Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The editorial staff invites scholars, students, and writers to submit scholarly articles aimed at a non-specialized audience for its forthcoming issues. We welcome papers from all disciplines—for example, law, literature, political science, anthropology, archaeology, material culture, cultural studies, and social and political history—bearing on any aspects of New Jersey’s history. Articles that place that history in wider relevant contexts will be especially welcome. We are also interested in documents, photographs, and other primary source material that could be published with annotations. Articles submitted for publication should not exceed 8,500 words and should follow the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Completed submissions must also include a 200 word abstract of the article’s contents. Abstracts may be emailed separately to tgolway@kean.edu


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Documents + Artifacts

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Suitable articles submitted to New Jersey History are reviewed in double-blind fashion by two external peer reviewers. The decision to send a submission to peer review is at the discretion of the editorial staff.


Questions used by peer reviewers to evaluate a manuscript include:

Does the manuscript fall within the editorial scope of New Jersey History?

Is the argument sufficiently documented?

Is the scholarship sound and based on current research in its field?

Is the thesis clear and effectively presented?

Papers submitted will be acknowledged as soon as they are received. If chosen for peer review, the process can take several weeks to several months, depending upon the availability of outside readers. Authors are encouraged to communicate directly with the editorial staff for more information and updates about the progress of manuscripts through this process.

Reviewers are recruited on the basis of academic expertise and impartiality.


Publication Frequency

NJH will publish online twice a year.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Editorial Advisory Board


Mark Lender (Chair) - Kean University

Linda Epps - Executive Director, New Jersey Historical Society

Larry Greene - New Jersey Historical Commission

Dawood Farahi - President, Kean University

Marc Mappen - Executive Director, NJ Historical Commission

Warren Grover - New Jersey Historical Society

Maxine Lurie - Seton Hall University

Howard Gillette - Rutgers University - Camden

James Turk - Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission

Paul Israel - Director, Thomas A. Edison Papers

Marlie Wasserman - Director, Rutgers University Press

Michael Birkner - Gettysburg College

Thomas Fleming - historian

T. Banit - USS New Jersey

Clement Price - Rutgers University - Newark

Steve Golin - Bloomfield College

Richard Brookhiser – historian

Dorothy Guzzo - New Jersey Historic Trust

Matthew Tomaso - Cultural Resource Consulting Group

Ron Becker - Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers

John Fea - Messiah College

Douglas Greenberg - Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Sue Ellen Gronewold - Kean University

Paul Mattingly - Emeritus Professor of History, New York University

Karl Niederer - NJ Division of Archives and Records Management

Peter Mickulas - Rutgers University Press


Digital Publishing Management Team

Jeffery A. Triggs, Rutgers University Libraries

Ronald Jantz, Rutgers University Libraries


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