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As of January 1, 2022, Methodist History became an imprint of Penn State University Press (PSUP). By joining PSUP, Methodist History is in great company alongside other Methodist-related scholarship such as theWesleyan and Methodist Studies and the Journal of Moravian History. This new partnership gives 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 remains the owners of all material produced and published in Methodist History. We also maintain control of content. The only changes that affect you are:

We are 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 approximately 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:

  • Individual Print & Online – $53.00
  • Individual Print or Online – $41.00
  • Individual Single Issue – $25.00
  • Institutional Print & Online – $208.00
  • Institutional Print or Online – $150.00
  • Institutional Single Issue – $81.00
  • Outside US add Shipping & Handling – $12.00

**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:

  • Become involved in the ministry of memory of The United Methodist Church.
  • Become a member of The United Methodist Church’s historical community.
  • Receive Methodist History, the official scholarly journal of United Methodist History throughout the connection—now with a choice of receiving it online with reduced dues.
  • Receive four issues of Historian’s Digest, which will keep you abreast of happenings in the United Methodist historical community, including dates and programs of annual meetings, historical conferences and programs being offered throughout the connection, and stories of interest to local historians and members of commissions on archives and history, as well as providing updates on research being done in the field of United Methodist history
  • Receive a 10% discount on publications of the General Commission on Archives and History

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

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.

To access free articles printed pre-2022, please press this link.