Journal of Contemporary History
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Journal of Contemporary History

2014 Impact Factor: 0.392
2014 Ranking: 28/87 in History
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Editors
Richard J Evans University of Cambridge, UK
Stanley Payne University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA

eISSN: 14617250| ISSN: 00220094|Current volume: 50|Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

"An excellent international publication" International Herald Tribune

"The Journal of Contemporary History is one of the outstanding learned journals of history in the English-speaking world." Times Literary Supplement

The Journal of Contemporary History is an international forum for the analysis of twentieth century history. Now over forty years old, the journal has long been established as essential reading for all scholars in contemporary European and international history.

The Journal of Contemporary History publishes articles covering a broad range of historical approaches including social, economic, political, diplomatic, intellectual and cultural. It is noted both for its intellectual rigour and the accessible style of its contributions.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

JCH CONFERENCE GRANTS

The Editors have decided to use some of the journal's accumulated balances to fund conferences in any field of contemporary history as defined in the Journal of Contemporary History, that is, history within the memory of some persons now living. Other than this, there is no restriction of field, area or period. Applications should be sent to the Assistant Editor (office@jch.org.uk). They should include a full draft programme and detailed estimates of expenditure. Up to £4000 sterling will be awarded to fund each conference. Normally only one conference will be funded each year. Successful applicants must agree to offer the papers to the Journal of Contemporary History for publication in a special issue of the journal; only if the papers are rejected by the Editors may the organizers offer them for publication elsewhere. Applications should be received at least 6 months before the proposed conference is to start.

The Journal of Contemporary History funded two conferences in 2014: Looted Art and Restitution in the Twentieth Century: Europe in transnational and global perspective, that took place at Newnham College, Cambridge on 18 - 20 September 2014, and Absence in the Aftermath, that took place at Monash University Prato Centre, 8 - 10 December 2014.

INDIVIDUAL BOOK REVIEWS

JCH includes reviews of individual books, in addition to review articles covering a range of books within the compass of a single critical essay. The Editors have appointed Dr Kristina Spohr Readman, of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Dr Jim Bjork, of King's College London as Joint Review Editors. They will be commissioning individual reviews as well as review articles.

Publishers please send books for review and postal marketing material to:

War In History Book Reviews,
Toynbee Editorial Services Ltd,
Unit 1, Great Wincey Farm
Brent Hall Road
Finchingfield
Essex
CM7 4JZ

E-marketing materials by email to: reviews@jch.org.uk.

Potential reviewers please email the Joint Reviews Editors directly: k@jch.org.uk / j@jch.org.uk.

Electronic Access:

Journal of Contemporary History is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://jch.sagepub.com

The Journal of Contemporary History (JCH) is a quarterly peer-reviewed international journal publishing articles and book reviews on twentieth-century history (post-1918), covering a broad range of historical approaches including social, economic, political, diplomatic, intellectual and cultural. Now over forty years old, the journal has long been established as essential reading for all scholars in contemporary European and international history. It is noted both for its intellectual rigour and the accessible style of its contributions.

Publishers please send books for review and postal marketing material to:

War In History Book Reviews,
Toynbee Editorial Services Ltd,
Unit 1, Great Wincey Farm
Brent Hall Road
Finchingfield
Essex
CM7 4JZ

E-marketing materials by email to: reviews@jch.org.uk.

Review Editors
James Bjork King's College London, UK
Kristina Spohr London School of Economics, UK
Editorial Board
Steven A. Aschheim Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Eckart Conze Universitaet Marburg, Germany
Niall Ferguson Harvard University, USA
Ute Frevert Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
Jonathan Haslam Jonathan Haslam, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA
Akira Iriye Harvard University, USA
Julian Jackson Queen Mary College, University of London, UK
Ulrike Lindner Universität zu Köln, Germany
Catherine Merridale Queen Mary College, University of London, UK
Nicola Miller University College London, UK
Norman Naimark Stanford University, USA
David Reynolds Cambridge University, UK
Juan María Thomàs University of Tarragona, Spain
Stephen Tuck University of Oxford, UK
Founding Editors
Walter Laqueur Institute of Contemporary History, UK
George L Mosse University of Wisconsin, Madison
Associate Editor
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    1. Editorial Policies
      1.1 Peer review policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.1.1 Plagiarism
      4.2 Journal Contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.3 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    The Journal of Contemporary History (JCH) is a quarterly peer-reviewed international journal publishing articles, review articles and book reviews on twentieth-century history. It covers a broad range of historical approaches including social, economic, political, diplomatic, intellectual and cultural in the period from 1919 to the present.

