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The Medieval History Journal

The Medieval History Journal

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eISSN: 09730753 | ISSN: 09719458 | Current volume: 23 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually
Medieval History Journal was launched at the turn of the twenty-first century when the world of history was in a ferment, radically seeking a redefinition of the discipline. The MHJ derives its distinctive profile from encompassing the entire medieval world in scope and its multi-disciplinary foci. For the MHJ, `Medieval History` signifies open chronological and thematic boundaries to honour historical plurality. Its frequent special issues investigating a particular theme across regions have provided a space for comparative and transcultural conversations within scholarship.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Medieval History Journal was launched at the turn of the twenty-first century when the world of history was in a ferment, radically seeking a redefinition of the discipline. The MHJ is a peer reviewed journal and derives its distinctive profile from encompassing the entire medieval world in scope and its multi-disciplinary foci. For the MHJ, `Medieval History` signifies open chronological and thematic boundaries to honour historical plurality. Its frequent special issues investigating a particular theme across regions have provided a space for comparative and transcultural conversations within scholarship.

Founder Editor
Harbans Mukhia Formerly at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Editorial Collective
Sally K Church University of Cambridge, UK
Rajat Datta Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Ranjeeta Dutta Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Suraiya N Faroqhi Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi, Turkey
Anne E Lester Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Prasannan Parthasarathi Boston College, Boston, USA
Walt Pohl University of Vienna, Vienna
Samira Sheikh Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA
Kim Siebenhüner Historisches Institut der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Gabrielle Spiegel Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Advisory Editorial Board
Aziz Al-Azmeh Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Maurice Aymard Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Carlos Barros University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostella, Chile
Richard M Eaton University of Arizona, Tuscon, USA
Alisa Ginio Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Carlo Ginzburg Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa and University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Sumit Guha Rutgers University, USA
Irfan Habib Professor Emeritus, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
Chun-Chieh Huang National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Gabor Klaniczay Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Christiane Klapisch-Zuber Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Peer de Vries University of Vienna, Austria
Caroline Walker Bynum Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA
Wang Zhenping Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: The Medieval History Journal

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Manuscripts should be submitted at 

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of The Medieval History Journal will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 Book review
    4.6 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    5.2 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE production
    6.2 Online first publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article

    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to The Medieval History Journal, please ensure you have read the ‘Aims & Scope’ of the journal

    1.2 Article types

    • Research Articles: only the research articles are refereed.
    • Book Reviews: vary from number to number invariably guided by limits to the size of the manuscript

    Full-fledged papers should preferably be of 10,000 words, including figures, tables and annexures. Brief write-ups may also be sent as Book Reviews.
    Points to note:

    • They should not be under consideration of any other publication at the time of submission.
    • A soft copy in the MS-Word format as well as in the PDF file if it contains diacritical marks or passages in non-European languages, should be sent. 

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    1.3.2 Language requirements
    The manuscript should be structured as follows:

    • Cover page, showing title of the paper, name of author, author’s affiliation and institutional address with pin code, email id and an abstract (set in italics) not exceeding 200 words. In case there are two or more authors, then corresponding author’s name and address details must be clearly specified on the first page itself.
    • The contributors should provide 4–7 keywords for online searchability.
    • Acknowledgements are also placed on the cover page
    • Text should start on a new page, and must not contain the names of authors.
    • References should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, in which all references are relegated to footnotes. Full publication details are to be given at the initial occurrence of citation. Important note: There is no limit on the number of references allowed.

    Please Note: For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation (a note cue in this case) in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation.

    • Tables should be provided in editable format. Both tables and figures should be referred to in the text by number separately (e.g., Table 1) not by placement (e.g., see Table below).

    Please Note: All figures and tables should be cited in the text and should have the source (a specific URL, a reference or, if it is author’s own work, ‘The author(s)’) mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions.

