Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

It is the intention that articles published in the Gristmill be informative and interesting to the reader on their own. In addition, the submissions should make it possible for the readers to dig deeper into the material presented, if they so desire.

Accordingly, Gristmill articles should include endnotes in an abbreviated format. Citations are not necessary for general knowledge, but should be used for specific references such as quotations, deeds, wills, court documents, newspaper articles, etc. The advent of on-line sourcing provides an opportunity for streamlined references that can easily be followed by the reader. Due to space limitations, writers are encouraged to limit the number of these endnotes as much as possible.

Below are examples of preferred citations:

Books: Author, title, page                         Field Horne, The First Respectable House, p. 14

Articles: Author, name, publication, page     Graham Hodges, “Slavery” in The Encyclopedia of New York State,p. 1418

Deed and wills:  Description, book, page       Saratoga County Deeds, Book 114, p, 42

Newspapers: Name, date,                                   Ballston Journal, March 5, 1858

On-line sources: Description, Web site            Milton Tax Assessment Rolls 1802,                                           

We encourage writers to submit drafts to the Gristmill editor, and a member of the editorial staff will be pleased to assist in preparing your article for final publication.

Images accompanying articles (1-3 preferred) should include sources and be noted as public domain or by permission. For those authors who use computers, we would prefer that their submissions come in electronic form, using common word processing programs, such as Microsoft Word; or, they can be submitted as an email to submitted electronically are best sent as jpegs; non-photograph illustrations are best sent as pdfs.  We except hard copy submissions as well.