Call for Papers

The Clio history journal offers a great opportunity for students to publish their work!  Ideally, your Senior Research Seminar (HIST 197, for undergraduate students) or your Research and Writing in History (HIST 209, for graduate students) instructor will recommend your paper for publication, but you do not have to rely upon that process.  If you are interested in publishing your work, and if you are willing to go through the semester-long commitment required, we encourage you to submit your original research paper, historiographical paper, book review, or film review for review and selection at any time!  Simply send an email to the Clio Editorial Staff with the subject line: "Clio Journal Submission."

The Clio History Journal class (HIST 197B) is offered during the Spring semester each year, and that will be when the papers are reviewed and selected by the student editors.  Speaking of which, if you want to be involved in Clio but don't have a paper to submit, taking HIST 197B is an excellent way to get involved and gain invaluable experience on the editing and publishing side of the process, so keep an eye for that when it comes time to register for Spring semester classes!

What We Accept

Please note: maximum size allotments exclude bibliographies but include footnotes!

  • Original Research Essays (8,500 words maximum)
  • Historiographic and Review Essays (6,000 words maximum)
  • Book Reviews (1,500 words maximum)
  • Film Reviews (750 words maximum)

Only one paper per author will be published.  We encourage you to include images, figures, and tables in your papers.  You must obtain copyright permission from the appropriate sources for images and other relevant media before materials can be included for publication.

Submission Process

The deadline for initial submissions will be published at the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester, but anticipate that it will be no later than Week 4.

Please email submissions in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx files) with the subject line "Clio Journal Submission."  Please ensure that all personal information is removed from the content of your paper to maintain anonymity throughout the review and selection process.  That being said, please include your full name, student ID number, and email address in the body of the submission email.  For example:

Dear Clio Selection Committee:

Please find attached to this email my submission for the 2017 Clio History Journal, entitled "[Your Title Here]."  I have attached it in MS Word format and ensured that my name, instructor, class identifiers, and other personal information have been removed from the paper.  I understand that if my paper is selected and I choose to go through the publication process that I am making a semester-long committment to the process for the Spring 2017 semester.

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.


[Your Full Name]
[Your Student ID Number]

Paper Format

Papers that do not conform to the following guidelines will not be accepted.

All Clio submissions MUST:

  • Use footnotes and adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style (Turabian Citation Guide)
  • Contain a clear thesis statement
  • Obtain permission for all copyrighted photographs, images, and other materials

Original Research Essays:

  • Consists of an informative and analytical paper based on primary sources and reflecting a new addition or interpretation of historical studies
  • Effectively utilizes both primary and secondary sources with approximately half or more of those sources coming from primary research

Historiographic or Review Essays:

  • Consists of a detailed, comparative engagement of at least five (5) books on the same subject
  • Provides a summary and analysis of each source's key points
  • Comments on each author's sources
  • Identifies each book's intended audience and the academic background of the author(s)
  • Provides your opinion of each book's scholarly merit

Historical Book and Film Reviews

  • Provides a full citation of the book or film per the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Gives a detailed analysis of the book or film and situates it within appropriate historical context
  • Superior reviews will also discuss the suitability of the book's/film's overall message, the author's/director's intent and/or biases, notable stylistic choices, and the appropriate genre

Selection and Editorial Process

Your submission will be reviewed by the editorial staff and you will be contacted by email whether your paper has been selected or not.  Please understand that we receive a large number of worthy submissions each semester, always more than we can fit within the journal, so your submission may be passed over for a number of reasons including, but not limited to, fit within a theme, whether you have been published in previous editions of Clio, relevance to current events, or appropriateness of content.  The Clio staff reserves the sole right of paper selection, but trust us, we really want to publish your work!

If your paper is selected, please note that your paper will evolve throughout the editing process!  Fret not!  You will be working in concert with your assigned editor(s) to modify the format of your paper in preparation for publication at the end of the Spring 2017 semester.  We recognize and assure you that the final paper will absolutely be your work--we will not ask you to change the content or tone of the paper unless it is appropriate and you will retain final approval authority over any changes to your paper.  Just remember, we retain final approval authority for what is selected to be published.  Our editing process is designed to create consistency, to adhere to publication requirements, and to follow professional historical journal standards.

If your paper is selected, there will be deadlines to complete the editing requests from your editors.  If you receive communication requesting specific edits, you must respond to the editor within one week of the request.  Failure to communicate efficiently with your editor may jeopardize your paper's publication in Clio.  In order to meet publication deadlines we have set for typesetting and printing, we must ensure effective communication between our editing staff and selected authors.

Publication and Obtaining Copies

Once the editorial process is complete, as an author selected for publication, you will receive a complimentary copy of Clio.  We still encourage you to become a subscriber and thus support the process, and if you would like to reserve extra copies to distribute to friends and family, we encourage you to visit the Subscribe & Support section of this site and to send your friends and family there as well!


The Clio Editorial Staff