Style Guide

Please follow the guidelines given here when preparing your piece for submission to the Journal of the History of Ideas Blog. We are looking for short essays that comment on scholarly happenings and controversies, reflect on recent publications, conferences, or events, or share tantalizing snippets from new research in the field of intellectual history, broadly conceived. We also welcome conversations with other scholars on their work in both written form and as an audio feature for our podcast In Theory. While wo do not publish traditional book reviews, we are open to covering new relevant publications through interviews with the author(s) and encourage engagement with recent historiography in the form of think pieces.

Please be advised that the JHI Blog is supplementary, not equivalent, to the Journal of the History of Ideas, and publication on the Blog does not constitute publication in the Journal​. The Blog editors reserve the right to make editorial revisions in articles and reviews as necessary.

Word Limits

Think Pieces: 1,000-2,000 words, including citations.

Written Interviews: 2,000-3,500 words. Keep in mind that your interviewee may give lengthy responses, which can be hard to cut down after the fact, so do not plan on including more than 8-10 questions.

Podcast Interviews: Episodes typically run 40-50 minutes. Please contact us at for guidelines and instructions.

Conference Reports: 1,250-2,000 words.

Exhibition Reviews: 500-2,000 words.


Be sure to cite whatever you would normally cite in a paper or article. Provide details that identify the work in question, such as author, title, and the page(s) to which you are referring. It is highly recommended that you hyperlink a work’s title to Google Books, World Cat, Goodreads, the appropriate JStor link or a similar website that provides further details for readers to find that work. To the greatest extent possible, book titles should be linked to the official page maintained by the publishers. If you cannot hyperlink a work, please include publication information in your citation. When a digital source is possible, a page number might not be necessary (e.g. links can be used to direct to the specific page). 


Place all periods and commas within quotation marks; other punctuation should be included within quotation marks only if it is part of the quotation cited.

Long-­form quotations (more than six lines) should be free of external quotation marks and indented once, followed by an unbroken space both before and after the given passage. An English translation of quotations in foreign languages should be provided whenever possible. Spelling, punctuation, use of decimals, and other conventions should follow American Standards. 


Please include at least one image. Image captions must feature a brief description as well as the source of the image and, if applicable and known, the photographer. Please be aware that we have to abide by copyright regulations, so use images that are in the public domain whenever possible. More information on copyright and fair use can be found here.

Some resources for finding high-quality public domain images:

Smithsonian Institute

Library of Congress

British Library

Wellcome Collection

Wikimedia Commons

For further, more thematic sources, see the list here.

Please note that authors are responsible for securing permissions for any images or multimedia that are not in the public domain and for which they do not hold the copyright. 

Once ready, submit your work as a Word document by email to Please include your name, email address, and current institution and status (if applicable) in the body of your email as well as the attached document. One of the editors will be in touch. Thank you!