Contribute to ARCHIVE

Submissions have closed (as of 11:59pm on January 31st, 2023) for the 26th edition of ARCHIVE. 2024 submission guidelines will be posted in late 2023. Please email any questions to 

2023 Submission Guidelines:

Any original works will be accepted for review by the editorial board of ARCHIVE. We encourage submitting scholarly papers, seminar research papers, articles, book reviews, and historical essays by any undergraduate student. We will also consider works in non-traditional formats (comics, video, etc.). Non-history majors’ pieces are both accepted and encouraged. Recent graduates are also welcome to submit their work up to a year after their graduation. Authors may choose to submit up to two pieces for consideration. To submit your work to ARCHIVE for possible publication, please follow the guidelines outlined below:

Please email your paper and the following information to with the subject “ARCHIVE Submission 2023”:

  • Full Name
  • Major
  • University you attend
  • Year in School
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Title of Paper
  • Class and Professor for which the paper was written
  • Semester Written

Any identifying information (i.e. name, school) in your document will be redacted prior to review.

Additional instructions:

Formatting Expectations: 

1/8/2023 Updated page count guidelines: we will review submissions up to 60 pages in length. If submitting a longer work, such as a thesis, feel free to send the entire piece, but identify the section you would like us to consider in our review process. 

Your paper should be at least ten pages including footnotes. Please note that you may be asked to reduce your page count depending on the needs of the publication. Preferably, papers will be around thirty pages in length, though longer papers will still be considered. Please submit your papers with footnotes, not endnotes. Do not include an abstract. Your paper should be formatted in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double spaced, with one inch margins. 


As a formal publication, ARCHIVE is always concerned with the problem of plagiarism. Please avoid any issues of plagiarism, including but not limited to: failure to properly cite sources, failure to differentiate between quotation and paraphrase, copy and pasting words that are not your own, or using someone else’s ideas as your own. 

Citation Expectation: 

Your paper should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. Please refer to CMS for all citation guidelines and requirements. In addition, please refer to CMS for formatting regarding numbers, names, capitalizations, hyphenations, dashes, and other forms of punctuation. If your paper does not follow CMS guidelines, or uses another citation system, you will be asked to revise your paper per these guidelines upon acceptance. 

Commitment to ARCHIVE: 

No paper will be revised or published by ARCHIVE if it is also being published by another journal or publication at the same time. If your paper is accepted, we expect that your material will not appear in any other source before it is published in our journal. 

Who Can Submit to ARCHIVE? 

The only requirement for submitting to ARCHIVE is to write a paper with a focus on historical research and inquiry. No matter what school you attend, what year you are, or what major you are studying, as long as your paper is history-oriented, we encourage you to submit your paper. Some examples of appropriate work are: scholarly papers, seminar research papers, articles,

book reviews, and historical essays. Recent UW-Madison alumni are welcome to submit work completed during their undergraduate education up to a year after their graduation. 

Process Following Acceptance 

Upon acceptance of your work to ARCHIVE, you will be expected to work with the editorial board to revise and edit your piece for publication. This process has the potential to be extensive; significant revisions may need to occur. Several rounds of revision will occur prior to detailed copy editing. Though we are relatively flexible with our deadlines, we do expect authors to either be compliant with our deadlines or communicate when issues occur. Repeated failure to submit revisions on time will result in removal from the publishing process.