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Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASGEditor, Register101 Newbury StreetBoston, MA firstname.lastname@example.org
We are glad to receive articles for the American Ancestors Journal, especially from new authors. We prefer to receive a brief description of your article in advance, and we prefer articles of 6,000 words or less.
To submit an article, attach it to an email to the editor (email@example.com) or send a paper copy and a disk or CD to American Ancestors Journal, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007. Your article should be acknowledged within two weeks, but you may not hear for several months whether it has been accepted. And even if it is accepted, it will probably be at least a year before it is published.We are looking for new articles with a New England connection that have not already been published on paper or online (and have not been submitted to another periodical for publication). Our articles usually fall into one of the following categories:
• Immigrant origins with a genealogical summary. We are particularly interested in nineteenth-century immigrants to New England.• Problem-solving articles with a genealogical summary.• Genealogical accounts of families, especially families for which no genealogy now exists. These accounts should normally be limited to three generations.• Source material.
Looking over current issues of the American Ancestors Journal should give you an idea of the articles we accept. American Ancestors Journal is available on AmericanAncestors.org to NEHGS members.
We ask that articles be written in Microsoft Word in 12-point type, with footnotes in 10-point type, and 1½-inch side margins, using our formatting and styles. This helps us convert your draft into a version we can use for the American Ancestors Journal. However, articles written entirely in Microsoft Word’s Normal Style will be considered also. Do not create your own formatting and styles, and do not use any automatic features or indexing.
Our formatting and styles can be daunting until you get used to them. Remember that we are interested in the contents of your article more than the style. Nevertheless, the closer you come to our style, the easier it is for us to evaluate your article. You can download a template, “Download a Register Style Template for Microsoft Word”. You can also look at the relevant chapters in Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century, 2nd edition (Boston: NEHGS, 2006) and at “Writing a Family Sketch in Register Style,” New England Ancestors 8:3 (Summer 2007):41–42, 45Some Questions to Ask Yourself Before Submitting Your Article:
Make the Process Easier for Yourself and for Us.
Don’t try to replicate our style perfectly. For example, we don’t care whether you learn how to put brackets around footnote numbers. Once you have given a full title in a footnote, just use a short title in later footnotes without “see prior note” or “hereafter cited as.” Do not use “ibid.”Use regular abbreviations for states instead of two-letter postal codes.If your article is accepted, you will receive a standard American Ancestors Journal permission letter to sign. The letter grants NEHGS a perpetual non-exclusive right to publish. You retain copyright and can republish the article elsewhere if the editor is consulted and the original American Ancestors Journal article is cited. During the editing process you will be able to review and comment on editorial changes to your article.