About Historical Research

First published in 1923, Historical Research (formerly the Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research) is a leading journal for history. It was relaunched in 2009 in a larger format with more pages per volume to meet the demand for space.

  • Historical Research publishes the work of established scholars and assists new researchers with their first articles.
  • Its articles cover a wide geographical and temporal span: from Britain to the Far East; from the early middle ages to the 20th century.
  • It encourages the submission of articles from a variety of approaches, including social, political, urban, intellectual and cultural history.
  • The 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.

Historical Research is edited by Professor Jo Fox, director of the IHR, and published by Wiley-Blackwell. See the Wiley-Blackwell website for information about pricing and subscription, to view individual articles or to search the journal's archives.

Early view – fast-track publication

Historical Research was one of the first history journals to offer publication online with our Early View facility. This allows us to publish fully edited and proofed articles within a year of acceptance. The articles are then available to all our journal subscribers and to one-off purchasers and are fully searchable, citeable and admissible for formal research evaluation processes. These pages are lively, active and constantly being updated. RSS feeds are available and notice of abstracts is given on the IHR digital blog and our Twitter feed.

Author services

Author Services is a resource open to authors of papers published by Wiley-Blackwell which offers the facility to track the production of an article (http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/default.asp). Authors also enjoy free online access to articles in perpetuity and discount on books published by Wiley. To increase readership and citations of articles, Author Services lets authors nominate up to 10 colleagues each to receive a publication alert and gain free access to the published article. All article accesses via Author Services count towards the article’s overall online usage.

Online archive

The entire run of back issues has been digitised and is now available online on the Historical Research/Wiley-Blackwell web pages.

Free content

Sample issues, articles of special interest and selected highlights are made freely available from time to time. 

New researchers/First time authors

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 IHR is committed to helping new researchers at the start of their careers, and the journal's editors will ensure that your first experience of submitting an article for peer review is a happy and productive one. A guide to resources for Early Career Researchers is available on the Wiley/Historical Research website.

This commitment to developing the skills and careers of new researchers is enshrined in the IHR's Pollard Prize. The prize, for the best paper delivered at an IHR seminar, is awarded annually in July and is open to postgraduates or those within one year of completing a doctorate. In addition to £200 of Blackwell books, the winner is offered the chance to publish his or her paper in Historical Research. Runners up also receive a selection of Blackwell books, and may be offered publication in the journal (at the discretion of the editor). A list of past winners is available here.

Historical Research also publishes winners of The Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History and The Sir John Neale Prize in Tudor History.

Special Issues

Historical Research welcomes proposals for future special issues. Please contact the executive editor.

Virtual issues

Historical Research now produces annual virtual issues using some of the best of our past and present articles and including multimedia content, such as conference podcasts, when available. Access to virtual issues is freely available for the first thirty days and then available to subscribers in the usual way. For full details see here.