Getting Published: a guide to first articles and journal publishing

An RHS Online Training Workshop for Early Career Historians


14.00-16.00 BST, Wednesday 21 July 2021
Online via Zoom
Booking for this event is open via Eventbrite


‘Getting Published: a guide to first articles and journal publishing’ is an online training event hosted by the RHS designed for early career historians. The focus of this first ‘Getting Published’ session is journals, with specific attention on getting a first academic article written and published in your chosen journal.

The event brings together journal editors and publishers, recent first-time authors, and early career historians. It seeks to demystify the process of journal publishing and provide practical advice and tips on how best to succeed.

The workshop combines brief presentations on academic journals, stages of the publishing process, the experience of getting published, as well as active audience participation in which your questions and concerns are raised and discussed.

Topics for this session include: the journal landscape; differences between an article and a thesis chapter; choosing and approaching the right journal for you; what to expect with peer review and from your publisher if your article is accepted; how to respond to inevitable rejections; journal articles and the Research Excellence Framework (REF); and next steps in publishing on completing your first article.

The session will also consider, and explain, Open Access (OA) publishing: what it means for journal publishing – for authors, editors and journal publishers; what options to choose; and the future for Open Access journal publishing in the wake of UKRI’s imminent declaration on its position of the OA charter ‘Plan S’.

Speakers at the event:
  • Professor Emma Griffin (RHS President, UEA and co-editor of Historical Journal), chair
  • Professor Sandra den Otter (Queen’s University, Ontario and co-editor of the Journal of British Studies)
  • Dr Rebekah Lee (Goldsmiths, University of London and co-editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies)
  • Professor Jane Winters (School of Advanced Study, University of London, RHS Vice-President, Publishing, and specialist in Open Access and digital publishing)

The panel will be joined by three recent authors who’ll offer their experience of navigating journal publishing for the first time, as PhD students and recent post-doctoral researchers:

  • Dr Diya Gupta (RHS and Institute of Historical Research / Journal of War & Culture Studies)
  • Dr Jonah Miller (Cambridge / History Workshop Journal)
  • Sasha Rasmussen (Oxford / Cultural and Social History)

After contributions from the panel, the event will take the form of a discussion involving all attendees. Those attending will be invited to submit questions in advance of the event.

This event is free to all though booking is essential. Reserve a place via Eventbrite.

Future RHS training workshops

‘Getting Published’ is the first in a new annual series of RHS ‘Getting Started’ training events for early career historians. Events will provide guidance and insight into key areas of professional development.

Topics for future discussion will include: publishing and communicating research, teaching history, writing history, applying historical knowledge and research skills, and career options for research historians within and outside higher education. ‘Getting Started’ will run four times a year with the next session planned for autumn 2021.



For more guides see also the RHS’s new Teaching Portal: a set of over 50 specially commissioned essays–on research, online resources, teaching and career paths–for current research students and early career teachers.



Royal Historical Society Events Programme 2021

Friday 5 February 2021 at 6.00 pm

Dr Katrina Navickas
‘The Contested Right of Public Meeting in England from the Bill of Rights to the Public Order Acts’
Virtual lecture

April 2021

RHS Symposium: Bath Spa University
‘Uneven representations of diversity: Public histories in urban and rural contexts’
Bath Spa University

Friday 7 May 2021 at 6.00 pm

Professor Catherine Holmes
‘The Making and Breaking of Kinetic Empire: Mobility, Communication and Political Change in the Eastern Mediterranean, c.950-1100 C.E.’  
Virtual lecture

Friday 2 July 2021 at 6.00 pm

The Prothero Lecture: Professor Robert Frost
‘The Roads Not Taken: Liberty, Sovereignty and the Idea of the Republic in Poland-Lithuania and the British Isles, 1550-1660’
Virtual lecture

Wednesday 21 July 2021 at 2.00 pm

RHS Online Workshop for Early Career Historians

‘Getting Published: a Guide to First Articles and Journal Publishing’
Virtual training event

Friday 23 July 2021 at 5.30 pm

RHS Publication, Fellowship and Teaching Awards 2021
Virtual awards ceremony

Friday 17 September 2021 

The Gerald Aylmer Seminar in conjunction with the IHR and TNA

‘New Ways to Work: Future Directions in Archival and Historical Practice’
Virtual conference

Friday 24 September 2021 at 6.00 pm

Dr Jonathan Saha
‘Accumulations and Cascades: Patterns in the Animal History of Colonial Myanmar’

Wednesday 13 October 2021

RHS Visit: University of Lincoln
University of Lincoln 

Tuesday 2 November 2021

The Colin Matthew Memorial Lecture for the Public Understanding of History: Professor Ludmilla Jordanova
In co-operation with Gresham College, London

Friday 26 November 2021 at 6.00 pm

RHS Presidential Address: Professor Emma Griffin
‘Industrial Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World‘



The Royal Historical Society runs a varied programme of events throughout the year, including our own prestigious lectures, and twice-yearly symposia hosted by history departments around Britain.


