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Terrae Incognitae

The Journal for the History of Discoveries

Notes for Contributors

Submission of Books for Review:

Books for review should be sent to: David Buisseret, The Newberry Library, 50 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610 USA.

Article Submissions:

Initial submissions to Terrae Incognitae should be sent as e-mail attachments to
Dr. Lauren Beck, Editor, TI, Dept Modern Languages, Mount Alison University, .
Please put Terrae Incognitae in the subject field.

1. Articles should be written in English; a limited number of articles may be published in Spanish, French, Italian, or German at the discretion of the editor. All book reviews must be written in English. Articles should be no more than 8,000 words in length, including endnotes, tables, and illustrations.

2. Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively, double-spaced with wide margins (1-1.5 in) on all sides. Submissions should be complete, including all notes, bibliographic references, tables, etc., with the exception of photographs or digital images. Do not send digital image files with initial submission. Instead, please submit a Word doc into which the images have been pasted, saved as a pdf. A list of all illustrations with captions should be appended to the manuscript and referenced appropriately in the manuscript text: Photo A, Plate B, and so forth.

3. Citations: Although they will be published as footnotes, citations should be submitted as endnotes, consecutively numbered, double-spaced, and marked in the text with a raised (superscript) numeral. Format according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (Chicago, 2003), following the humanities style. Do not submit articles using the author/date style.

4. Initial submissions should include an abstract of approx. 150 words, written in English, which clearly defines the thesis and the sources quoted. Complete contact information should be printed at the end of the manuscript, including author's name, mailing address, institutional affiliation if any, e-mail address, and phone number.

5. Submissions should be original work that has not been published previously and has not been simultaneously submitted to other journals for publication.

6. MS Word preferred; if other programs are used, please send as rich text.


1. For general rules on style, see The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (or later).

2. Do not use desktop publishing features such as justification, centering, bold-face type or more than one font style. TAB should be restricted to paragraph indent. Do not hyphenate words at the end of a line. Italics may be indicated either by underlining or by using an italic typeface.

3. For other guidelines on style, see the Style Sheet for Terrae Incognitae.


Terrae Incognitae reserves the right to copyedit contributions to conform to its style. Authors of accepted articles will be asked to complete an author's contract concerning the content and copyright of their contributions. Authors of accepted contributions will receive one set of galley proofs for review. These should be returned promptly, within the period requested. In the event of a multi-authored contribution, the proof is sent to the first-named author unless otherwise requested.


Digital images submitted for publication must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at a size appropriate for the TI format size. Images may be submitted electronically or by post on a CD-Rom. B/W glossy photographs and other camera-ready art may also be submitted, but high resolution digital images and electronic or CD-Rom submission of drawings, tables, and so forth, are preferred. All images should be clearly labeled and must be accompanied by a list of titles, captions, and attributions. Permissions to use images in both print and online formats (see author’s contract for details) must be obtained by the author, who will be responsible for all fees. Documentation of permissions granted must be submitted to the editor prior to publication or the images in question will not be published.


Maney is one of the few remaining independent journal publishers operating internationally. It publishes a significant number of journals that cover cultural and geographical history, including The Cartographic Journal, Survey Review, Folk Life, Dutch Crossings, Italian Studies, Hispanic Research Journal and Post-Medieval Archaeology. Its complete list of journals can be seen at www.maney.co.uk/journals, and more information can be found via the Maney History and Humanities Spotlight at http://maney.co.uk/history_and_humanities_spotlight .

Maney expects to develop Terrae Incognitae in a number of ways, with the provision of an online version and full back issue archive online for institutional subscribers, freely searchable electronic abstracts, inclusion in the CrossRef system of hyperlinked references, and a table of contents alerts service for all subscribers and readers.

The 2010 volume will also see a change in text, design and layout as required for online, as well as print production. We will be able to publish illustrations in colour online, enhancing the visual impact for readers. The cover will also undergo a redesign.

We look forward to working with the editorial team to continue the established tradition of publishing issues on subjects of international importance.


With the help of Maney Publishing, the Society for the History of Discoveries intends to scan and make available in electronic form the back issues of Terrae Incognitae. As a means of easy access to previously published papers, of which few subscribers will have copies, we expect this to be a considerable enhancement of the benefits of the institutional subscription.

Many of you will be familiar with the current procedure in which authors assign copyright (for both print and electronic publication) to the Society. This does not limit an author’s ability to reuse material, but ensures that Maney, on our behalf, can protect the copyright internationally. The papers we published previously, in our back issues, were not administered in this way, nor was permission sought to obtain electronic rights. For earlier issues, such a form of publishing was never conceived. It would exceed the resources available to the Society to identify all the authors who have previously contributed to Terrae Incognitae and obtain their (or their Estate executor where an author is deceased) permission to republish their work electronically. In any case, we are very doubtful that the addresses that we had at the time of publication are still current.

We are therefore writing this notice to ask for any authors who object to the proposed policy to let us know as soon as possible. We think it will be a pity, but if the permission, which we will be taking as given, is withdrawn, we will reluctantly omit their work from the scanned back archive. This will inevitably distort the record to a certain extent, but we will respect the decision.

We expect this notice will be seen and read by most people involved in the activities of the Society, and we would be grateful if you could draw it to the attention of all your colleagues. We will be proceeding with this scanning project in the next few months, and need to ensure that notice of our intentions is disseminated widely.

Marguerite Ragnow
Editor, Terrae Incognitae 2008-2013