Philosophy of The Gettysburg Historical Journal

The Gettysburg Historical Journal features original undergraduate student research and essays. It is written, edited, designed, and produced by students at Gettysburg College each year. The journal’s goal is to publish and share exceptional research and writing that focuses on research in the field of history, as well as from other disciplines that utilize historical viewpoints or methodologies, including sociology, anthropology, and classics.

Who Can Submit?

Current undergraduate students at Gettysburg College may submit an original article or essay to be considered for publication in The Gettysburg Historical Journal, provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted or are authorized by the copyright owner(s) to submit the article.

Authors automatically own copyright of their own writing. If authors include materials in their submissions which are copyrighted by others (such as photographs), permission must be obtained from the copyright holder of those materials. Please contact us with questions – we will work with you to understand copyright!

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General Submission Rules

The Gettysburg Historical Journal is published annually each spring. To be considered for publication, submissions must be received in their entirety by the annual submission deadline. This deadline and other submission information can be found on the About this Journal page.

To submit an article or essay, authors must create a free account in The Cupola. This account will be used to monitor the process of your submission. If you are published, this account will also allow you to receive monthly download reports for your work.

Submitted articles cannot been published previously, nor be forthcoming or under review in another journal or book (print or online). In addition, by submitting material to The Gettysburg Historical Journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that they will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at the GHJ.

If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Gettysburg Historical Journal, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

The Gettysburg Historical Journal has no rules about the formatting of submissions.

However, there are formatting guidelines for accepted articles. Authors of accepted articles will be contacted by editors about these requirements (see Formatting Requirements for more information). Although the editors may provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF file, or file that can be easily converted to PDF file, (such as Microsoft Word or RTF).

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Copyright & Author Rights

Authors who submit to The Gettysburg Historical Journal agree to the following:

  • The author retains copyright of the work.
  • The author grants the Gettysburg College History Department and The Cupola a non-exclusive license to print, publish, reproduce, and/or distribute the work in print and/or online, and to market the work. This means that the author gives the Journal permission to publish the work, but the author maintains ownership over the work and may grant additional non-exclusive licenses to others in the future. For example, after a work is published in The Gettysburg Historical Journal, the author may revise it and submit it to another journal for consideration.
  • The author agrees not to publish the submitted work in print or digital form prior to publication by The Gettysburg Historical Journal.
  • The author must accept full responsibility for the content of the article, including the reuse of copyrighted materials within the Article that fall outside the realm of Fair Use.
  • Please be aware that after an issue of The Gettysburg Historical Journal is published, individual works cannot be revised or removed.
  • Please note that search engines (such as Google and Google Scholar) will index works in The Gettysburg Historical Journal and works will be findable on the open web now and in the future.

All authors will have the chance to review the Submission Agreement before submitting their work. Please read this over carefully before submitting.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

The Gettysburg Historical Journal is an open access journal, meaning it is freely available on the open web for anyone to access and read. The contents of this journal are protected by copyright; users agree to abide by U.S. copyright law when using this site.

Users of the The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College agree not to misuse the website and/or software. Editors of The Gettysburg Historical Journal agree to evaluate and peer-review all submissions in a prompt manner and communicate decisions and desired revisions to the author. Administrators of The Cupola agree to fulfill any/all duties mentioned in the journal’s policies. If any part of the journal’s policies or submission agreement is found to be invalid, the remainder of the policies and submission agreement remain valid and enforced.

These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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