AJH Submission Guidelines

American Jewish History Journal Submission Guidelines (updated: July 2022)

American Jewish History is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published quarterly by AJHS and the Johns Hopkins University Press. Authors should submit their manuscripts via

Articles should be in created in MS Word and should not contain the name of the author in the text; identifying details including mailing address and other contact information should appear in the email only. The journal publishes manuscripts of 6,000 to 10,000 words, including footnotes. Longer submissions may be returned to the author.

General Formatting Guidelines:

  • All final submissions must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. AJH uses CMS minus an accompanying bibliography.
  • Authors should use 12-point Times New Roman font. All text, including block quotes, should be double-spaced.
  • Please use US English spelling (e.g. color, organize).
  • For quotations, use double quotation marks with single within those, if needed.
  • Please transliterate any language not in the Roman alphabet, for example, Hebrew, Russian, or Yiddish. Transliteration for Yiddish ought to follow YIVO’s transliteration standards. For all other languages, transliterations will follow standards set by the Library of Congress.
  • All references should be in the form of footnotes, not endnotes. Like all other text in the article, the notes should be double-spaced.
  • The preferred location of charts, photos or other illustrations should be indicated by including a label such as (figure 1) in the text. Do not embed photos or other illustrations in the text of your article, but submit them separately as described below.
  • Tables and figures must be saved as separate files, not included as part of the text, and should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. The captions to illustrations should be gathered together and also typed out on a separate sheet. The approximate position of tables and figures should be indicated in the manuscript. Captions should include keys to any symbols used. All tables and figures should be referred to in the text. Figures supplied in electronic format should be in uncompressed .tif or. jpg formats of at least 300dpi. Figures will not normally be redrawn by the publisher, so please ensure the quality is suitable for reproduction in print. Please submit each image, labeled as follows: Author Last Name_figure number. file extension. For example: Marcus_fig1.tif. If the image needs cropping, please provide a scan or photocopy with desired area marked.

If you have any questions about references or formatting your article, please contact Managing Editor Nick Underwood via

Photo Permissions

You are responsible for getting proper permission for your illustrations and should submit the permissions along with your final essay before it is copyedited. All fees for permissions and reproduction of images are the responsibility of the author. Images are in the public domain if they were published in the U.S. prior to 1923 or if they are the work of the U.S. government. An argument for “fair use” may be possible for images that are discussed or analyzed in your essay. Please consult with us well in advance if you want to claim “fair use” for an image. In all other cases, you must contact the owners of the images you would like to use and obtain both print and electronic world rights for the use of the images. Please use the attached template for requesting permission. It is important to explain to the copyright holder that we need world rights chiefly because we have print and electronic subscribers outside the U.S. We need electronic rights, in addition to print rights, because the on-line issue appears in Project Muse at the same time as the print issue is mailed. The copyright holder may also want to know the circulation of the print journal; it is approximately 1,600 copies per issue.

Photo Permission Request Template 

Please use this template when corresponding with image copyright owners:


I am writing to request permission to reproduce the following material: [specify material, collection, etc.] This material is to appear in a scholarly article titled “[insert title]” in the [insert date or volume] of American Jewish History, to be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP).

JHUP requests nonexclusive world rights to the material as part of the article only in all languages, for print and electronic editions of the issue; and the nonexclusive world right to grant permission to reprint the material as part of the article only in all languages and print or electronic editions. The electronic edition of the journal is subscribed to by academic libraries with paid subscriptions and retransmitting from site is restricted; online art is not reproducible at original quality if downloaded.

May I have your permission to republish the above material in my essay in American Jewish History? If you are not the copyright holder, or if additional permission is needed for world rights from another source, please so indicate.

Thank you for your consideration of this request. Please return the attached Permissions Form to me at the address above. 

Sincerely yours,
[Your Name]