Submission Guidelines

The Journal of Recollection Historica is run by and for students. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Recollection Historica will be reviewed. Each author should understand that the submission will be blind-reviewed by student reviewers who will recommend acceptance for publication, acceptance with revisions, or reject for publication. The final decision will be made by the Recollection Historica advisory board. Each author should certify that they have followed the accepted standards of scientific, creative, and academic honesty and ethics.


Submitted manuscripts should not conflict with any other copyrights or legal bindings. Each author should understand that the Journal of Recollection Historica maintains the right to reprint any portions of the submitted work for educational and advertisement purposes. Each author should understand that the authors retain the copyright to their work.

Please read the appropriate section and follow the guidelines.

1. What Do We Publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope
*1.2 Categories

1.2.1 Humanities Research

1.2.2. Social Science Research

1.2.3. Reviews

1.2.4. Poetry

1.2.5. Expository Articles

1.2.6. Creative Writing

1.3 Make Your Article Discoverable

2. Editorial Policies

2.1 Review Policy
2.2 Authorship
2.3 Resubmissions

3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication Ethics
3.2 Plagiarism
3.3 Definition of Original Work
3.4 Reporting and Appealing
3.5 Publication Information & Contributor's Publishing Agreement

4. Preparing Your Manuscript

4.1 General Formatting
4.2 Graphs and Images
4.3 On Reference Style and Originality Guideline

5. Recognition & Awards

5.1 Fellowship
5.2 Author Benefits
5.2 Annual Grand Prizes

6. Submitting Your Manuscript
1. What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope

Please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope page before submitting your manuscript to Recollection Historica.

1.2 Categories

1.2.1. Humanities Research. 

The primary focus of Recollection Historica is publishing humanities academic research done by high school students. The most fundamental feature of research is the generation of new information and knowledge. In the discipline of humanities, this might consist of literary authorship, which creates new knowledge in literature and arts, or scholarly research, which adds new knowledge by examining existing historical scripts, academic texts and records, and other cultural artifacts in the pursuit of scholar inquiry with a particular focus. The Journal of Recollection Historica highly encourages the submission of research on history or the historical aspects of other academic disciplines. History researches can be particularly broad–they can be not only about how and why things happened but also about historiography. Since humanities research can have various structures and styles, we do not have a specific structure or content requirement for it. Based on the information above, subsections to this category may include but are not limited to: (1) research-based historical analysis, (2) linguistic research, (3) philosophical research, (4) research in theology, and (5) research in literature. The recommended length is 1500-4000 words; we understand that some excellent papers can be longer than the upper bound of this scale, so the maximum length we accept is 8000 words.

1.2.2. Social Science Research

In addition to research in humanities, the Journal of Recollection Historica also values the submission of social science research. The humanities typically are classified as a field that is more critical and analytical, dealing with the study of humans and the works of humans; in other words, humanities research is mostly qualitative. The social sciences, on the contrary, utilize a more quantitative-based, scientific approach, essentially applying natural science methodologies to the study of humans in society. We strongly encourage submitters in this category to merge qualitative and quantitative approaches in their social science research papers. Subsections to this category may include but are not limited to: (1) laboratory reports in psychology, (2) sociological research, (3) political science research, and (4) economics research. The Recommended length is the same as that of humanities research.

1.2.3. Reviews. 

The Journal of Recollection Historica recognizes the value of both research-based literature reviews and artistic critiques. Review papers can present a narrative explaining the existing knowledge on a topic based on all the published research available on the topic; document the search for the answer to a particular question in the existing literature on a topic; or compare and combine the findings of previously published studies to assess the effectiveness of a particular approach—analysis of those research findings is especially crucial in this third kind of review paper. Critiques provide insightful commentaries on a particular piece of literature, film, music, or artwork; the general structure and tone of critiques are less formal than that of research-based literature reviews. Based on the information above, subsections to this category may include but are not limited to: (1) literature reviews, (2) research reviews, (3) film reviews, (4) poetry reviews, and (5) artistic reviews. The recommended length is 1000-3000 words.

 1.2.4. Expository Articles

The submission of expository writing is highly encouraged. Expository writing, as its name implies, is writing that exposes facts. “Expository” means “intended to explain or describe something.” An expository essay provides a clear, objective, well-concentrated explanation of a particular topic, process, or set of ideas. This type of writing does not convey an argument or the writer’s point of view, nor does it intend to prove a point. It just gives a balanced view of its subject matter. The fundamental tone and writing style of expository articles are formal, but they also have to be easily understandable to the general public. Common topics of expository articles include facts in physics, biology, and environmental science. However, Recollection Historica only accepts expository articles that focus on the humanities and social sciences. As such, subsections to this category may include but are not limited to: (1) historical accounts, and (2) explanation of humanities and social science concepts. The recommended length is 600-1800 words.

1.2.5. Poetry

“​​To be a well-favoured man is the gift of fortune; but to write and read comes by nature.”--William Shakespeare. The Journal of Recollection Historica puts high emphasis on poetry for enriching our publications. Poetry is a type of literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm. The most defining characteristic of poetry is its unique structure. Both classical poems and free-style poems are acceptable, and we do not prefer one style over the other. Reveal your works, our dear poets! We are particularly looking forward to publishing poems that can ignite people’s passion for humanities and literature. The recommended length is 50-300 words.

1.2.6. Creative Writing. 

The Journal of Recollection Historica values the submission of all forms of creative writing. Creative writing, usually fictional, displays imagination, invention, and the subtlest aspects of humanity (often contrasted with fact-based academic or journalistic writing). The genre of creative writing has an extremely broad scope, ranging from the traditional screenplay and dramatic scripts to free-style personal memoirs. Please note that we do not consider poetry as a form of creative writing; if you intend to submit poetry, please refer to the poetry category. It was the great American writer Ernest Hemingway who said that there’s no rule on how to write. The creative writing category is the place where our world’s most brilliant writers can exert their full potential without being restricted by sophisticated rules. Subsections to this category may include but are not limited to: (1) novels, (2) short stories, (3) dairies, and (4) prose on any topic. The recommended length is 800-3000 words.

1.3 Make your article discoverable

We advise writers to think about the ways in which their works can be made discoverable. For research papers, the keywords and abstract are essential to attracting readers. For other types of works, the first few lines are critical. We wish every young writer can get the best resources to perfect their works. For general guidance on how to best title your article and how to prepare for post-secondary academic publications and beyond, please refer to How to Attract Readers by SAGE journal, a global academic publisher of books and journals.