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Journal Submissions

If you have plan to submit an article to one of our journals, please use our online submission system. This can be accessed using the ‘submissions’ link on the journal’s home page. Submissions are handled using the Open Journal System online management system. You need to register as a user and follow the instructions to upload your submission. The Open Journal System has detailed style guides and a list of conditions to be checked before a paper can be considered. Online help is available, and in case of difficulty please feel free to contact James Rice for assistance.

Please remember that journal submissions should be original research, not have been published elsewhere, nor should they be under consideration by another journal.

Authors publishing with us are free to re-use their material in other works written or edited by themselves, with the usual acknowledgements. More details.

We welcome the use of appropriate illlustrations, but if your article is accepted, we will require written permissions if you are using any copyright material such as text, tables or illustrations. Download our useful factsheet for guidance, including limits of ‘fair use’, and a sample picture licence with appropriate wording permission requests.

There are no submission fees for our subscription journals. We offer Open Access publication for articles in our subscription journals for a fee per article of £1500, payable on publication. To ensure fair peer-review, requests for open access will only be dealt with after the article has been finally accepted.

Language Editing

If you need help with English language editing before or after submitting a paper, The Charlesworth Group offers expert language editing services for non-native English-speaking authors. Exclusive discounts are available for authors planning to publish in White Horse Press journals.

Academic Language Experts help English Second Language (ESL) scholars by providing translation, editing, and writing assistance to help prepare their research for publication. A 5% discount is available to WHP authors on all services that ALE offers. These include editing, translation, book proposal preparation, and grant application writing. They offer language experts specialised in all major academic disciplines (all with a Master’s or higher degree) and match projects with translators and editors familiar with your field.

Open Access and Posting Articles Online

Authors and grant awarding bodies increasingly demand the right to publish open-access versions of papers that appear in scholarly journals, either freely or on payment of a one-off charge. 

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The White Horse Press works with SHERPA/RoMEO, a database of publishers’ Open Access policies that is used worldwide by repository managers, administrators and academics to check what publishers do and do not allow to be archived.

GREEN OPEN ACCESS

Since 2007, White Horse Press has offered ‘green’ open access to all journal articles. We allow authors to post their own electronic versions of their papers (pre-copyediting) without embargo, before or after acceptance for publication, subject to the following conditions:

GREEN OPEN ACCESS CHECKLIST

1 Articles posted before acceptance should give the journal name and the date of submission. Accepted articles sent to non-profit institutional or thematic repositories should include a credit line of the form ‘This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced version of an article accepted [date] following peer review for publication in [journal name, including doi, volume number, page range if available].’

2 E.g., ‘The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online, doi: [insert doi from page 1 of the published article]’.

GOLD OPEN ACCESS

If your funding body requires permanent public open access to the publisher’s online version of your article, we can arrange this for a fee per article of £1500, payable on publication. To ensure fair peer-review, requests for open access will only be dealt with after the article has been finally accepted. Gold Open Access articles are published under the Creative Commons CC-BY licence. Please contact us by email or at the address below for further details.

All articles in Climates and Cultures History will be Gold Open Acccess. For terms of publication please see the journal’s submissions page.

Restrictions on copying and republication do not apply to Gold Open Access articles. See our copyright guidelines for further details.

Book Proposals

We are interested in high quality proposals for monographs and edited volumes broadly in the field of environmental history (including cultural history with an environmental flavour, conservation history, and the history of environmental ideas). If the subject meshes with those explored in our journals, we could well be interested; and if not, we might be open to persuasion. Although authors should not expect all the prestige and distribution power of a larger press, what we do guarantee is intelligent, flexible and personal treatment from editors with academic backgrounds and writing experience. The same person will see your book through from proposal to printing, and we aim always to treat authors with fairness and friendliness. You can download our book proposal form here as a Word document or PDF, or contact Sarah Johnson to discuss your idea.

We do not normally charge any fees for publication, but are open to offers of subvention for certain highly specialised works or works requiring extensive or high quality illustrations.

We are also happy to consider proposals for Open Access books. Naturally, we charge publication fees, which will depend on the length and complrexity of the particular work.

Publishing Standards

The White Horse Press is a small family business, but we aspire to standards of academic quality and fair dealing as high as those of the best international scholarly publishers. Here we offer brief guidance for authors, editors and reviewers regarding what we expect from them, and what they can expect from us.

AUTHORS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

Authors must not submit a manuscript to more than one journal simultaneously.

