Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History: Call for Submissions

deadline for submissions: 
November 26, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Lachlan Whalen/Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History
contact email: 

Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, a double-blind peer-reviewed international interdisciplinary journal, publishes scholarly essays that explore the connections between history, literature, and the arts. Humans understand themselves and their cultures, even create themselves and their cultures, through stories. Sometimes we call those stories “history,” and sometimes we call them “literature.” Clio is interested in the interconnectedness of these two disciplines, as well as the philosophical work that supports these kinds of inquiries.

We publish researched essays at the intersections of these disciplines—that is, not factual expositions of historical events or uncontextualized “readings” of literary texts, but articles that are interdisciplinary in argument and method. Essays should be accessible to an interdisciplinary scholarly audience.

Clio has been in existence for almost 50 years and is published in both print and electronic form, with full-text availability through EBSCO academic databases such as Biography Reference Center, History Abstract with Full Text, History Reference Center Plus, and Humanities Source.

Essays and review articles should present well-focused arguments of approximately 20-30 pages (5,000-9,000 words, including footnotes). Conference papers or dissertation chapters must be revised to make fully developed, self-sufficient arguments.

Manuscripts should follow The Chicago Manual of Style17th edition (with footnotes kept to a minimum). List name and affiliation on a separate cover sheet, but include only the essay’s title on the manuscript itself to facilitate blind reading of submissions. Please include an abstract of 150-200 words that summarizes the key points of your article.

Electronic essay submissions only, please. Acceptable file formats include:

  • Word (.doc or .docx)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

We also need complete contact information, including preferred email address, and street address. If submitting an article, please send your text as an email attachment to If submitting a book review or review article, please also send a copy of your review to the commissioning editor - Lachlan Whalen.

You may expect a decision regarding publication within four months.

Please consult our General Submission Guidelines on our website for more information: