British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A.
Journal Submission Guidelines
Do you have a research adventure to relate, a book or Internet site you can review, information about new resources or tools for genealogists, or any other tidbit that can help those doing research in England, Ireland, Scotland, or Wales? If you do, you’re invited to contribute an article to the British Isles Family History Society U.S.A. – Journal.
Guidelines for preparing and submitting an article are given below. In addition, the handout from a writing workshop is available: The Do's and Dont's of Writing a Journal Article (PDF, 323KB).
How to Prepare an Article
There’s really only one guideline for anyone using a word processing program, and that is to avoid using a lot of formatting. This means, for example, to just use the default font (no matter what it is), and please don’t indent or center any paragraphs or headings. If you’re a Microsoft Word user and know how to use Styles, please use Heading 1 for the title of your article, Heading 2 for a first-level heading, Heading 3 for the second level, and so on. The main thing is to use the program defaults. That way, when I put your article into my journal template, the formatting will adjust automatically.
For those who don’t use a computer, clean, typewritten copy is preferred so the text can be scanned and imported into Microsoft Word.
How to Submit an Article
To submit an article via email, send your document file — as an attachment — to the Journal Editor. Microsoft Word (2003 or earlier) or Works users can send the file as is. For other word processing programs, such as WordPerfect, please first save the document as a Rich Text File (.rtf) before sending it (if you need help with this step, email me I’ll be happy to send instructions). If there are any images in your article (photos, for example), please also attach the image files themselves in JPEG (.jpg) or GIF (.gif) format.
Using Standard Mail
Typewritten articles may be sent to:
Computer users who prefer to use standard mail can also use this address to send files on CD or floppy disk.
Please report any problems or corrections to the Journal Editor.
Page last updated 4 October 2013