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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Submission files are in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx file).
  • The text is 1.5 line-spaced; Times New Roman,12-point font.
  • Cover sheet included with name, affiliation (if applicable), and article title.
  • Your name does not appear on the submission's pages or file's properties, to facilitate the peer review process.
  • Tables, images, and other digital materials are supplied as separate documents, TIFFS or JPEGS; and placeholders have been included in the text (e.g.) [Insert Image 1 here].
  • Reference/works cited list provided as a separate Word document and, where available, DOIs/URLs for the references have been included.

Author Guidelines

Aims and Scope

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord is a fully refereed, quarterly journal published by the Canadian Nautical Research Society and the North American Society for Oceanic History. It is devoted to the study of maritime affairs and the inland waterways of the nations that touch the seas of the northern hemisphere. Topics of interest include – but are not limited to – ships, shipbuilding, ship owning, technology, merchant shipping, trade, labour, maritime communities, ports and harbours, naval history, fishing, whaling, sealing, underwater archaeology, and maritime biography.

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord publishes research articles, research notes, commentaries, review essays, and book reviews.

  • Articles present original research and should normally range between 4000 and 9000 words, inclusive of footnotes and table/figure captions, but excluding the reference list.
  • Research notes, which may be a maximum of 5000 words, discuss research in progress, methodological approaches, historiographical debates, and other aspects of the research process.
  • Commentaries, generally between 1000 and 5000 words, introduce and assess historical documents, maps, works of art, artefacts, technology, and other aspects of material culture.
  • Review essays up to 9000 words in length review the state of research on a particular topic or subject area.
  • On average, TNM/Lmn reviews more than 300 new books each year, making it the most convenient and comprehensive way to keep abreast of new works.

Submissions for consideration in The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord may be written in either English or French.

 Submission Guidelines

 All TNM/Lmn submissions, the peer review process, and editorial work are done through our online journal system at York Digital Journals. If you are a new contributor to the journal, please visit our site and select “register” to create a new account. You will be asked to fill in a brief contributor form. You will then be able to log in, using the username and password you created, and carry out the submission process.

To facilitate the submission process, please have the following pieces of information available:

  • The title of your article
  • Your 100-word abstract (which will be translated into the language in which the article is not written)
  • Up to six keywords that describe the focus or subject matter of your work
  • A cover sheet with your name, affiliation (if applicable), and article title
  • Your article as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx file)
  • A reference/works cited list, complete with DOIs/URLs, where available

Style Guidelines

 To assist authors in preparing articles, research notes, and commentaries for TNM/Lmn, we provide the following guidelines:

1. In editing English language articles for publication, the primary references used are The Chicago Manual of Style and The Oxford Concise Dictionary. 

2. TNM/Lmn uses footnotes in the Chicago style. We also request that authors submit a separate reference/works cited list (in Word) to facilitate the journal’s efforts to improve citation tracking.

Monograph:

  • Footnote: Author First Name Surname, Title of Book (Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication), Page Number.
    • Example: Chester G. Starr, The Influence of Sea Power on Ancient History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989), 144-177.
  • Reference/Works Cited List: Surname, First Name. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication.
    • Example: Starr, Chester. The Influence of Sea Power on Ancient History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Book with multiple authors:

  • Footnote: Author First Name Surname and Author First Name Surname, Title of Book(Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication), Page Number.
    • Example: Janice Cavell and Jeff Noakes, Acts of Occupation: Canada and Arctic Sovereignty, 1918-25 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2010), 246-247.
  • Reference/Works Cited List: Author Surname, First Name and Author First Name Surname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication.
    • Example: Cavell, Janice and Jeff Noakes. Acts of Occupation: Canada and Arctic Sovereignty, 1918-25. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2010.

Journal Article:

  • Footnote: Author First Name Surname, “Title of Article,” Title of Journal volume, no. (Publication Date): Page Number, DOI/URL (if available).
    • Example: Bjørn L. Basberg, “Chr. Christensen and C. A. Larsen: A Comparative Analysis of Two Whaling Entrepreneurs,” International Journal of Maritime History 31, no. 1 (2019): 82, https://doi.org/10.1177/0843871418822436.
  • Reference/Works Cited List: Author Surname, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal volume, no. (Publication Date): Page Range. DOI/URL (if available).
    • Example: Basberg, Bjørn. “Chr. Christensen and C. A. Larsen: A Comparative Analysis of Two Whaling Entrepreneurs.” International Journal of Maritime History 31, no. 1 (2019): 81-97. https://doi.org/10.1177/0843871418822436.

