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Submission & Style Guide

As the state’s premier history journal, UHQ is the source for reliable, engaging Utah history. We publish in print and on the web high-quality articles and other works of history that appeal to scholars as well as lay readers. We welcome the submission of original research and writing on all aspects of Utah history, from prehistory to the present. The successful manuscript must present a compelling narrative written in clear prose.


We are pleased to announce that UHQ is now using an online submission and manuscript tracking system.

How to Register

We invite both authors and reviewers to register at the UHQ editorial manager site. You’ll need to provide your name, email address, a username, and a password.

How to Submit a Manuscript

When you log in, you will see a reviewer or author main menu screen. Click Submit New Manuscript in order to submit a manuscript to UHQ. Fill in information on each screen and then click Next.

In order to submit a manuscript, you will need:

  • A title
  • A 200–400 word abstract
  • An author bio
  • An author photo (optional) (head shot, at least 300 dpi)
  • Images or tables (optional)
  • A cover letter (optional)

After submitting a manuscript, you will receive a confirmation email.


We think the system will be easy for you to use, and it will keep all the back-and-forth correspondence and revisions in one place. But if you have any problems or questions, feel free to contact us at

For more information, check these tutorials:


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Reproductions of previously unpublished documents, with commentary.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.


Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual Style (16th ed.) as closely as possible. Manuscripts should be properly documented using either footnotes or endnotes. 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.


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.


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 but can sometimes take as long as six months, depending on our backlog of submissions.

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.

Note: all manuscript submissions will be evaluated for print and digital publication. If accepted for print, we reserve the right to determine whether content from a manuscript accepted for print publication is also suitable for the web. Editors reserve the right to determine, in consult with the authors, whether a manuscript is appropriate either in part or in whole for digital or analog publication. We also accept digital-only submissions.


Utah Historical Quarterly uses the following publication schedule:

Number 1 (Winter): January

Number 2 (Spring): April

Number 3 (Summer): July

Number 4 (Fall): October


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.


In an effort to match the style, content, and reach of UHQ’s new design (beginning in the summer 2014 issue), we are pleased to announce a new initiative: to introduce the journal—and our state’s rich and colorful history—to an online audience. Beginning summer 2014 each print issue of the quarterly will be accompanied by web supplements. These may include full-length research articles and essays, photo galleries, author’s interviews, book reviews, and other special features. UHQ web extras are currently available at


Please direct questions regarding submissions and publication in Utah Historical Quarterly to Dr. Holly George, (801) 245-7257,, or Dr. Jedediah Rogers, (801) 245-7209,

To view the quarterly online (all but the current issue), visit

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

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