How to submit an article

Submitting to PDQ is slightly different to a traditional academic journal. We’re trying to make the process as open as possible. To submit an article for inclusion please follow these steps.

  1. PDQ SubmissionWrite your article on your weblog. When you are satisfied with it, please insert the button you can see on the right here somewhere in the post. We’ll also need a link back because we’re using them to track possible submissions. The easiest way to insert this would be to past this code at the top of your post. Make sure you’re allowing people to comment on your post. This is important.
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    If you’re comfortable with doing it a different way, this is fine. We do need the button visible though as we will be claiming extremely serious long-term reproduction right for your work as explained below. Using the button shows you actively agree to let us do this. Otherwise people might think we’re just stealing anything we like the look of.

  2. Now visit the CFP for the edition you want to submit to. If you’re blogging about the pre-Renaissance past then the next issue is fine. If you’re a modern history blogger it’ll have to be an issue that’s dealing with the topic you’re blogging on. It’s not that we don’t like modern historians, it’s that we don’t know what the response to this project is likely to be and there are an awful lot of modern historians. When you are at the right page go to the comments box and leave the address of the article you want to submit as a comment. You will also need to leave a valid email address so we can contact you.
  3. Wait. Waiting is important. Even though the deadline for each edition is at a month end, we’ll be leaving it a week before we start compiling posts. This is because we are waiting to see what comments your post gets. The comments are part of the review process and, if possible we may want to include some of the comments alongside your entry.
  4. After a week we’ll starting contacting authors. What we’ll have done is taken the text and re-formatted it so that it’s ready for the journal. We will also proof-read, checking spelling and grammar. There are many varieties of English so what is important is clarity rather than a specific house style. We will want to email back to you the edited text to make sure we got it right. This is why we need your email address. Images are welcome. Colour images will look far nicer in the PDF than the print version. Images will have to be hi-resolution. Preferably 300dpi but we could get by with 200dpi. Anything less and the PDF will mess up your images if someone prints off a copy and the print version will look atrocious.
  5. The finished edition of PDQ will be made available via Lulu. It will be licensed with a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence. The PDF will be downloadable for free. The print version will not. No-one here will make any money from your work, but Lulu will charge a fee for printing and delivery. Their costs are comparable to photocopying charges but if an edition is large, the cost could be significant. A 500 page volume could be $18 /£9. That’s under 4¢/2p a page, but it’s a lot when all the pages come together. This is why we recommend downloading the free version. You can print just the bits you want and you’ll see it in colour. We will then convert the edition to XHTML and lodge it with an OA repository. This may take some time as the repository we have in mind doesn’t exist yet. Until the details are finalised it will be available in XHTML format from a server based at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.

To be clear, using our button means you agree to give us an non-exclusive license to reproduce your work in perpetuity in any media, including those not yet invented, with no monetary compensation. This sounds draconian, so I’ll explain why we need this. We are creating a permanently citeable version of your work. That means we need reproduction rights in perpetuity. We don’t know what the file formats of the future will be, nor what the state of the copyright laws will be so we need those rights to be able to adapt the archive to whatever is ahead. If XYZ format becomes the popular format we cannot track down everyone to get their permission to convert their entry to XYZ. Nor can we give you money or physical off-prints. This is a zero-budget operation. What we hope you gain from this is not money, but citations.

We should also point out the license is non-exclusive. If you want to reuse the article in your own book or sell Hollywood film rights to it afterwards or put the reformatted version up on your own website this is your right.

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