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The JHI Blog seeks well-researched short essays related to intellectual history, broadly conceived—that is, how ideas are generated, communicated, and transformed over time. We seek scholarship from a wide range of regions, periods, and methodologies, including pieces that relate to ongoing political, social, and cultural movements and events. Please note that we do not publish op-eds resembling those published by newspapers or single-book reviews.

Posts for the JHI Blog are typically between 600 and 2000 words and present new research, comment on scholarly happenings and controversies, or review conferences, events, and groups of recent publications. While we do not publish traditional book reviews, we are open to covering new relevant publications through interviews with the author(s) and encourage engagement with recent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. You can get a sense of what we publish by reading recent contributions, but feel free also to propose something novel and off-beat!

We welcome submissions from authors within and beyond academia, and we aim to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity within the field. We welcome contributions from authors of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status.

New contributors should send brief proposals to the editors via email. Before preparing your pitch, please read this helpful piece from Eidolon about writing proposals to scholarly blogs like ours, and review our style guide.

All proposals and submitted drafts are evaluated for publication by the JHI Blog’s editors based on their pertinence to the field of intellectual history, the compelling presentation of evidence, depth of research, and quality of writing. The editors reserve the right to request and make revisions before publication.

Please be advised that the JHI Blog is separate from the Journal of the History of Ideas. Publication on the blog does not constitute publication in the journal. JHI Blog posts reflect the views of their authors, and not necessarily those of the JHI Blog’s editors or the Journal of the History of Ideas.