Royal Historical Society Events Programme, 2021


Upcoming RHS Events

Friday 2 July 2021: the RHS Prothero Lecture

Professor Robert Frost (University of Aberdeen)
‘The Roads Not Taken: Liberty, Sovereignty and the Idea of the Republic in Poland-Lithuania and the British Isles, 1550-1660’

18.00 BST – Live online via Zoom. Book for this event via Eventbrite.


Wednesday 21 July 2021: Online Workshop for Early Career Historians

‘Getting Published: a Guide to First Articles and Journal Publishing’

14.00 BST – Live online via Zoom. Booking for this event via Eventbrite opens 31 May.


RHS Events Podcast and Video Archive

Watch and listen to previous RHS Lectures and other Society events in our online archive of podcasts and video recordings

Recent Additions to the Archive:


External Event Listings and Noticeboard

We also host listings for a wide range of external events and activities on behalf of the historical community. This  includes conferences, symposia, seminars, and lectures, as well as Calls for Papers, and Prize deadlines. Submit your notice using the link below or use the page menu to search and browse the wide range of upcoming events and other notices of interest to historians.

Members and Fellows receive a weekly email digest informing them of new opportunities.

Please note: listing on this noticeboard is not an indication of the Royal Historical Society’s support for an event, and we remind organisers of the recommendations in our 2018 reports on Race, Ethnicity and Equality and Gender Equality: events in the discipline should be diverse and inclusive.

Would you like to promote your history event or activity on the Royal Historical Society noticeboard? If so please complete our listing form below.

Submit your notice here


Royal Historical Society Curriculum Conference

Date: Thursday 23 – Thursday 30 April
Venue: Online

About this Event

An exchange of information between history teachers in schools and universities to enhance understanding about Curriculum development.

This free event organised by the Royal Historical Society, is designed to support an exchange of information between history teachers in schools and universities in order to enhance understanding about issues in curriculum development in and between these two educational phases.

Originally designed as a one-day workshop to be held on 23 April at the RHS offices, the event will now be happening virtually from 23-30 April. During this time attendees with login details will have access to all the presentations and speakers’ focus questions, and will be given the opportunity to join the online discussion board. We hope that this flexible format will allow as many people as possible to contribute and engage in the topics.

Subjects will include:

  • transitions between phases
  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • the new A level syllabus
  • the Society’s forthcoming Teaching Portal and how you can contribute to it

The event will be held online, with a series of short presentations designed to both inform and prompt participants to contribute to the online discussion.

Please register to attend this event on Eventbrite.

If you need any further information about this event please contact either Professor Ken Fincham: or Peter D’Sena:,


RHS Teaching Prizes

RHS Prizes for the Teaching of History at UK Universities

Following the success in 2018 of the inaugural Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History, introduced to mark our 150th anniversary year, in 2019 the Royal Historical Society decided to award two prizes for the teaching of History at Universities in the UK. We are pleased to continue with our third call for nominations.

Each prize is an opportunity to recognise academic historians who are making a significant contribution to excellence in undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and supervision. Each acknowledges that the continuing strength of history as a discipline depends on the enthusiasm, passion, and creativity of University teachers of History.

Nominations for the RHS Teaching Prizes are now open! Apply here. The deadline for entries is 17:00 BST on 4 June. 


The Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History

The Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History is named in honour of the Society’s first female President. It rewards outstanding and sustained commitment to supervision and in particular those who are inspiring the next generation of historians to excel, whether by undergraduate or postgraduate teaching. Potential nominees might be those whose research mentoring has encouraged new networks and communities of scholars to excel, often beyond the nominees’ own institution.

The prize marks Jinty Nelson’s outstanding contribution to the field in nurturing and training new generations of historians, through her own teaching and through her generosity in supporting and mentoring younger scholars.

One award of £1,000 will be made each year in July, usually to an individual historian.

This award is named after the Society’s first female President, Professor Dame Jinty Nelson

The Royal Historical Society Innovation in Teaching Award

The Royal Historical Society Innovation in Teaching Award is focussed on excellence in teaching at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Potential applicants may, for example, be individuals or groups of scholars working in collaboration, whose teaching has opened up the use of research materials by undergraduate or postgraduate students, or who have fostered new and original approaches to the discipline. Their achievements might include inspirational teaching, or the exemplary development of new teaching methods, modules or degrees. It might also include those whose teaching of Undergraduate or Masters-level Historians has expanded to include engagement outside the classroom or the University.

One award of £1,000 will be made each year in July, either to an individual or to a group of historians working in collaboration. A short account of the programme of work for which the award was conferred, agreed with the winner, will be posted on a dedicated section of the Society’s website.

For both prizes

To apply, please provide a short account (750 to 1000 words) of the programme of work or pedagogic initiatives for which the award is to be conferred.

Applications must also be supported by a statement from someone who has knowledge of your teaching experience. Your referee may be resident in the same institution as the applicant, but this is not a requirement. The recommendation must testify to the quality of the applicant’s contributions to historical pedagogy.

Lastly, applicants must include evidence from others, which might take the form of peer review, student feedback, evidence of impact on students’ later development or some form of institutional recognition such as a teaching prize.

If you are unsure which prize to nominate someone for, bear in mind that the Nelson prize is more likely to be awarded to someone who has a long-established record of mentoring and supporting the next generation of professional historians.


All enquiries about the Prizes should be addressed to the Administrative Secretary, Imogen Evans, at:

Submit nomination.


Previous Winners


Innovation in Teaching Award

Dr Tim Peacock (Glasgow University) was awarded the 2020 Innovation in Teaching Award. 

Dr Tim Peacock, Lecturer in History at Glasgow University, is co-founder/co-director of the Games and Gaming Lab, and Visiting Fellow at the British Library Eccles Centre. His teaching and research interests range from Transatlantic nuclear, intelligence and spaceflight history projects to an MUP monograph, The British Tradition of Minority Government.” 

Judges’ citation:
Tim has complemented his expertise in history by very successfully deploying a variety of technological applications.  The adjudicators were particularly impressed by the ways in which his innovative work promoted academic inclusion.  His innovative audio-visual support mechanisms are useful for all students, but particularly those with a variety of complex learning needs; and his use of gaming, social media and simulations give greater accessibility when exploring complex historical content and concepts.  Importantly, Tim willingly shares his innovative ideas not only across his department, but also with others across his University and he has already received two teaching awards from his own institution.  We are also very pleased to recognise the importance of his work which uses innovative tools and approaches to make history more freely accessible to learners and colleagues.”


Dr Jessica van Horssen (Leeds Beckett University) is named runner-up for the Innovation in Teaching Award 2020.

Dr. Jessica van Horssen is a Senior Lecturer in North American History in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Beckett University. She strives to actively engage students in the past and empower them by helping them develop their own critical agency through participatory lectures and creative assessment.

Judges’ citation:

Jessica has inspired students in her teaching of American history by using approaches ranging from the use of music to explore controversial and societal issues, to the use of pedagogies which develop digital literacy through the study of history.  Her digital history module, which teaches students an array of important new skills, such as data mining and how to produce video games and 3D models for reconstructing historical sites has already been recognised by her University with institution-wide awards.  As a result, Jessica’s influence now extends beyond History, with her part-time secondment to her University’s Centre for Learning and Teaching.”


Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching & Supervision in History

Professor Marjory Harper (University of Aberdeen) was awarded the 2020 Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching & Supervision in History. 

Marjory Harper is Professor of History at the University of Aberdeen and Visiting Professor and Senior Researcher at the UHI Centre for History. Her teaching and research focus on emigration, particularly from Scotland, and two of her monographs have won international prizes. She has recently completed her first audio book. Marjory discusses her project and winning the 2020 award on the RHS blog, Historical Transactions.

Judges’ citation:

Marjory’s work spans over two decades and was praise because of her commitment to supporting others’ learning and progression.  However, the adjudicators are particularly keen to recognise her work in setting up an online MLitt course in Scottish history and heritage which has very successfully opened Scottish history up to a wide audience, including mature students from overseas.  Building a complex, on-line learning experience that creates a sense of collegiality and belonging is a daunting task, but, Marjory’s hybrid of pedagogic strategies for developing a community of practice were trumpeted by both colleagues and students alike, with one even stating that the learning experience was life changing.  She is a very worthy winner of the annual Jinty Nelson award.” 


