Open access

Open access publishing and the IHR

The Institute of Historical Research has a long history of producing quality academic publications and resources. The aim of our programme is to provide and promote open access ebooks as a high-quality and impactful choice for both early career and established historical researchers, and as a valuable and sustainable approach for academic publishers in history and across the wider humanities.

From January 2017 open access titles from the IHR will be published on the Humanities Digital Library—a new platform for OA peer reviewed scholarly books.

Publishing open access with the IHR

We welcome submissions and proposals for historical monographs, textbooks, edited volumes and other scholarly works, including shorter form books, reference materials and born-digital content. We understand the continued importance of printed books and research published through our open access programme will also be available for print purchase. In addition, we allow the author to choose from a selection of Creative Commons license types. 

Submit a proposal

Proposals and queries should be submitted directly to the Publishing Manager: Please refer to Submissions and Guidelines for more information.

ECRs and ‘New Historical Perspectives’

From 2016-17, the IHR is working with the Royal Historical Society to publish ‘New Historical Perspectives’—a new series of scholarly monographs and edited collections, written by Early Career Researchers (within 10 years of receiving a doctorate).

Early Career Researchers are welcome to submit proposals directly to the editors of the series at the Royal Historical Society. The IHR and the RHS commit to cover the cost of publication for the series and early career researchers publish for free, with no publication fees. Note that accepted submissions will undergo peer review and manuscript development in alignment with the editorial policies of the Royal Historical Society.

Charges and waivers

In order to cover the costs of open access publication, authors who have access to publication funding must pay a book publication fee. Authors who do not have access to publication funding may be entitled to a fee waiver. Early Career Researchers can publish for free (without any author fees) by submitting their proposal to New Historical Perspectives. The fee to authors is £5,000 (GBP) for full colour publication. Books will be made available as ebooks in pdf and epub format as freely accessible, DRM-free, digital files, and print.

Peer review policy

All books published in our open access programme must meet necessary standards for originality, significance and rigour. Proposals will be considered by our editorial team, IHR publications committee, and independent expert academic reviewers. We are committed to the publication of high quality academic research which adheres to the requirements and standards of the Research Excellence Framework.

What is open access?

Open access refers to the free access and generally free reuse (usually with some restrictions) of published research. It represents a shift in attitudes towards both the dissemination and utility of research and the cost of access to readers and scholars.

Many funding bodies, including HEFCE, now require that research findings published as articles must be fully open access. Books do not yet fall under this requirement but this may change in the near future. The Humanities Digital Library includes more on open access.