EAL welcomes scholarship treating texts up to around 1830 that were composed in or treat the circumstances of life in North America. 

All submissions must be in English, though they may treat works composed in Spanish, Dutch, German, French, Native American, or other languages. 

Documentation should be in MLA format. 

Authors must secure permissions for illustrations and quotations drawn from proprietary sources such as unpublished manuscripts or Native American heritage expressions. There is no set limit on the number of illustrations that may accompany an article. ​If you wish to use images, these are the requirements from UNC Press:

"Please provide images that are at least 5” wide, with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch (ppi). Tif/TIFF files are preferred, with jpg/JPEG acceptable if that is the only format available from an archive or library. Please secure written permissions and provide a copy of permissions." 

Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words in length with notes and citations. 

Submissions are typically evaluated by one or more outside readers, a member of the editorial board, and the Co-Editors and take approximately four months to process.

Preparing your Manuscript for Submission

To preserve our double anonymized peer review process, please follow these four steps when preparing your document:

1. Omit your name and institutional affiliation from your essay. 

2. Revise self-citations, if included, to the third person in the essay body and endnotes. 

3. Exclude your name from the "Save As" title of the document. 

4. Remove any identifying information from the document properties:

  • Open the document. 
  • On a Windows computer: Click File > Options (bottom left) > General > Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office. If your name and initials appear, please change your name to "Microsoft Office User" and your initials to "MOU." Then check the box "Always use these values regardless..." and click OK. 
  • On a Mac Computer: Click Microsoft Word (top left) > Preferences > Personal Settings > User Information. If your name and initials appear, please change your name to "Microsoft Office User" and your initials to "MOU." Then check the box "always use this name regardless...," and exit the screen. 
  • Resave the document. 

Please direct any questions on submission guidelines to Assistant Editors Maggie Warren and Lauren Santoru at ealassistanteditor@gmail.com.

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