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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission file is a single document in Microsoft Word or RTF file format, with any tables and illustrations included. If your paper is accepted for publication you will be asked to provide illustrations separately as Adobe Illustrator, TIFF or PDF files.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • To enable blind refereeing, your own name must not appear on the paper. See further details about Ensuring a Blind Review.
  • The authors undertake to obtain and deliver to the publisher all necessary permissions to reproduce any illustrations such as photographs, diagrams or maps (whether from printed material, from the internet or from any other source).
  • The authors consent to the publisher's privacy policy.
  • The text adheres to the general guidance in Author Guidelines (below) and to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Style Guide .

Author Guidelines

The White Horse Press is a small family-run business, but we aspire to standards of academic quality and fair dealing as high as those of the best international scholarly publishers. Please read the guidelines on our website for authors, editors and reviewers regarding what we expect from them, and what they can expect from us.

Manuscripts should show engagement with on-going intellectual debates, and awareness of the current literature. Authors should especially make sure they are familiar with papers published in recent issues of Environment and History that are relevant to their topic. Authors should avoid excessive quotation from their own previous works: failure to do so can result in work being classified as self-plagiarism. All quotations from author’s own publications and from outside sources must be acknowledged and fully referenced.

Submissions must be original and not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. 



Authors should familiarise themselves with the expectations outlined in WHP publishing standards. In addition:

  • Contributors are advised to think carefully about language and inclusivity in preparing their submissions, paying particular attention to prose and terminology in terms of gender, racial, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, sexual orientation, ageist and ableist frames of reference.
  • We actively encourage a citation practice in which authors emphasise the most recent research in the field (instead of more general canonical works) and foreground the contribution of scholars from underrepresented and/or marginalised groups.



  • File Format. Submissions must be uploaded to our online system in Microsoft Word or Word-compatible format.
  • Word Limit. Unless otherwise agreed, submissions should aim to be around 8,000 and no more than 10,000 words in length, including references. Discussion articles (comments on published papers and author replies) should be no more than 4,000 words and book reviews no more than 1500 words. Snapshots papers shouold be no more than 2,000 words; please read our Snapshots page for more information about this new section of the journal. Manuscripts of excessive length will not be considered for any section.
  • Page Layout. A4, Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced. Include tables or figures at the end. Avoid excessive use of subheadings and text formatting for emphasis (underlining, bold, italics). 
  • English. Manuscripts should be in English and be of an acceptable standard in that regard (if in doubt please have a native speaker read your manuscript prior to submission).
  • Anonymous Manuscript. To allow blind refereeing, please ensure that your manuscript is anonymous by removing your name and any self-identifying references.
  • Abstract. A summary of around 100–150 words, and a list of four or five ‘key words’ should be provided.

Please follow the detailed instructions in our Style Guide.


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