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.

Title Page

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 attached.
A short biographical note on the author.
E-mail and postal address of author in full.

References

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.

Bibliography

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).

Editorial Address

Articles for publication in the Journal should be submitted to the following e-mail address: scribe@samilitaryhistory/org


South African Military History Society / scribe@samilitaryhistory.org