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Submission & Style Guide

Utah Historical Quarterly began publication in 1928 and, except for several years during the 1930s and 1940s, has been published continuously since 1928.


Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual Style (16th ed.) as closely as possible. Submit manuscripts as e-mail attachments, on CDs, or on thumb drives, to:

Dr. Holly George
Utah Historical Quarterly
300 S. Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101-1182


Usually four to ten illustrations accompany each article. We encourage authors to identify photographs and secure permission for publication.

Scanned photographs should be at 300 DPI and in a TIFF format. Photographs from the Utah State Historical Society can be submitted as photocopies.

Published maps should be treated as illustrations. If new maps are proposed, please include a sketch.


Utah Historical Quarterly welcomes the submission of original research and writing on all aspects of Utah history, from prehistory to the present.

Research Articles
Authors must demonstrate the significance of their research and should organize their writing around a central thesis.

Long Research Articles
These constitute the bulk of UHQ. Manuscripts should not exceed 7,500 words in length or approximately 25 to 30 double-spaced pages.

Shorter Research Articles
We also welcome shorter pieces of original research, from 10 to 15 pages.

Utah Lives
Thoroughly researched biography, set in historical context.

Research Opportunities
Primary document collections from around the state that invite research.

Primary Documents
Reproductions of previously unpublished documents, with commentary.

Book review essays; commentary from historians on their craft.

Photographic Essays
Ten to fifteen illustrations, with context and interpretation.

Interpretation of historic buildings, built and natural landscapes, and preservation efforts.

Field notes and case studies of interest to UHQ readers.

Footnotes and Endnotes

Manuscripts should be properly documented using either footnotes or endnotes that conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. Be sure to footnote all direct quotes. It is not necessary to document the generally accepted facts of Utah history, but do give credit for sources that provide information on unknown or little known topics, events, or ideas.

Place note numbers at the end of a sentence. Several references in the same paragraph may be listed, in order, under one footnote number at the end of the paragraph. Headlines and page numbers are not necessary with newspaper references.

Review Procedures

The editorial staff first reviews all manuscripts for appropriateness, completeness, and adherence to guidelines and standards.

We then return manuscripts to the authors with recommendations for additional work or send them to the board of editors and other outside readers for their comments and recommendations.

The review process usually takes two to three months. 

Publication Schedule

Utah Historical Quarterly uses the following publication schedule:

Number 1 (Winter): January

Number 2 (Spring): April

Number 3 (Summer): July

Number 4 (Fall): October


Once we accept a manuscript for publication, we publish it as soon as possible. However, length and subject can affect scheduling priorities. Generally, the editorial staff works about six months ahead of the publication schedule in finalizing issues for publication. Given the number of manuscripts submitted and accepted, there is usually a lag time of approximately one year from the time a manuscript is accepted until it is published. 

Copyright Assignment Agreement

We require authors to sign a copyright release (transfer) agreement, warranting that the author is the sole owner of all rights in the work and that the work has never been published before, and providing for the copyright to be taken and held in the name of the Utah State Historical Society.

This grants the author an irrevocable, nonexclusive royalty-free license to use the work in any manner following its publication in the Utah Historical Quarterly, providing the proper copyright notice is included in each published work.


Please direct questions regarding submissions and publication in Utah Historical Quarterly to Dr. Holly George, (801) 245-7257,

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You may receive the quarterly by becoming a member of the Utah State Historical Society; contact us at (801) 245-7231.