Guidelines for Authors

The American Numismatic Society welcomes book proposals as well as articles for the American Journal of Numismatics and the Journal of Early American Numismatics. Please review the author guidelines (revised for 2020) prior to submitting your work (see below). If you have any questions, email the Director of Publications, Andrew Reinhard.

Manuscripts submitted for publication, whether articles or books, are subject to outside peer review, and are often accepted only on condition of revisions by the author, subject to further review after revision. Authors are not remunerated for their books or articles.

Book Proposals

The ANS considers book proposals on the topics of coins, currency, medals, and related objects of all periods and cultures. If you are interested in submitting a proposal please follow the guidelines, and then email your proposal to Andrew Reinhard. Do not send a complete manuscript unless you have been asked to do so by the Director of Publications.

American Journal of Numismatics

The American Journal of Numismatics annually publishes original research in all areas of numismatics, in the form of articles or short notes, as well as book reviews. Articles relating numismatic research to wider questions of economic and social history, archaeology, and related disciplines are particularly welcome. Questions and proposals should be emailed to Nathan Elkins (ancient topics) or David Yoon (medieval, modern, and other, non-ancient topics).

Read the AJN guidelines updated for 2020.

Journal of Early American Numismatics (formerly the Colonial Newsletter)

The Journal of Early American Numismatics publishes original research on early numismatics topics from throughout the Americas. It is published in June and December. Query editor Chris McDowell with your brief (1-page) proposal prior to submitting your work.

Read the JEAN guidelines, updated for 2020.

Publication of Previously Unpublished Numismatic Material

All ANS publications adhere to the ANS Collections Management Policy on the presentation of numismatic material with no known provenience, designed to combat the illicit trade in antiquities.

Read/Download Author Guidelines for Books: ANS Author Guidelines 2020 (.pdf)

Retraction Policy for Works Published by the American Numismatic Society

The editors of ANS publications (both print and digital) have the responsibility of accepting or rejecting manuscripts submitted for publication. In reaching any decision for publication, the editors are directed by the general policies of the publications, plagiarism analysis, evaluation of reviewer and editorial reports, and/or copyright infringement. Despite the above care taken with submitted manuscripts, there may be instances in which published work may need to be changed or retracted. ANS’s publications follow the premises proposed by the Committee on Publication Ethics.


During a publication’s production cycle, there may be instances where plagiarism is discovered, wrongful authorship determined, or fraudulent data exposed. In these instances, the author(s) will be contacted regarding withdrawing the work completely, or correcting the faults in the work prior to resubmitting for publication. Authors may also opt to withdraw their work prior to publication for whatever reason prior to their work being typeset.


ANS Publications may decide to retract previously published work in order to amend and improve it, or to alert the readership about flaws/errors in research, research misconduct, plagiarism, failure to disclose conflicts of interest, and previously published research. In some cases, a correction may be issued instead to reflect honest mistakes, miscalculations, or other minor issues. ANS publications follow the retraction guidelines as proposed by the Committee on Publication Ethics:

  • The Notice of Retraction will be associated to the retracted work, clearly marked as such;
  • The name of the author(s), the title, and other citations aspects will be clearly presented for the retracted work;
  • The name of the author(s), the title, and other citation aspects will be clearly presented for the retracted work;
  • In the digital edition of the retracted work, the retraction note will be visible with additional specifications and links for full disclosure of this publication practice. For PDF and POD versions, the terms “Retracted Work” will be visible on each page of the work;
  • A retraction note will be available to all readers;
  • The retraction notice will include the name and affiliation to the person retracting the work—either the author(s) or the editor(s)—and the reasons for the retraction;
  • Editors of the ANS’s publications will not use any defamatory or libelous language to diminish the author(s) of the retracted work.


Withdrawals and Retractions recommended by the ANS Director of Publications shall be formally authorized in writing by the Executive Director.

Adopted by the ANS Board of Trustees on May 20, 2017.

Send questions about the above policies to the ANS’s Director of Publications.