US Latina & Latino Oral History Journal: Submissions

Submission information for authors

The US Latina & Latino Oral History Journal is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to research about the country’s Latina/o population, and which relies on oral history as an essential methodology. The journal seeks to create new knowledge and push the frontiers of research about the Latina and Latino experience in the United States. All articles must be original: neither published nor under review elsewhere. The journal is published by the University of Texas Press, in partnership with the Voces Oral History Project, at the UT School of Journalism.

Professional Oral History Standards

Oral history interviews cited in submitted manuscripts must conform to the established best professional standards, including:

  • The interviews cited must have been recorded and deposited in an established repository.
  • Each oral history interview must have a consent form, a copy of which must be provided to the journal if the manuscript is selected for publication.
  • Length: Manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages (excluding notes, tables, or illustrations).

Standing Features

Each issue will include standing features that provide readers with a broad range of exposure to best practices in the field of Latina/o oral history. To that end, each issue will include:

Q & A with the Experts: The journal seeks to learn from scholars who have made substantial contributions to the field. To that end, Yale history professor Stephen Pitti will interview established scholars who have used oral history in their research on the Latina/o experience, exploring how they have worked, how they have thought about oral history and its relationship to other disciplines and approaches, and where they see the field going.

Notes from the Community: The journal’s editorial board recognizes that important oral history is being conducted outside of university and college campuses. University of Texas at Austin history professor Emilio Zamora will edit this feature. The journal solicits articles that address oral history work in community settings. Submissions must include information on the number of interviews, what types of finding aids are available (transcripts, indexes, etc.), the names of organizers, interviewee selection methods, recording formats, storage and access policies, classification system, and how the work impacts their community. Efforts may include university and community partnerships to recover local histories, high school initiatives, community centers preparing local histories, teachers developing and implementing lesson plans and promoting self-awareness, genealogy groups using oral narratives to supplement their archival materials, senior centers using oral history as therapy, among others. Essays should not exceed 2,000 words and should abide by the Chicago Manual of StyleFor more information on Notes from the Community, please contact Emilio Zamora at

Spotlight on an oral history archive: Each issue of the journal will visit a different oral history archive/project/collection and evaluate it according to the best professional standards of the field. This feature will be edited by the librarians on the editorial board: Christian Kelleher (University of Houston); Kristine Navarro-McElhaney (Arizona State University); and Roberto Trujillo (Stanford University).

Book Reviews: The journal will also publish reviews of books on the Latina/o experience that incorporate oral history as a central methodology.

Manuscript requirements:

  • Style: The US Latina & Latino Oral History Journal follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.
  • Articles must be double-spaced, 12-point type, including endnotes.
  • Research manuscripts are blind refereed by a minimum of two readers; the review process typically takes three months. Manuscripts should be submitted via email as Microsoft Word documents.

Information: Additional submission information, suggestions, and questions should be directed to Vinicio Sinta, Managing Editor, US Latina & Latino Oral History Journal at: