Journal of Historical Biography        
Journal of Historical Biography  


The JHB is not soliciting submissions at present.

The Journal of Historical Biography invites the submission of articles that address any aspect of historical biography. These may include biographical portraits of prominent individuals of any nation; theoretical, methodological or philosophical pieces that reflect on the larger issues associated with writing biography or autobiography; standard reviews of works of historical biography or of works that discuss the writing of historical biography; and longer review essays of a more reflective nature. Submissions in English or French will be accepted. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Historical Biography should be original material and should not currently be under consideration by other journals.

» Submission Instructions
» Style Guidelines
» Peer Review Process
» Copyright
» Open Access Policy
» Permission to Archive

Submission Instructions

Work should be submitted by e-mail in Word or RTF format to the e-mail address shown on the Contact page of this site.

Authors’ names and institutional affiliations should be included in submitted manuscripts. For full-length articles, including full-length review articles, a short paragraph about the author (between one hundred and one hundred and fifty words) should be submitted in a separate file.

Style Guidelines

As a general rule, articles should not exceed ten thousand words, and the number of notes should not exceed one hundred. Reviews should fall between eight hundred and two thousand words in length, although article-length reviews will also be considered.

Submissions should be double-spaced, in a Times New Roman 12 point font.

Paragraphs should be indented, rather than separated with a space.

Authors are asked to use Canadian spelling.

Capitalization should follow the model of the Chicago Manual of Style. Titles should only be capitalized when used as part of a name: e.g. President Ulysses S. Grant, but Ulysses S. Grant, the president of the United States.

Dates should be written according to the following example: 23 March 1847 (rather than March 23, 1847).

Please write out numbers one to ninety-nine, round numbers (hundreds, thousands, hundred thousands, millions, etc.), and any number that begins a sentence. Use commas for numbers over one thousand (e.g. 3,560 ).

Authors are asked to use double quotation marks, with single quotation marks for a quotation within a quotation.

Periods and commas should be placed inside closing quotation marks, whether this punctuation forms part of the quoted material or not. Place exclamation points and question marks outside of closing quotation marks, unless these punctuation marks form part of the quoted material.

Endnotes, rather than footnotes, are preferred. Citations should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style, Humanities style.

Acknowledgments (if applicable) should be given in an endnote at the beginning of the notes section.

Peer Review Process

Submissions that are potential candidates for publication will be subject to double-blind peer review. To maintain the anonymity of authors and reviewers, names and any identifying marks or references are removed from articles and reviewer assessments during the process.


Authors whose work is accepted for publication in the Journal of Historical Biography will be asked to transfer copyright to the journal. All work is then published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives license, which means that the work may be freely copied and distributed, provided that it is not altered in any way or used for commercial purposes, and provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the author and to the journal.

Open Access Policy 

In the interest of achieving the broadest possible dissemination of its published material, the Journal of Historical Biography provides immediate open access to its content and charges no subscription fees. All published work is licensed under a Creative Commons license.  

Permission to Archive

Authors are encouraged to archive post-prints (peer-reviewed, copy-edited versions) of their articles in institutional or subject-based repositories on the condition that the journal is acknowledged and that a link to the journal website is provided. The journal will provide PDF copies to authors for this purpose. In cases where a pre-print has already been archived, it should be replaced, where possible, with a post-print. Alternatively, a notice may be attached to the pre-print, providing a link to the journal and stating that a later version of the work has been published in the Journal of Historical Biography.

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