Dear SMH Colleagues,
As an experiment, I’d like to crowd source some great advice. As graduate students and new military historians get into publishing their research, what would you tell them about the best way to proceed? How do you locate potential journals receptive to your research? What are their usual policies? What can you expect from editors and peer reviewers? As colleagues, how do departments view publishing and research in various venues for tenure? Are some journals and presses more prestigious than others, and does it matter (and to whom does it matter and how much)? What about glossy history magazines? For book manuscripts, what is the submission process like? How should you approach the editor of a series you’ve identified? What presses these days have strong military history lists?
Ultimately, I’d like to be able to take all the brilliant responses to this post and collate them into a general guide that will go on the SMH website as a reference point. In order to keep this manageable, please respond to the blog post, not the Facebook links.
I know that the SMH membership includes some of the best supervisors and advisers around, and although this is an extra demand on your time, I’d like to make that expertise more widely available.