1) All text, including headings, sub-headings, notes, and references, is set in a standard 12-point type, such as Times or Times New Roman, and the text is double-spaced with a 1-inch margin on all sides.
2) The piece should conform to proper, standard English grammar as described in Elements of Style
3) References/citations should conform to The Chicago Manual of Style
3) The piece is no longer than 7,000 words with footnotes and references included.
4) The abstract is no more than 150 words.
5) There are no URLs located in the main text when used in a bibliographical sense (although names such as Amazon.com are acceptable). URLs should be relocated to endnotes or the reference list.
6) Manuscript has been copyedited by the author.
Style Points and Mechanics
Double quotation marks should be used for in-text quotations, direct speech, and publication titles, and also for constructed terms or concepts, for ironic effect, or for authorial commentary. In all cases, a period or comma precedes the closing double quotation mark. Citations and Bibliography
Notes should be presented as footnotes and full bibliographic information should appear at first citation. Citations should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style citation system. Please consult the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide for reference. Any acknowledgments should be placed as an unnumbered note before the Notes section.
Note reference superscripts should be in Arabic numerals (1,2,3 etc.) not Roman numerals.
URLs should not be located in the main text when used in a bibliographical sense. URLs should be relocated to endnotes or the reference list.
Please refer to the Purdue Online Writing Lab's guide to the Chicago Manual of Style for examples and detailed descriptions. See also this list of examples prepared by the UMass History Journal.