Dr John Cooper (University of York) was named runner-up for the 2020 Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching & Supervision in History. 

Dr John Cooper is (from October) a Reader in Early Modern History at the University of York. John has always been fascinated by the Tudors, especially their architecture and art. At York, he teaches a special subject on Thomas More, with a sideline in colonial American history. His recent research focuses on St Stephen’s Chapel Westminster, which became the first House of Commons in 1548. A career highlight was hearing his book The Queen’s Agent serialised on Radio 4. 

Judges citation:

John has a long track record of providing intellectual and pastoral support to PhD students and early career academics; indeed, those nominating him wrote warmly about the very serious time and energy he commits in going above and beyond the normal call of supervisory duties.  His support has sometimes made the crucial, positive difference for students and staff at what are amongst the most precarious of times in an academic career.  He is a worthy runner up for this year’s Jinty Nelson award.”


Past Winners


Innovation in Teaching Award

In 2019, the Society’s first Innovation in Teaching Award was awarded to Dr Sharon Webb and Dr James Baker (University of Sussex).

Judges citation: 

“Over the last four years Drs Webb and Baker have delivered a series of first-year digital history workshop/lectures taken by all undergraduates at the University of Sussex in either History or Art History. These radically update the notion of the ‘historian’s craft’ to include the skills and practices required to engage critically with online sources (both inherited and born digital). The programme is a unique response to the challenges posed by the changes in historical research and debate, designed to turn history undergraduates into digitally savvy, expert navigators of this new landscape of knowledge. What sets the series apart is the self-conscious way in which it seeks to intervene in the history curriculum more generally. By building a skills/apprenticeship model into first-year teaching, it lays the foundations for the development of advanced approaches in the second and third year. The guiding narrative is to move gradually from ‘Doing History in the Digital Age’ to ‘Doing Digital History’ – taking students from referencing, search, and using online databases to compiling datasets, digitisation, and making data visualisations. It is this accumulation of skills, and layering of multiple approaches, that creates a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding. Second-year students move on to modules on the analysis of historical networks and the technologies of print, and then in the third year to a co-taught module on digital archiving. These same skills are also re-enforced in teaching by colleagues across the degree. The first full cohort of students introduced to these skills in their first year have now graduated. Standards of research and practice have improved across the board.” 

Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching & Supervision in History

The 2019 Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching & Supervision in History was given to Professor Julia Crick (King’s College London). 

Judges citation: 

“Professor Julia Crick receives the Jinty Nelson Award in recognition of her superlative contribution to the teaching and mentoring of younger generations of historians. Palaeography is challenging but integral to the subject of history. It underpins so much else in the field, and manuscripts in particular are windows onto much that would otherwise be inaccessible. Professor Crick has spent a life time advocating the importance of Palaeography to the global academic community and has demonstrated this specifically through her teaching and mentoring. Throughout her career (including appointments at the universities of Cambridge and Exeter, and in her current position at King’s College London), Professor Crick has been a wonderful teacher, not just of Palaeography, but also in training students of any level to think critically, to ask questions, and to build historical arguments based on visual and physical evidence. Professor Crick’s classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels bring history and palaeography to life and she mentors research students in the same way, whether they are at King’s or elsewhere, in History or in another discipline. Crick treats her students more like peers than pupils, which creates a sense that the work can be valued and taken seriously even from a very early stage. Crick’s commitment to the transfer of knowledge from generation to generation is especially evident in her establishment of networks and events that highlight postgraduate research.  She has frequently organised seminars, symposia and conferences which include equal space for early career researchers. Over the course of her career, Professor Crick has demonstrated a wide-ranging and sustained commitment to inspiring and training new generations of historians to excel.”

The 2018 Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching & Supervision in History was given to Dr Julie Anderson (University of Kent).

