Contribute an Article to The Historian



The Historian is the journal of the Historical Association that is for all our general members and for teacher members who want a little bit of extra subject knowledge.

Containing a mixture of themed articles, regular features and general interest, the journal comes out four times a year. Articles are written by and submitted from academics, public history contributors, heritage organisations and HA members who are passionate about history.

Editions are planned in advance, and we are inviting submissions for the following themes:

  • Winter 2021 – The historic built environment
  • Spring 2022 – The Baltic and Eastern Europe
  • Summer 2022 – The Queen’s Jubilee special – 80 years of local, national and global history

Articles can be on any aspect of the theme or individuals associated with it and are not limited to any particular time period.

Regular features are also open for submission, and that can be on the theme or not:

  • Real Lives – a short article about someone from the past who is not usually included in the historical narrative
  • My Favourite History Place
  • Out and About

Authors' Information

The Historian is the magazine for members of the Historical Association.  Its aim is to promote the membership, local history and educational interests of the Association.  Authors' contributions will be assessed on the basis of certain criteria including membership interest, the utility of the subject matter and academic merit. Please note there is no remittance for articles submitted for publication in the Historian. 


General Information

All articles submitted for consideration should be written in a lively, accessible fashion and should come under one of the following sections:  


Well illustrated pieces on broad historical theme or historical question of interest to the general reader. Section headings should be used wherever possible to break up the piece and aid accessibility.

Sides of Historian:  4-6                     

No. of words:  3-4,000                      

No. of illustrations:  up to 8


Local History

Approaches to local and regional history, study techniques, changing methodologies, comparative studies. Section headings as appropriate.

Sides of Historian:  3                         

No. of words:  1-2,000                      

No. of illustrations:  up to 6



Articles on historically important individuals.  Section headings as appropriate.

Sides of Historian:  4                         

No. of words:  3,500                         

No. of illustrations:  up to 6



Synoptical articles on major recognised topics when it is judged that the time is appropriate for an ‘update'.  Designed to survey developments in the study of the chosen topic with reference to important works published or completed during the last ten years, particularly when significant changes have occurred in understanding due to the nature of the new literature of the past decade. 

Sides of Historian:  3                         

No. of words:  1-2,000                      

No. of illustrations:  6



Contributions focusing on places of historical interest. Sometimes general, sometimes focusing on a specific location, e.g. a recently opened historic house, a farm museum, an historic inn and so on.

Sides of Historian:  4                         

No. of words:  2-3,000                      

No. of illustrations:  Up to 8


Guidelines for authors


Manuscripts should be saved in Word for Windows and either emailed to: or send on USB to: Editor: The Historian,

The Historical Association, 59a Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4JH

If authors have any queries or problems with the above they should contact the Publications Officer at the address below.



Quotations should be clearly indicated and should start on a separate line and be indented (unless they are to appear in the body of the text).  Single quotes should be used throughout.



References should be used sparingly(not normally more than 12 per article at most) but should be provided for direct quotations.  For details see below under House Style.


Further Reading

Three or four titles of articles or books included after references, where interested readers can find more information on the topic.



Please provide captions for illustrations at the end of the manuscript. Captions should assist in the observation and interpretation of each illustration.


Author information

The author's full details (i.e. name, professional designation and professional/home address) should be given at the end of the manuscript, along with a short 4-5 line summary of personal details (including recently published books/articles).



Illustrations should be carefully integrated into the text and accompanied by explanatory captions. Contributors are invited to submit illustrations/ideas for illustrations. Photocopies of anything but cartoons and line drawings will not reproduce to a sufficiently high quality for publication.

Picture research is undertaken but can be a lengthy and expensive process. It is the Association's responsiblity to get permission for reproduction, clear the copyright and pay any fees involved to the appropriate picture libraries/museums (our budget for such fees is limited). It would therefore be of considerable help if clear reference/source details can be provided (usually found in Acknowledgments/Permissions section at the back of books). Photocopies without the above information cannot be accepted.



Editors and authors will be sent proofs prior to publication. 

Complimentary copies

All authors will be sent a maximum of 5 copies of The Historian in which their article appears.


A brief outline of The Historian house style

Capitals:  No full points between capitals (i.e. TV;  BBC;  ITV; MP).

Commas:  However,....Nevertheless,....Moreover,....

Dashes or Em-lines:  All dashes should be em-lines with a space either side.

Numbers:  Numbers below 10 in full.  Above 10 in arabic numerals.  1941/2 write 1941-2.

Hyphens:  No hyphens in words such as rediscover, reimpose. No space either side of a hyphen. 

Accents:  No accents in Anglicized foreign words  (e.g. elite, regime, role).

Spelling:  Where a word can be spelt with a consonant or a double consonant e.g. focuses, benefiting, use single consonant. Where there is a choice of using s or z in a word (e.g. recognise), use the s.

References:  The author's (s') name as printed on the text cited.

The title of the work in italics as follows:  Curzon: The Last of the Moguls

Publisher and place and date of publication in brackets as follows:  (Routledge, London, 1990)

Title before author's name for edited works as follows:  The Common People, ed. T. Scott

Journals as follows:  Tom Scott, ‘The Common People', Historical Journal, 34 (1989), 182-5.

Ibid. should be used if the same source is cited successively.

Use shortened titles (after first, full citation) in subsequent notes.


House style reference books:  J. Butcher, Copy-editing: the Cambridge Handbook  (Cambridge University Press,
Cambridge, 1992);  J. Grimond, The Economist Pocket Style Book  (The Economist Publications Limited, London, 1986); 
K. Waterhouse, Newspaper Style  (Penguin, London, 1991)



Articles to:

Manuscripts should be saved in Word and emailed to:

or sent on USB to:

Editor: The Historian, The Historical Association, 59a Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4JH

Tel: 0300 100 0223

Contributions and general queries can also be sent to the above.