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Contributors’ Guidelines for The Hessians: Journal of the Johannes Schwalm Historical

The first issue of the Journal was published in 1977. It has developed into a 96- to 148-page annual publication which is distributed at the association’s Annual Meeting in July and by mail to members. The Journal, including back issues, can be purchased via the publication page at or by contacting the Association at the above address.

Contributors get five courtesy copies of the Journal as a thank you for publishing with

Three categories of material are included in each Journal:

HISTORICAL: Translations (if in a foreign language) and original articles concerning journals, accounts, diaries, letters, and other documents pertaining to the German auxiliary troops (generically called Hessians) during the American Revolutionary War.
GENEALOGICAL: Stories about Hessian soldiers and their descendants, who remained in the United States and Canada after the War, that tell about the accomplishments and contributions made to the growth of the United States and Canada.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Births, marriages, news reports, professional accomplishments, obituaries, and photos (new or from your family’s personal collections) of descendants of German soldiers who remained in America.

Have an idea for an article in these categories; contact Editor Sally Bacon at

Original Material: We want information that has not been published elsewhere. Material from other sources may be used in moderation for clarification and continuity.

Style Guide: Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and

Length of Article: Six pages is a reasonable maximum length for most articles.  If more space is needed for specific subjects, the Editorial Committee makes exceptions.  Articles can be published in two or more parts in consecutive years.

Submission Format: The required format is Microsoft Word in one-column form with page numbers and line numbers for each page. Draft articles should be in 12pt Times New Roman double spaced. For endnotes, use cardinal numbers at 12pt Times New Roman double spaced. This format allows reviewers to pin point recommended changes using a comment matrix form for page and line number.  When formatting for publishing, most articles are set in two columns
60 lines long, 3.5 inches wide in 10-point type with endnotes in smaller type.

Miscellaneous: Paragraphs should not be so long that the reader gets confused. Subheadings throughout the text are very helpful. Articles are subject to editing.

Graphics: Figures (images of drawings, paintings or photographs), tables, and maps, may be included.  Graphics must have a legend and a cardinal number and be referenced in the text. People in photos should be identified. Graphics are best submitted separately from the article to allow formatting and placement within the article.

Author’s Biography: A paragraph describing the author’s background and interesting facts leading to writing of the article is included at the end of the text.  A small photo of the author is welcome, if available.

Documentation: References to deeds should include the deed book/will book with page references and physical location of the book. Birth records should name specific sources such as a name and location of church, or book and page, if a transcription. This also applies to military, pension, land grant records and similar materials. For documentation found on an online source such as Ancestry or Fold 3, cite the record set, web link and date accessed. For statements without documentation, explain that it is a supposition, circumstantial evidence, or family

Manuscript Submission: Articles and scanned content by e-mail to the JSHA editor at Printed news articles can be sent by US Mail to the JSHA PO Box 127
Scotland, PA 17254-0127.

Military History: Additional detailed guidelines applying to military subjects are those prepared for the Military Collector & Historian and Military Uniforms in America publications of the Company of Military Historians.

Genealogical Articles: Straight-line genealogies from the immigrant to the present are acceptable. Extensive family trees are not accepted.  The text should emphasize the contributions of the soldier and his direct descendants to society.

All in the Family: Identify all persons mentioned in the article and with any photographs submitted.

Publication Agreement: The author will be required to sign a publication agreement, obtainable from the Editor.

Questions? Contact Sally Bacon, Editor, via email at


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 127
Scotland, PA 17254-0127

E-Mail can be sent to Hal Schwalm
JSHA GuidelinesForContributors Version 1.2, last updated 1/28/2020