Philosophy of The Purdue Historian

For more information, please see The Purdue Historian Aims and Scope page.

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Who Can Submit?

Any undergraduate student currently enrolled at Purdue University may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Purdue Historian. While the subject matter of the article must pertain to the field of history, students submitting articles for consideration may be enrolled in any scholarly discipline. The student must either hold copyright to the work or be authorized by the copyright holder to submit it.

Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be received by April 26th to be considered for publication in the same year.

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Research Article Submission Guidelines

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Purdue Historian, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Purdue Historian. Prepare your manuscript using the following order and format then click on the submit article link to create an account and upload your manuscript for review.


Please include a one paragraph informative abstract of 250 words or less that clearly states your objectives, observations and conclusion.


The Purdue Historian only accepts submissions that conform to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, 2010). General guidelines include one-inch margins, double spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Complex or otherwise ambiguous terms must be fully explained and defined when first used. Students must submit manuscripts in Word doc. format in order for the article to be considered for publication.


All submissions must contain footnotes and a bibliography. Articles that include endnotes will not be accepted. Notes and bibliography must conform to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, 2010). For additional information concerning The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, 2010) and citation guidelines, please visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).

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Rights for Authors

As the author, or authorized representative of a group of authors, I agree that both proposal and article are the work of the author(s) listed and that I have received permission for the reproduction of any third party materials. I understand that Purdue Historian authors retain the copyright in both the proposal and any article published but, by accepting this agreement, I license to Purdue a non-exclusive perpetual royalty free license to use, duplicate and distribute the work (“Work”) in whole or in part.

The Work is to be published in The Purdue Historian and deposited in the Purdue University institutional repository. I further grant to Purdue University the right to transfer the Work to any format or medium now known or later developed for preservation and access in accordance with this agreement. This agreement does not represent a transfer of copyright to Purdue University.

I represent and warrant to Purdue University that the Work is my original work and does not, to the best of my knowledge, infringe or violate any rights of others nor does the deposit violate any applicable laws. I further represent and warrant that I have the authority and/or have obtained all necessary rights to permit Purdue University to use, duplicate and distribute the Work and that any third-party owned content is clearly identified and acknowledged within the Work. By granting this non-exclusive license, I acknowledge that I have read and agreed to (a) the terms of this agreement and (b) Purdue University’s policy on intellectual property.

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Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of author and requires credit to the Purdue Historian as the place of first publication.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

The failure of The Purdue Historian to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between The Purdue Historian and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Authors must guarantee that submitted manuscripts have not been published elsewhere, are not currently under review elsewhere, and have been submitted with the full knowledge of their institutional home.

Any manuscripts that do not meet originality requirements will be rejected without peer-review.

All manuscripts will be reviewed based on intellectual content without regard for age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, or political philosophy of the authors.

All manuscripts submitted for peer-review are kept strictly confidential by editors and reviewers. At no time will editors or reviewers utilize submitted materials without the consent of the authors.

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