Editorial Policy

The Editorial Board of the Journal invites submissions of scholarly articles on all aspects of the history of Nova Scotia. They should meet the professional standards of academic journals, make a significant contribution in fact or interpretation, and use unpublished and primary sources, or a broad range of relevant literature. Manuscripts that have been published elsewhere or that are being considered for publication elsewhere will not be considered. Manuscripts may not normally exceed 7,000 words in length, exclusive of endnotes.

The Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society reserves to itself the right of first refusal for possible publication in the Journal of all papers presented at regular monthly meetings of the Society. They will be reviewed by the editorial board of the Journal and if approved they will be given priority for purposes of publication.

Papers that have not been read before the Society will be reviewed for publication by the editorial board on a space-available basis. If accepted, such papers will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal if this is possible. If space is not available, they will not be held over for publication in a later volume of the Journal, but can, however, be re-submitted the following year.

Proposals of books for review are also welcome, as well as expressions of interest from prospective book reviewers, both generally and in relation to particular books. The Journal does not accept unsolicited reviews. Book reviews may not normally exceed 500 words in length.


  • submitting the manuscript in accordance with the Journal style manual for peer review a copy in Microsoft Word or in RTF (rich text format) in electronic form by an email attachment to the editor;
  • revising the text in accordance with readers’ comments and re-submitting;
  • approving the text as edited;
  • proofreading the article as formatted by the Editor and returning the corrected and proofs within the specified time;
  • submitting all illustrations (only black and white unless the editor specifies colour) with captions in a scanned format (300 dpi) either by an email attachment or on disk to the editor, stating approximately where each illustration should appear in the paper.


Once a submission is approved for publication, it is converted into a layout programme, InDesign, which replicates exactly (except page numbers) how the paper will appear in the Journal. It will be sent to the author in a PDF format for final approval. The Journal employs a professional to prepare the complete issue, including all illustrations, to meet printing standards. Publication timetable is based on having printed copies by early September each year. Authors receive a free copy.