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History Hub is a publisher dedicated to providing free and accessible scholarly materials to students and academics around the world. By publishing with us your work can reach a growing audience. We take pride in getting back to authors within 48 hours, and in responding to everyone who sends us content – regardless of our decision.
Before you go forward, please note:
• We do not mind what variant of English you write in, but your grammar and spelling must be at a publishable standard upon receipt.
• We do not have the editorial resources to translate submissions from other languages into English.
• We do not charge our authors any fees. Nor do we pay authors a fee / royalty for anything we publish.
• Submissions must not be already published elsewhere.
• Submission initiates the expenditure of our time on your behalf – and thereby gives your consent for possible publication.
• All submissions are published under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-4.0 license. Copyright remains with the author(s).
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Why publish your history essay on History Hub?
History Hub aims to make academic papers freely available to everyone. By publishing your essay on History Hub, you help to build an open access platform designed to help thousands of scholars all around the world. Additionally, you’re able to present your work in front of thousands of monthly website visitors. Once your history essay is published, you can add it to your portfolio and use it as a reference during an interview process.
As History Hub continues to grow it’s fair to assume that the number of scholars and academics reading your essay will also increase. Therefore, you may find it easier to expand your academic network once you begin publishing your work on History Hub.
With that in mind, the best reason to publish your essay here is to help students and scholars deepen their understanding of history.
What makes a great history essay?
Not all essays are created equal. Nevertheless, a few golden rules regarding content and formatting, not only increase your chances of being published on History Hub, but also ensure that your academic work reaches a high standard. Let’s start with the easy stuff:
Perfectly format your history essay
Proper formatting is absolutely crucial for academic papers. Here are a few golden rules to abide by:
- Limit paragraphs to four sentences
- Limit sentences to three lines
- Include a new subheading after 5-6 paragraphs
- Include a Bibliography at the end of your history essay
- Include footnotes
Keeping these five rules in mind will help your readers better understand the heft of your argument. Short sentences and paragraphs help to capture the attention of the reader. On the contrary, long, never ending sentences make readers drift off and lose focus.
Subheadings help the reader to understand the gist of your argument at a glance. Especially in an online environment, readers are often looking for answers to specific questions. By adding subheadings every few paragraphs, you ensure that the content of those paragraphs can be easily ascertained.
Using sources to underline arguments
The study of history is dependent on the proper use of primary and secondary sources. In order for an essay to reach an acceptable academic level, numerous primary and secondary sources should be included throughout the essay.
In this context, a primary source would refer to the account of an individual that was present at the time. Diary entries and newspaper reports are classic primary sources, but many others exist.
Secondary sources refer to interpretations of primary sources. When Ian Kershaw makes inferences about the nature of Nazi Germany for example, he is using the evidence he collected from primary sources to form an opinion. Quoting Kershaw in an essay would be to use a secondary source.
Whenever a source, primary or secondary, is used in a history essay, it is crucial to apply the relevant footnote in order to demarcate it correctly. A complete list of used sources should be included as a Bibliography at the end of the essay.
What’s the publishing process like?
At History Hub we endeavour to maintain a level of excellence both in our communication and in the essays that are published.
Once a history essay is submitted (send to firstname.lastname@example.org), we perform a first, perfunctory review before getting back to the author. In this first step we check if:
- the topic is relevant to the field of History
- the essay is in the correct format (Google Doc or Word Doc)
- the level of English is appropriate
- the essay is long enough (Minimum 1,300 words)
Within 24 hours of receiving your essay, we will get back to you with regards to these four points. If everything looks good we move to the detailed review phase.
The detailed review phase typically takes an additional 48 hours. The essay is proofread multiple times by members of the team and the arguments that are laid out in the essay are examined. Due to our lack of resources, please note that we are unable to check your primary and secondary sources. We therefore urge you to double-check all references before submitting your history essay.
In the detailed review phase we check if:
- the essay makes a coherent argument
- a sufficient number of primary and secondary sources are used
- the essay is divided into an introduction, middle and conclusion
If necessary we will get back to you and ask for revisions and/or clarifications. If the essay makes a coherent argument, uses a sufficient number of primary and secondary sources, and is divided into the correct sections, we will publish the essay.
Once the essay is published, you will receive an email from us with the link. Please note that we may add informative links to the essay whenever relevant.
Example: “…smugglers associated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) gained traction”, would turn into “…smugglers associated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) gained traction”.
This is designed to give the reader easy access to additional context, which helps clarify the argument being made in the essay.
Finally, rest assured that you maintain all rights to your work. This means that if you’d like us to make edits to your essay after publication, or remove it from the website, we will endeavour to do so in a timely manner.