Author Guidelines

Rhode Island History is published twice a year by the Rhode Island Historical Society. We welcome any articles that present interpretations of an aspect of Rhode Island’s history, of individuals and groups primarily associated with Rhode Island, or of a phase of New England history in which Rhode Island or Rhode Islanders figure prominently. Articles should show evidence of research in primary source materials. Edited primary documents, with an interpretive framework and scholarly annotations, will also be welcome (see Netop, at, for our online catalog of manuscripts and other materials). Authors should consult back issues before submitting an article to make sure their subject has not already been covered. Past issues will also give authors a good idea of style and format. Submissions are sent to outside readers for evaluation, and acceptance or rejection is based on their recommendations.

Articles should be submitted by e-mail. The following guidelines should be observed:


1. Double-space all copy, including text, quotations, notes, and tables. Set wide margins to provide editing space.


2. Place notes together following the last page of the article, not at the bottom of text pages. Triple-space between notes.


3. Number pages consecutively throughout.


Rhode Island History does not have a style sheet, but authors may follow forms recommended in the University of Chicago Press’s Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. The Editor is the final arbiter of length, grammar, and usage; articles will be edited to conform to Rhode Island History’s style regarding punctuation, capitalization, and the like.

Authors of submissions accepted for publication in Rhode Island History will be responsible for providing illustrations, at their own expense, to accompany their published articles. Illustrations may be obtained from the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Graphics Collection, other sources, or some combination of the two. (Items obtained from the Society’s Graphics Collection for use in Rhode Island History will be provided without charge.) Illustrations may be submitted as glossy prints or via CD or e-mail. Further information about illustrations will be supplied to authors upon acceptance of their submitted articles.

It is the responsibility of the author to secure, when necessary, permission to quote any material included in a published work.

Articles should be submitted to Elyssa Tardif, Ph.D., Editor, Rhode Island History, by email to

Authors will receive five copies of the issue in which their articles are published.