Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943

William and Mary Quarterly

Submitting a manuscript to WMQ

No manuscript will be considered if it has been published in some form before, if it is soon to be published elsewhere, or if it is under consideration by another journal or press.

Please submit manuscripts electronically as email attachments in Word to Office Manager Kelly Crawford ( We will send the essay electronically to referees. (Referees have strict instructions not to circulate, quote from, or cite a submitted manuscript.)

Manuscripts should not exceed ten thousand words, excluding notes, tables, and figures. The notes, in total, should not exceed five thousand words.

We also publish shorter Sources and Interpretations pieces of approximately six thousand words that are tightly focused on a document, text, image, or material object, placing the primary source in historical context and connecting the interpretation to significant historiographical questions.