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Contributors’ Guidelines for the The Hessians: Journal of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association

The first issue of the Journal was published in 1977.  It has developed into a 96- to 112-page annual publication which is distributed at the association’s Annual Meeting in July and which is available by mail (in addition to back issues) by contacting the Association at the above address.

Three categories of material are included in each journal:

HISTORICAL--translations (if in a foreign language) and original articles concerning journals, accounts, diaries, letters, and other documents pertaining to the Revolutionary War, particularly involving the Hessian and other auxiliary troops.

GENEALOGICAL–stories of soldiers who remained in the United States and Canada after the War and their descendants, with emphasis on accomplishments and contributions of the immigrants and their families.

ALL IN THE FAMILY–news, obituaries, births, and photos (new and from your grandmother’s trunk) of descendants of German soldiers who remained in America.

Original Material   We want information that has not been published elsewhere, but material from other sources may be used in moderation for clarification and continuity. 

Length of Article   Six pages is a reasonable maximum length for most articles.  If more space is needed for specific situations, the Editorial Committee makes exceptions.  Sometimes articles are published in two or more parts in consecutive years.  Most articles are set in two columns 60 lines long, 3.5 inches wide in 10-point type with endnotes in smaller type.

Style Guide   Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is the style guide used by our writers.  It is available in paperback for less than $20.

Graphics   Figures, tables, maps, and photos may be included.  They must have a legend and a number and be referenced in the text.  People on photos should be identified.

Author’s Biography   A paragraph describing the author’s background and interesting facts leading to writing of the article is included at the end of the text.  A small photo of the author is welcome, if available.

Documentation   References to deeds should include the deed book/will book with page references and physical location of the book.  Birth records should name specific sources such as a name and location of church, or book and page, if a transcription.  This also applies to military, pension, land grant records and similar materials.  For statements without documentation, explain that it is a supposition, circumstantial evidence, or family legend.

Manuscript Submission   Most authors submit their work by e-mail in one-column form.

Genealogical Articles   Straight-line genealogies from the immigrant to the present are acceptable, but we don’t have space for extensive family trees.  The text should emphasize the contributions of the soldier and his direct descendants to society. 

Military History   Additional detailed guidelines applying to military subjects are those prepared for the Military Collector & Historian and Military Uniforms in America publications of the Company of Military Historians.

Miscellaneous   Paragraphs should not be so long that the reader gets confused.  Subheadings throughout the text are very helpful.  Articles are subject to editing.

Publication Agreement  The author will be required to sign a publication agreement, obtainable from the Editor. 

Questions?   Contact Katherine Ludwig, Editor, PO Box 863, Washington Crossing, PA  18977 (215-369-5425)                                                       

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 127
Scotland, PA 17254-0127

E-Mail can be sent to Hal Schwalm
JSHA GuidelinesForContributors Version 1.0, last updated 1/18/2011