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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find some frequently asked questions concerning the journal, submissions, and other questions. If you would like additional information, or your question is not answered on this page, please contact us.

Who can submit papers?

Any current or recently graduated undergraduate student at Virginia Tech can submit their papers for publication.

I am not a history major, can submit a paper for publication?

Yes, any Virginia Tech student may submit their papers. However, we ask that all papers focus on a historical topic.

How does the submission process work?

Submitted papers will be viewed by members of our editorial board to judge the quality of the manuscript.

If a paper does not follow the journal's guidelines, the manuscript will be returned, and the author will be asked to resubmit. The final decisions about publication will be made by the full editorial board. The managing editors meet with all accepted submitters before publication, and are happy to meet with submitters who have been asked to resubmit or whose papers have been turned down to work on improvement for the next submission.

Can I submit multiple papers?

You can submit as many papers as you like as long as they meet our criteria. More information can be found on the our Submissions page.

How long does the submission process take?

The submission process varies depending on the quality of the manuscript submitted and the time it takes our editors and reviewers to make their comments on the draft. After the initial vetting, comments and suggestions will be returned to the author for further revisions before publication. We would like to remind submitters that producing a publishable paper could take multiple drafts and revisions. The editorial board seeks to be as expedient as possible, but the response time will vary depending on the number of submissions. We encourage authors to submit their work well in advance of the deadlines.

How do I submit a paper?

Interested authors are encouraged to send their manuscript along with a completed cover page and sample copyright letter to vtuhr1@gmail.com. Please see the Submissions page for more details on the submission process and manuscript guidelines.

What are the deadlines for submissions and revisions?

The deadline for submissions is January 31st for inclusion in our Spring volume.

I submitted my paper, but I have yet to hear any feedback?

We receive numerous papers during the course of the semester. If you have not heard back from us, please allow us at least two weeks for us to work through our initial editorial process before contacting us regarding the status of your submission. If it has been two weeks or longer since your submission, please contact us for more information.

How can I be part of the Editorial Board?

If you are interested in serving on the Editorial Board please contact the Managing Editor directly.