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Methodist History Journal

As of January 1, 2022, Methodist History will be an imprint of Penn State University Press (PSUP). Their mission is:

Founded in 1956, Penn State University Press publishes rigorously reviewed, high-quality works of scholarship and books of regional and contemporary interest, with a focus on the humanities and social sciences. The publishing arm of the Pennsylvania State University and a division of the Penn State University and a division of the Penn State University Libraries, the Press promotes the advance of scholarship by disseminating knowledge—new information, interpretations, methods of analysis—widely in books, journals, and digital publications.

As a vital member of the University community, the Press strives to reflect many of the University’s academic strengths in the liberal arts. It collaborates with alumni, friends, faculty, and staff in producing works about aspects of university life and history. Its thriving internship program provides valuable experience for Penn State students interested in careers in publishing. And as part of a land-grant and state-supported institution, the Press recognizes its special responsibility to develop publications about Pennsylvania, both scholarly and popular, that enhance interest in the region and spread awareness of the state's history, culture, and environment.

Scholarly publishing has faced monumental challenges over the past few decades. The Press takes its place among those institutions moving the enterprise forward. Its innovative projects continue to identify and embrace the technological advances and business models that ensure scholarly publishing will remain feasible, and widely accessible, well into the future.

By joining PSUP, Methodist History will be in great company alongside other Methodist-related scholarship such as the Wesleyan and Methodist Studies and the Journal of Moravian History. This new partnership will give us access to a larger readership, more marketing materials, a stream-lined subscription process, improved printing and formatting techniques, and a whole host of other features.

GCAH will remain the owners of all material produced and published in Methodist History. We will also maintain control of content. The only changes that will affect you are:

We will be reducing our number of issues from four per year to two per year. With this change, however, we will also be increasing the size of each issue from approx. 60 pages to 120 pages per issue.

Important Information for subscribers:
New subscribers or those needing to renew should visit this Penn State University Press link or copy and paste in your browser.
Click on the subscribe/renew button under the cover image.

Our new subscription prices will be:

**If you receive Methodist History as part of your membership with the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church (HSUMC), there are NO changes to your subscription or membership process or fees!**

The Historical Society of the UMC promotes interest in the study, preservation, and dissemination of the history and heritage of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents. It works to enlist the support and cooperation of commission on archives and history (or equivalent) at the annual conference, jurisdictional conference, and general Church levels as well as other interested agencies and organizations in the promotion of the historical interests of the Church. The society is financially self-supporting through dues and other sources, except for such services as may be provided by the General Conference Commission on Archives and History. Perks of becoming a member of the HSUMC:

Join the Historical Society of the UMC today by going to

Important Information for Scholars and Authors interested in submission:

If you wish to submit an article to Methodist History for peer review and potential publication, please visit

Upcoming Calls for Papers:
"Methodism and the General Conference" to be published in April, 2022. With the delay of General Conference within the UMC from 2020 to 2022, how have General Conferences in our varied traditions of Methodism impeded, sustained, and/or been catalysts to progress in Methodism. What might Methodist historians want the academy and United Methodists to know prior to meeting in August 2022? Please upload submissions to October 31, 2021.

"Black Methodism: Looking Back, Moving Forward" to be published in its journal in October, 2022. How have Black Methodists sustained, challenged, and progressed the larger Methodist movement in the past? What can United Methodism learn from its pan-Methodist partners? Please upload submissions to by February 28, 2022.

Submission Guidelines
The Editorial Board is interested in articles pertaining to the history of The United Methodist Church and its antecedent bodies. Articles on the history of other denominations and subjects will be considered when there are strong ties to events and persons significant to the history of the United Methodist tradition.

The Board prefers articles based on primary sources for subjects that have not been previously researched, or a fresh approach to subjects already treated in other places. Materials primarily genealogical are not accepted. Manuscripts pertaining to strictly local, as opposed to national or international interest, are not accepted.

All copy, excluding footnotes, must be typed with double-spacing. Pages must be numbered consecutively and quotations over eight lines in length should be indented. Each author is advised to keep a copy of the manuscript in addition to the one submitted.

The length of the manuscript should not exceed 20 pages or 5,000 words. Only in very unusual cases will a longer manuscript be considered for publication. Methodist History strives for consistency within each article and would like to produce a greater consistency throughout the entire publication. All documentation is to be in the form of footnotes rather than endnotes. Manuscripts with endnotes will be returned to the author. It is required that the author(s) follow the latest edition of Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (The University of Chicago Press) for footnote form, capitalization, punctuation, etc. It is expected that authors will not use Ibid., Op.cit., “p.” or “pp.” in documentation. Dates are to be cited in the order of month, day, year (for example, June 3, 1895).

Each author is responsible for checking the necessity, accuracy and clarity of the footnotes. Authors are to do everything possible to insure the completeness and precision of the documentation!

A brief vita (including present position and location) and a current mailing address are to be included with the manuscript submission.