Instructions for Contributors

Articles (of c. 4-6000 words) and shorter ‘Notes’ and ‘Queries’ should be submitted electronically to the appropriate editor: Mark Forrest ( for material relating to Dorset, or Adrian Webb ( for material relating to Somerset.


 Contributions to SDNQ should be referenced, however some very short notes or queries may not need references as long as it is clear in the text what sources are quoted. If you are in doubt about this please contact the editor. References must be used when you use a source in your article. This can be either:

  • an author’s name
  • when you use a direct quotation or statistical information
  • when you refer to, or put forward, someone else’s idea(s)

References should be included as endnotes. These appear as superscript numbers within the text and the full reference appears at the conclusion of the article or note. This is the preferred method in History.

1)    Example of a footnote reference to a page(s) in a book:

J. Bennett, Women in the Medieval English Countryside (1987), 52.

2)    Example of a footnote reference to a journal article:

M. Papworth, ‘Maryland, Brownsea Island’, Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History Society and Archaeological Society, vol. 129 (2008 for 2007), 127-38.

3)    Example of a reference for a paper in an edited volume:

A. Whiteman, ‘The Compton census of 1676’, in K. Schurer and T. Arkell (eds), Surveying the People (1992), 79.

4)    Example of a footnote reference to an original manuscript document:

DHC, D/BKL Kingston Lacy survey, 1606.      Or,

SRO, DD/PH26/1 Phelps to Poulett, 26 Jan 1601/2.

Second and subsequent references to a source should be abbreviated: Bennett, Women in the Medieval English Countryside, 52. Or, Papworth, ‘Maryland, Brownsea Island’, 127.

Note: Please avoid using any Latin terms such as ibid., loc. cit. or op. cit. to avoid confusion for readers.