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Author Guidelines

DHQ welcomes submissions in a variety of formats. The guidelines below spell out our expectations and requirements. However, we are also interested in ongoing experimentation with different modes of journal authoring and publishing. We encourage authors to help us experiment. If you have a good idea that doesn't fit into our current guidelines, let us know! We'll be happy to discuss it. For questions about submissions, email us at

DHQ accepts submissions for the following categories:

  • Articles: Article-length pieces describing original research.

  • Issues in Digital Humanities: Substantive, provocative opinion-driven essays of any length.

  • Reviews: Reviews of other publications (digital or print), tools, artworks, conferences, and other relevant material.

  • Case Studies: Detailed analyses of specific projects that contextualize the project within the DH field, and demonstrate its significance for other practitioners

A submission in any category must meet the following basic standards for DHQ publication:

  • It must fall within the content domain of the journal (very broadly, digital humanities and related fields).

  • It must be addressed to an appropriate audience. The audience of DHQ is of course the digital humanities community, but it also extends more broadly to related domains and to the interested non-specialist: for instance, humanities faculty, digital artists, museum curators, archivists, and the like. DHQ articles should be clear without being elementary; they should not rely on insider knowledge, and they should situate their argument within a broader context of research.

  • It must have an argument, and it should represent an original contribution to the research and practice of the digital humanities field, or should offer an original analysis, critique, or viewpoint on some aspect thereof.

  • It must be well written, and must present its argument clearly and interestingly. (However, we can help the author improve the writing and argumentation, so a lack in this area is not necessarily a disqualification.)

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains unpublished original material and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Submissions may be of any length.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). Prior publication through a personal blog or institutional repository is permitted.
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, TEI-XML, or DHQ-XML document file format.
  3. Citations have been provided as inline author-date references, with a full list of works cited at the end. Footnotes are used only for digressions and explanations.
  4. All images and other media files are submitted as separate files, named figure01.jpg, figure02.jpg, etc. The location of each image is clearly noted in the text and an appropriate caption is provided.
  5. The author affims that he or she has secured any permissions necessary for the use of images and other media, or that fair use applies. DHQ does not take responsibility for securing permissions.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  7. If this is a re-submission, the author has designated it as such in the "Author comments."

Copyright Notice

The following are the terms of publication for all DHQ material:

  1. The author warrants that the work being published is his or her original work, and that he or she has secured any necessary permission to publish, quote, or include any images or other materials that come from sources outside the article
  2. The author grants Digital Humanities Quarterly permission to publish and use his or her name, institutional affiliation, email address, and the biographical details he or she has sent us, in connection with the publication of the work.
  3. The author grants Digital Humanities Quarterly a perpetual, non-exclusive right to publish the work as part of the DHQ digital journal, in any form that we choose: i.e. in its current form or in derived forms resulting from transformations, summaries, abstracts, excerpts, and the like. Some of these (for instance, word frequency reports and other aggregated data) may not include direct citation of the author.
  4. The author retains copyright over the work and is free to publish it in any other venue or format he or she chooses.
  5. All materials are published by DHQ under an open-access model, and all of DHQ's content will always be freely available to all via the DHQ web site. However, the author gives DHQ the right to permit the work to be aggregated or indexed by third parties, who may place restrictions on access to their sites and may compensate DHQ for access to DHQ content.
  6. All materials published on the DHQ site are offered under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives license.

The use of the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives license means that readers are free to copy, distribute and transmit the work, under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. Readers must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that the author endorses them or their use of the work).
  • No Derivative Works. Readers may not alter, transform, or build upon this work. However, terms of fair use apply and DHQ interprets these terms liberally.

For any reuse or distribution, readers must make clear to others the license terms of this work. Any of the above conditions can be waived if the reader gets permission from the author as the copyright holder. Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights. For more information about the Creative Commons license, please seeĀ The full legal code is available here:


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