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

  • To be considered for publication, submissions must be received in their entirety by the annual submission deadline.
  • To submit an article or essay, authors must create a free account in The Cupola. This can be done here.
  • Please ensure that your submission has not been published previously, nor be forthcoming or under review in another journal or book (print or online). Likewise, please do not send your submission to another journal (print or online) until editorial decisions have been finalized at The Gettysburg Historical Journal.
  • The submission deadline for the 2019 issue is February 28, 2019.

    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 (final formatting requirements are also available here). 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 (such as Microsoft Word or RTF).

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Copyright & Author Rights

Authors who submit to the journal agree to the following:

  • The author retains copyright of the work.
  • The author grants to 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 GHJ, 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.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

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 work.

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