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About This Journal

About this Journal

The Department of History at The College of Brockport created #History to showcase excellence in student research and writing and to provide an avenue for professional development. Students from any accredited college or university are welcome to submit their work to #History. The journal also offers student editors, reviewers, and authors real-life experience with the publishing process. Each volume has a graduate student editorial board who manages the process through to publication, and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students who serve as the peer reviewers. Brockport alumni are also welcome to stay connected to history and contribute to the College by participating as reviewers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the review process take?

We accept submissions at any time, but the review process takes place during the Fall semester. You should expect to hear back 3-4 weeks after the final deadline for submissions, which is often at the end of September.

What types of submissions do you accept?

We are interested in a broad range of original scholarship, from traditional articles and essays to posters and digital exhibits. Authors must own the copyright to the work being submitted or be authorized by the copyright owner(s) to submit the article. All submissions must have citations, and images must be cleared of copyright (see below).

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What is the difference between an article and a paper?

#History uses the terms “article” and “paper” to distinguish between two common types of student essays. For the purposes of this journal, the term article indicates that the author has contextualized the thesis in terms of a relevant historiography and defended the thesis through the analysis of primary source material. The thesis of a “paper”, on the other hand, may or may not be framed in terms of a historiography. These essays will still be based on student research, but they are more synthetic and/or narrative than analytical.

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Authors do not need a letter of recommendation from their faculty sponsor. The faculty sponsor’s role is simply to advise students on whether to submit the work or not and, in rare cases, to answer a specific question that arises during the review process. A student might, for example, write a strong paper that receives an A but which is nonetheless inappropriate for publication. Such a paper might be based on a simplification that was appropriate in the context of the course but which ultimately makes the argument invalid. Or, a digital exhibit or poster might use copyright images and thus be unacceptable for publication. Faculty sponsors should advise against submission in such cases, but generally speaking, if a professor gave a paper or exhibit an A or A-, it would be appropriate to submit it for consideration.

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Can I include images with my submission?

Yes, but all images must be free of copyright or the author must have obtained permission to publish the image from the copyright holder(s). No work can be published without documentation of the copyright status.

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How can I join the editorial board or become a peer reviewer

While any student may submit to the journal, editors and reviewers must be Brockport students or alumni. If you are interested in becoming an editor or reviewer, please contact Dr. Angela Thompsell athompse@brockport.

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How often is the journal published?

Once per year, in the spring semester.

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