History Web Sites
of Archivists, Records Managers, and Historians
Sampling of Model NASA History Publications
Writing an Unsolicited Proposal
Manuscript Becomes a NASA History Publication
How a Manuscript Becomes a NASA History
1. The author researches, writes, and then turns in
the manuscript to the NASA History Office.
2. The NASA historian(s) read(s) the manuscript for an
initial quality assessment.
3. The NASA historian sends it to peer reviewers
(typically several historians and one or two program scientists or
4. The peer reviewers send their comments to the NASA
historian, who forwards them anonymously to the author.
5. The author must address all the peer-review
comments, generally by making the suggested changes. If the author
feels that the peer reviewers’ suggested changes are not
appropriate, for whatever reason(s), he or she must discuss this
with the NASA History Office to arrive at a mutual decision.
6. The author sends the revised manuscript to the NASA
History Office, along with appropriate photos and captions.
7. The NASA historian reviews the revised manuscript.
8. As appropriate, the NASA historian queries outside
academic publisher(s) about their potential interest in publishing
9. If no outside press is interested in publishing the
manuscript or if the NASA History Office specifically wants to
publish a particular manuscript, then the NASA historian turns the
manuscript over to a NASA copy editor.
10. The NASA copy editor reviews the manuscript to ensure
that it meets NASA
editorial style guidelines and checks for typographical errors.
11. The NASA historian turns the completed manuscript
over to the NASA Printing and Design Office for the production of a
layout with images.
12. The NASA historian reviews the completed layout.
13. The NASA historian returns the completed
manuscript/layout to the author to prepare an index manually. This
is the author’s final opportunity to look over the completed
manuscript/layout and make any last changes to the text or images.
14. The index is added to the layout.
15. The NASA Printing and Design Office sends the
final layout to be printed through the Government Printing Office.
The printer distributes copies of the book!