Information for authors and contributors

Map of Bedfordshire from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary c1830s
photo: Barbara Tearle

About you

When you contact us with a proposal for a book or online article please remember to include the following:

  • your name and full contact details, including an address and telephone number;
  • the title of your proposed volume or article;
  • a brief synopsis in 200-300 words;
  • an estimated word count;
  • details of any other works you have authored.

How we will contact you

The Society will endeavour to contact you within twenty-one days of receiving your proposal. We will generally respond by e-mail or telephone.

Acceptance for publication

Bedfordshire Historical Record Society has an Editorial Group, and it is our policy to seek the views of the Editorial Group before accepting a proposal. The Editorial Group may decide that a text is suitable for publication, but with significant modifications. If this is the case, the general editor or website administrator (as appropriate) will discuss requirements with the author. No commitment to publish can be given until the necessary modifications have been agreed and the final text has been received. No financial compensation can be offered if the Editorial Group decides against publication.

Financial arrangements in respect of authors and contributors

The Society is a charity; it does not make any payments of fees or royalties to authors or contributors to volumes or online articles. The Society does not ask authors for any contribution to the cost of publication. The author will receive ten copies of the volume on publication.

Submission of text

Text should normally be submitted in Word format on a CD or a memory stick. Handwritten or typewritten submissions will not be accepted. The text should be referenced and supported with a list of works cited.

Guidelines for authors

Bedfordshire Historical Record Society volumes are published by Boydell & Brewer (opens in a new window). Text submitted to the Society will be edited to comply with their guidelines for authors and house style notes (opens in a new window). Authors are requested to use these guidelines in preparing their manuscript for both Publications and online Articles.


Bedfordshire Historical Record Society will not normally pay for a volume to be indexed by a professional indexer. Indexing requirements can be discussed with the General Editor.


Bedfordshire Historical Record Society will normally be the copyright owner of any volume published by the Society.  The author must have obtained permission in writing from the copyright owner for any copyright material, quotations and illustrations included in their text. Acknowledgement of this permission, and also permission to publish, must be made to the copyright owners in the volume or online article in all cases.

Publication schedule

The Society aims to publish its annual volume in September. The author and General Editor will therefore generally be working to a linked timetable for publication.

Online articles will be posted at any time.


The Society welcomes any additional support from grants sourced by an author for the publication of a volume.

This page was added on 22/12/2014.

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