, Feminism, and the Family, ed. Anne Carr and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen (Louisville, KY, 1996), 11–32.
Second reference to a contribution to a multi-author work:
Carr and Schurrman, “Religion and Feminism,” 27.
[Note that “ed.” is used when abbreviating “edited by.” For a book with multiple editors, use “eds.” (If a book has an editor and a volume number, the order is: editor name, vol. #); but when there are four or more authors, cite only the first author followed by “et al.”]
- Note the use of double quotation marks and placement of comma inside quotation marks. If a title ends in a question mark or exclamation point, place the comma after, i.e. Title?, page number.
Mihwa Choi, “Contesting Imaginaries in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Dynasty” (PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2008.)
[Note: we don’t designate that it is unpublished.]
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias:
Oxford English Dictionary Online, s.v. “property, n.,” http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/152674?result=1&rskey=SKOyC5&, accessed 4 February 2016.
The Encyclopaedia of Sport, vol. 1, s.v. “Ladies’ Lawn Tennis,” by Lottie Dod (London, 1897), 618.
For all archival repositories (with the exception of The National Archives) the name of the repository appears at the end of the citation (after the document name, date, collection, and folder reference).
For citations from The National Archives, please refer to http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk.
British Library citations to additional manuscripts (Add. Mss) should read:
“Dr Turners Speech in Parliament, 11 March 1625,” BL Add. MSS. 22474, fol. 11v.
Maude Royden, “Extracts from May Mission Speeches delivered in London,” 11 May 1910, 7/AMR/1/81, FL379, 3–5, The Women’s Library (henceforth TWL)
Copy of Queen Elizabeth’s speech before Parliament, 10 February 1558/9, Lansdowne MS 94, fol. 29, British Library.
[Note: folio is abbreviated as fol.; folios abbreviated as fols., not f. or fs.]
Churchill, Speech to the House of Commons, 18 January 1945, Parliamentary Debates, Commons, 5th series, vol. 407 (1944–45), cols. 425–46.
Guidelines for footnotes
- Additional references should be prefaced with see also instead of and see or also see.
- Use “ibid.” to reference the same citation as in the previous footnote but avoid ibid. if there are several references in the previous footnote. Do not use “op. cit.” or “passim” in footnotes.
- Use “idem” (and the relevant alternatives eadem, iidem, eaedem) when several works by the same author(s) are cited successively in the same note.
- Semi-colon for multiple sources in notes goes outside quotations
- Format for dates: day month (spelled out, no abbreviations) year: 7 August 1938
Accepted Research Articles
Authors of accepted manuscripts are responsible for providing an electronic file, which must adhere strictly to the guidelines outlined in this document. Accepted manuscripts that depart significantly from the house style will be returned for revision prior to being considered for copy editing by Cambridge University Press. This may delay publication of your article by three, six, or more months.
Please do not justify the right margin. Avoid hyphenating words at the end of lines; be sure to turn off this option in your software package.
Please note that except in direct quotations, the Journal uses American (not British English) spelling (labor, not labour; defense, not defence; color, not colour, etc.) throughout both the text and the footnotes. The Journal also uses American punctuation, which means that double (not single) quotation marks are employed and that punctuation is contained within (not outside) the quotation marks. For illustrations of this style, see the description of footnote form in the previous section.
To facilitate preparation of your file for typesetting, please keep it as free of formatting codes as possible—unnecessary line spacing, style codes, strange fonts, macros, and so forth. All such codes will have to be located and deleted from your file before it is typeset, which can add considerable time to the editing process. When possible, use just the default settings of the word-processing program you are using.
Use hard returns only at the ends of paragraphs or between sections of the manuscript—don’t insert them mid-paragraph when you are unhappy with the way that the line breaks. Use tabs to indent the first line of a paragraph. Do not include section or page breaks.
Most important: Please be consistent. If you use two hyphens to indicate a long dash or a superscript letter “o” for a degree sign, continue to use that system throughout the manuscript.
If you are using any rare or ambiguous special characters, please indicate these in your cover letter in case we cannot identify them in the electronic file.
