Author F.A.Q.

  1. Who can submit an essay to History in the Making?
  2. Can postgraduates submit to History in the Making?
  3. What do I need to do to make a submission?
  4. Who runs History in the Making?
  5. Which universities support History in the Making?
  6. Does History in the Making publish essays from disciplines outside of history (e.g. History and Philosophy of Science, Ancient History, Archaeology)?
  7. What do the editors look for in a good quality history essay?
  8. What should I do before submitting an essay I have written for a subject at university?
  9. Can I submit more than one essay at a time?
  10. Should I wait until after I have received feedback from my tutor or lecturer on an essay I wrote for class before submitting?
  11. What does it mean if my article has been accepted with changes?
  12. What does it mean if I my submission has been recommended for resubmission?
  13. Can I resubmit my article if it has been rejected?

 1. Who can submit an essay to History in the Making?

University students studying history at all levels can submit to History in the Making. This includes undergraduate, honours, masters and postgraduate history students and history graduates, but not high school history students. We will also consider submissions from students studying related disciplines, such as ancient history, historical sociology or archaeology as well as students enrolled at international institutions. Please contact us if you are unsure whether your submission is suitable.
We encourage students to submit their best work. As a rough guide, the essays that get published in History in the Makingtend to be of a High Distinction standard. We also prefer that undergraduate students submit work which has already been marked by a tutor.

2. Can postgraduates submit to History in the Making?
History in the Making does publish postgraduate work, and we particularly encourage masters students to submit. PhD students are welcome to make submissions, however the nature of History in the Making means that we are not and do not aim to be an ERA-ranked publication. PhD students may wish to consider other options open to them, including The Melbourne Historical Journal and ERAS, which are both aimed specifically at PhD-level history students.
Postgraduate students may also consider getting involved in the journal as a reviewer.

3. What do I need to do to make a submission?
We accept submissions between 2,000-5,000 words for undergraduate students, and up to 8,000 words for honours and postgraduate students. Before making a submission, please read through our guidelines. We ask that all submissions adhere to our style guide. You may also wish to browse through our website (including this F.A.Q. list) for other hints on how to write a publishable essay.
In order to submit an essay to History in the Making, you need to register an author account with the journal. When registering we ask that you provide us with your name and university affiliation. Once you have registered as an author and logged into the website, you will have the option of starting a new submission. The website walks you through the five-step process.

4. Who runs History in the Making?
The current journal collective is made up of recent history graduates and current postgraduate students at several universities around Sydney. Founding members of the collective were instrumental in establishing the Sydney University History Students’ Society in 2007 and reviving Past Imperfect, the undergraduate history journal, in 2008. The current members of the collective are listed here.

5. Which universities support History in the Making?
History in the Making is fortunate to have the support of the history departments at many Australian universities. The list of our current financial partners can be found here.

6. Does History in the Making publish essays from disciplines outside of history (e.g. History and Philosophy of Science, Ancient History, Archaeology)?
We will consider essays with an historical focus from disciplines outside of history; however, our ability to accept these submissions for review will depend on whether we have reviewers available with expertise in that area. In general, we expect that the submission will demonstrate an understanding of historical methodologies, theory and style which is equal to the level of the student making the submission. If you are unsure whether your submission is suitable for our publication, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

7. What do the reviewers and editors look for in a good quality history essay?
Good quality history essays demonstrate excellence in terms of research, methodology and engagement with historical themes and debates. As such, the best history essays are those which endeavour to undertake innovative research in new areas, to put forward new ideas, and to raise alternative perspectives on current debates. We take into account the level of the student submitting the essay; however, we encourage students at all levels to strive towards these high standards. Other factors under consideration also include writing style (including spelling, grammar and referencing), the structure of the essay, whether the argument is convincing and whether the essay topic itself is interesting and engaging.
In short, successful submissions will clearly demonstrate originality of research and argument and an engagement with scholarly debate. The topic will also be of interest to other history students and academics. More information can be found in our guide for authors, available from this page.

8. What should I do before submitting an essay I have written for a subject at university?
We welcome and encourage students to submit their high quality essays written as part of undergraduate units of study. However, any essay originally written in response to a set question must be submitted in the form of a stand-alone journal article. This means changing the title and working through the body of the essay to ensure that the content is engaging, that all background knowledge is adequately explained, and that the topic will be of interest to a broad audience and not just your tutor. You should also make sure that you wait until after you have received your marks from your tutor or lecturer.

9. Can I submit more than one essay at a time?
No. If you submit more than one essay, you will be asked to choose which you would like to proceed with, and the other will be archived.

10. Should I wait until after I have received feedback from my tutor or lecturer on an essay I wrote for class before submitting?
Yes. It is always better to wait until after you have received feedback on your essays, so that you might respond to any suggestions that your tutor or lecturer has. This will help you develop your essay and improve your chances of getting published at the other end.

11. What does it mean if my article has been accepted with changes?
If your article has been accepted with changes, you will be contacted shortly by the Journal Collective, who will assign an editor to your article. The job of the editor is to go through and make comments and track changes in your article which are meant to act as a guide for you to rewrite your article. Once you have made those changes and resubmitted the revised version of your article, the article will then proceed to the copy-editing phase and finally be published in our journal.

12. What does it mean if I my essay has been recommended for resubmission?
In each round of reviews, a small number of essays are recommended for resubmission. This occurs when the Journal Collective feels that your submission has strong potential, but requires too much work to be published in the current edition. In this case, and if you still want to be published in History in the Making, you should have a look over the comments made by the reviewers and try to rework your essay to resubmit for the next issue. Your essay will need to be reviewed a second time and there is no guarantee that it will be accepted for publication.

13. Can I resubmit my article if it has been rejected?
No. Once your essay has been rejected, we will not review an updated version of the same essay. This is because History in the Making is based entirely on volunteers, and we simply don’t have the capacity to keep reviewing the same essays over again. However, you are more than welcome to submit a different essay.