    • Figures, including maps, graphs and drawings, should not be larger than page size. They should be numbered and arranged as per their references in the text. All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi and 1,500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. Permissions to reprint should be obtained for copyright protected photographs/images.
    • The language and spellings used should be British (UK), with ‘s’ variant, for example, globalisation instead of globalization, labour instead of labor. For non-English and uncommon words and phrases, use italics throughout the text. Meaning of non-English words should be given in parentheses just after the word when it is used for the first time.
    • Articles should use non-sexist and non-racist language.
    • Spell out numbers from one to nine. However, for exact measurement (e.g., China’s GDP growth rate 9.8 per cent) use numbers. Very large round numbers, especially sums of money, may be expressed by a mixture of numerals and spelled-out numbers (India’s population 1.2 billion).
    • Single quotes should be used throughout. Double quote marks are to be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text.
    • Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of each page as footnotes. Notes must contain references.
    • Ibid. must be used in the footnotes.
    • Use ‘per cent’ instead of % in the text. In tables, graphs, etc., % can be used. Use ‘twentieth century’, ‘the 1990s’.
    • Number ranges should be truncated, for example, 1800–89 and 1800–989.
    • The initials must be separated by dots and spaces in case of proper nouns in the text.
    • Abbreviations are spelled out at first occurrence. Very common ones (US, GDP, BBC) need not be spelled out.
    • Website sources, that is, mere URLs with the last access date, as well as URLs (accompanied with titles) which do not have a year of publication can be retained in the footnotes. For example: “Barzani appoints Kosrat Rasoul as supreme leader of Peshmerga”, Iraq Today, accessed October 15, 2017,
    • There is a choice for the use of diacritical marks for authors, though consistency is required. Italicised words can have diacritics as well. References in European languages other than English should be checked carefully for accents.

    2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy

    The Medieval History Journal adheres to a double blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author. The manuscripts submitted for publishing in The Medieval History Journal undergo first the editorial assessment to determine whether these are worthy of consideration for publication following which the manuscripts undergo double blind peer review.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Funding, Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

    Any personal acknowledgements must be supplied separate to the main text, thereby facilitating anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Funding

    The Medieval History Journal requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state: ‘This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.’

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    The Medieval History Journal encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    The Medieval History Journal and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case, copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information, please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    The Medieval History Journal offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information, please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and LaTex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g., data sets, podcasts, videos, images, etc.) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information, please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    The Medieval History Journal adheres to the SAGE Chicago Manual style. View the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    • References: Details must follow the ‘conventional’ system of referencing, in which all references are relegated to footnotes. Full publication details are to be given at the initial occurrence of citation.
    • Title case: In references, the titles of papers, books, journals, articles, etc. are put in title case (i.e., first letter of all words except articles and conjunctions are capitalized—e.g., Journal of Business Ethics).
    • Italicize: Book and Journal titles are to be italicized.

    Reference Examples:

    • The details of the references are provided in the References section at the end of the article.
    • The citations of all the references are provided in the footnotes (marked with their cues in the text).
    • Books:
      William of Newburgh. 1856. The History of William of Newburgh (1066–1194). London: Seeleys. (in the reference list)
      William of Newburgh, . The History of William of Newburgh (1066–1194) (in the footnotes as citations)
      Ibid.: 12 (in case the work cited in the preceding footnote is being referred to) 
    • Edited Books:
      William of Newburgh. 1884. ‘Historia rerum Anglicarum’, in Chronicles of the Reigns of Stephen, Henry II and Richard I, Volume 82.1:  Rolls Series, edited by Richard Howlett. London: Longmans. (in the reference list)
      Wattenbach, Wilhelm, ed. 1851. ‘Annales mellicenses Continuatio Zwetlensis Altera’, in MGH Scriptores in folio, vol.  9. Hanover: Hahn: 541–44. (in the reference list)
      William of Newburgh, ‘Historia rerum Anglicarum’: 213–30. (footnotes)
    • Translated/Edited books:
      William of Newburgh. 1856. The History of William of Newburgh (1066–1194). Translated by Joseph Stevenson. London: Seeleys: 1–21. (in the reference list) 
    • Journal articles:
      Neocleous, Savvas. 2012. ‘Financial, Chivalric, or Religious? The Motives of the Fourth Crusaders Reconsidered.’ Journal of Medieval History, vol. 38: 183–206. (in the reference list)
    • Chapter from one’s own book:
      Le Goff, Jacques. 1980. ‘Merchant’s Time and Church’s Time in the Middle Ages’ in his Time, Work and Culture in the Middle Ages [English translation by Arthur Goldhammer]. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press.
    • Anonymous or unknown author:
      Anonymous. 1975. Mirzanama, Br. Mus. MS. Add. 16,819, ff. 89b–95b. Translated by Aziz Ahmad as ‘The British Museum Mirzanama and the Seventeenth Century Mirza in India.’ Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies, vol. XIII: 99–110.
    • Forthcoming work:
      Gould, Rebecca. Forthcoming. ‘“I Bind Myself in the Belt of Oppression”: Khaqani’s Christian Qas#ida and the Prison Poetry of Medieval Shirwan’, Journal of Persianate Studies.
    • Reprint editions and modern editions:
      Febvre, Lucien. 1941. ‘Comment reconstituer la vie affective d’autrefois ? La sensibilité et l’histoire’, Annales d’Histoire Sociale. Reprinted in L. Febvre, Combats pour l’histoire. Paris, 1953 [English translation by K. Folca: ‘How to Reconstitute the Emotional Life of the Past’, in Febvre, Lucien. 1973. A New Kind of History and Other Essays, edited by Peter Burke. New York: Harper & Row: 12–26].
    • Books in other languages:
      Ariès, Philippe. 1960. L’enfant et la vie familiale sous l’Ancien Régime. Paris : Plon, 1960 (second édition, Paris: Le Seuil, 1973). [English translation by Robert Baldick. 1962. Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life. New York: Vintage (second edition, Harmondsworth Penguin, 1973)].
    • PhD/MPhil Dissertations:
      Sarma, Pranab. 2007. Archaeology of Early Settlements of the Dhansiri-Doyang Valley. Unpublished PhD Thesis: Department of Archaeology, Deccan College PG & RI, Pune.

    Additional notes

    • In the footnotes, Ibid. should be employed to avoid repetition of detailed references.
    • A superscript number (not symbol) should adjoin the piece of text being referred to. The numbering of the note cues should be in the Hindu-Arabic numerals: 1, 2, 3, etc.
    • In the footnotes, complete details of references should not be provided. All sources, primary and secondary, published or unpublished, should be referred to in an abbreviated form, followed by a colon and the precise page reference, if applicable. Short titles should be capable of standing alone (e.g., Al-Azmeh, Muslim Kingship or Smits, ‘Poets in Their Place’).
    • If two or more references are cited in a single footnote, then the references should be separated by semi-colons (e.g., Rocher, ‘“Lawyers” in Classical Hindu Law’; Mathur, Medieval Hindu Law: 201; Kane, History of Dharmashastra, vol. 3: 288–90.).
    • Only the surnames of the authors should be provided in the footnotes.
    • Contributors are advised to use the abbreviations ‘bc’ and ‘ad’ rather than ‘bce’ and ‘ce’ for years of the Christian/ Common Era.

    4.5 Book Reviews

    • The title of these must contain the name of the author and the book being reviewed, the place of publication and the publisher details (name and location), year of publication, number of pages, price and binding (hardbound/paperback) set as follows:

    Satu Lidman, Meri Heinonen, Tom Linkinen and Marjo Kaartinen, eds., Framing Premodern Desires: Sexual Ideas, Attitudes, and Practices in Europe. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017, pp. 256. ISBN: 9789089649843.
    Reviewer’s name must be provided at the end of the book review.

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Manuscripts should be submitted at

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    6. On acceptance and publication           

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent in PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. 

    7. Further information
    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Editor of the journal at

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