Author Guidelines

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my axe.” - Abraham Lincoln


We invite you to submit a monograph on the topic of California Cultures. Our purpose is to provide a publishing outlet for monographs that may have been difficult to put into print, but which contain important, original, or recent information. Examples of this type of ‘gray literature' include, but are not limited to, theses, research records, cultural resource reports, museum catalogs, photography exhibits, oral histories, and interviews.

We currently have a small staff, so we are trying to simplify the manuscript submission procedure. Please read the 6-step process below for details.  If you have any questions, we welcome an email from you, sent to us at: editor[at]

Step 1: Submission of Abstract

Please email us with an abstract or description of the manuscript you would like to submit, including the number of pages and the number and type of illustrations. The following information should also be included: Paper title, Full author names, Full mailing addresses, Phone numbers, Email addresses. Papers must be submitted with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis) and are not currently under consideration by any other publisher. The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the other coauthors, and  if necessary by the institutional owners of the work (e.g. cultural resource reports). The editors will review your email, and send you a return email telling you if we will accept a full manuscript. Expect a return email in two weeks.

California Cultures : A Monograph Series

Step 2: Submission of Manuscript

We prefer that you email us your manuscript as an email attachment, which needs to be a PDF file or a MS-Word file.

The manuscript should contain an abstract. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free and should not exceed 200 words.

The author will also submit a brief biography that will be published with the monograph.

Figures or photographs should be submitted as TIFF files (or comparable file type) with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater. The author will provide for each figure a caption and the correct attribution of its source (which should also appear in the manuscript bibliography). If for some technical reason submission by email attachment is not possible, the author should contact us via email for further instructions.

Step 3: Author Responsibilities & Copyright

Authors, not CCMS, are responsible for the content of their articles, the accuracy of quotations and their correct attribution, for the legal rights to publish any material submitted (including supplementary materials such as figures or tables), and for submitting their manuscripts in proper form for publication.

Step 4: Bibliography & In-Text Citations

References appearing in the bibliography must be cited in text, and vice versa. In text, citations are presented in parentheses, with last name(s), year of publication, and where necessary, page numbers (e.g. Brown 1985: 43-46). The Bibliography at the end of the monograph should be in the format of the American Anthropological Association Style Guide, ordered alphabetically by author’s last name. No underlining or boldface should be used in the Bibliography. There are many kinds of sources that can stump you, so please check your bibliography and in-text citations against the American Anthropological Association Style Guide, which can be found at:

Remember that the CCMS editors are able to do only minimal editing for readability.  The author must do the bibliography and in-text citations correctly or the

manuscript may be rejected.

Step 5: Peer Review

The manuscript is then reviewed by a peer reviewer, whose identity will remain anonymous to the author. The author will be notified by email as to whether the manuscript is accepted for publication. Expect a return email in four weeks.

Step 6: Editing & Publication

Since we only accept manuscripts that require minimal

editing, we will work with you to minimally edit your paper for readability and to finalize the manuscript for publication. A final proof will be emailed to the author before publication. We reserve the right to stop working on any manuscript for any reason and to return it to the author, thereby releasing the work to be submitted to another publisher.

Once the final monograph is approved by both editors and the author, it will be published on this site.