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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.
  • 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.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, TEI-XML, or DHQ-XML document file format.
  • 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.
  • For the initial submission, all images should be embedded within the article for ease of reviewing. If the article is accepted for publication, with the final revised version we ask that all images and other media files be submitted as separate files, named figure01.jpg, figure02.jpg, etc. The location of each image must be clearly noted in the text and an appropriate caption (with credit information if necessary) should be provided.
  • The author affims that they have 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If this is a re-submission, the author has designated it as such in the "Author comments."

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

  • Field Reports: Reports on digital humanities-related practice from the perspective of a particular locale

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

  • It must fall within the content domain of the journal. This includes the various domains of digital humanities, and may include other neighboring domains as long as they are discussed in relation to some aspect of digital humanities research, practice, or pedagogy.
  • The submission must communicate effectively to the broad DHQ readership, rather than being narrowly limited to specialists in a particular subdomain. 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. This may involve glossing terms, providing context, and including explanation of the significance of the research so that readers in other areas of digital humanities can understand and apply the results in their own 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. The submission should also engage with relevant strands of research or debate within the digital humanities field.
  • 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.)
  • DHQ does not consider submissions that state or support defamatory or racist positions or hate speech.

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, but please bear in mind that although the digital medium is comparatively unbounded, reader attention is not; very long submissions must merit the space they occupy.


Articles submitted to DHQ are reviewed by peer reviewers and by members of the DHQ editorial team.


DHQ publishes reviews of books, digital publications and projects, software tools, installations, and other works of digital humanities scholarship. Reviews are read and approved by members of the DHQ editorial team.

Issues in Digital Humanities

Issues in Digital Humanities is a section devoted to thoughtful opinion pieces and provocations. Submissions are reviewed by members of the DHQ editorial team.

Field Report

Field reports are reports from a specific geographical and/or disciplinary sector of digital humanities, often reporting on the results of a survey or review study, aiming to offer an up-to-date characterization of some relevant domain.

SI: Digital Sankofa

This section is for submissions to the Digital Sankofa special issue.

SI: Naming Enslaved People

This section is dedicated to materials for a special issue. Please submit only articles that have been approved by the special issue editors. 

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