The International Maritime Economic History Association encourages maritime historians to submit manuscripts for consideration for publication. For the International Journal of Maritime History, we prefer manuscripts that are between 7,500 and 10,000 words in length, although we do occasionally make exceptions. For Research in Maritime History, we give preference to manuscripts of less than 110,000 words. We also prefer that manuscripts be submitted electronically or on 3.5-inch computer diskettes. While we prefer submissions to be formatted in MS-Word, we can accept manuscripts prepared in most standard word processing software. If the manuscript has not been prepared on computer, we ask that three double-spaced copies be provided. Manuscripts should be sent to: Maritime History Publications, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada A1C 5S7 (e-mail:



To assist authors in preparing essays for IJMH/RIMH, below we provide a few brief suggestions:

1. Notes should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper (IJMH) or each chapter; footnotes are preferred over endnotes.

2. If graphics (including graphs, charts, etc.) or photographs are included, please send them as .jpeg or .gif files, if possible. If they cannot be provided electronically, please consult the Managing Editor, Ms. Margaret Hennessey <>, before submission for instructions. Graphics and photographs must be accompanied by a full citation, including provenance. If copyright clearances are required, these are the responsibility of the author. IJMH/RIMH does not undertake to request such clearances.

3. Express numbers in words if less than one hundred (e.g., seven, eighty-one), otherwise use Arabic numerals (e.g., 100, 789). Percent is written as one word. If percentages are in whole numbers, write out the number and percent; if decimals are used, use Arabic numbers and the word "percent" (e.g., 98.1 percent).

4. Dates should always be inverted, e.g., 29 August 1774.

5. Abbreviations and contractions should be avoided where possible. If an abbreviation must be used, it should be followed by a period. The sole exception is geographic locations, which should be abbreviated in CAPS without a period, e.g., MA for Massachusetts.

6. If a ship name is used, it should be underlined or italicized.

7. IJMH/RIMH follows standard, "short" humanities footnoting rules. While our idiosyncrasies are minor, a few guidelines may be helpful:

Books: Chester G. Starr, The Influence of Sea Power on Ancient History (Cambridge, 1989), 144-177. (N.B.: Books require place and date of publication, but not the name of the publisher.)

Articles: John McDonald and Ralph Shlomowitz, "The Cost of Shipping Convicts to Australia," International Journal of Maritime History, II, No. 2 (December 1990), 4-6. (N.B.: Volume numbers should be expressed in roman numerals. The number within a volume is optional. Do not use p. or pp. designations.)

Theses: Stephanie Jones, "A Maritime History of the Port of Whitby, 1700- 1914" (Unpublished PhD thesis, University of London, 1982), 238-262.
Documents: Municipal Archives of Amsterdam, Notarial Archives, 63/63, 25 November 1593. (N.B.: The general order is: archive, collection, reference number, date. In general, we do not require page references for archival material unless it is part of the reference number.)

Newspapers: The Times (London), 23 July 1854. (N.B.: The title should appear as on the masthead. If the city is not part of the title, place it in parentheses. We do not need page or column numbers.)


Updated: May28, 2010