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  • Swedish-American Studies: The Journal of the Swedish-American Historical Society

Journal Information

  • ISSN: 2997-4038
  • eISSN: 2997-4046
  • Frequency: Annual


Established in 1950, Swedish-American Studies (previously Swedish-American Historical Quarterly) is the official journal of the Swedish-American Historical Society. An international forum for scholarship on migration and ethnicity, as well as cultural, social, and political relations broadly defined, the journal offers compelling accounts—personal and collective—of the experiences of Swedes in North America.

Swedish-American Studies publishes articles and research that advance the understanding of transatlantic relations through the Swedish migration experience as well as the ongoing relationship between the United States and Sweden. The journal includes peer-reviewed scholarly articles; state-of-the-field and topical essays related to historical and archival work; book reviews and reviews of other media, such as television, film, and plays; and an annual Swedish-American Bibliography, compiling important and relevant new research.

Editorial Details


Mark Safstrom, Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Associate Editor

Adam Hjorthén, Associate Professor of History and Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS), Uppsala University, Sweden

Publications Committee, Swedish-American Historical Society

Philip J. Anderson, Chair, emeritus professor, North Park University

Dag Blanck, professor, Uppsala University, Sweden

Saniya Lee Ghanoui, assistant professor, University of Texas at El Paso

Mark A. Granquist, professor, Luther Seminary

Anita Olson Gustafson, president, Presbyterian College

Adam Hjorthén, associate professor, Uppsala University

Ronald J. Johnson, retired, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Joy K. Lintelman, emerita professor, Concordia College

Byron J. Nordstrom, emeritus professor, Gustavus Adolphus College

Kevin Proescholdt, conservation director, Wilderness Watch

Mark Safstrom, associate professor, Augustana College

Author Guidelines

Aims and Scope

Swedish-American Studies welcomes submissions of scholarly articles examining the history of transatlantic relations through the Swedish migration experience as well as the ongoing relationship between the United States and Sweden. New and timely topics as well as new approaches to classic subjects are welcome. Articles should be written for an informed but non-specialist audience and contain minimal jargon. A clear thesis statement and organizational structure should develop and follow a central storyline through to a well evaluated conclusion. Articles and manuscripts that have been previously published or are being considered for publication elsewhere will not be accepted as peer review submissions.


Review Process

After determining if a submission has the potential for publication as a peer-reviewed article, the editor will send the work to reviewers for evaluation and comment. The process is “double-blind” meaning that neither the author nor the reviewer knows the other’s identity. The work is then either accepted for publication, returned with suggestions for revision and resubmission, or rejected. Please allow at least three months for review.



We encourage authors to consult with the editor prior to writing or submitting an article. Target length for scholarly articles is between 6,000 to 10,000 words including references, with occasional well merited exceptions. Translations and other content can vary in length. Articles should conform to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, with house style exceptions. For additional guidance, please consult the style guide on the Swedish-American Historical Society’s website. Article manuscripts should follow American English standards regarding spelling and punctuation. Include endnotes for direct quotations, facts, figures, and dates drawn from primary and secondary sources. Every source should be cited fully in the notes the first time according to the Chicago Manual of Style, and thereafter use the shortened version. Website sources are to be marked with the date of access and the URL (no hyperlink or underlining).

Please send the article as a Word document (not as PDF) and accompanying materials as attachments to an email. Relevant illustrations should be submitted along with a descriptive list that can provide information for captions (please do not send originals).

Do not place your name on the manuscript. Instead, please include a cover page that contains:

  • Your name, mailing address, email address and phone number
  • An abstract (200-word summary of your article, with five key words
  • A three- to four-sentence biography of yourself (to appear with your article in Swedish-American Studies)
  • Your CV

Your proposal will first be evaluated by our editorial team so as to decide if it qualifies for peer review. You can expect an editorial decision within four weeks. After that, be prepared for an approximately three month-long review process after which you will be informed whether or not the article has been published. The author has the responsibility for the final proof reading of the article.



Swedish-American Historical Society

Attn: Editor, Mark Safstrom

3225 W. Foster Ave, Box 48 Chicago, IL 60625

Office Phone: (773) 583-5722

Email: marksafstrom@augustana.edu

Book Reviews

Authors should consult with the book reviews editor before submitting a book review manuscript. The recommended length for book reviews is 800 to 1,200 words; review essays of more than one book may be longer. All inquiries about book reviews should be sent to: adam.hjorthen@engelska.uu.se


State-of-the-Field and Topical Essays

State-of-the-Field essays provide an overview and critical evaluation of the trajectory of scholarship, or a discussion of the status of historical or archival developments in the field. These essays should be 3,000-4,000 words that may or may not be peer-reviewed depending on the content and focus of the essay. Essays should follow the same style guidelines as articles, and conform to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, with house style exceptions.


Author Fees

Swedish-American Studies does not require author fees for publishing materials in the journal for non-Open Access submissions.

Author Processing Charges (APCs) for publishing Open Access in Swedish-American Studies are:

  • $1000 for feature articles
  • $300 for book reviews

Additional queries about Open Access APCs should be directed to the editorial team at: marksafstrom@augustana.edu


Copyright and Licensing

Swedish-American Studies authors grant to the University of Minnesota the exclusive right to reproduce their essay and distribute it by all means and media now known or hereafter discovered. They also grant to the University the exclusive right to license others to reproduce all or part of their essay and distribute it by all means and media nowknown or hereafter discovered. The rights authors grant include, but are not limited to: original publication throughout the world in all languages; anthology; serial; digest; abridgment; condensation; adaptation; translation; dramatizations; photocopying; microfilm; reprint editions by other publishers; electronic media versions; display and transmission publicly or otherwise on-line, or through other electronic or digital means of transmission, and the right to copyright in the name of the Swedish-American Historical Society.


University of Minnesota Press Policy on Institutional Repositories

A pre-print is the un-refereed version of an article. We ask authors to acknowledge its future publication and identify the journal, the year of publication, and the publisher. Please indicate that the article is a “working paper.”

A post-print is the peer-reviewed version (but not the final published version) of the article. Twelve (12) months after publication, authors may mount post-prints of their articles on their own web sites and/or institutional repositories on not-for-profit servers. Authors may not use the publisher-generated PDF. For post-prints, please include the following credit line: This article was published as [complete bibliographic citation as it appears in the print journal]. No part of this article may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or distributed, in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photographic, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the University of Minnesota Press.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement


  • The editor of Swedish-American Studies is responsible for identifying and contacting peer reviewers, always keeping in mind potential conflicts of interest and making sure that submissions are evaluated in terms of scholarly content and contribution without regard to the identity and affiliation of the author.
  • The editor of Swedish-American Studies ensures the confidentiality of authors and reviewers.
  • Based on Swedish-American Studies’ internal and external review process, the editor decides whether to accept, reject, or encourage revision and resubmission of the manuscript. 



  • Guidelines for authors appear on the Swedish-American Historical Society website, the University of Minnesota Press website, and can also be sent on request.
  • Authors are required to state whether the article has been submitted to or is under review with another publication and whether the article has previously been published in another language.
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the submission. Authors should ensure that all the listed authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and to the inclusion of their names as co-authors.
  • Authors are expected to respect the intellectual properties of others, through acknowledgement of sources, proper citation and attribution, quotation of direct texts taken from other sources, and recognition of research participants and research funders.
  • Before a submission can be published, authors will be required to sign the University of Minnesota Press Contributor Agreement Form and a Permissions Agreement regarding illustration and artwork.
  • Authors should communicate any errors discovered after publication directly to the editor and publisher.


