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Instructions for contributors

For information on how to submit an article to Irish Historical Studies, as well as important information about publishing policies, please first consult the 'Information for Contributors' document here: Download Instruction for Contributors in PDF. (96 KB).

Before submitting, contributors should ensure that their manuscript adheres to the style guidelines described in the ‘Rules for Contributors’. A revised version of the rules, first drawn up by the late T. W. Moody in 1944, can be found here: Download Instruction for Contributors in PDF. (55 KB).

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Information for Contributors

Irish Historical Studies, founded in 1938, is the joint journal of the Irish Historical Society and the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies.   It publishes articles embodying original research on Irish history; articles on the scope and teaching of Irish history; select documents, with editorial comment; select and critical bibliographies and guides to sources; annual lists of theses on Irish history completed and in progress in Irish universities; and reviews of books and periodicals having a bearing on Irish history.  

The journal is published twice annually by Cambridge University Press, under the editorial oversight of Irish Historical Studies Publications Ltd, a limited company with charitable status established in 2004.  The joint editors are Dr Liam Chambers and Dr Robert McNamara, who are advised by the Management Board of Irish Historical Studies Publications Ltd and a fourteen person International Advisory Board.  Irish Historical Studies is copyedited by Máire Ní Chearbhaill.

 Peer review policy

Irish Historical Studies adheres to a double-blind peer-reviewing policy for all articles, in which the identity of the reviewer and the author are concealed from both parties.  In order to facilitate this process, contributors are asked to ensure that their article manuscripts are anonymous, with any information that might directly identify the author removed to a separate covering note.

Contributing to Irish Historical Studies

Before submitting a manuscript, contributors should ensure that they carefully read and adhere to the style guidelines described in the ‘Rules for Contributors’.  A revised version of the rules, first drawn up by the late T. W. Moody in 1944, can be found here.

Correspondence concerning articles, book reviews and other contributions to Irish Historical Studies (except for reviews) should be addressed to:

Dr Liam Chambers, Email.

Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, South Circular Road, Limerick.

Manuscripts should then be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word format or an RTF equivalent. Each figure should be provided as a separate numbered file.  Tables may be submitted as XLS files.  Figures should be provided in file formats conforming to the artwork guidelines outlined below.

The text should be double-spaced throughout, paginated in the top right-hand corner.

Additional guidelines for article submission

In addition to the main text, each article submission should include:

  • An abstract of not more than 200 words.
  • A title that should not ideally exceed 20 words.
  • Up to five keywords describing the content of the article.
  • Figure and table captions and place markers, positioned appropriately within the body text and indicating whether they should appear as portrait or landscape.
  • Arabic numbered footnotes, also double spaced.

A separate cover sheet should be provided which should include:

  • Contact details for the corresponding author, including email, postal address and telephone number.  The academic affiliations of all authors should also be provided.
  • Any acknowledgements, whether personal or in reference to funding, that the contributors would wish to appear in the final published article.

Please refrain from using ALL CAPS.

Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format contributors should consult the Cambridge Journals Artwork Guide. If, together with an accepted article, a usable colour figures is submitted, these figures will appear in colour online but in black and white in print.  A charge applies for the reproduction of colour in print.  For colour printing that has been specifically requested, authors will receive information regarding the costs from Cambridge University Press after receipt of the accepted article.

Datasets and supplemental files

All authors of quantitative empirical articles are encouraged to make the data available for data replication purposes. Irish Historical Studies can host such data on the journal's website, and authors wishing to avail themselves of this facility should supply all files electronically once an article has been accepted for publication.

Other types of supplemental material including, but not limited to, images, videos, audio and slideshows can be hosted on the Irish Historical Studies website.

English language editing services

Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. Please visit this page to find out more about our third-party language editing service:

Please note that the use of this service is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of this service does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

Journal contributor’s publishing agreement

Contributors of accepted articles and reviews will be asked to assign their copyright, on certain conditions, to Irish Historical Studies Publications Ltd so that their interests may be collectively safeguarded.


Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. A copy of the paperwork granting permission will be required should an article be accepted. Any permissions fees must be paid for by the author. For an example of a permissions request form please see the Cambridge Journals Artwork Guide.

Open Access

Irish Historical Studies operates an open access policy that ensures that it is compliant with the growing number of open access (OA) mandates being put in place by governments, universities and funding bodies around the world. To this end, authors whose articles are accepted for publication are able to post their accepted manuscript on their personal/departmental websites and their institution’s digital repository as soon as they receive a positive decision from the Editors.[1] Immediate posting of this version is also permitted in non-commercial subject repositories. A link to the final publisher-produced, paginated ‘version of record’ must be included once the article has been through the production process and is up on the Cambridge University Press Irish Historical Studies website.

This policy means that all authors can achieve full compliance with all existing OA policies including those of the RCUK and HEFCE in the UK, the Wellcome Trust, the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding programme and the Australian Research Council. The HEFCE policy, which was announced in March 2014, relates to articles accepted for publication after 1 April 2016. To be eligible for inclusion in the next REF assessment, papers must be deposited in the author’s institutional repository no more than three months after they have been accepted for publication. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that this action is undertaken.

If the author or the author’s funder wishes for the article to be freely available online to non-subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), or published under a Creative Commons licence, the author may opt for it to do so subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). In these circumstances, the manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of the article, the author will be asked to let Cambridge University Press know directly if he/she is choosing this option. More information about the APC price and licensing choices can be found here.

After acceptance

First proofs may be read and corrected by contributors provided that they can guarantee to return the corrected proofs within three days of receiving them. Cambridge University Press will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author. Corrections must be confined to typographical errors only.

For more details on the Cambridge production process see the comprehensive set of FAQs.

First named authors of articles will receive a PDF of the final version upon publication.

Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be directed to the Editors.

(Updated August 2017)

[1] The ‘accepted manuscript’ is defined as the fully peer-reviewed version of a paper at the point at which it has been accepted for publication by the journal editors but before it is sent to the publisher for copyediting and typesetting.