Journal of the Canadian Historical Association Revue de la Société historique du Canada

Editor(s): Benjamin Bryce, University of British Columbia (Editor-in-Chief | Rédacteur en chef), Nicole Neatby, Saint Mary's University (Co-Editor | Corédactrice), Robert Englebert, University of Saskatchewan (Co-Editor | Corédacteur), Donna Trembinski, St. Francis-Xavier University (Co-Editor | Corédactrice)

Journal preceded by Historical Papers / Communications historiques


Founded in 1922 as the Report of the Annual Meeting | Rapport de l’assemblée annuelle (1922-1965, the journal only took on a bilingual name in 1951), before being named the Historical Papers | Communications historiques (1966-1989), the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association|Revue de la Société historique du Canada (1990-present) publishes papers in English and French in any field that opens up new avenues of historical enquiry, explores a subject previously treated in a fresh and promising fashion, and/or employs a method or approach of interest to historians working outside the narrow specialization of the paper in question.

The Journal seeks to represent historians working in Canada, both those researching Canadian history and those focusing on other regions. One way we do so is to invite scholars to submit revised versions of their papers presented at the annual meeting. We also accept article manuscripts not presented at the conference but that make similar contributions to our understanding of Canadian history and/or that disseminate the work of historians with connections to Canada.



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Editorial policy and ethics


Information for contributors



Articles should be between 7000 and 10000 words in length, including footnotes.


Provide a title page that includes the title of the article, the name of the author, the author’s email address, and an abstract of no more than 200 words.


Double-space the paper and use 12-point font throughout (preferably Garamond).

Insert page numbers in the upper right-hand corner.

Indent the first line of each paragraph. Do not include extra spaces between paragraphs.

Subsections are optional. If used, each should have a brief subtitle.

Any graphs, tables, maps, and photographs should be provided in a separate file or at the end of the main file. Indicate clearly in the paper where each would be placed. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain all necessary permissions for the reproduction of images.


All submissions will be blinded before being sent out for peer review. Remove all references to the author by name in the main text, and ensure that the author’s name does not appear in the “properties” of the file.


Strive for clarity in language, and write for intelligent readers who may not be specialists in the field. Keep technical language and jargon to a minimum. If you need to use a term whose meaning may be unclear to readers, supply a definition at the term’s first appearance.

Write out a person’s name in full the first time that person is introduced, and refer to that person by last name or commonly used name in subsequent mentions (e.g., Viola Desmond, then Desmond; Galileo Galilei, then Galileo; Li Bai, then Li).

When referring to a specific group of people, use the name that this group uses to self-identify. Consider providing other names in parentheses if these are likely to be more familiar to readers. When quoting from a source that employs an older term that is now outdated, provide the updated preferred terminology as well.

Ensure that pronouns are gender inclusive. The singular “they” is acceptable.

Spell out whole numbers from zero to one hundred. Unless at the very beginning of a sentence, numbers 101 and up should generally be written in Arabic number form.

Write out dates in the form of day month year (e.g., 1 July 1967), and decades with Arabic numbers followed by an s (e.g., 1860s). Spell out the century, and hyphenate when within a compound adjective (e.g., during the seventeenth century, but in seventeenth-century New France). When necessary, specify whether BCE or CE.

Enclose quotations of up to five lines within double quotation marks and integrate them smoothly into the main text. Any quotations within these quotations should be enclosed within single quotation marks. Format longer quotations as indented block quotations without quotation marks.

If quoting in languages other than English, supply an English translation.

Insert a single space after all punctuation, including periods.

In a list of three or more items, insert a comma (the “serial comma” or “Oxford comma”) before the conjunction that precedes the final item on the list (e.g., the archives, libraries, and museums).

Follow Canadian spelling conventions (e.g., behaviour, centre, organize).

Other spelling considerations:

  • Put isolated words and phrases from languages other than English in italics.
  • Avoid the use of accents for words that are commonly used in English (e.g., elite, role), but retain them in proper names and terms that are less commonly used (e.g., Françoise, longue durée).
  • Capitalize the names and initials of persons (e.g., John A. Macdonald), but defer to individual preference of the bearer of the name (e.g., bell hooks). Follow convention with the capitalization of particles (e.g., Marie de l’Incarnation).
  • Capitalize the names of ethnic and national groups (e.g., Métis, Haudenosaunee, French, Chinese) and adjectives associated with identities of these groups (e.g., Chicano, Jewish).
  • Capitalize the proper names of places (e.g., Canada, Turtle Island, Atlantic Ocean) and adjectives derived from them (e.g., Atlantic).
  • Spell place names according to English-language convention. Exceptions may be made for places that commonly retain features of another language in written Canadian English.
  • Expand acronyms and abbreviations at their first mention in the text.


Provide all citations as footnotes formatted according to the directions in the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Write full citations for the first instance of each source, and shortened citations for subsequent instances.


Documents should be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx).

Editorial board

Editorial Team

Benjamin Bryce, University of British Columbia 

Robert Englebert, University of Saskatchewan
Nicole Neatby, St. Mary's University
Donna Trembinski, St. Francis-Xavier University

Editorial Committee

Mary Anne Poutanen, McGill University, Concordia University
Andrew Nurse, Mount Allison University

Crystal Gail Fraser, University of Alberta
Cheryl Thompson, Toronto Metropolitain University
Funké Aladejebi, University of Toronto
Jeremy Maron, Canadian Museum for Human Rights 
Anthony Steinhoff, Université du Québec à Montréal

Daniel Ross, Université du Québec à Montréal
Laila Haidarali, Queen’s University
Stephanie Bangarth, King’s College at Western University
Helen Dewar, Université de Montréal