Judges citation: 

“Dr Anderson is an outstanding undergraduate teacher of history and a creative and highly effective supervisor of postgraduate historians in her field. Her enthusiasm for her subject is clearly infectious, and she has inspired a whole cohort of students to work with her, studying the history of modern medicine and disabilities in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The panel particularly liked the way she breaks down the daunting task of completing a doctorate into manageable steps or ‘milestones’, building both students’ confidence and their theoretical and transferable skills. Thus her PhD students are encouraged to maintain a clear schedule for researching and writing the thesis, but also to publish a book review, give conference presentations each year, submit an article for publication in year two, undertake placements and outreach activities outside academia, and train to teach undergraduates. The collaborative and supportive atmosphere she has established – combined with her sensitivity to the mental, and emotional struggles of postgraduate work – is much appreciated by her students and colleagues and will be an inspiration to others. In sum, her work provides a template of excellent supervision and teaching.”


New Historical Perspectives

New Historical Perspectives is a new book series for early career scholars (within ten years of their doctorate), commissioned and edited by the RHS, and published by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and University of London Press. The series was launched in 2016 with support from Economic History and Past & Present societies. The first titles in the series were published from late 2019.

NHP offers its authors an opportunity to rewrite a PhD thesis for publication. The substantial reports of peer reviewers and the Author Workshops that we offer each of our authors are an essential part of that process.

All NHP titles are available as free Open Access (OA) downloads, eBooks, and in hard and paperback formats. Digital editions of each book feature on the OA platform of the University of London Press and JSTOR’s Open Access book platform, increasing discoverability and the option to access and share books at the chapter level. The cost of publishing NHP volumes as Open Access is covered by the RHS and the IHR, not the author or an author’s academic institution.

Current volumes in the NHP Series

Book cover

About the NHP Series

Open Access
New Historical Perspectives books are published simultaneously in both hard copy and as fully Open-Access high-quality digital publications through the Humanities Digital Library, a publishing platform from the University of London Press. Open access titles enjoy greater discoverability and accessibility. Unlike most Open Access publication routes, there are no fees for early career researchers publishing in the NHP series. The RHS and IHR will also advise on the correct licenses to ensure authors retain maximum control of their published works.

Flexible Formats
The series will accept proposals for a wide variety of different book types, including monographs, edited volumes, and shorter form works (such as those too long to be journal articles but not as long as traditional monographs).

Peer Review & Support
The RHS has assembled an expert editorial board (see below) to provide extensive editing and support to series authors, ensuring high standards of peer-reviewed scholarship. The author or editor of each work accepted will work closely with a contact person from the series, while monograph authors will also be eligible for ‘monograph workshops’ in which a panel of experts will offer feedback on a draft.

In addition to books solely authored by early career scholars, the series will also accept works produced by collaborations between early career historians and senior scholars.

All early career scholars who have received their doctoral degree from a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland within the last ten years are eligible to submit proposals to New Historical Perspectives.

Submit a Proposal

To submit a proposal, please download and complete the NHP-Proposal-Form. Send your completed proposal to:

Information for NHP authors and editors of manuscripts

NHP workshop guidelines


For general enquiries regarding the series, please email:

If you wish to contact the series co-editors directly, please email either Professor Elizabeth Hurren ( or Professor Heather Shore (

NHP Editorial Board

Series Co-Editors

Prof. Elizabeth Hurren (University of Leicester): social histories of the body,  medicine, poverty and welfare from 1550 to the present.

Prof. Heather Shore (Manchester Metropolitan University): English/British social history from the 18th to the 20th centuries, with particular reference to crime, policing and youth.

Editorial Board Members

Prof. Charlotte Alston (University of Northumbria): Late 19th and early 20th century international/transnational history, Russian-Western relations, Russian Revolution, World War I.

Prof. David Andress (University of Portsmouth): France, Britain and Europe in late-18th and early 19th centuries, French Revolution, French Empire and French global interactions, 1750 to 1850.

Dr Philip Carter (Royal Historical Society): 18th century British social history.

Prof. Ian Forrest (University of Oxford): Social, religious and economic history of Europe between 1200 and 1500, heresy and inquisition, social life and social regulation, power.

Prof. Leigh Gardner (London School of Economics): economic and financial history of sub-Saharan Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on Africa’s global connections.

Prof. Alec Ryrie (Durham University): Religious history, Protestant Reformation in Europe, particularly England and Scotland.

Prof. Richard Toye (University of Exeter): late-19th to 20th century Britain, politics and economics

Dr Natalie Zacek (University of Manchester): 17th to 19th century Americas and Atlantic World, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, political culture, practices of elite hegemony, slavery, race and settler colonialism.

Founding and Previous Co-Editors: Professors Penny Summerfield, Simon Newman and Jane Winters.