Contributor Guidelines

Aims and Scope

We welcome superbly researched submissions on all periods and aspects of Maryland history, written in an engaging style for a diverse audience. We aim to tell the story of the United States through the lens of Maryland, so submissions should consider the dynamic between the local, the statewide, and the national, and the relevance of the past to the present, providing context and comparison. 

Articles should present a cogent thesis or argument and be clear about their relevance and contribution to the field. Not every article needs to present a groundbreaking new finding—some of the best articles we have published offer a fresh perspective on a well-known subject, or connect seemingly disparate existing sources to bring forth innovative ideas. Articles should respond to the questions “What knowledge or information does this bring to the readers that they might not have had before?” and “What would make this appealing even to readers who might not be interested in this subject?” When composing their submissions, authors should think of their ideal readers as knowledgeable and educated in Maryland history, though not necessarily specialists in the author’s own field.

In addition to traditional areas like political, military, and economic history, we welcome submissions that explore the intersection of history and other fields, such as literature, sports, theater, philosophy, art history, science and technology, anthropology, or environmental humanities. We especially encourage submissions that highlight research done in Maryland Historical Society’s own Museum and Library Collections. These include, but are not limited to, the papers of Maryland’s early families; records documenting Maryland people and events in the nation’s conflicts, including Revolutionary War and Civil War materials; and collections that provide evidence of legal, social, economic and cultural change.

The best way to get acquainted with the types of content, format, and length we look for is to read some of the rich content we have already published. All issues of the Magazine are digitized and available here, free of charge. Recent articles have explored the role of female entrepreneurship in male-dominated literary culture of twentieth-century Baltimore and the United States, sculpture in nineteenth–century family gravemarkers in Baltimore, eighteenth-century Marylanders’ interest in science, tracing the history of a Maryland family from the Depression era to the present, and surprising Maryland references in George Bernard Shaw’s most famous play, Pygmalion.


Editorial and Peer Review Policy

Submissions are evaluated using the following criteria:

  • How well do they fit the Aims and Scope of the Magazine?
  • Do they contribute to our knowledge of Maryland history, in terms of content, method, approach, or perspective? 
  • Do they demonstrate meticulous research and proper annotation of relevant sources?
  • Are they written in a dynamic, engaging style that can appeal to specialist and nonspecialist audiences?

It is mandatory that submissions:

  • Are pieces of original scholarship, written entirely by the submitting author(s), with all primary and secondary sources properly annotated;
  • Have not been published previously, entirely or in part;
  • Are not currently being considered for publication by another journal.

Submissions are first assessed by the Editor. If they are appropriately formatted and fit the Aims and Scope of the Maryland Historical Magazine, they undergo a double-blind peer-review process, which can take between several weeks and several months, depending on the complexity of the submission and availability and timeliness of reviewers. The Magazine relies on a wide network of peer reviewers, which includes members of the MdHS Publications Committee. Review reports are sent back to the authors, with a recommendation to: reject the submission; revise and resubmit; or accept the submission with no or minor edits. Submissions are evaluated in no more than two rounds of review. 


Acceptance and Publication Policy

Decisions on acceptance for publication are made in consultation with the Publications Committee, and the final decision is made by the Editor.

Accepted articles are copy-edited for content and style prior to publication, in cooperation with the authors. 

We strongly encourage authors to suggest images to illustrate their articles. Authors are responsible for obtaining necessary image reproduction permissions from relevant individuals or institutions, and for ensuring that their sources are properly credited. When images in MdHS collections are used, we provide assistance in terms of processing image requests and waiving reproduction fees.

Prior to publication, authors must sign a Publishing Agreement with MdHS.


Submission Guidelines

Please consult the Aims and Scope section for information on the types of content we publish.

We look for submissions of approximately 10,000 words, excluding endnotes and additional materials. We also publish short-form articles of up to 5,000 words in the section Research Notes and Maryland Miscellany. Please consult the Editor prior to submitting any material outside of these requirements, or outside of the Aims and Scope of the Magazine.

The best way to get acquainted with the types of content, format, and length we look for in submissions is to read the rich content we have already published. All issues of the Magazine are digitized and available here, free of charge.

Submissions must be in Word format and sent to [email protected]. Authors may include with their submission a current CV and/or cover letter providing more background for their submissions: these are for editorial use only and will not be shared with reviewers in the evaluation process.


Maryland Historical Magazine Style Sheet (revised February 2020)

For general formatting and annotation style, the Maryland Historical Magazine adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition and later, with endnotes. For spelling, please use standard American English, with the American Heritage Dictionary as reference. In addition, authors should consult previous issues of the Magazine for formatting examples.

