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Papers may be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese or English, and are to contain no fewer than 8,000 words and no more than 12,000, including notes and the literature reference list, and must not exceed 30 pages. The manuscript is to use double-spacing and Times New Roman 12, except the notes, which are to use font size 10. The notes, literature reference list and long verbatim citations are to be single-spaced. Pages are to be numbered consecutively, including figures, tables, maps and the literature reference list.

Images are to be submitted preferably in TIFF format, in a separate document, and with a resolution of 300 DPI (dots per inch), in a scale of greys, measuring 12 centimetres and proportional in height. Authors are responsible for obtaining any licences required for reproducing copyrighted images.

Graphs are to be submitted in Excel format, including original data.

Papers are to be preceded by an unnumbered cover page that contains the title, an abstract and five keywords, all in English and either Spanish or Portuguese, and four subject classification codes from the Journal of Economic Literature. The abstract is to outline the paper’s aim, its sources and methodology, its findings, its reasoning and its conclusions, in no more than 250 words.

The manuscript is to be accompanied by another unnumbered page with the personal and professional details of the author or authors, their institutional and professional affiliation, full personal and institutional addresses, e-mail, and any other contact information deemed convenient.

Authors are to submit their paper along with a statement of originality, signed by all the authors, furthermore indicating that the manuscript is not being simultaneously reviewed for its prospective publication in another journal.

The author’s acknowledgements will appear in the final version once the manuscript has been accepted for publication. If they should appear in the first version, they will be deleted before the manuscript is sent out for its peer review. These acknowledgements are to be placed after the conclusions and before the reference list. Authors are to mention the comments received from the anonymous referees of Historia Agraria, and from anyone who may have helped to improve the final version of the manuscript. Mention may be made of the fact the findings have been disclosed at seminars and conferences, or if assistance or funding has been received from official agencies and institutions, specifically referring to those research projects in which the authors have taken part and to which the findings are to be attributed.

Authors may submit any additional files deemed convenient for their online publication on the Historia Agraria website. Such files may only contain supplementary material in the form of data series, archive documents, photographs, infographics, or maps directly related to the paper submitted. Data series will preferably be sent in tabular format in a single file containing a spreadsheet (Excel, Calc…), whose first sheet is to feature the necessary presentation details, original sources and their link to the paper. Images and other documents (photographs, maps, infographics, texts…) are also to be presented in a single unlocked .pdf file that also contains the presentation details and sources, in addition to a reference to the main paper on the first page of the document.  


The manuscript may be divided into numbered sections with their corresponding headings. Up to a maximum of three section levels may be used (1., 1.1, 1.1.1), although the recommendation is not to exceed two. Specification is to be made of the work’s objectives and its pertinence as regards the prior literature, the quality of the data and, as appropriate, the characteristics of the sample, the methodology and the analysis techniques used. This is to be followed by a description and analysis of the findings. Finally, the paper should summarize clearly and accurately its conclusions, highlighting the original contributions it makes to the state-of-the-art.

Figures, graphs, tables and illustrations are to include a reference to the sources and, whenever necessary, to the method used for analysing the data presented.

No use is to be made of bold type or underlining. The quotation marks to be used in Spanish and Portuguese texts are always to be « - », with a single space before and after them. Inverted commas “-” are used in Spanish solely for quotes inside the broader quotation marks. All Latin quotations and words that are not featured in standard Spanish, Portuguese or English dictionaries are to be written in italics:

-        e.g.
-        et al. (= et alii)
-        ibid., id., ead., eid.
-        loc. cit., passim


Exact quotes that exceed four lines are to be single-spaced within different margins to the main body of the text (2 cm on both right and left), without comas and in the same font.

The footnotes to each page are to be numbered consecutively throughout the whole text. They should not be overly long, being used for documentary references or brief clarifications whenever they are deemed to be important and their insertion within the text is not considered convenient.

References to unpublished sources are to be made in the footnotes following the guidelines on the citation of manuscript sources commonly applied by the historiographic community.

Literature references are to be located within the text indicating the authors’ surname(s), the year of publication and, whenever necessary, the page(s) cited. When the number of authors listed in the reference exceeds three, the reference within the text is to cite the surname(s) of the author listed in first place, followed by et al. (Pérez Prendes et al., 1990). References are to be included in a footnote, and applying the same rules on style, solely when the footnote is used to support the content of the text through additional clarifications.


a)      Citation in which the name(s) of the author(s) is not part of a sentence:

(Argawal, 1999a: 45-8); (Jover & Pons, 2012).

b)     Citation in which the name(s) of the author(s) is part of a sentence:

a.      “Argawal (1999: 45-8) argues that…”

b.     “As posited by Jover and Pons (2003: 38), the effects…”

b)     When citing a classic work, specification may be made of the original date before the date of the edition referenced: (Marx, 1867/2013: 146)

