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BJHS Themes Formatting Guide: Last revised August 2019

It is the authors’ and guest editors’ responsibility to ensure that submissions are correctly formatted according to the following style guide. Submissions that have not been formatted appropriately may be returned to authors for correction.  

Articles should be submitted with all text double-spaced with a margin, in Times Font, size 12 (this applies to the main text and footnotes).  

We can only accept submissions in the format of Microsoft Word Files. Please do not submit PDFs or documents in other formats.  

The article title should be in bold type, with the first word capitalized but not thereafter. The author’s name will be omitted until reviewing is completed.  

The final drafts will include an abstract of 150–200 words. Begin the abstract as follows:  

Abstract. Then text…  

Long quotations should be inset. Short quotations should be given single quotation marks. Spelling should follow the Oxford English Dictionary. All papers should be rigorously documented. References to primary and secondary sources must be set as endnotes, not as footnotes, and typed in double spacing and numbered consecutively. Cite as follows:  

1 Boris Smetov and Dmitri Blogski, Chemistry in the Eighteenth Century, 2nd edn (tr. Robert Roe), 5 vols., Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1886–1914, vol. 3, p. iii, pp. 237–238.  

2 John Doe, ‘Searching for gravity waves’, in Andrew Burn and Zigmund Trent (eds.), The History of Physics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982, pp. 22–24.  

Note that book titles have all words capitalized but for article titles only the first word is capitalized. The names of disciplines e.g. biology are not capitalized in article titles. Note that publishing details are not in brackets.  

3 Doe, op. cit. (2), pp. 23–24. Always use ‘op. cit.’ to refer to previously cited references. Do not use ‘ibid’.  

4 Nicodemus Brown, ‘Developments of the cathode ray’, Journal of Physics (1972) 7, pp. 25-31.  

Spell out journal titles. Give complete page run of articles cited and, where appropriate, the page number to which the citation refers.  

5 John Herschel to George Peacock, 17 May 1836, Herschel Papers, Royal Astronomical Society, London (subsequently HP), Box 1234, 56.  

Citing websites:  

Name of author, ‘Title’, Journal (date – day, month, year) issue number, http…, accessed 12 May 2019.  

For manuscript sources please supply whatever information is necessary for the reference to be found. Subsequent references can be cited by name, date, abbreviated source, box, page or folio number.  

There should be no section heading for the introduction.  

Subsequent section headings should be in bold type, with only the first word capitalized.  

There are two spaces above a section heading and one below.  

The start of a section is not indented, but subsequent paragraphs are.  

All short quotes should have single quotation marks, but quotes within quotes have double quotation marks.  

Please add semi-colons between citations, and when a comment follows a citation it should begin with capital letter. E.g.

Nicodemus Brown, ‘Developments of the cathode ray’, Journal of Physics (1972) 7, pp. 25-31; it should be recognized, however…  

Dates should be in the order day, month, year, with no commas between. 12 April 1979.  

Reference numbers should always be at the end of sentences and come after a full stop.  

Two or more initials should not have a space between them. E.g. S.R.E. Werrett.  

Images: All images sent with the original paper should be low-resolution files and sent separately from the main paper, with the figure captions included at the end of the main paper. Pictures can be sent by email or a file transfer system, such as Dropbox. Final submissions of images should be made once the paper has been approved for publication. They may appear as colour or black and white online but will only appear in black and white in any printed version.  

Line drawings should be submitted electronically, as jpg, tif or eps files, scanned at 300dpi or as Excel documents. (If drawn they should be bold in black ink on white paper, feint-ruled graph paper or tracing paper). Photographs should be sent as high-resolution tif or jpg files by email if the files are small, or by a file transfer system i.e. Dropbox. If this is not possible, a CD may be sent. The place of the illustration should be indicated in the margin of the text.  

Permission to reproduce material is entirely the author’s responsibility and should be cited where given. At proof stage you will be asked to provide evidence of permissions, which may be provided in electronic form.  

Institutional address(es) and acknowledgements will be added at the end of the paper before the notes, after the peer review process. Do not include acknowledgements or your own address as part of the first draft.  

Joint contributors should note that proofs will be sent to the first named author unless the Editor is otherwise informed.  

It is the author’s responsibility to secure any necessary permission for publication. As open access papers, copies of articles will be made available subject to the terms of a choice of Creative Commons licences: CC-BY, CC-BY-NC-SA or CC-BY-NC-ND.  

Typescripts are not normally returned to authors.  

For more information please visit the following pages:  

BJHS Themes: Open Access (for detailed guidance on Open Access and copyright terms)

BJHS Themes: Instructions for Proposals (for information on the production timetable)

Cambridge Core Artwork Guide (for detailed guidance on submitting artwork)