Blog Post Formatting and Submission Guidelines

1.    Any Post submission must be the original work of the author(s).

2.    Posts should be written from an objective perspective. They should seek to provoke or advance debate, to open up new questions, to define the state or direction of a particular field, or to shape trends in historiography at a more general level—always in a way that is comprehensible to non-specialists.

3.    Posts generally have a less formal character than Journal Articles, and the scholarly apparatus of research articles need not be rigorously applied.

4.    The target length for a Post is 4,000 – 6,000 words, excluding footnotes. We do on very rare occasions consider Posts of more than 6,000 words.

5.    Posts must be of interest, and fully accessible to the non-specialist as well as the specialist reader, so Posts should:

a.    Make clear what the interest of the Post to the non-specialist is or may be: e.g., does it change debate on an issue, and if so, how? does it feature new data? and so on;

b.    Be fact-based, logically structured, organized in cohesive and coherent paragraphs, include links to high quality sources, and written in plain English (i.e. not academese or legalese);

c.    Assume little linguistic or technical knowledge from the reader. Keep technical/specialist expressions to a minimum and ensure that any expressions that are necessary are carefully defined; and

d.    Use footnotes, not endnotes, that generally adhere to standard Blue Book requirements. Notes should not be used for ‘sub-texts’. Wherever possible without confusion, references should be grouped together.

6.    It is the author’s responsibility to properly attribute or get necessary permission (and to provide us with copies of the relevant documentation) for any illustration, image, figure, table, audio/video file, etc., used in the Post.

7.    We also welcome submissions of Review Posts, covering one or more important recent publications. As with other Posts, it is important that Review Posts appeal, and are accessible to the non-specialist as well as the specialist. We prefer Review Posts which supply a view of the state of the field as well as a review of the specific works in question. The target length for review posts is 2,500 words to 4,000 words.

Blog & Review Posts should be submitted by email at jeel@kentlaw.iit.edu, in a Word or Google document.