Review Policies

  • The editor will independently review and select submissions in a confidential process, and reserve the right to reject any submission that does not meet the journal’s standard. Submissions will not be discussed or shared beyond those directly involved in the publication process, such as reviewers and editorial staff.
  • Articles undergo an internal review by the editor and, when relevant, members of the Editorial Board. If submissions are deemed appropriate for the journal, they undergo double-blind peer review. Swedish-American Studies sends authors reviewer comments and a decision about publication as expeditiously as possible.
  • The editor will make every effort to ensure that the selection process and peer review of submissions is fair and unbiased, and that peer review is undertaken by qualified scholars in the appropriate field who are free of conflicts of interest.
  • The editor’s decision to accept or reject an article for publication in Swedish-American Studies is based only on the submission’s relevance to the remit of the journal and the significance of the submission as a work of original scholarship.
  • Reviewers should have no potential conflict of interest.
  • Potential reviewers are provided with the title and abstract of the submission, and if they agree to serve as reviewers and have no conflicts of interest, are sent Swedish-American Studies’s review guidelines.
  • In order to protect the anonymity of the double-blind peer review process, reviewers are requested to keep confidential all information regarding submissions to Swedish-American Studies
  • For revised resubmissions, authors should address all comments and suggestions by reviewers and provide an account of the revisions undertaken.


Conflict of Interest Guidelines


Conflicts of Interest are considered to occur when the editor has private interests that interfere with their ability to make an unbiased final decision on any manuscript. In cases where it is deemed an editorial conflict of interest exists, including (but not limited to) financial interest or a personal relationship with the author, the editor of Swedish-American Studies will disclose this to members of the Editorial Board and be recused from making a decision on the article.


Authors are expected to disclose any potential conflicts of interest. Conflicts of interests for authors occur when their private interests influence the objectivity of research. In order to avoid conflicts, authors should acknowledge the following upon submission of their manuscript:

  • All sources of research funding
  • Any financial or non-financial interests that may have impacted presentation of their research.

The following situations are considered conflicts of interest for reviewers and will be avoided:

  • Co-authoring publications with at least one of the authors in the past 3 years, not including edited collections.
  • Being colleagues within the same section / department or similar organization unit in the past 3 years.
  • Supervising / having supervised the doctoral work of the author(s) or being supervised / having been supervised by the author(s)
  • Having a personal relationship (e.g. family, close friend) with the author(s)
  • Having a direct or indirect financial interest in the paper being reviewed.

It is not considered a Conflict of Interest if the reviewers have worked together with the authors in a collaborative project or if they have co-organized an event.

Allegations of Misconduct

  • The editor will promptly investigate complaints related to pieces published in this journal.
  • When there is an allegation of academic misconduct, we solicit a response from those accused, seek full documentation of the allegation, and consult with the editorial board to determine any appropriate steps.
  • After consultation with the editorial board, the editor will work with the author(s) to ethically address the issue and come to the appropriate solution, whether that is revising the article, issuing an apology, and/or retracting the piece. 



  • Swedish-American Studies considers plagiarism to be the presentation of another author’s work as the manuscript submitter’s own.
  • Swedish-American Studies considers text-recycling to be when an author re-uses sections of text from their other publications without proper permissions.
  • Swedish-American Studies peer reviewers are instructed to inform the editor of suspected plagiarism. Upon review of the claims, if the editor finds evidence of substantial portions of text and / or data from another source presented as if they were by the author, they will contact the submitter to respond to the claims. If the author provides an unsatisfactory explanation, the submission will be rejected, and the author’s work will no longer be accepted for review by Swedish-American Studies. If the author provides an unsatisfactory explanation, the submission will be rejected, and the author’s work will no longer be accepted for review by Swedish American Studies. If the author confirms the case to be an honest error, the manuscript will be rejected but the author’s future work will be accepted for review by Swedish-American Studies.
  • Swedish-American Studies understands some degree of text-recycling may be unavoidable in publications on related topics and considers cases of self-plagiarism based on the significance of the text that is repeated. Swedish-American Studies will accept a manuscript that presents similar data with a new argument but rejects all submissions that recycle the arguments in authors’ previous publications. In such cases, all relevant previous work must be properly referenced.



The editor will consider retraction if:

  • They have evidence that the article presents unreliable findings, includes unethical or fabricated research, plagiarizes other materials, or infringes upon copyright.
  • The author(s) and / or reviewer(s) failed to disclose a major conflict of interest during the peer-review process that impacted the decision to publish by the editor

In all cases, the editor will promptly publish a retraction statement that clearly identifies the article and explains the reason for retraction.


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