    1. Editorial Policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

    All manuscripts considered for publication will be submitted to external review.

    JCH operates a strictly anonymous peer-review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within (e.g.) 10–12 weeks of submission.

    1.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

     

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    2. Article types

    Articles
    The Journal welcomes articles with subject matter covering the period 1919 to the present. Manuscripts should not exceed 8000 words, excluding footnotes, which should number no more than 100.

    The Book Reviews Editors wish to encourage the following types of review, but request that authors contact them in advance by email (reviews@jch.org.uk).

    Review articles
    The Book Review Editors encourage scholars interested in writing a review article, which provide a synthesis of recent literature in a particular field, to contact them about their ideas. The Editors do not accept unsolicited complete review articles.

    Book reviews
    The Journal does not accept unsolicited book reviews. The Book Review Editors commission individual and double book reviews (800 and 1200 words, respectively). They welcome espressions of interest from scholars who would like to review for the Journal in their field of expertise.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    has a fully web-based system for the submission and review of manuscripts. All submissions should be made online at the JCH SAGETRACK website .

    Note: Online submission and review of manuscripts is now mandatory for all types of papers.

    New User Account

    Please log onto the website. If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Follow the instructions and please ensure to enter a current and correct email address. Creating your account is a three-step process that takes a matter of minutes to set up. When you have finished, your User ID and password is sent via email immediately. Please edit your user ID and password to something more memorable by selecting 'edit account' at the top of the screen. If you have already created an account but have forgotten your details type your email address in the 'Password Help' to receive an emailed reminder. Full instructions for uploading the manuscript are provided on the website.

    New Submission

    Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Get Help Now' button at the top right of every screen. Further help is available through ScholarOne's Manuscript CentralTM customer support at +1 434 817 2040 ext 167.

    To upload your files, click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer. Select the designation of each file (i.e. main document, submission form, figure) in the drop down next to the browse button. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button.

    Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) and then click the Submit button.
    You may suspend a submission at any point before clicking the Submit button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also log back into your author centre at any time to check the status of your manuscript.

    Please ensure that you submit editable/source files only (Microsoft Word or RTF) and that your document does NOT include a title page, an abstract, or page numbers; the JCH SAGETRACK system will generate them for you, and then automatically convert your manuscript to PDF for peer review. You will be requested to enter an abstract and keywords as part of the submission process, and your contact details are held once you are registered.
    Furthermore, it is imperative that authors remove from their submissions any information that will identify them or their affiliations to reviewers. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revisions, will be by email.

    Instructions for formatting and styling your submission are available on the SAGETRACK welcome page (http:/mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jch); please refer to these before making your submission. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, or seek advice on the submission process please contact the Assistant Editor, Jeremy Toynbee, at the following email address: office@jch.org.uk

    Submitting a Revised Manuscript

    Authors submitting revised manuscripts should follow the instructions above to submit through the SAGETRACK system. To create a revision, go to the 'Manuscripts with Decisions' option in your Author Dashboard and select 'create a revision in the 'Action' column. Authors of all revised submissions should, when prompted, provide information explaining the changes in your manuscript. As this will be provided to reviewers, it is important that authors do not identify themselves in these responses
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    4. Publishing Policies

    4.1 Publication Ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    4.1.1 Plagiarism

    JCH and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    4.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    4.3 Open access and author archiving

    JCH offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    JCH encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    JCH requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    9.2 Journal Style
    JCH conforms to the JCH house style. Click here to review guidelines on JCH house Style.

    9.3 Reference Style
    JCH uses Footnotes as detailed in the JCH house style. Click here to review the guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE's Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE's Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    JCH does not currently accept supplemental files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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    10. After acceptance

    10.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints
    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    10.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in JCH with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    A large number of SAGE journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE's electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Assistant Editor as follows:

    Jeremy Toynbee
    Assistant Editor
    office@jch.org.uk

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