Crossroads Contributor Guidelines

Crossroads is published four times a year –Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. We publish case studies, family histories, Utah history, articles on genealogical methodology and technology, how-to articles, news items, and book reviews. For questions regarding submission please contact Gena Philibert-Ortega, Editor.

Submission Requirements

  • Feature articles should be between 1,500 and 5,500 words. Smaller items should be at least 500 words.
  • Article submissions should be sent via email, in Microsoft Word, to the editor's email.
  • Photographs with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi are valuable additions to your article. Please do not reduce their size, as this gives the editors more flexibility. Images may include portraits, location pictures, document scans, etc. Images should be emailed and not embedded into the article.
  • Charts, tables, or maps that help explain your point are also welcome. The editor may make suggestions in this regard.
  • A 50 word biography and photo of the author should be submitted with the article.

Publication Deadlines

The following deadlines are for information only. Articles should not be held until any of the deadlines below. Articles should be submitted as quickly as they are ready so the editing process may begin. The length of time between article receipt and publication is at the editor’s discretion. The editor will schedule articles submitted according to topic and need.

  • Winter Issue: Submitted for editing—October 15th.
  • Spring Issue: Submitted for editing—February 15th.
  • Summer Issue: Submitted for editing—May 15th.
  • Fall Issue: Submitted for editing—August 15th.

The Editorial Process

Once an article has been accepted you will be provided feedback and if the article is accepted, a proof of your article for final approval. Authors are paid $150.00 for articles over 1,500 words. In addition, two copies of the publication containing your published article will be mailed to you.

Within Your Text

  • Sources should be cited for any fact that is not public knowledge. As long as all information needed to find and evaluate the source is included, the format is flexible. Editors may reformat citations to meet Evidence Explained standards.
  • Sources should be cited using footnotes.
  • Dates are placed in day/month/year format, e.g., 2 December 1802.
  • Abbreviations of common elements are used; please do not abbreviated “county” or the months of the year.
  • Quotes should be clearly marked and cited.
  • Images should be titled and cited.

Copyright Information

The author retains copyright over the published article and may use the article after six months from the publication date. A citation to Crossroads is requested with each subsequent publication of the article.