The Encyclopedia - For Contributors
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Interested in Contributing?

We are currently seeking individuals who are interested in writing articles for the encyclopedia. Contributors should have a demonstrated interest in Japanese American history, excellent writing and research skills, and the ability to meet deadlines. In addition to being credited in the encyclopedia, contributors will also receive a small stipend. If you are interested, please send a resume and writing sample to [email protected].

Guidelines for Entries


High school and college students and instructors, multiple generations of Nikkei community members, confinement sites preservation groups, amateur and professional historians, librarians, journalists, documentarians, and the general public.


Articles should reflect the latest scholarship, but be written in a style accessible to non-specialists, especially students. While none of the articles require the use of primary source materials -- one of the selection criteria for the headwords is that the topic in question is covered well in secondary literature -- contributors should feel free to use them, citing them appropriately. Footnotes are permissible. Articles should conform to the Chicago Style manual. See the encyclopedia for examples of footnote and bibliography styles.

Components of Articles

Each article should begin with a one paragraph -- approximately 100 words—summary that provides a brief overview of the topic. (The 100 words is about what will fit on the top screen of a smart phone.) The rest of the text that follows can be divided into sections for easier reading, something that is recommended for articles over 1,000 words in length.

The article should also include a "For More Information" section at the end. This section should include recommended books, articles and other printed material; archival sources (or online finding aids to such sources); film and video; and web links. This list need not be comprehensive, but should include the most important pieces on the topic and should prioritize items that are relatively easy for the average reader to access.

If applicable, there can also be a "See Also" reference at the end of an entry that refers the reader to other related entries that are not otherwise mentioned in the body of the entry.

Biographical articles longer than 1,000 words should be divided into prewar, wartime (which can be further subdivided if necessary), and postwar sections. Articles on individual sites of incarceration should be divided into sections on prewar history; the incarceration camp period (which can be further subdivided if necessary); and current status (including any memorial or historical preservation efforts as well as pilgrimages, reunions and a historiography of the site).


Articles will be assigned a word count range and contributors should strive to stay within that range. Contributors should make extensive use of cross-referencing to help keep the length of entries down.


For the first phase of the project, most of the photographs, documents, videos and other graphic material will come from the Densho collection, so don't make any special effort to find such material. However, if in the course of your research you do find relevant material, please let the editor know.


For the purposes of this project, the following general terminology should be used if possible:

For the entire experience:
wartime Japanese American experience or removal and confinement

Inmate or detainee
Incarceration Center (WRA) or WRA camps
Temporary Assembly Center (WCCA) or WCCA camps
Immigration Detention Station
Department of Justice Internment Camp or Justice Department camps
U.S. Army Internment Camp or Army camps

For more information, see "Terminology and Glossary"

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