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Historical Research

Historical Research is the academic journal of the IHR.

Our journal is a leading peer-reviewed publication with an international readership and reputation. Articles cover the middle ages to the twenty-first century, and a wide range of methodological approaches. Historical Research is published by Oxford University Press.

Cover of the first issue of Historical Research, June 1923

Historical Research: latest issue, February 2023

The February 2023 issue of Historical Research is now available.

About Historical Research

First published in 1923, Historical Research (formerly the Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research) is one of the UK's leading academic history journals. From 2020 the journal is published by Oxford University Press, with a new design and a new international editorial board.

Historical Research publishes the work of established scholars and assists early career researchers with their first articles.

  • Articles cover a wide geographical and temporal span: from Britain to the Far East, the early middle ages to the early 21st century.
  • We encourage the submission of articles from a variety of approaches and methodologies, including social, political, urban, intellectual and cultural history.
  • Our journal reserves space for the publication of important short notes and documents.
  • Articles are usually up to 14,000 words including references, but longer articles are published in exceptional circumstances.

Further information on submitting an article, our Open Access policy, and subscription options is available from Oxford University Press.

Historical Research and early career researchers

The editors of Historical Research are committed to supporting early career researchers and first-time authors. We seek to support ECR historians in several ways:

• If you are studying for a PhD, or have just completed one, and you are thinking of publishing your first article, we would be delighted to hear from you.

• The Pollard Prize offers publication in Historical Research for the best paper delivered at an IHR seminar by a post-graduate or early career researcher.

Historical Research also publishes the winners of two IHR essay prizes: the Sir Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History and the Sir John Neale Prize in Early Modern British History.

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