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Historical Perspectives on Technology, Culture, and Society

Guidelines for Proposals

The author Arnold Bennett, Celebrities magazine, 1917Prospective contributors should plan to survey a coherent field of inquiry, especially the current scholarship, with nonspecialist readers foremost in mind--e.g., undergraduates, graduate students, secondary school teachers, college and university faculty who are not experts in the history of technology. In addition, booklets should be designed to be useful to historians of technology looking for an overview of a specialty different from their own.

 Although authors should never ignore significant relevant subject matter, coverage of every conceivable subtopic is less crucial than thematic coherence. Each booklet should present a broadly informed synthesis of the best work on the topic and the most salient historiographic interpretations. Each should impart an understanding that social and cultural issues are embedded in material artifacts and technological designs.

Booklets may address large regions and broad time frames or focus more closely on some critical historical development. They may range in length upward from sixty printed pages (including endnotes and bibliography), with the optimum being about eighty pages, or roughly 20,000 words. The bibliography may be in the form of a list of references, an essay, or some combination of the two. An effective complement of illustrations is essential. For a more complete picture of possible range and content, prospective contributors are advised to survey the booklets in print and consult with the series editors.

Please note that these guidelines are intended to be suggestive, not restrictive. We encourage authors to shape their narrative and analysis according to their own best judgment.

Advertisement for Waterman fountain pen, Eugene Oge, Paris, 1919 - CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATIONProposals are peer-reviewed in a blind but not double-blind process—that is, reviewers are apprised of the identity of the authors of proposals because their body of published work is relevant. If a proposal is accepted the author(s) and editors will then work out deadlines. Manuscript drafts are again put through peer review, and, if accepted, coeditors and authors then work together toward a mutually agreeable final revision. The AHA underwrites copyediting, design, composition, production, and distribution. SHOT pays authors' honoraria—$1,000 to individual authors, $1,500 distributed among coauthors, payable with the return of corrected proofs. Proposals should include the following:

  • The c.v. of the proposer or proposers (collaborative proposals are welcomed).
  • The title of the pamphlet and a sketch of major themes and primary emphases in two or three pages, along with an indication of the sources upon which the booklet will be based.
  • A detailed outline. Because proposals are themselves reviewed, the more detail here the better.

To send a proposal by e-mail, or for further information (including mailing address, if you prefer to send a proposal by post), contact the series coeditors: Please direct inquiries or proposals to either or both of the coeditors, Pamela O. Long and Asif Siddiqi.

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