Submission Guidelines

Interested in publishing in Swedish American Genealogist?


Submit to Swedish American Genealogist

Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Swedish American Genealogist (SAG) quarterly journal. The mission of the SAG journal was stated by its founder Nils William Olsson, PhD, F.A.S.G. in the first issue from March 1981: "The aim of SAG is to be a forum in which readers will find inspiration, assistance and enthusiasm in furthering their own genealogical studies."

Nils Williams's vision has been fulfilled through the years, by publishing within the scope of Swedish American biography, genealogy, and personal history as stated on the cover.


To continue this legacy SAG welcomes submissions that:

  • Expound upon any Swedish immigrant who settled in North America

  • Present the genealogical research of an ancestor or family in Sweden

  • Cover any time period of American or Swedish history

  • Have not been published elsewhere or have been submitted to another journal

Article Content

The journal has emphasis on the following types of content listed in priority:


Feature Articles (1,200-3,500 words)

These are excellent essays. The subject of these articles include:


Case Studies

  • solve a genealogical problem

  • are essentially a narrative

  • are based on evidence found in original records

  • describe key elements of methodology, or analysis

  • include key source citations.  Due to size limitations, consider limiting sources to those which are key to the narrative. Footnotes may also be used for clarifying information. 

  • have a summary paragraph and offer key learnings for genealogists


Articles on Records, Major Resources, or Compiled Genealogies

  • offer context

  • describe methodology 

  • teach analysis of evidence


Articles of Swedish or Swedish American History as they relate to genealogical research.


Personal History or Biography (1,200-3,500 words)

These articles are about your research journey, or the biography of a Swedish American. The article includes elements that:

  • include stories that offer value to a Swedish American genealogist

  • mention key sources 

  • describe how pieces of evidence led to conclusions 


Book or Article Reviews (850-1,350 words)

The review of a book or article written in Swedish or English.


The main topic must have relevance to people doing Swedish genealogy, for example topics that:

  • help us understand the past

  • teach or expound upon research in Sweden or Swedish America


Include key learnings which apply to doing Swedish or Swedish American genealogical research. Include reference or citation


Tools and Technology 

Websites (350-500 words)

This is a place to share websites that empower readers with tools or knowledge to do Swedish or Swedish American genealogy. The space could be:

  • a list of websites for the reader to explore

  • focused on 1 website, including tips on how to use the site effectively


Key databases (350-500 words)

  • value to readers doing Swedish or Swedish American research

  • descriptions of the scope

  • evidence interpretation


Handwriting examples (90-150 words)

  • transcription and translation of a record entry

  • identify key words focus on records and words that people use the most, yet stretch the reader to build vocabulary


Genealogical queries (50-150 words)


From the SAG Office

News from the Swenson Center (350 – 600 Words)


Messages from the Director (500 – 600 Words)


Editor's corner (500 – 600 Words)


To accelerate the submission and revision process, please use the following guidelines:



See word counts, above, including footnotes and citations.



Electronic manuscript in a Windows format, submitted by email.


Photographs and Images

All photographs or digital images must be submitted in a high-resolution format such as TIFF.


Citation style

  • All references to books, articles, websites, or databases should follow the convention of Swedish American Genealogist which is based largely upon Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), see examples of citation. 

  • Place sources as footnotes. Due to size limitations, consider limited sources to those which are key to the narrative. Footnotes may also be used for clarifying information. 


Author's information

The author's name, address, and telephone number should be on a coversheet, and not in the body of the essay or article.



Each manuscript should have a title.



Each major subject area should have an appropriate heading. Keep in mind there must be a minimum of about 75 words between each subheading.



Each paragraph in Swedish American Genealogist‘s columns should be between 75 and 150 words. Bullet points may be used for clarity or emphasis.


Quoted Matter

If more than three words in sequence are borrowed from another author (regardless of publication status) they should be enclosed in quotation marks with a source citation added. If three or more paragraphs are copied from a published source, then the permission from the author and publisher must be obtained. 


Author and Editorial Rights

Authors Rights 

Authors retain a copyright to their intellectual properties. Swedish American Genealogist asks for rights of first publication for the first year after the content appears on its pages. Swedish American Genealogist also has rights to distribute the article in the SAG journal, separate reprints, and/or future collections of SAG articles.


Editorial Rights

Swedish American Genealogist reserves the right to edit all submissions to conform to its style and needs.


Draft Review

All Swedish American Genealogist authors receive a draft copy of the edited manuscript for review, feedback, and correction. There must be author approval of the final draft before going to print.


Process Timing

To plan and balance content, SAG maintains a collection of manuscripts beyond the immediate need. The editorial staff will also do fact-checking and edit content as needed. The time between acceptance and publication of your manuscript depend on the subject matter and article length. Once your submission is accepted, it may take between six and twelve months before your manuscript is published. 

Digital Repository

As the publisher of SAG, the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College preserves and makes available issues of the journal through an online digital repository called Augustana Digital Commons. Augustana Digital Commons is a freely accessible, searchable, permanent archive.

Note: The digital repository has a 4-year embargo from the most current issue. To see issues from the most recent 4 years, one must purchase back issues or subscribe.


We encourage SAG authors to allow their work to be included in Augustana Digital Commons.


By providing free and open access to these unique materials, you help connect your intellectual work with scholarship worldwide, thus contributing to the formation of new knowledge. 

However, you may request that your articles are withheld from this digital repository. To do so, please write to Swenson Center Archivist/Librarian (email or mail) with the following information: author(s) names, article title, date and issue the article did/will appear in SAG, and the future date the article will be allowed to appear in Digital Commons (if applicable, for example you wish to impose a 10-year embargo on Digital Commons access to your article).


If you consent to having your article(s) appear in Augustana Digital Commons, you do not need to do anything further. Thank you for helping to share knowledge with others.

Editorial Staff


Dag Blanck, Director
Swenson Center/Augustana College
639 38th Street
Rock Island IL 61201


Karen Livsey

Falconer, NY


Associate Editor

Ulf Berggren
Spånga, Sweden

Design Editor

Lisa Huntsha

Davenport, IA​


Christopher Olsson
Stockton Springs ME

Circulation Manager

Jill Seaholm
Rock Island, IL

Please contact the editor, Karen Livsey, with ideas for submissions or other queries. Or, materials may be sent to the Swenson Center and will be forwarded to the editor.