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Printing History Article Submission Guidelines

Printing History, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Printing History Association, accepts submissions of previously unpublished articles on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the history of printing, its allied trades, and related arts.

All correspondence, articles, book reviews, inquiries, etc., should be directed to There is no deadline for submissions.

Articles usually range between 2,000 and 8,000 words, but shorter notes are also welcome. Illustration is encouraged. Peer review of submitted articles to Printing History is coordinated by the APHA editorial committee. Writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

We accept submissions as Microsoft Word files. Images should, ideally, be submitted as six-hundred-pixel-per-inch files in the TIF format. We, in general, follow the guidelines of The Chicago Manual of Style. A style-guide and further information for contributors can be downloaded here.

Author Copyright and Republication

An author retains copyright of their article throughout the period it is accepted and published by the American Printing History Association. Authors are not requested to convey copyright to APHA, nor do they receive financial compensation for our publication of the article. We do request that the author give APHA the right of exclusive initial publication. We request a one-year embargo on an article’s republication after appearing in Printing History (exceptions granted on written request). We ask that future publication of the article include a citation crediting its original appearance in Printing History. Tables will be treated as graphic images, not as text files. For this reason they should not be built into the Word document containing the text. They can be submitted as Word tables in a separate document.

Our editorial committee will list the changes required for the article to be published by APHA in Printing History. An author who does not agree with our changes may instead submit their article to the APHA website blog which requires no additional editorial review for accepted postings. Published on the web it can be the subject of public discussion by our website readers.