The Oregon Historical Quarterly welcomes submissions from established scholars and graduate students as well as knowledge-holders who do not have conventional academic backgrounds. Manuscripts are judged solely on their suitability for this journal, as determined by the editor and peer reviewers. OHQ especially encourages submissions that integrate perspectives about and from peoples who have been marginalized by previous scholarship.
Areas of Interest
OHQ publishes articles and essays about the history of Oregon and the Oregon Country in the broadest sense, including manuscripts dealing with history and historiography, folklore, art, literature, sociology, anthropology, and scientific fields. The Quarterly works to amplify the knowledge and perspectives of people whom government policies, historical institutions, and academic practices have previously silenced. As such, OHQ asks authors to attend to context, particularly regarding issues of race, class, gender, and place — even if they are not central to the author’s argument — and requires that authors appropriately recognize Indigenous relationships to places under study. OHQ urges authors whose work focuses on a history of the dominant culture to go beyond acknowledging exclusion by incorporating diverse perspectives into their work. OHQ’s editors welcome submissions that engage new scholarly perspectives and approaches to all relevant subjects, even ones that have been widely explored in the past.
OHQ accepts manuscript submissions that offer scholarly analysis of the past, drawing on a mix of both secondary and primary sources. Manuscripts must represent original research and should not be under consideration by any other publication. Articles submitted to OHQ should follow the Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.). See the OHQ Style Guide for Authors (PDF) for detailed information on citation formatting, spelling and punctuation, and other matters of the Quarterly’s preferred style.
OHQ prefers electronic submissions to the editor via email attachment. Text should be double-spaced with notes placed at the bottom of the page as footnotes. Authors are also encouraged to submit digital files of photographs, sketches, charts, or other documents that could be used to illustrate the manuscript. Please do not send original photographs or irreplaceable materials. OHQ welcomes questions about submissions, which can be directed to the editor via phone or email. OHQ staff contact information can be found here.
Types of OHQ Articles
Research Articles are generally the longest in any issue; they offer scholarly analysis of the past and engage with other scholarship in the field. Research articles submitted to the Quarterly should be 7,000 to 9,000 words, plus documentation.
Oregon Voices and Oregon Places are shorter, researched essays or photo essays written in a less academic style, with a minimum of citations. Oregon Voices submissions document people and interpret their lives through memoirs, essays, and interviews. Oregon Places submissions are heavily illustrated essays that investigate historical places, events, and landscapes in Oregon. Topics include analyses of built and natural landscapes, historic rehabilitation efforts, architectural patterns, and descriptions of cultural events.
Primary Documents feature reproductions of diaries, letters, oral histories, and other primary documents. These submissions must include introductions that offer historical background and interpretation to help readers understand the context and importance of the document.
Research Files essays are designed to encourage researchers to dig into under-used collections or explore research processes and tools. These short essays are typically written by archivists, curators, or librarians, and often describe a collection, analyze its importance, indicate the range of items it contains, suggest how to use it, and list additional resources and opportunities for further research. Research Files essays may also document specific research projects (such as archaeological investigations) or tools (such as online databases).
Photo Essays consist of a contextual introduction, demonstrating the significance of the selected photographs, followed by a dozen or so historical images with lengthy, informative captions. Photo essays can focus on a particular subject, artist, or archival collection.
Review and Reflection Essays encourage historians to reflect on the process of writing their own recently published books or review small groups of Oregon history books published at any time. These essays give readers the opportunity to consider how the work of history is done and how it stands up over time.
Review and Publication Process
OHQ’s editors review all submissions to determine their appropriateness for the journal. Manuscripts undergo a double-masked peer-review process, where experts in the field read the manuscript and make recommendations about publication and revision. Authors’ and expert referees’ names generally are not revealed to each other during this process; however, occasionally, when an author’s personal knowledge or identity is central to their scholarship, OHQ will share their name with peer-reviewers. The double-masked peer-review process typically takes about two months; the length of the process after this time depends on what revisions peer reviewers and editors determine are necessary.
Based on the peer-review reports, OHQ’s editors determine whether the manuscript will be accepted for publication once any revisions are made to address referee comments. Some manuscripts may be returned with suggestions for more substantial revision; OHQ’s editors guide authors through this process.
Once a manuscript is accepted, OHQ’s editors set a publication date and issue a contract. All manuscripts accepted for publication go through the Quarterly’s standard editorial process, which may include developmental editing and copy editing to correct for grammar and clarity as well as to conform to institutional style. OHQ’s staff assist with image research and permissions, citations, and fact checking. Authors must review and respond to copy-edited manuscripts and page proofs. The production process for an article once it is accepted is typically about three to nine months.
OHQ reviews books on Oregon history in a broad sense as well as works that consider the larger questions of regional, national, and transnational history. Reviewers represent a mix of new and established scholars and others who have expertise in their fields. Those interested in writing book reviews for OHQ should send an email or letter to the editor, listing areas of expertise, related research or publications, and contact information. OHQ does not accept unsolicited reviews. OHQ staff contact information can be found here.
Prizes and Research Support
The Joel Palmer Award, carrying a $300 prize, is given annually to the author of the best article published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly. Articles are judged on overall conception, strength of research, and readability. See the Award-Winning Articles page for a listing of past years’ winners. The annual Donald J. Sterling, Jr., Fellowship in Pacific Northwest History provides a stipend for one graduate student and one senior scholar each year to support research in OHS’s research library. See the Research Fellowship page for more information.