Submission Guidelines

Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association

The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association welcomes manuscripts on any facet of the life of Abraham Lincoln, his family, his close associates, or his legacy. Manuscripts that illuminate the historical context in which Lincoln lived and worked and that examine economic, social, or cultural influences that were brought to bear on Lincoln and his contemporaries are also welcome, as are manuscripts that explore how Lincoln's reputation has fared over time in the collective memory of the nation and the world. Pertinent unpublished primary source materials are also welcome. Manuscripts should meet the professional standards of academic journals, make a significant contribution in fact or interpretation, and use primary sources as well as a broad range of relevant literature.

After initial screening, editors send manuscripts to at least two specialists in the field for anonymous evaluation and comment. Comments are forwarded to authors by the editors. Manuscripts are judged on their depth of research, quality of analysis, originality, significance of the subject matter, and appropriateness for the Journal. Evaluation generally requires four to five months.

Authors should follow the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) in preparing manuscripts for the Journal. All manuscripts should be in 12 point type, double-spaced, and 20 to 25 pages in length exclusive of notes (although longer or shorter manuscripts are occasionally accepted). For the sake of anonymity, the author's name should appear only on the title page.

The manuscript file should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Notes should not be embedded in the text, but should appear separately at the end of the manuscript using the same font and spacing as the text. Manuscripts will be edited to conform to Journal style. Editors may make changes for clarity, consistency, and word economy. Authors are expected to review typescripts and galleys.

Photographs, maps, and other illustrations must be provided in high-quality, digital format at a resolution of at least 300 dpi. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain authorization from copyright holders for images reproduced in the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association. All illustrations are reproduced in black-and-white.

Articles should be submitted electronically to the JALA online manuscript submission system. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process. To begin, click here to set up your personal account and upload your submission. Your transmitted material will be reviewed as soon as possible.

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