The guidelines for the most common style questions are as follows:

Submissions should be e-mailed to [email protected]. Proposed articles should be submitted in Word format and double-spaced throughout, including endnotes. The author’s name and other identifying information should only be contained on the first page. Please remove all identifying metadata from the document.

Use endnotes, not footnotes. Use Arabic, not Roman, numerals for endnotes. The Maryland Historical Magazine uses omnibus notes: one note per paragraph, with the endnote mark placed at the end of the paragraph. If citing multiple sources, references to relevant content in the text may be included to avoid ambiguity. Please do not use hyperlinks in endnotes. When including web links, please omit “http” and “www,” for instance:

Use single, not double, spaces after punctuation. Use regular spacing for names, and close spacing for other instances, e.g. W. E. B. Du Bois, but U.S. policy.

Use periods in abbreviations such as Ph.D., John Smith, Jr., Washington, D.C., and U.S. film studies.

Use the serial (Oxford) comma.

Use smart quotes and apostrophes, for instance “smart quotes in one’s submission,” not "straight quotes in one's submission."

Please note the difference between hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes. Use en dashes to indicate time intervals, e.g. 1828–1830, not 1828-1830. Use em dashes for breaks in the text, e.g. His own words—the consistent use of masculine pronouns in his writing—reveal a fundamental assumption of a male-dominated world. 

Closing quotation marks are placed after commas and periods, and before colons, semi-colons, and question marks, unless they are part of the quotation.

Avoid contractions: let us instead of let’s, would not instead of wouldn’t, etc.

For dates, time, and geographical locations, use the format John was born on February 9, 1987, in Frankfort, Kentucky, where he lived all his life, and from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Italicize quotes or citations from languages other than English; for headline capitalization, please follow the rules of the language in question.

Image captions may consist of longer narrative descriptions of featured items, but should contain as much identifying object information as is available. Unless specified otherwise by the permission-granting institution or individual, please use the following format: item name/title, creator/artist name, date. Institution, division within institution, collection name, collection number, object ID. Here are some examples: 

Henry Louis Mencken, photograph by A. Aubrey Bodine, July 28, 1955. Maryland Historical Society, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, A Aubrey Bodine Collection, B737-5-d (note that the photograph title is not italicized because it is descriptive, not given by the author)

Hampton Mansion, Robert Carey Long, Jr., 1838. Private Collection. Image courtesy of Hampton National Historic Site, National Park Service

The Death of Lafayette, Carrière, lithograph by Dopter, n.d. Lafayette College, Skillman Library, Special Collections & College Archives, Marquis de Lafayette Prints Collection, XXII.61

Details from Perry Hall, Home of Harry Dorsey Gough, Anonymous, oil on canvas, 1795. Gift of Henry Francis du Pont, Courtesy of Winterthur Museum, 1957.0670 A

Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely, Anna Claypoole Peale, 1823. Private collection. Image courtesy of the Frick Art Reference Library


First citations must be complete. For later citations of books and journals, use sensible author-title short references Here are some examples:

First mention:

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, Mencken: The American Iconoclast (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), 527.

Subsequent mentions: 

Rodgers, Mencken, 528.


First mention: 

James W. Foster (ed.), “Lafayette’s Letters to Eliza Ridgely of Hampton,” Maryland Historical Magazine 52, no. 3 (September 1957): 233–44.

Subsequent mentions: 

Foster, “Lafayette’s Letters,” 240.


In endnotes, when citing from documents (letters, papers, manuscripts, etc.) in special collections, unless specified otherwise by the relevant repository, please use the following formats with as much identifying information as is available: author name, document title, page quoted, collection name, collection number, box, folder, division(s) within repository, repository name, repository location. Citations of archival materials may be abbreviated after the first, full reference to the collection. Here are some examples:


First mention: 

Rosalind Lohrfinck to Margaret “Marge” Lappin, June 9, 1934, H. L. Mencken Collection (YCAL MSS 794), Box 17, Folder: Lappin, Margaret, Misc. letters to her, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT [hereafter Mencken Collection].

Subsequent mentions: 

Invoice to Mencken from “Miss Redding,” January 17, 1922, Mencken Collection, Box 16, Folder: H. L. Mencken Letters to Margaret Redding Lappin, 1922–1926.


Hoyt Collection of Ridgely Papers, 1716–1970, Series VI: Nicholas Greenberry Ridgely Papers (1814–1882), MS 2891, Box 3, Folders 62–63, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD.

Unknown newspaper clipping, Arthur H. and Mary Marden Dean Lafayette Collection, #4611, Box 7, Folder 12, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY [hereafter Cornell Lafayette Collection].



If you have any questions about submitting to the Maryland Historical Magazine, please contact the Editor, Martina Kado, Ph.D., at [email protected] or 410-685-3750, ext. 335.