PROCESS AND PROCEDURES FOR MANUSCRIPT REVIEW
Manuscript Review: Your materials will first be reviewed by the Chair of the Editorial Board. If judged appropriate for the series, the Chair will forward the materials to the Editorial Board for review. We accept submissions year-round. However, since the board meets twice a year—usually in November and May—you should submit materials no later than mid-October for a fall review, and no later than mid-April for a spring review. In certain cases, we are able to accelerate this process. Sometimes, we see promise in a submission, but may send the materials back for revision and resubmission. In this case, we will provide generous feedback to help you refine and improve your materials for resubmission.
Editorial Board Review and Decisions: If the Board approves your submission, we will inform you that your materials will be sent to the UW Press Board for approval. If UW Press approves the materials, you may be offered an advance contract (for work in progress), or a contract (for a completed manuscript).
Editorial Process for Accepted Manuscripts: One of the key advantages of publishing with our series is that we provide mentorship and feedback for authors of all levels. In particular, the Chair and the board will provide emerging and first-time authors feedback on work in process. In addition, we have launched the SDH Emerging Authors Program which pairs first-time authors with a mentor, an established scholar who is a specialist in the SDH author’s field, to provide 1:1 feedback. Once the manuscript is ready for submission, it will be sent out to at least two independent readers for a formal evaluation. Authors will be expected to revise based on these reports. You are welcome to suggest names of suitable readers. Members of the SDHS editorial board may also be asked to evaluate the manuscript and provide a written report.
Once your final manuscript is submitted to UW Press, issues of production (design, copyediting, proofs, printing, etc.) are negotiated directly with the Press in consultation with the Chair of the SDHS editorial board.