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West Virginia History (WVH) is committed to publishing the best scholarship on the history and culture of the state and its contiguous region. This brief guide for authors and abbreviated style manual is intended for use by contributors to WVH.

Submit your manuscript to as an e-mail attachment. Correspondence regarding editorial matters should go to:

Kevin T. Barksdale, Editor (
Marshall University
Department of History
127 Harris Hall
Marshall University
Huntington, WV 25755
Email:; Phone: (304) 696-2956

Submitting a Manuscript

Please submit your manuscript as a Word file (Times New Roman, 12-point) e-mail attachment. To facilitate our policy of anonymous manuscript review, please go to "Properties" in the document and strip out any identifying information. Do include the title of the submission on the first page. The author's name and address (both postal and e-mail) should appear in a separate Word document, along with a 250-word abstract.

Within the Word file, all lines should be double-spaced and unjustified, including quotations and notes. Articles should not exceed 10,000 words in length, including endnotes. Document submissions should be half or less the length of articles. Quotations longer than eight lines should be set off from the text by indenting both margins five spaces, but not by single spacing. WVH follows the Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.).

Your manuscript should be justified at the left margin only. We can accept a limited number of illustrations in either glossy photographs or 300 dpi TIF files. Supply each illustration with a caption, accompanied by a source line and such acknowledgments as are required. Authors are responsible for obtaining the necessary permissions in writing before providing them to WVH.

Submitting a Book Review

Please use the following format as a header for your book review:
To Save the Land and People: A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia. By Chad Montrie. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. Pp. xviii, 245.)

Reviews should be single-sided, double-spaced, and between 500–600 words in length. Please submit the review as a Word file (Times New Roman, 12-point) e-mail attachment.

Please include in the review a brief summary of the scope, purpose, and content of the book, and an explanation of its significance in the literature on the subject. Include also an evaluation of the author’s use of available sources, organization and presentation of material, and achievement of his or her overall purpose. Your evaluation may be favorable or unfavorable, but the review should avoid personal references, should express criticism in a respectful and balanced manner, and should avoid irrelevant digressions. Do not list typographical or other minor errors; mention them only if they significantly impair the value of the book.
Please supply page numbers (e.g., 22 or 22–23) for all quoted phrases and passages. If you refer to other books or articles in your review, please provide complete bibliographical information, including the exact page citation. We will copyedit your review prior to publication. We will silently correct any errors we might find, and edit for clarity and accuracy.
Please complete the review on the assigned date or inform the editor of your need for an extension.