The seveth annual Rocky Mountain
Fur Trade Journal (2013) is complete and
will debute at Green
River Rendezvous Days in Pinedale, Wyoming on
July 11-14, 2013. Visit the online Trading
Post to purchase.
AUTHORS WANTED - CASH AWARDS
The Journal is an academic peer-review publication intended
to further the knowledge base and discussion of the Rocky
Mountain fur trade era and provide an avenue for researchers
to showcase their work.
Papers will be judged on the merit of their contents and
not on the credentials of the author. So all professionals,
non-professionals, students or just hobbyists are encouraged
to submit papers.
However, all papers will be judged equally on an academic
standard that emphasizes accurate, original, thorough, and
rigorous presentation of a theory. Peer reviewers will be
used to ensure quality and relevance of work. A $1000 cash
prize each will be awarded to up to 10 papers selected to
be published in the Journal. The Journal will debuts each
year during Green River
Rendezvous Days, the second full weekend in July.
Deadline for papers to be considered for publication in
the Journal is September 1 each year allthough papers
are accepted anytime. Anyone interested is encouraged to
submit a paper or sign-up to be a reviewer. Please feel
free to contact the editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for advice. Before submitting a paper, please review the
Research grants up to $1000 are available to individuals
or groups working on an article intended for publication
in the Journal. Grants will be an advance on the author's
cash award for publication, and can be used for travel,
materials and services related to article research. For
more information and research grant guidelines see Research
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FUR TRADE ERA
The impact of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era on the young
United States of America was tremendous. By leading the
way for the largest voluntary mass migrations in history,
the mountain man helped expand the United States from the
Missouri River to the Pacific Coast. It produced the first
truly American iconic figure, the mountain man, who captures
the American imagination even today. The mountain man helped
introduce the world to the Plains Indians, whose buffalo-based
culture also became an American icon.
The golden years of the Rocky Mountain fur trade can be
traced to March 1824, when Jed Smith led a party of trappers
into the Green River Valley, finding an abundance of beaver
and no hostile Indians. The mountain man, rendezvous, and
overland supply system followed this discovery and ultimately
characterized the classic Rocky Mountain fur trade era.
The rendezvous of 1840 was the last rendezvous of the golden
era. Fur trade in the mountains existed before this time
and after, but these dates bracket the unique period of
the fur trade based on the rendezvous system.
While the definition of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era
is fairly limited, the subject matter acceptable for publication
is quite broad. Subject areas not directly related the era
but adding new insight are encouraged. In general any subject
that led up to, was contemporary in time or place, was affected
by, or had an effect on the Rocky Mountain fur trade era
In addition to historical research, hands-on experiments
and research that give insight into the era are also encouraged.
Experimental techniques and data should be well documented
and backed up with pertinent historical research.
See Author Instructions
for more details on acceptable subjects.
All papers that pass preliminary review will be forwarded
to three peer reviewers picked for their knowledge of the
subject. The purpose of peer review is to check for accuracy
and thoroughness of research and to make recommendations
for improvement. Refer to Peer
Reviewer Guidelines for an overview. If you are interested
in being a peer reviewer, please submit a Peer
Reviewer Application. Peer reviewers can also be authors
of their own papers.
SCHEDULE & PROCESS
- September 1 - Papers Due
- September through December - Peer Reviews & paper
- Preliminary review by staff to select a first cut
of 20 papers
- Peer reviewers selected for each paper
- Peer review of up to 20 papers
- Work with Editor to improve papers based on peer
- January through April - Planning & Publication
- Editorial Board selects up to 10 papers for publication
- Notification of authors to be published, invitation
- Layout & design of Journal
- July (2nd full weekend) - Green River Rendezvous Days
- Journal available for purchase
- Recetion and Awards presentation
- March - Call for papers for next years Journal
EDITORIAL BOARD & PRODUCTION TEAM
The Editorial Board will provide direction and advice on
content to ensure that the publication adheres to high academic
- Advise on structure and standards for the Journal
- Help select appropriate scholars to conduct peer reviews
for each paper
- Based on peer reviews, will choose up to 10 papers to
be published in the Journal.
- Review and final approve Journal before publication
Jim Hardee is the Editor of the Rocky Mountain Fur
Trade Journal. He graduated from the University of the Pacific,
Stockton, California. He has served as Director of the Fur
Trade Research Center since 1998. He is the Museum Factor
for the American Mountain Men Association and is the former
President of the Jedediah Smith Society.
Fred R. Gowans, PhD, professor emeritus of Western
American history, Brigham Young University, is the Historian
in Residence of the Museum of the Mountain Man.
Laurie Hartwig, BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
is the Director of the Sublette County Historical Society
and the Museum of the Mountain Man.
Angie Thomas works at the Museum of the Mountain
Man and is the Managing Editor of the Rocky Mountain Fur
Trade Journal. She also arranges all photo use rights for
Clint Gilchrist is a member of the Editorial Board.
Sue Sommers handles all layout, design and presentation
of the Journal.
For more information on the Journal, download the supporting
documents linked on the side bar or contact the Museum
the Mountain Man, PO Box 909, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941 -
- Phone: 877-686-6266 - Fax: 307-367-6768