Guidelines for Authors

Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society is always on the lookout for original articles for its annual journal Obelisk. Since the Society’s first edition published in 2006, it has built up an extensive collection of articles reflecting many aspects of life and history in Kilmacud, Stillorgan and adjoining areas.

If you have an idea for an article, we would like to hear from you. The first step is to contact us and we will provide you with more detailed suggestions and hints to help you develop and write your article.

Preference will be given to articles about the history of Kilmacud, Stillorgan and adjoining areas, e.g. a local church, school, estate, street or family over a period; the study of a movement, society, club or event at local level; the life of a well-known national or international person with local connections. In addition, articles on personal memories or family history of people living in or connected with Kilmacud Stillorgan are very welcome.

As a guide, articles should generally be no less than 1,500 words and no more than 3,000 words in length. That said, shorter informative pieces may also be accepted where appropriate.

Supporting illustrations should also be provided. Images must be copyright free or have been cleared for use. Articles should include references to key sources consulted. The source of any images and extracts from published material should also be acknowledged. Note that extracts copied from the internet, e.g. Wikipedia, should not be used.

An editorial committee edits and prepares articles for publishing, including correcting any errors identified. Occasionally, an article may deal with technical or complex items, in which case the editorial committee will assess whether these complexities are well explained. A final draft of the article will be sent to authors for approval.

The interpretation of these guidelines will very much depend on the subject matter of the article. The Society shall, at its discretion, decide whether or not to publish an article.

Authors should include a four or five-line biography at the end of their articles.

Remember, sometimes publishing an article uncovers new information from readers which can be helpful to the author.

Note that copyright of articles remains with the authors.

For further information please contact us.