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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Vous n’avez pas soumis ni publié ailleurs cet article, ou un autre très semblable, et ce, dans quelque langue que ce soit.

    You have not submitted or published this article, or one very similar, elsewhere or in a published monograph or edited collection, whether in English or any other language.

  • La soumission se trouve dans un format Microsoft Word. 

    The submission file is in Microsoft Word document format.

  • Le text conforme aux demandes stylistiques et bibliographiques de la revue, qui se trouvent dans la section Author Guidelines à la page About the Journal. 

    The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Author Guidelines

 ***Please DO NOT submit using the OJS system. Please send submissions by email to***



Article: All texts 11 000 words in length in English and 12 000 words in French (inclusive of footnotes, Figures, Tables, and Graphs) that makes an original contribution to knowledge. The journal gives priority to studies that explicitly integrate different sub-fields of social history and are innovative in source, method, and interpretation.  

Research Note: Any discussion paper – as opposed to a full research paper – seeking to advance a theoretical perspective, to present preliminary results of an ongoing research, or to offer a rigorous examination of a question or primary source. Maximum length: 5,000 words.


Editorial Procedures

Manuscripts submitted to Histoire sociale / Social History are peer reviewed before being considered for publication by the Editorial Board. Once a paper has been accepted for publication, it may not be withdrawn without the approval of the Board. Authors should submit articles in electronic form.

Each author will receive one copy of the issue in which it appears.

Authors of accepted articles are required to sign a copyright agreement. Of the royalty fee received for the reprinting of an article published in Histoire sociale / Social History, the author will receive shared.

The editors accept no responsibility for opinions expressed by the contributors.

To ensure that the copy conforms to editorial practice, the editors retain the final authority in matters of style.


Manuscript Presentation    

Authors are requested to submit articles in electronic form (e-mail attachment of Word document sent to the journal’s e-mail address,, accompanied by a summary of approximately 100 words.

NEW! Manuscripts should not exceed 11,000 words (inclusive of footnotes, Figures, Tables, and Graphs). The text should be double-spaced.

The title page should include the title of the article, the full name of the author, and his or her academic address (the author’s name should not appear in the text).

Tables, graphs, figures, and illustrations referred to in the text should have appropriate titles or captions and should be numbered using Arabic numerals. The source, if needed, should be indicated immediately below. Please provide hign-resolution jpg files of any images.

Numbers under 10 are usually expressed in words. The percentage sign is used in tables; the word per cent is preferred in the text. Decimals should always be expressed in Arabic numerals, for example, 46.5 per cent. Dates are shown as follows: the 1960s; September 24, 1979; the nineteenth century.

Spelling generally follows the Concise Oxford Dictionary. Usage generally follows H. W. Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage.


Quotations and Citations     

Quotations in English or French need not be translated. Quotations from other languages must be translated into the language of the manuscript.

Punctuation should be placed inside quotation marks. Examples: “It was obvious,” stated the newspaper report, “that the crime was committed before midnight.” The report ended by regretting the increasing number of violent incidents by “gangs.” Omission of quoted material should be indicated by three points of ellipsis.

Modification of the original quotation or any inserted words of the author’s are enclosed in square brackets. Sic in square brackets confirms the use or form of the original words.

Quotations of more than five lines should form an indented paragraph. Quotation marks are not needed.

To the degree possible, footnote numbers are to be placed at the end of sentences and after the terminating punctuation or quotation marks. Example: “His political career was shaped by the feeling of noblesse oblige.”24


Footnotes and References   

First references are treated in the following manner :   

Books: James D. Young, The Rousing of the Scottish Working Class (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1979), pp. 10-18, 104-106.

Editor as author: J. M. S. Careless, ed., The Pre-Confederation Premiers: Ontario Government Leaders, 1841-1867 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980).

Component part by one author in a work edited by another: J. K. Johnson, “John A. Macdonald” in J. M. S. Careless, ed., The Pre-Confederation Premiers: Ontario Government Leaders, 1841-1867 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980), pp. 197-245.

Article in a journal: Yves Landry, “Mortalité, nuptialité et canadianisation des troupes françaises de la guerre de Sept Ans,” Histoire sociale / Social History, vol. 12, no. 24 (November 1979), pp. 296-315.

Unpublished thesis: Allan Greer, “Habitants of the Lower Richelieu: Rural Society in Three Quebec Parishes, 1740-1840” (PhD dissertation, York University, 1980), pp. 136-138.

Subsequent references to works already cited are treated as follows: 

Avoid op. cit. and loc. cit. by citing the author’s surname and a short version of the title. Examples follow as above: Young, The Rousing of the Scottish Working Class, pp. 70-77; Careless, The Pre-Confederation Premiers; Johnson, “John A. Macdonald,” p. 201; Landry, “Mortalité, nuptialité et canadianisation,” p. 301; Greer, “Habitants of the Lower Richelieu,” pp. 122-129.


Manuscript Sources 

First reference should have the following order: name of repository, name of collection, reference number, volume or carton number, page, folio or document number, title or identification of document, date. Example: British Museum (hereafter BM), Liverpool Papers, Add MSS 33282, p. 94, William Shirley to Hawkesbury, April 23, 1791.

In subsequent references to a manuscript source, the name of the repository may be abbreviated as indicated in the first reference above.


Submission Checklist

• Submit all contributions in Microsoft Word format to Please name the file in the following format: Short-title, date of submission (year, month, day). E.g. Pigs, cows and boarders 1984.07.31.

• Submissions of articles and research notes should include a 100-150 abstract. Please include this abstract on the first page of your article, under the title, as well as in your cover email. 

• Your cover email should include your name, article title, 100-word abstract, institutional affiliation and full contact information. 

• All texts should be :

o double-spaced; 
o use a 12-point font; 
o employ italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).

• Figures, graphs, tables and low-resolution versions of all illustrations should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, when possible. High-resolution illustrations will be requested after the peer-review process.

• Footnotes should be inserted in the text and appear at the bottom of the page, not at the end of the submission. 

• Articles are not to exceed 11,000 words in English and 12,000 words in French (inclusive of footnotes, Figures, Graphs, and Tables). Research notes are shorter documents that focus on preliminary research results or that propose a well-articulated reflection on a specific question.

• All submissions must be free of any personal identifiers. Ensure that authors' names have been deleted everywhere. Remove your name from the document’s Properties. Watch especially for entries such as “draws from my thesis,” “my earlier work on,” etc. 

• Please confirm that you have not submitted or published this article, one very similar elsewhere or in a published monograph or edited collection in English, French or any other language.


When sending your manuscript, please : 


1) Ensure that the text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.


2) Indicate that you have not submitted or published this article, or one very similar, elsewhere or in a published monograph or edited collection, whether in English or any other language.


3) Send the submission as an attachment file in Microsoft Word document format.


Guidelines for Book Reviewers       

Indicate the heading in the following order: last name of the author or editor (small caps), author’s first name or initials, a dash, title of the book (in italics), place of publication, publisher, date of publication, and number of pages. For example:          

POLLARD, Sidney – Peaceful Conquest: The Industrialization of Europe, 1760-1970. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981. Pp. 451 

Text should be double-spaced. Quotations of more than five lines should be indented and form a distinct paragraph; omit quotation marks in these cases. Following each quotation, indicate in brackets the page number from which it is taken or other pertinent reference. Do not use footnotes.      

Present your name and affiliation in the following manner:

                                            Marvin Horner, University of Toronto.

 Use month, day, and year: March 17, 1877. For decades, use either 1880s or eighties.         

 Your text should be no longer than 1,000 words.           

 Please send your book review by e-mail to:


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