Book Chapter:

  • Footnote: Author First Name Surname, “Title of Chapter,” in Title of Book, edited by Editor First Name Surname (Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication), Page Number.
    • Example: P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Peter Kikkert, “The Dog in the Manger – and Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie: The United States, Canada and the Sector Principle, 1924-1955,” in The Arctic Ocean: Essays in Honour of Donat Pharand, eds. Suzanne Lalonde and Ted McDorman (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 220.
  • Reference/Works Cited List: Author Surname, First Name. “Title of Chapter.” In Title of Book, editor(s) First Name Surname (Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication), Page Range.
    • Example: Lackenbauer, P. Whitney and Peter Kikkert. “The Dog in the Manger – and Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie: The United States, Canada and the Sector Principle, 1924-1955.” In The Arctic Ocean: Essays in Honour of Donat Pharand, edited by Suzanne Lalonde and Ted McDorman. Leiden: Brill 2014. 216-239.

Thesis or Dissertation:

  • Footnote: Author First Name Surname, “Title of Thesis or Dissertation” (Degree, University Granting Degree, Date of Publication), Page Number.
    • Example: Stephanie Jones, “A Maritime History of the Port of Whitby, 1700- 1914” (PhD diss., University of London, 1982), 238-262.
  • Reference/Works Cited List: Author Surname, First Name. Title of Thesis or Dissertation. Degree, University Granting Degree, Date of Publication.
    • Example: Jones, Stephanie. “A Maritime History of the Port of Whitby, 1700- 1914.” PhD diss., University of London, 1982.

Documents:

  • Footnote: Author First Name Surname (if known), Type of Document or Title, Date, Archival Reference, Archive/Repository.
    • Example: Leopold Amery, Memorandum to the Governor-Generals of the Commonwealth of Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand, 6 February 1920, RG 25, volume 1263, file 1920-311, Library and Archives Canada.
  • Reference/Works Cited List: Author Surname, First Name (if known). Type of Document or Title. Date. Archival Reference. Archive/Repository.
    • Example: Amery, Leopold. Memorandum to the Governor-Generals of the Commonwealth of Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. 6 February 1920. RG 25, volume 1263, file 1920-311. Library and Archives Canada.
  • Reference/Works Cited List Note: If you reference multiple items from a collection, cite the collection as a whole: Collection name, reference code. Repository.
    • Example: Records of the Department of External Affairs (RG 25). Library and Archives Canada.

Newspaper or Magazine:

  • Footnote: Author First Name Surname, “Title of Article,” Title of Newspaper/Magazine, Date of Publication, Page Number (if applicable).
    • Example: Lucien Wolf, “Canada’s Claim to the Pole,” The Times (London), 20 September 1909, 5.
  • Reference/Works Cited List: Author Surname, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Newspaper/Magazine, Date of Publication. Page Range.
    • Example: Wolf, Lucien. “Canada’s Claim to the Pole.” The Times (London), 20 September 1909. 5.

* Where possible, please provide URLs/DOIs for all references. 

3. After a work has been cited in the footnotes, repeated references should use the short note form of that citation (rather than ibid).

  • Starr, The Influence of Sea Power on Ancient History, 144.
  • McDonald and Shlomowitz, “The Cost of Shipping Convicts to Australia,” 5.

4. Tables, images, figures, and other graphic materials must be supplied as separate Word documents, TIFFS or JPEGS, and placeholders should be included in the text along with a caption (e.g.) [Insert Image 1 here. Caption…]. Tables should be numbered sequentially throughout the article (e.g. Table 1). Provenance for all content must be indicated. Permission to reproduce materials which are copyrighted or under similar restrictions must be obtained by the author, who is also responsible for any associated fees.

5. Express numbers in words if less than one hundred (e.g., seven, eighty-one), otherwise use Arabic numerals (e.g., 100, 789). Percent is written as one word. If percentages are in whole numbers, write out the number and percent; if decimals are used, use Arabic numbers and a percentage sign (e.g., 98.1%).

6. Dates should always be in the standard Canadian style, viz. 29 August 1774.

7. Abbreviations and contractions should be avoided where possible. If an abbreviation is used, it must be cited in full at its first use, e.g. Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS). 

8. If a ship name is used, it should be italicized. Following current industry standard, ships are considered gender-neutral.

9. Submission files must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx file). The text should be 1.5 line-spaced; Times New Roman,12-point font.

Peer Review

Initial selection of research articles, research notes, review essays, and commentaries is completed by the Editor, who then assigns reviewers. All research articles are reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers, while research notes, commentaries, and review essays are reviewed by one anonymous reviewer. To ensure a fair and objective review, TNM/Lmn uses a double-blind peer review process, in which both the reviewers and the authors remain anonymous.

There are four possible outcomes of the peer review process: Acceptance, Acceptance with Minor Revisions, Major Revisions Required for Acceptance, and Rejection. The editor's decision on publication is final.

Reviewers are assigned articles based on their expertise. TNM/Lmn welcomes recommendations for reviewers from authors, though these suggestions may not always be used. If you are interested in reviewing for the TNM/Lmn, please contact the editor at pkikkert@stfx.ca.

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