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History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Author Guidelines

History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals publishes original scholarly articles about the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals, broadly defined, including (but not limited to) the history of: pharmacy practice, pharmacy science, pharmacy education, drug use and regulation, social and cultural aspects of drugs and medicines, the pharmaceutical industry—including the history of pharmaceuticals, drugs, and therapeutics—and facets of the related medical sciences. History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals publishes articles investigating all chronological time periods and all geographical locations.


The journal solicits original unpublished scholarly manuscripts (which are not under consideration for publication elsewhere) of no more than 10,000 words (exclusive of footnotes). Manuscripts should include an abstract of no more than 200 words. All submitted manuscripts undergo a double-blind peer-review process. The review process may take several months to complete depending upon the availability and schedules of peer reviewers.


Download a .pdf version of these complete article author guidelines.

Skip to review guidelines, view list of books for review, or fill out the HoPP book reviewer form.


Conflicts of Interest

It is the responsibility of the authors (via the corresponding author) to inform the editors of any institutional or organizational funding they have received for research related to the subject of the manuscript. Authors must also declare any additional financial or personal connections that represent potential conflicts of interest.


Manuscript Composition

Send a copy of the manuscript via email ( to Greg Bond, Senior Editor, History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals. The manuscript should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (or similar word processing format). Please do not submit manuscripts as .pdf documents.


Notes should appear at the bottom of the page. Authors are encouraged to submit illustrations, with captions, to be printed with the manuscript. Scans and digital images should be high resolution (at least 300 dpi). If illustrations are copyrighted, authors must obtain written use permission before publication. For more on submitting artwork, please see these instructions from the University of Wisconsin Press.


For composition and styles, follow the Chicago Manual of Style.


The first citation of a book or article must include the full name of the author, full title, place and date of publication, relevant pages numbers (if applicable), and digital object identifier (DOI) information (if available):

  1. David Courtwright, Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001), 57,
  2. Charles E. Rosenberg, “The Therapeutic Revolution,” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 20, no. 4 (Summer 1977): 485–506,

Subsequent citations will use the short-title system, e.g.:

  1. Courtwright, Forces of Habit, 113.
  2. Rosenberg, “Therapeutic Revolution,” 490.

Website references should include the url and the date originally published or the date accessed:

  1. Vishal Khetpal, “Could Pharmacists Help Fix Health Care?,” Slate, Dec. 7, 2017,
  2. “Clinical Pharmacy Defined,” American College of Clinical Pharmacy, accessed May 1, 2020,


Book Review Submission Guidelines

Thank you for agreeing to review for History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals. We appreciate the time commitment that reviewing demands. To help with planning of future issues, we ask that you complete your review within eight weeks after receiving the book. The standard length is 600–800 words for a monograph, movie, or documentary, and 800–1,000 words for an edited collection or scholarly database. The length for comparative reviews will be determined by the review editors.


Reviews not only support the production of books in our field, but they also support and stimulate debate. We therefore ask that you seek to engage with the ambitions of a work and to summarize the type of evidence presented and the scope of material covered. It may help to outline how these are reflected in the book’s structure, but it is not always necessary to provide summaries of each chapter. We welcome your considered criticism of the book, especially with reference to other works in the field or to the larger historiography. It is also important to communicate to readers the target audience for the book and whether or not you recommend it.


Please see our Books for Review list for received books that are immediately available to be reviewed, and complete the History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Book Reviewer form if you are interested in reviewing books for HoPP.


Download a .pdf version of these complete Review Guidelines.


Please complete your review in Microsoft Word, and follow the formatting and stylistic guidelines and conventions from the Chicago Manual of Style. Please also follow the bibliographic format provided below. History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals style omits titles for reviewers.

Mike Jay, Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019; 304 pp; 16 color & 12 b/w illus.; ISBN: 9780300231076; cloth; $26.00;

Lucas Richert, University of Wisconsin–Madison


If you directly quote from the book in your review, please provide page numbers in parentheses, e.g.: (p. 9), to help the reader. Reviewers may use footnotes to cite included substantive material or quotations from sources other than the book being reviewed.


Please return your review to the commissioning editor, who will manage the review through the History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals publishing system.


After your review is published, you will receive a high-quality .pdf of the review, and you will have the opportunity to purchase author’s copies of the issue of the journal at a reduced price.


Thank you again for contributing to the publication of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals.


Books Received and Available for Review in HoPP

  • Anthony C. Courtwright, The British Pharmacopoeia, 1864 to 2014: Medicines, International Standards, and the State (Ashgate, 2015).
  • Guillaume Lachenal, The Lomidine Files: The Untold Story of a Medical Disaster in Colonial Africa (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017).
  • Aro Velmet, Pasteur’s Empire: Bacteriology & Politics in France, Its Colonies, & the World (Oxford University Press, 2020).
  • James Tharin Bradford, Poppies, Politics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy (Cornell University Press, 2019).
  • Anthony Ryan Hatch, Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America (University of Minnesota Press, 2019).
  • Rebecca Lemon, Addiction and Devotion in Early Modern England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).
  • Robert A. Voeks, The Ethnobotany of Eden: Rethinking the Jungle Medicine Narrative (University of Chicago Press, 2018).
  • Robert Bennett, Pill: Object Lessons (Bloomsbury, 2019).
  • Carsten Timmermann, Moonshots at Cancer: The Roche Story (Editions Roche, 2020).
  • Nan Enstad, Cigarettes, Inc.: A Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism (University of Chicago Press, 2018).