Submit an article to History in the Making

HITM header for articlesHistory in the Making is a journal for the publication of student work which demonstrates substantive research and excellence in the discipline of history. Published essays will be of high quality and of interest to other history students and academics. Successful submissions will clearly demonstrate original research and argument and engagement with scholarly debate. 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.

Submissions can be made at any stage during the year, however each issue may have a cut-off date after which submissions will be carried over for the subsequent issue.

How do I submit an essay?

Please email your submission to us at

In your email, please include:

  • a short abstract or summary (between 100 and 200 words).
  • if the submission was originally written as an essay for a university course: the name of the university, the name of the course, your year level (eg first year, second year) when you submitted the essay, and the mark the essay received.
  • if you are currently affiliated with a university (for example, as a student or staff member): the name of the university and your role.
  • if the submission has been published elsewhere, or is under consideration for publication elsewhere: the name of the publication, and the date that it was published or submitted.
  • if the submission includes images: please tell us who owns the copyright in the images, and confirm that person has given permission for the journal to publish the images. (Please also read the Note about copyright.)

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must follow these guidelines:

  • Please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere in the body of the essay (including on the first page).
  • All submissions must adhere to the following specifications: The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Submissions must follow the Style Guide, including utilising footnotes, not endnotes or in-text citations.
  • Suggested word length is 2,000-5,000 words for undergraduate submissions and up to 8,000 words for honours and postgraduate submissions, including footnotes.

If using images in your article, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the necessary permissions for their use.

Authors who publish with History in the Making agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant History in the Making Journal Association Inc the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under an Australian Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives 3.0 License that allows others to share the work, without alteration, for non-commercial purposes with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.
  4. Authors license History in the Making Journal Association Inc to grant a sub-license under the Copyright Act 1968 to the National Library of Australia. That sub-license permits the National Library to:
    1. copy the Author’s work into the PANDORA Archive,
    2. retain and provide public online access to the work in perpetuity, and
    3. make reproductions or communications of the work as reasonably necessary to preserve it and make it available to the public.