Great Plains Quarterly welcomes the submission of manuscripts and essays that are both solidly researched and engagingly written. In all cases contributions must be free of specialized jargon so they can be read, understood, and appreciated by persons in other academic fields and by interested laypersons. Blind review procedures are followed for all contributions to the Quarterly. The decision to publish an article rests with the editor in consultation with associate editors.
We do not accept articles currently under consideration by other journals or that have been previously published elsewhere. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor.
Total length of manuscripts, including notes and illustrations, should not exceed 14,000 words or 30 pages, but shorter contributions will be preferred. All copy, including endnotes and captions, should be double spaced. References in the notes should conform to the mode specified in The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed., 2003) or the QuarterlyStyle Sheet; Images Style Sheet.
Electronic submissions via email are encouraged. Please be sure to include your mailing address and phone number. Manuscripts submitted by mail should be accompanied by a CD-R disc. The disk should be formatted for IBM PC and the article in MS Word, or rtf file format.
Submissions should be sent to:
Editor, Great Plains Quarterly
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1155 Q Street
P.O. Box 880245
Lincoln, NE 68588-0245
Electronic submissions sent as an attachment should be submitted to email@example.com
To ensure that the editing and production of your manuscript will proceed smoothly and expeditiously, we ask you to prepare the final copy according to the following specifications:
- Title and author should be put on a separate title page. Title alone should appear at the top of the first page.
- Double space throughout the manuscript, including extracts (quoted matter), notes, and any other supplementary material.
- Introduce extra spacing only where it will appear on the printed page: around headings, before and after extracts, or to indicate a break in the discussion.
- Quotations that will make five or more lines in typescript are usually treated as extracts. They are distinguished by extra space above and below, and by indenting an extra five spaces on the left.
- Notes should be typed separately from the text and placed at the end of the manuscript. Note number in text should be in superscript, but in Notes section, note number should be regular text style. Use regular paragraph indentation for the first line of each note. Notes are to be numbered consecutively. If a note is added or deleted, renumber all the notes following. Note: we do not use footnotes, only endnotes.
- Tables should be prepared separately from the text and placed at the end of the manuscript. They are to be numbered consecutively throughout the entire manuscript. Indicate by number in the margin of the text the appropriate placement of each table.
- Images should be scanned at 350 dpi or higher and saved as a TIF or EPS file. We prefer a width of 5 5/8" for images. Images, figures (graphs and other line drawings) and maps should be numbered consecutively throughout the text. Indicate by number in the text (Fig. 1), the appropriate placement of each. The permissions to reprint, the acquisition of photographs, and the preparation of maps and other graphic material for publication are the responsibility of the author.
- Manuscript pages should be numbered.