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Submission Guidelines

Review Guidelines | House Styles

How long should an article be?

As short or as long as you like. Articles of two to three thousand words are ideal for the magazine format of the Journal. Longer articles are welcomed but the editor might split them into discrete parts for serialisation over several issues.

What should I write about?

Anything you like. The Journal is dedicated to Twentieth Century Wargaming. This can include:

As long as it is post 1900. See the Journal itself and sample articles reproduced on the society website for ideas.

How many images should I send?

As many as you like. The Editor can then select as few or as many as is best to illustrate the article. Try to send at least a few images or maps.

What format should articles be sent in?

Virtually any format is acceptable. Open Document Files (.odt) Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) and rich text files (.rtf) files are best for electronic copy format.

If you have large files to send, I have DropBox and Google Drive accounts.

One good option is to copy and paste the text in to the body of an email and send it to the Editor via email

How do I submit images?

Images help to illustrate an article. Digital images are preferred and should be sent as files (such as .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .bmp) as separate attachments and not embedded in with the text. Please keep text and pictures as separate files if possible.

Be wary and careful of email programs that reduce the image quality to speed up sending. There is a maximum data attachment size per email so if you have a lot of images to send it may be easier to copy them to a CD or DVD and post that to the editor, or you may need to send them spread over several emails.

Send the photo file at it maximum size. Do not ‘compress’ photographs as that reduces quality and may prevent it being used at an appropriate size for printing. 300DPI is the minimum resolution at the required size for printing and the DPI will fall as the photo is enlarged. The photo file ought to be a minimum size of around 1MB (preferably greater). Do not bother with ‘thumbnail’ pictures.

How do I submit Maps, illustrations and supplementary data?

Maps, diagrams and illustrations are most welcome. Check with the editor if using a drawing package (for compatibility) but the drawing facility in Word/OpenOffice/LibreOffice is quite adequate. If drawing by hand, avoid hard pencils as these make drawings difficult to scan – pen and ink drawings are best, or a good quality unfolded printout. Do not draw on to graph paper. The editorial team can arrange to redraw diagrams if needed and will often tidy them up or add some colour to give the illusion of a ‘house style’. For tables, MS Excel, LibreOffice Calc, OpenOffice Calc is probably the best option.

Do I need to include hard copy with my submission?

No.

Do I need to format the article?

No formatting is required other than to improve readability for the editor. Please do not use clever or complex formatting in your submission. A simple indication of headings, sub-headings and photo captions will suffice and save us a great deal of time.

What else do I need to send?

Apart from including your Society membership number, you might consider supporting your article with some separate and supplementary source references, historic context and ancillary information.

Are there any tips for taking photographs?

Yes. Good quality photographs that are correctly focused and exposed are required to ensure the best reproduction when printed in the Journal. Here are some basic tips:

Can I submit my articles to other magazines?

In submitting an article you agree to let the Society reproduce it in any medium it chooses (hard copy, PDF, as part of its website). However you still hold the copyright and can therefore publish it wherever you choose – on your blog for example – or sell it and have it published professionally.

Submission Guidelines PDF


Submission Guidelines | House Styles

The Journal’s Reviews Guidance

The following guidance covers the conventions used within the Journal when presenting its reviews. Any number of people write reviews for the magazine and it’s easier on the eye and more efficient if they have the same look about them. This is not about changing what you write in your reviews but the order in which you present it. If you can adopt any of the following then it will help us greatly but most importantly if you can’t do all this then don’t let it stop you writing something anyway. This guidance is not meant to be any sort of a bar to people contributing.

Figure, vehicle, terrain reviews

The title of the review consists of the following -

Scale, manufacturer, brief item description (code), price, website

There’s no need for any complete sentences in the title bit, it’s just a keyword description. Thereafter write anything you want to in whatever way you want. For extra house points do it in the house style of magazine (see the guidance on the site). We are just trying to capture the key points in the title so that people can see at a glance if they’re likely to be interested.

Example

1/200th, Smithy’s Miniature Men – pack of five armadillos for the Mexican Texan wars (code snouty1), £78.00 plus £0.90 p&p. smithy@obscure.com

This pack of five rodents(?) is just what I have been looking for to complete my Alamo set up. The poses are remarkable and the detail astounding for the scale…blah blah blah etc. etc.

Book, magazine, rule reviews

The title of the review consists of the following -

Title by author. Publisher. Year published. Number of pages. Details of illustrations and appendices. ISBN number.

Again no need for any complete sentences in the title bit and once more thereafter write anything you want to in whatever way you want following the house style. The aim is as above – present the key points in the title so that people can see at a glance if they’re likely to be interested.

Example

The Unsung Heroes of the Alamo – our armoured friends by Professor I. M. Liar. Helion books 2016. 73 pages, 4 colour and 6 b&w plates. No appendices or list of sources. ISBN 0-234-9786-323-2

A stunning new piece of research revealing the hitherto underplayed role of the humble armadillo in the defence of the Alamo. I picked this up in the bargain bins at The Works and was astounded to read the story of Davy Crockett, the tame armadillo and the musket packing grease…etc. etc.

Send reviews in any electronic format (Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, RTF etc.).

Review Guidance PDF


Submission Guidelines | Review Guidelines

The Journal’s House style

The following guidance covers the conventions used within the Journal. We have put these together because people write in different ways and when material from different authors is put together in a single document the differences stand out and are distracting. So these are not about what is right or wrong but just about adopting a common approach. If you can do any of the following it will help your editors enormously…

We don’t guarantee to manage to present all material in this fashion but it is what we aim for. All help gratefully received!

House Style PDF

Page last modified: October 13, 2016