Authors of accepted manuscripts will provide a few sentences indicating their affiliation, but we are unable to include any information on authors’ previous publications.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, maps, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. A copy of the paperwork granting permission will be required by the Cambridge production editor before accepted manuscripts can be processed. Any permissions fees must be paid for by the author. For an example of a permissions request form please see the Guidelines for Artwork. Please bear in mind that obtaining permissions can easily take several weeks.
Datasets and Supplemental Files
All authors of quantitative empirical articles are encouraged to make the data available for data replication purposes. The Journal can host such data on the journal’s website, and authors wishing to avail themselves of this facility should supply all files electronically once an article has been accepted for publication. Alternatively the data can be hosted on a site such as Dataverse or DRYAD, and a link provided in the article.
Required materials typically include all data used for the analysis, specialized computer programs or the source code of these algorithms, program recodes, and a file that details what is included in the data set and how the results can be reproduced. Confidential material such as the names of survey respondents must be removed. All material will be published on the website of the Journal together with the online version of the article. Authors will be responsible for responding to enquiries about data replication.
Other types of supplemental material including, but not limited to, images, videos, podcasts, and slideshows can be hosted on the Cambridge University Press JBS website.
Policy on prior publication
When authors submit manuscripts to this journal, these manuscripts should not be under consideration, accepted for publication or in press within a different journal, book or similar entity, unless explicit permission or agreement has been sought from all entities involved. However, deposition of a preprint on the author’s personal website, in an institutional repository, or in a preprint archive shall not be viewed as prior or duplicate publication. Authors should follow the Cambridge University Press Preprint Policy regarding preprint archives and maintaining the version of record.
English language editing services
Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This step is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the Editor and any reviewers.
In order to help prospective authors to prepare for submission and to reach their publication goals, Cambridge University Press offers a range of high-quality manuscript preparation services – including language editing – delivered in partnership with American Journal Experts. You can find out more on our Language Services page.
Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge-published journal.
All authors must include a competing interest declaration in their title page. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article.
Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations.
If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors.
Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author 1 is employed at organisation A, Author 2 is on the Board of company B and is a member of organisation C. Author 3 has received grants from company D.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”.
Authorship and contributorship
All authors listed on any papers submitted to this journal must be in agreement that the authors listed would all be considered authors according to disciplinary norms, and that no authors who would reasonably be considered an author have been excluded. For further details on this journal’s authorship policy, please see this journal's publishing ethics policies.
Author affiliations should represent the institution(s) at which the research presented was conducted and/or supported and/or approved. For non-research content, any affiliations should represent the institution(s) with which each author is currently affiliated.
For more information, please see our author affiliation policy and author affiliation FAQs.
We require all corresponding authors to identify themselves using ORCID when submitting a manuscript to this journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration with key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:
- Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you have authored.
- Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
- Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.
See our ORCID FAQs for more information.
If you don’t already have an iD, you will need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to this journal. You can register for one directly from your user account on Editorial Manager, or alternatively via https://ORCID.org/register.
If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting your manuscript, either by linking it to your Editorial Manager account, or by supplying it during submission.
ORCIDs can also be used if authors wish to communicate to readers up-to-date information about how they wish to be addressed or referred to (for example, they wish to include pronouns, additional titles, honorifics, name variations, etc.) alongside their published articles. We encourage authors to make use of the ORCID profile’s “Published Name” field for this purpose. This is entirely optional for authors who wish to communicate such information in connection with their article. Please note that this method is not currently recommended for author name changes: see Cambridge’s author name change policy if you want to change your name on an already published article. See our ORCID FAQs for more information.
Material that is not essential to understanding or supporting a manuscript, but which may nonetheless be relevant or interesting to readers, may be submitted as supplementary material. Supplementary material will be published online alongside your article, but will not be published in the pages of the journal. Types of supplementary material may include, but are not limited to, appendices, additional tables or figures, datasets, videos, and sound files.
Supplementary materials will not be typeset or copyedited, so should be supplied exactly as they are to appear online. Please see our general guidance on supplementary materials for further information.
Where relevant we encourage authors to publish additional qualitative or quantitative research outputs in an appropriate repository, and cite these in manuscripts.
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