Stylistic Guidelines

The president in the Oval Office
WHS uses two levels of headings

“A heads” are centered, bolded, and written in all caps.

“B heads” are on the left margin, bolded, and written in all caps.

WHS encourages the generous use of headings and sub-headings.

When using hyphens – allow a space before and after the hyphen.

List dates as September 11, 2001 (rather than as 11 September 2001).

Spell out names (first and last) in full during the first use of the name, but thereafter list only the last name.

Use commas before the word and when listing three or more items (as in Democrats, Republicans, and Independents).

Do not use a comma if no day is listed (as in October 1962).

Spell out centuries (Twentieth Century) and constitutional amendments (Amendment XX).

Write out numbers one through ten, but list numbers 11 and higher numerically; numbers in the millions and higher are indicated as a combination digit/spelled number (as in 400 billion).

When listing numbers as percentages use the numeric form but write out the word percent (as in 58 percent); however the % sign can be used in tables and when inside parentheses.

Do not capitalize the words national, federal, or government but do capitalize the political parties, government agencies, and other official titles; capitalize words such as Congress, Cabinet, and U.S. Constitution, but not congressional or constitutional.

Do not capitalize president or first lady unless referring to a specific president (as in President Bush or “George W. Bush was concerned… The President opposed the…”).


Formatting guidelines

Double-space the entire manuscript (included abstract, notes, quotes, and tables).

Use size 12 type and Times New Roman font.

Tables and figures should be listed chronologically and be listed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.

The location of tables and figures in the body of the manuscript should be noted by using “insert Table 1 here”.

WHS uses only numbered notes and list all notes in a separate page located at the end of the manuscript; number all notes consecutively throughout manuscript

Do not insert special formatting commands (pre-set centering or automatic paragraph indentation), as they will need to be reset by the copyeditors.

Do not “justify” right-hand margin; leave it “ragged” (simply allow the space bar to return the cursor to the next line).



Format for notes

Jane Smith, “Presidential Vetoes,” Political Issues 5 (1994), 235.

John Vega, The Presidency (New York: Longman Publishers, 1999).



For initial submissions

Submit one electronic copy to WhiteHouseStudies@usm.edu or three paper copies to 730 East Beach Blvd, Long Beach, MS, 39560, Care of Jack Covarrubias, Center for Policy and Resilience.

List the title, your name, your institutional affiliation, and your contact information on a separate/detachable page.

All manuscripts are subject to peer review.

WHS publishes scholarly articles, commentary, profiles (of presidents, first ladies, first family members, key presidential aides, etc…), features, and book reviews.



Once your manuscript has been accepted for publication

Submit one electronic copy of the manuscript to WhiteHouseStudies@usm.edu in final form and one paper copy to 730 East Beach Blvd, Long Beach, MS, 39560, Care of Jack Covarrubias, Center for Policy and Resilience.

The manuscript should contain an abstract of roughly 100-150 words.

Be sure to include a brief biographical sketch and your contact information.