The South African
Military History Society
Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krygshistoriese Vereniging
Military History Journal
Guidelines for Authors
The Military History Journal (incorporating Museum
Review until 2017), established in 1967, is published by the South
African National Museum of Military History in associa-
tion with the South African Military Society, bi-annually,
in June and December. From 2017 the Society is the sole publisher.
The aim of the Journal is to publish research and
articles of interest concerning military history by members
of the Society or the Museum or any other person who
wishes to submit his or her work. The articles should
preferably have a connection with South African military
history but those of more general interest will also be
considered. Articles should be of as high a literary and
academic standard as possible and are acceptable in either
English or Afrikaans. The criterion for acceptance of
articles is that they should not be so technical as to lose
appeal for the members of the Military History Society
and present subscribers. The Journal is likewise intended
as a vehicle for the publication of personal reminiscenes
of military men, book reviews, letters, comments and
notes on the activities of the Military History Society.
The choice of articles for inclusion in the Journal will
be the prerogative of the editorial committee, whose decision will be final.
In the event of the rejection of an article, correspondence with the contributor
will not be entered into.
Submission of Manuscripts
Articles for the June issue must reach the Editor before the
end of February. Articles for the December issue must
reach the Editor before the end of August. An original
typed manuscript should be submitted to the Editor.
Manuscripts will be returned to the authors if extensive
revision is considered necessary. Authors are held responsible for
the factual correctness of their contributions. All
opinions expressed are considered to be those of the
authors themselves and may not necessarily be those of the
editors, the Society or the Museum.
Layout of Manuscripts
Manuscripts should be typed on one side of A4 sheets.
Double spacing is preferable, and allowance should be
made for a margin of at least 30 mm on both sides and
additional space above subtitles. The first line of para-
graphs should be indented. Revisions in handwriting on
manuscripts must be avoided.
The first page of a manuscript should contain the
Title of the contribution. Titles should be short (no longer
than 15 words), but must contain sufficient information to
be useful for the compilation of title lists or for codification
with a view to the storing or reclaiming of information.
Initials and surname of author. In the case of an authoress,
at least one name should be written in full.
Name of institution and city to which the author is
attached where applicable, or where he/she lives.
Postal address of author in full.
Pages should be numbered consecutively. Headings should
not be numbered or underlined. Words to be printed in
italics should be underlined in the manuscript.
References should preferably be in the style of the historical
sciences. References should be numbered consecutively at
the end of the text, under the heading References. The
numbers which refer to the notes must appear in the text to
the right of any punctuation marks as unparenthesized
superscripts 1, 2, 3, etc. References to theses, books, etc.,
should contain the name and initials of the author, the
title of the publication, and the page number(s). The use of
abbreviations (eg Ibid, loc cit), is not permitted, the
complete reference should be provided throughout.
References to articles in journals should contain the name
and initials of the author, the title of the journal, its
volume and number, date of publication, and the page
number(s). If a bibliography is not provided then references
must include place of publication as well.
Notes consist of extensions to the text or elucidations
thereof and should appear at the end of the text after the
References and under the heading Notes. Notes are
indicated consecutively in the text by means of the letters of
the alphabet, a.b.c., etc. Notes should be restricted to the
Where a bibliography is included this should contain the
names of authors, in alphabetical order, followed by
initials, the titles of the books, place of publication,
publisher and date of publication.
All illustrations and maps should be identified clearly on
the back and appropriate captions should be supplied in
Manuscripts for publication in the Journal should be
submitted to the following
e-mail address: scribe@samilitaryhistory/org
South African Military History Society