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Reviews in American History

Editor :

Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis

51 (2023)
Reviews in American History is a journal of ideas that offers anyone interested in American history a way to stay current with the discipline. Each issue presents in-depth review essays about the latest books in American history. Retrospective essays examining landmark works written by leading historians are also regularly featured. The journal covers all areas of American history, including cutting-edge and more traditional sub-fields.
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Journal Details

51 (2023)
Print: 0048-7511
Online: 1080-6628

General Information

Essays should offer a summary and critical evaluation, rooted in the existing literature, of the book(s) under review. Essays should have a title that is different from the book(s) under review. Due to space limitations, we ask that you stay within the word count allotted for your review. Please inform us in a timely fashion if circumstances compel you to miss your deadline or make it impossible for you to complete your review. Our general policy is that reviews are due three months from the receipt of the book(s). The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not conform to the critical standards of the journal.

Preparation of Manuscript

Manuscripts should be prepared using any version of MS Word. Be sure to make a backup copy of your manuscript. You will need to send an electronic version of your manuscript, attached to an email, to our editorial offices: Your manuscript will be copyedited and sent back to you for your approval. 

Please follow our heading style, supplying the following:

  • the title of your essay
  • your full name
  • publication information for the book(s) under review, as in this example:

Robin L. Einhorn, Property Rules: Political Economy in Chicago, 1833-1872. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. xvii + 295 pp. Figures, maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, and index. $32.50.

Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style on capitalization, quotations, hyphenation, etc.

When quoting directly from the book(s) under review, please cite the page numbers in parentheses following the quote or at the end of the sentence and before the period, i.e. (p. 12). When citing works for comparative purposes, cite only author, title, and (year) within the text rather than in the notes. Throughout, use italics rather than underlining.

At the end of the essay, please append two or three short biographical sentences, including your name, affiliation, and latest publication and/or work-in-progress.

For notes, please DO NOT use the software's endnote function; instead insert superscript numbers in the text manually and include the notes at the end of the essay in list form, following your biographical sentences. Follow Chicago Manual of Style for notes, but omit place and publisher. Please keep notes to a minimum.

Reviews in American History
C/O Ari Kelman
Department of History
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616


The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.

Peer Review Policy

A journal devoted to review essays, Reviews in American History does not typically publish original research. RAH’s editors solicit almost every essay that's published in the journal. Our submission and publication policies and practices do not lend themselves to peer review. Our process is as follows:

The editor-in-chief edits every submitted essay, as does the journal's managing editor. The editor-in-chief desk-rejects some essays if they are unsuitable for the journal or of insufficient quality. Those essays that are not desk-rejected—the vast majority of essays submitted to the journal—receive an initial edit in the editorial office. Edited essays are sent back to the authors for any changes. The editors then re-read all of the essays and send the authors proofs for review. In some rare instances, we ask a member of our editorial board to do an additional editorial review. The time from submission to review to publication varies, but it's almost never more than six months or so.


Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis

Managing Editor

Rose Curtin

Editorial Board

Thomas Andrews, University of Colorado Boulder
Jennifer Brier, University of Illinois, Chicago
Connie Chiang, Bowdoin College
Andrew Wender Cohen, Syracuse University
N. D. B. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
Brian DeLay, University of California, Berkeley
Philip Deloria, Harvard University
Gregory Downs, University of California, Davis
Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Elizabeth Fenn, University of Colorado Boulder
Lori Flores, Stony Brook University
Andrew Graybill, Southern Methodist University
Nicholas Guyatt, University of Cambridge
Kelly Lytle Hernandez, University of California, Los Angeles
Kevin M. Kruse, Princeton University
Tiya Miles, Harvard University
Jennifer Morgan, New York University
Kevin Murphy, University of Minnesota
Jeani O’Brien, University of Minnesota
Sarah Pearsall, University of Cambridge
Eric Rauchway, University of California, Davis
Christina Snyder, The Pennsylvania State University
Craig Wilder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Editors Emeriti

Stanley N. Katz
Stanley I. Kutler
Louis P. Masur
Thomas P. Slaughter

Send books for review to:

Reviews in American History
C/O Ari Kelman
Department of History
University of California, Davis
2216 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
1 Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Please send book review copies to the address above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.

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    • MasterFILE Elite, 9/1/1990-
    • MasterFILE Premier, 9/1/1990-
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    • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 9/1/1990-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
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    • Women's Studies International, 3/1/1973-
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    • ProQuest 5000, 03/01/1989-
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    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)

Abstracting & Indexing Sources

  • Children's Book Review Index   (Active)  (Print)
  • Chicano Index   (Ceased)  (Print)

Source: Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.

0.1 (2022)
0 (Five-Year Impact Factor)
0.00013 (Eigenfactor™ Score)

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Readers include: Historians, sociologists, educators, and scholars in history and American studies

Print circulation: 476

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