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Author Guidelines for Connections

The editors of THG: Connections seek nonfiction articles that are solidly researched, attractively written and amenable to illustration, and they encourage scholars, journalists and freelance writers to contribute to the journal. Accepted articles usually combine information on how to research, document and/or write family history along with a story or stories discovered and pieced together from the author’s own research.

IHS Press issues a standard contract on acceptance of an article and will pay a negotiated honorarium to the author. IHS Press will hold a royalty-free exclusive license to publish the article in Connections – which converts to a royalty-free nonexclusive license six months after publication. IHS Press owns the copyright in Connections, but the author owns the copyright in the article and is free to reprint the article after it is published in Connections. IHS Press is free to reprint the article at a future time.

Manuscript Guidelines

Connections seeks articles and essays on topics such as – but not limited to – biography of individuals and/or families, personal narrative, immigration, cultural heritage, ethnic groups, women, folklore, geography, and military, medical, archaeological, industrial and agricultural history as these subjects provide historical context for genealogical research. In addition, we seek essays from genealogists and family historians discussing their personal experience in the field of family history research and writing on Indiana ancestors.

In general, articles should be narrative in structure, have strong introductions and conclusions and weave analysis into the larger framework. Essays should have both genealogy and history components, preferably ones that help explain present practices for family historians as well as incidents, behaviors and the historical environment of Indiana ancestors. The editors give priority to submissions that meet standards of research and presentation and also display a direct Indiana connection. Prospective authors should be familiar with the magazine before they submit articles or proposals.

Feature articles and essays should be 2,500 to 4,000 words in length. The editors primarily seek newly written material, although they will consider material that has been previously published. The editors will also respond to proposals submitted with writing samples and an indication of the means and costs of illustration.

Articles and essays should be written in clear and appealing prose that is free of jargon and undefined technical terms. Authors should avoid passive voice, lengthy quotations and one-sentence paragraphs. They should follow the guidelines of The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White and consult the latest editions of the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Authors should submit two copies of each article or essay on standard 8½-by-11 inch paper, double-spaced throughout, with the author’s name on the title page only. They should document their sources in endnotes. The editors will decide the form and extent of published documentation. A short biographical sketch of the author should also be included. The editors accept approved manuscripts via e-mail.

Authors are responsible for providing illustrative material – in black-and-white or color – and captions that do not duplicate information in the text. IHS Press will provide staff assistance in locating – and will assume the cost of reproducing - photographs, maps and documents in the IHS collections.

The editors initially review manuscripts submitted for publication, then send suitable ones to appropriate outside readers for evaluation. The editors make the final decision for or against publishing articles. Authors should allow 90 days or more for the evaluation process.

The editors reserve the right to copyedit accepted manuscripts to conform with the style and usage of Connections. The editorial staff checks the sources of articles to ensure accuracy of facts and citations.

Authors of articles published in Connections may be nominated by the editors for the Willard C. Heiss Family History/Genealogy Award, given once each year by the Indiana Historical Society to “a family historian for his or her distinguished service and career in Indiana family history including presentation such as articles in Connections … ”

Manuscripts will be returned to authors if they are accompanied by a self-addressed envelope stamped with sufficient postage.

Address all correspondence to:

M. Teresa Baer
Managing Editor, Family History Publications
Indiana Historical Society Press
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3269
(317) 234-0071