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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The paper has not been published / submitted to another journal and is not being reviewed by another journal
  • The main-text file has been submitted in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word, RTF o WordPerfect
  • If applicable, contributions cited in the reference list at the end of the article include their URL – for example, for working papers or unpublished material and documents available online.
  • The text font should be size 12, 1.5 line spacing, and use italics instead of underlined (except from URLs). All figures and tables should be placed where they belong within the text, NOT at the end of the manuscript.
  • The paper file should be prepared so that it can guarantee a double-blinded review: the title page and any information concerning the author(s) should be omitted from this file and just compiled through the online submission form (see below).

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines 

Papers should be submitted through the RCUB platform – a portal including all scientific journals edited or coedited by the University of Barcelona. Once an author has registered within the system, it is possible to submit a paper and keep track of all updates.

  1. If you have not registered yet, please sign up as a user of the RHI-IRE, please follow and click on Register. Please do not forget to include your ORCID identifier.
  2. The credentials should be used to access the submission platform:
  3. Click on New Submission
  4. Follow the instructions

For any doubt please contact Raimon Soler, the RHI-IHR editorial office assistant, at – please copy to the message. 


Instructions for preparing a manuscript

The length of the manuscript should not exceed 12,000 words, including footnotes, tables, figures (graphs, maps, etc.), appendices, and the bibliography. The article should be submitted with font size 12, 1.5 line spacing and numbered pages.

The authors should provide through the online submission form the following information: the title of the paper, the names and surnames, affiliations, addresses, emails and ORCID identifiers of all authors, plus an abstract in both English and Spanish (maximum 150 words). Bibliographic references should be also included. The online submission form also asks the authors to include four keywords and four JEL (Journal of Economic Literature) codes (both in English and Spanish). JEL codes have to be filled in the area of the submission form identified as Subjects. Please note that the main text file should NOT include all of the above information, to ensure a double-blinded review process. Please also note that Word files keep track of the author’s name and surname(s), so it is necessary to delete them from the file before submitting it to the journal. Finally, please note that submissions may be returned if this is not the case.

The reference list should be found at the end of the main text (under “References”), in the alphabetic order of the authors, as follows: surname, name, year of publication in brackets (and with letters to distinguish contributions published in the same year by the same author(s), if applicable, e.g. 2020a, 2020b etc.), title of the article (using quotation marks) or books (using italics), publisher and publisher’s location (if a book) or the title of the journal (if pertinent, in italics) including its number, issue and pages.

Examples –


Jerven, M. (2013), Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It, Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London.

Edited books

Austin, G. & Sugihara, K. (eds.) (2013), Labour-Intensive Industrialization in Global History, Routledge, London.

Chapters in edited books

Goldin, C. (2016), “Human capital”, in Diebolt, C. & Haupert, M. (eds.), Handbook of Cliometrics, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 55-86.

Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Baten, J.& Blum M. (2012), “Growing tall but unequal: new findings and new background evidence on anthropometric welfare in 156 countries, 1810–1989”, Economic History of Developing Regions 27 (sup-1), 66-85.

Working papers

Federico, G. & Tena-Junguito, A. (2016), “World trade, 1800-1938: A new dataset”, European Historical Economic Society, EHES Working Paper No. 93.


Gao, P. (2015), Risen from chaos: the development of modern education in China, 1905-1948. PhD Thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London,


The RHI-IHR relies on an in-text citation format (author and year), e.g. “the rise of per-capita income in Europe has been sustained since the late-19th century (Bolt and van Zanden 2020).” Letters should be added to the publication year if the same authors have published different pieces within the same year. Concerning the example below and two contributions published in 2020, the first one would be cited as Bolt and van Zanden (2020a) and the other as Bolt and van Zanden (2020b).

Footnotes should be numerated according to their order and should be written single-spaced with font size 10.

All tables and figures should be listed in the right order. They should be placed where they belong within the text (not at the end of the paper) and be original work by the author(s). They should all be titled and report the sources and (if applicable) notes on their elaboration. Tables should be made in Word, graphs and maps (figures) in Excel or a similar software (e.g. Stata): if so, please ensure that figures are converted into an image file (e.g. png or jpeg).

Cited text from other authors, if exceeding two lines, should be reported in italics, indented on the left side and single-line spaced. If the author(s) want to add their own text within this indented citation, it should be included in squared brackets.


Instructions for the book reviews

The book reviews can be submitted upon the request of the Book Reviews Editor at the RHI-IHR (currently, Javier San Julián), even if proposals to the Editor (that must be approved in advance) are encouraged. Please, send your proposal to the following email – please also copy to the message.

Reviews must report all book details, and will have a maximum length of 1,400 words. They will be signed by the review author(s) and will be directly sent to the email address of the Book Reviews Editor.

We warmly invite publishers and authors to send their books to the Book Reviews Editor for considering a timely review.


Evaluation of submitted manuscripts

The Editors in Chief of the Revista the Historia Industrial – Industrial History Review will make a first decision on submitted manuscripts within 15 days upon receiving them. The decision may involve a desk rejection or the request to adjust the manuscript to the house style of the journal and resubmit it – which should be done within 7 days. Otherwise, the manuscript will be sent out for a double-blinded peer-review evaluation. Referees are required to send their reports within 30 days after reception of the manuscript.

Referees cannot be chosen among editors.

The editorial board, based on the referee reports, will make a decision on the submitted manuscript within maximum four months after its first reception. Authors will receive a full report with information on the decision made, as well as the referee reports implying changes towards publication, if applicable.

If changes to the first version of the submitted manuscript are required by the referees and / or the editors towards publication, the latter will be subject to the relevant changes being actually included in the revised version (changes should be highlighted, e.g. in yellow, in the revised manuscript).

Once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author/s will have to provide an extended abstract in English if requested by the editors.  The extended abstract will be published in the blog of the RHI-IHR and will be made available through the social media.

At the end of every year the Revista the Historia Industrial – Industrial History Review will publish a report on external referees, including acknowledgments. Every two years, statistics on the rejection rates will be also provided.


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