All submissions to American Periodicals should by typed, double-spaced (including quotations and notes), and should conform to the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Regular essay submissions should be limited to 7500 words, inclusive of notes; In the Archive features should be no more than 5000 words (exclusive of transcriptions). Images should be sent individually, in TIFF, JPG, or PNG format, at least 1800 x 2700 pixels (for a full-page image). Captions may be included at the end of the document or in a separate file. If submitting an In the Archive or Forum feature, please indicate as such in the title of the manuscript.

For information on the journal’s house style, please see the American Periodicals Style Sheet. (See also the Council of Editors of Learned Journals guidelines for authors.)

Submissions are evaluated using a blind peer review process.

Submit essays in Microsoft Word format using the link below. All essay manuscripts should be anonymized for review. In addition to a manuscript without personal identifying information, all authors should submit, as a separate document, a brief biographical statement specifying academic affiliation and scholarly activities in the field of periodical studies. Upon uploading the submission, authors will also be prompted to include 1) an abstract of 150-200 words; and 2) up to six keywords to be used for indexing purposes.

All editorial correspondence is handled electronically. Correspondence should be addressed to the Editors at americanperiodicals [at]