The corresponding author must ensure all named co-authors consent to publication and to being named as a co-author. All persons who have made significant scientific or literary contributions to the work reported should be named as co-authors. The corresponding author is responsible for approval of copyedits and final poofs.

All authors must warrant that their article is their own original work and cannot be construed as plagiarising any other published work, including their own previously published work. Authors should not submit previously published work, nor work which is based in substance on previously published work, either in part or whole. (Authors should be aware that editors may use CrossCheck or other search engines to screen articles for unoriginal material.)

Authors must avoid making statements in submitted articles which are defamatory or which could be construed as impugning a person’s reputation.

Authors should appropriately cite all relevant publications. Permission must be obtained for the use of any copyrighted material such as diagrams or illustrations (e.g. from libraries, published sources or the internet), and copies of such permissions may be required by the publishers before publication.

Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, should be fully cited, and the permission of the third party should be obtained. Written consent for publication should normally be obtained from people who might recognise themselves or be identified by others (e.g. from case reports, interviews or photographs).

When papers are submitted, full disclosure must be made of any financial or other relationship between authors (or their employers or sponsors) and other organisations or individuals that might give rise to a conflict of interest.

The format of submitted articles should conform to the Instructions for Authors published on the journal’s website, and articles should be in clear English.

As part of the submission process, Authors must agree to assign copyright to The White Horse Press on publication. For further details see individual journals and our copyright web page.

PUBLISHER’S COMMITTMENT

Authors are entitled to expect their submissions to be dealt with courteously and in a reasonably timely manner, according to the Guidelines for Editors and Referees below.

Research Articles are subject to Peer Review (as indicated in more detail on each journal’s home page), and acceptance for publication will often require revisions as advised by the referees. Authors of Research Articles will have the chance to review their papers during copyediting and again at the final proof stage. We make a practice of sending proofs to all named authors.

Book (or other media) Reviews will be edited as necessary by the Reviews Editor and will not necessarily be returned to authors for correction.

Authors are entitled to receive pdf copies of the final versions of their articles; these can be supplied to colleagues as offprints but must not be posted publicly online. For further details see our permissions and copyright web page.

There is no automatic ‘Right of Reply’ to published criticisms, but concise responses to Research Articles which clarify or correct misconceptions or offer substantive responses will often be welcomed as Discussion Articles. A word limit must be agreed in advance with the Editor. Normally the original author(s) will be invited to reply to any points raised. Discussion Articles will be edited as necessary by the journal editors; they are not normally subject to Peer Review, though this is at the Editor’s discretion. Replies to Book (or other) Reviews are not normally considered.

The publishers are committed to making the whole publication process a pleasant experience for authors – from initial submission to copyediting and final proofs. We will try to respond promptly and personally if you need help at any stage or are seriously dissatisfied in any way.

EDITORS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

Journal editors should treat all submissions equitably regardless of race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author(s).

Journal editors may reject a submitted manuscript without resort to formal peer review if they consider it to be inappropriate for the journal, or if it fails to meet the standards prescribed in the journal’s Instructions for Authors.

Journal editors should keep the peer review process confidential; information or correspondence about a manuscript should not be shared with anyone outside of the peer review process.

Journal editors should make all reasonable effort to process submitted manuscripts in an efficient and timely manner.

Journal editors should arrange for the peer review of any original research article authored by themselves to be delegated to a member of the editorial or advisory board as appropriate.

If a journal editor learns that an article published in the journal contains material errors, they should consult the publishers about publication of an appropriate correction.

Any work presented in a submitted article should not be used in a journal editor’s own research except with the consent of the author and appropriate referencing.

The Committee on Publication Ethics offers further guidelines for editors. Download COPE GUIDELINES (PDF).

REFEREES’ RESPONSIBILITIES

Referees should should treat all submissions equitably regardless of race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author(s).

Referees should keep the peer review process confidential; information or correspondence about a manuscript should not be shared with anyone outside of the peer review process.

Referees should provide a constructive, comprehensive, substantiated and appropriately substantial peer review report.

Referees should avoid making statements in their report which might be construed as impugning any person’s reputation. They should avoid any ad hominem remarks.

Referees should make all reasonable effort to submit their report and recommendation in a timely manner, informing the editor if this is not possible.

Referees should call to the journal editor’s attention any significant similarity between the manuscript under consideration and any published paper or submitted manuscripts of which they are aware.

Any work presented in a submitted article should not be used in a referee’s own research except with the consent of the author and appropriate referencing.

The Committee on Publication Ethics offers further guidelines for referees. Download COPE GUIDELINES (PDF).