The South African
Military History Society
Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krygshistoriese Vereniging
Military History Journal
Guidelines for Authors
The Military History Journal (incorporating Museum
Review until 2017), established in 1967, is published by the South
African National Museum of Military History in association with the
South African Military Society, bi-annually, in June and December.
From 2017 the Society is the sole publisher.
The aim of the Journal is to publish research and
articles of interest concerning military history by members
of the Society or the Museum or any other person who
wishes to submit his or her work. The articles should
preferably have a connection with South African military
history but those of more general interest will also be
considered. Articles should be of as high a literary and
academic standard as possible and are acceptable in either
English or Afrikaans. The criterion for acceptance of
articles is that they should not be so technical as to lose
appeal for the members of the Military History Society
and present subscribers. The Journal is likewise intended
as a vehicle for the publication of personal reminiscenes
of military men, book reviews, letters, comments and
notes on the activities of the Military History Society.
The choice of articles for inclusion in the Journal will
be the prerogative of the editorial committee, whose decision will be final.
In the event of the rejection of an article, correspondence with the contributor
will not be entered into.
Submission of Manuscripts
Articles for the June issue must reach the Editor before the end of February.
Articles for the December issue must reach the Editor before the end of August.
A text or Word file should be submitted to the Editor. Material will be returned
to the author(s) if extensive revision is considered necessary. Authors are held
responsible for the factual correctness of their contributions. All opinions
expressed are considered to be those of the authors themselves and may not
necessarily be those of the editors or the Society.
Layout of Articles
Articles should not exceed 3 500 words. Longer articles may be divided
into parts to be published in separate issues of the Journal.
Articles should be of as high a literary and academic standard as possible
and should not be so technical as to lose appeal for the members of the
South African Military History Society ans other readers.
The first page of a manuscript should contain:
Title of the contribution. Titles should be short (no longer
than 15 words), but must contain sufficient information to
be useful for the compilation of title lists or for codification
with a view to the storing or reclaiming of information.
Initials and surname of author. Preferably,
at least one name should be written in full.
Where applicable, name of institution and city to which the author is
A short biographical note on the author.
E-mail and postal address of author in full.
To improve the aesthetic appeal while retaining its value
as a research journal, the Military History Journal
has adopted the Harvard system of referencing. References
should be included in parentheses at the relevant point
within the text, eg (Tylden, 1954, p 86) showing author's surname,
date of publication and page number. References to articles
in journals should contain the name of the author, month and
year of publication, and page number.
A bibliography must appear at the end of an article where references have been used.
The bibliography should contain the names of authors, in alphabetical order, followed by
initials, publication titles of the books, place of publication, publisher(s) and
date of publication, eg Tylden, G, The Armed Forces of South Africa (Johannesburg,
Frank Connock, 1954). References to articles in journals should contain the
name and initials of the author, the title of the journal, its volume and number,
publication date, and page number(s).
Articles for publication in the Journal should be submitted to the following
e-mail address: scribe@samilitaryhistory/org
South African Military History Society