The literature reference section is to feature at the end of the manuscript and contain solely the references to all the literature and sources cited in the text in alphabetical order of surnames, and in the case of the same author, by increasing order of years of publication. The authorship of the texts is to be expressed as recorded in the original (with one or two surnames) and will include the full name. When there is more than one surname, the references are to be listed in the alphabetical order of the first one, solely in the case of authors from Spanish-speaking countries. When there are two or more publications by the same author in a single year, these are to be listed by adding letters in alphabetical order e.g.: 2014a, 2014b. The literature references section is to follow the APA formatting and style guide: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/
a)     Journal paper:
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title: Subtitle of the paper. Name of the Journal, volume number (instalment number), pages.
If the paper is also available online, the DOI or access URL is also to be included.
Argawal, B. (1999). Negociación y relaciones de género: Dentro y fuera de la unidad doméstica. Historia Agraria, (17), 13-58. http://historiaagraria.com/articulo.php?id=201&num=17
Furie, J. & von Fintel, D. (2014). Settler skills and colonial development: The Huguenot wine-makers in eighteenth-century South Africa. Economic History Review, 67(4), 893-201.
DOI: 10.1111/1468-0289.12033
b)    Book authorship:
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title: Subtitle. Location: Publisher.
Jover Avellá, G., & Pons Pons, J. (2012). Possessions, renda de la terra i treball assalariat: L’illa de Mallorca, 1400-1660. Girona: Associació d’Història Rural de les Comarques Gironines.
c)     Book (edited):
Editor, A. A., Editor, B. B., & Editor, C. C. (Eds.). (year). Title: Subtitle. Location: Publisher.
Garrabou, R., & Naredo, J. M. (Eds.). (2008). El paisaje en perspectiva histórica: Formación y transformación del paisaje en el mundo mediterráneo. Zaragoza: Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza y SEHA.
d)    Book chapter:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year). Title: Chapter subtitle. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title: Book subtitle (pp. pages). Location: Publisher
Radich, M. C. (2003). Bosque y territorio en Portugal en el siglo XIX. In J. A. Sebastián Amarilla & R. Uriarte Ayo (Eds.), Historia y economía del bosque en la Europa del Sur (siglos XVIII-XX) (pp. 69-88). Zaragoza: Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza y SEHA.
d)    Classic work:
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title: Subtitle. Location: Publisher. ([If known:] Original year of publication).
Marx, K. (2013). Capital: A critical analysis of capitalist production. Ware: Wordsworth Editions. (First published in 1867).
d)    Classic work (edited)
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title: Subtitle. A. A. Editor, B. B. Editor & C. C. Editor (Eds.). Location: Publisher. ([If known:] Original year of publication).
 Chayanov, A. V. (1986). The theory of peasant economy. D. Thorner, B. Kerblay, & R. E. F. Smith (Eds.). Homewood Ill: Wisconsin University Press. (First published in 1923-1924).
Those manuscripts proposed for publication as papers will initially undergo a prior appraisal by the Editorial Board. Those considered of interest to the journal, and which meet its formal requirements, will be subject to an independent peer-review process on an anonymous basis. The authors will be informed of the outcome of this process by the editor or deputy editors.
Those manuscripts proposed for publication in another section, such as book reviews, discussions or obituaries, will be appraised by the editorial board, which will rule on their publication.
More information on the review process


Required information:

-  Guest editors` name and affiliation

- Title of the Special Issue

 Statement explaining the significance and originality of the proposal, indicating the common thread bounding the articles included together (theoretical basis, methodology, theme, aims, etc.). If possible, the statement should stress how each article contributes to the Special Issue as a whole.

- Brief summary of both the Special Issue`s aim and the proposed articles. The summary of the proposal should range between 250 and 700 words and that of each article between 100 and 250 words.

- The number of articles to be included in the Special Issue may vary, with a minimum of four articles and a maximum of seven. However, the whole issue cannot exceed 60,000 words (individual articles are expected to be between 8,000 and 12,000 words long).

- The guest editor or editors can only write one article (even if there is more than one editor).

- The Special Issue may include an Introduction. This piece however will have the same consideration as a normal article and therefore will be subjected to the same review process. Its length must also comply with the journal`s standard format (8,000-12,000 words).

- The proposal`s extension should range between one and five pages.



Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the editor or deputy editors will inform the author of the decision made. The final version is to be submitted in digital format (Word for Windows, or compatible format) to be edited by Historia Agraria, which reserves the right to emend the final version according to its publishing guidelines. The author will be sent the final proof of the text in order to correct any possible errors in the text or misprints. No major changes may be made to the content of this final proof.


Authors will receive an offprint of their text in PDF format once the paper has been published.

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