Prior to submitting your article, please have the following pieces of information available:

  • 1) The title of your article
  • 2) Your name and institutional affiliation (if applicable)
  • 3) Your 100-word abstract
  • 4) Up to six keywords that describe the focus or subject matter of your work
  • 5) Your article as a .doc or .docx file. Submission length is 10,000 words including notes

Please send submissions to our Managing Editor via e-mail at [email protected]

Canadian Military History accepts submissions in an electronic format as Microsoft Word documents (.rtf, .doc or .docx). Use of an alternate file format is not acceptable and authors will be required to resubmit.

If your article is accepted, supplemental material such as images and maps should be included alongside the text in a single file if this can be done without a loss of quality. Where including supplemental materials in the main file leads to deterioration in quality, authors should make arrangements to upload these materials separately.

Formatting and the Canadian Military History Style Guide

Adherence to the CMH Style Guide is not mandatory for initial submissions. However, it is the responsibility of the author to format the work in accordance with these standards prior to the submission of the revised version. Please consult the following standards when composing or revising your work:

Formatting Footnotes

Canadian Military History uses footnotes in the Chicago style, with certain modifications. Please consult the list of references carefully. Elements in square brackets ([ ]) are mandatory if applicable.

Secondary References


Author, Title of Book, [Series], [Edition], (Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication), Page Number.

Terry Copp, The Brigade: The Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1939–1945, (Stoney Creek, ON: Fortress Publications, 1992), 34.

Edited or Translated Book

Author, Title of Book, Editor or Translator, [Series], [Edition], (Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication), Page Number.

Joseph Goebbels, The Goebbels Diaries, 1942–1943, trans. by Louis P. Lochner (New York: Doubleday, 1948), 23.

Book with More than One Volume

Author, Title of Book Series, Volume Number: [Title of Book], (Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication), Page Number.

C.P. Stacey, The Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War, Vol. I: Six Years of War, (Ottawa, ON: Queen’s Printer, 1956), 19.

Quotation from Book

Author, Title of Book, [Series], [Edition], (Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication), Page Number.

Richard J. Overy, War and Economy in the Third Reich (New York: Oxford, 1994), 373.

Book Chapter

Author, “Title of Chapter,” Title of Book, [Editors or Translators], (Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication), Page Range.

Jay Luvaas, “The New School: Major General Sir Patrick McDougall,” in Jay Luvaas (ed.), The Education of an Army: British Military Thought, 1815–1940 (London: Cassell, 1964), 101-129.

Quotation from a Book Chapter

Author, “Title of Chapter,” Title of Book, [Editors or Translators], (Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication), Page Number.

Joan Sangster, “Mobilizing Women for War,” in David Mackenzie (ed.), Canada and the First World War (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005), 176.

Book with More than One Author

Author One and Author Two, Title of Book, (Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication).

J.L. Granatstein and J.M. Hitsman, Broken Promises: A History of Conscription in Canada, (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1977).

Journal Article

Author, “Title of Article,” Title of Journal Volume Number, [Issue Number] (Publication Date): Page Range.

Sir Michael Howard, “Ethics, Deterrence and Strategic Bombing,” The Journal of the RAF Historical Society 14, 1 (1995): 12-23.

Newspaper or Magazine

Author, “Title of Article,” Title of Newspaper/Magazine, Date of Publication, page.

William Marchington, “4000 Casualties in Hong Kong ‘Rough Guess,’” Globe and Mail, 4 February 1942, 1.

Thesis or Dissertation

Author, “Title of Thesis or Dissertation,” Degree, University Granting Degree, Date of Publication, publication.

David A. Wilson, “The Development of Tank-Infantry Co-operation Doctrine in the Canadian Army for the Normandy Campaign of 1944,” Unpublished MA Thesis: University of New Brunswick, 1992, 23.


Author, “Title,” Web Address, date of access.

Bill Stewart, “‘Superiority in Aviation Alone’: Effects of Airpower on Canadian Operations on the Somme, Part II/II,”, accessed on 24 October 2014.

Repeated References

Books and Articles

Surname, Short Title (text before any colon), Page.

Stacey, Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War, 15.

Authors should use ibid, but no other abbreviated citation forms (op cit, idem, etc.).

Primary References


Artist, Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions (in cm.), Collection/Exhibit/Owner.

Jack Shadbolt, Victim, 1947, watercolour and ink on paper, 48.5 x 38.7 cm, artist’s collection.

Document (Memorandum, Report, etc).

Author (If Known), Type of Document or Title, Date, Archival Reference, Archive.

Colin Russel, Memorandum on Shell Shock, 17 March 1918, RG 9, Series III, Volume 4032, File 34-22-A, Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

Letter / Telegram / Correspondence

Author to Recipient, Date, Archival Reference, Archive.

Colin Russel to C.B. Farrar, Colin Kerr Russel Fonds, P098, Box 30, File: Correspondence F-H, Osler Library Archival Collections, McGill University.

Style Within Text

Tables & Figures

Numbered sequentially throughout the article with a caption submitted for each. Where it is relevant, acknowledgement of permission to use the items by a third party should be included here.


Should be cited as “Table 1” with no full point after the table number. For columns of text, both column headings and contents should be left aligned. For columns of numbers, both headings and contents should be centre aligned with decimal points to be the centre.

Table Footnotes        

Use an asterisk for table footnotes. The footnote should be left aligned and below the table with number footnotes listed vertically and the asterisk placed next to the relevant material within the table. For multiple footnotes, use up to three asterisks and then the following symbols: *, **, ***, †, ‡

In Text Quotations

Double quotation marks; single quotation marks for a quote within a quote.

% or Per Cent?        

Per Cent

Spelling Preferences

Please use UK spelling (-ise); where there is an Anglicised spelling of a non-English word; use it unless the original spelling is significant to the meaning of the text.

Non-English Words

Generally, non-English words should be italicised (except in the case of non-alphabetised languages) and all the diacritics should be retained. Where borrowed words or expressions have been largely accepted in English, drop diacritics and do not italicise (e.g., decor, naive, regime, elite). However, words ending in é/ée should retain the accent and must be italicised (e.g. résumé, protégé, fiancée).


The use of abbreviations should be as limited as possible and full forms should be given at the first point of citation, e.g. The United Nations (UN).


Non-statistical units should be written out in words: an ounce of sugar and a gallon of milk.

Measurements and percentages should be written with Arabic numerals: 30 mm, 2 km, 1 kg, 4 l, 2 ft, 100 lb, 3 per cent.


Right-hand (hyphen)

1939-1945 (hyphen)

Some people—who will not be named—don’t wash (em dash)


Any number under 100 should be written out in words.

Approximate words (e.g., ‘hundred,’ ‘thousand,’ ‘million,’ ‘billion,’ etc.) should be written out in words.

Ordinals must always be written in words (e.g. ‘first,’ ‘second,’ etc.)


Friday, 14 October 2011 (14 not 14th)

Page Numbers

5 and 5-10 (rather than p.5 or pp.5-10). Only the last two digits should be given for numbers falling within the same hundred (e.g., 101-09). For page ranges outside of the same hundred, numbers should be given in full (e.g., 824-901).


To go at the end of the article, before Notes and Bibliography.

“Acknowledgements” and subsequent text should be set as any other first level heading and its subsequent text.

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