The IJMH Early-Career Paper
The International Journal of Military History and Historiography, of the Bibliographical Committee of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH), invites submissions for its IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize.
The International Journal of Military History and Historiography (IJMH) has been continuously published (from 1978 to 2015 as the International Bibliography of Military History – IBMH), on behalf of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH), which can trace back its origins to 1938. Traditionally its main focus was on book reviews and review articles. Since the journal’s move to Brill in 2011, there has been an additional emphasis on historiographical articles, and the portfolio has been enlarged to include original research articles.
The journal thus offers its readers and authors a platform that includes original research articles on any military historical topic from antiquity to the contemporary period that can appeal to an international readership. Historiographical and review articles cover issues of major significance or deal with the state of military history in a specific ICMH member country. The short reviews (in the “Bibliographical Records” section) discuss newly published books, which are of historiographical relevance either for the international military history community or for one of ICMH’s national commissions.
The prize will be awarded to an academic article of outstanding quality in the field of international military history written by a graduate student or an early-career scholar, which will have been published in the 2019 volume (39) or 2020 volume (40) of IJMH. The author of the winning article will be officially announced in the journal and on the journal’s website, and receive a €1,000 cash prize.
In line with IJMH’s general guidelines, submissions should be an original contribution to the field of military history that is of interest to an international readership, e.g., a topic involving more than one nation and, preferably, based on multi-archival research. There is no chronological limitation. The IJMH publishes articles ranging from antiquity to the contemporary period, provided that the subject is historical and the methodology fulfils academic standards.
Past winners of the IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize
- 2018: Zoë Rose Buonaiuto, for the article A Grave Reconciliation: The Establishment of German War Cemeteries in Normandy, 1944–1964, published in Volume 38, No. 2.
- 2017: Gaj Trifković, for the article The Forgotten Surrender. The End of the Second World War in Yugoslavia, published in Volume 37, No. 2.
- 2016: John V. Clune, United States Air Force Academy, for the article UN Peacekeeping and the International Men and Women of the Ghana Armed Forces published in Volume 36, No. 1
- 2015: Kwong Chi Man, Hong Kong Baptist University, for the article “They Are a Little Afraid of the British Admiral”: The China Station of the Royal Navy during the First Sino-Japanese War, 1894–1895, published in Volume 35, No. 2
Articles should be based extensively on primary research, must not have been previously published in another form or outlet, and should not be currently under consideration by another journal or book series. The submitted work has to comply with the journal’s style sheet, be between 8,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes), and be thoroughly referenced. For further information on style and referencing, please visit the journal page.
The prize is open to graduate students who are currently registered at a higher education institute, or to those who have obtained their doctoral degree after January 1, 2014.
Submissions for the 2019 prize are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be sent by 30 September 2019 by the latest. Please see the journal web page for information on how to submit. In case of questions, contact the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Marco Wyss (firstname.lastname@example.org).