Publication & Open Access

The Royal Historical Society is actively engaged in ongoing debates about the future of arts and humanities publishing. Overseen by its Publications Committee, the Society is both a publisher and a leading participant in debates over Open Access publishing — with reference to the benefits and limitations for individual researchers and learned societies.

New Historical Perspectives

Our Open-Access book series, New Historical Perspectives, is aimed at early career historians (with no publication fees for authors). Books are commissioned and edited by the RHS, and published by the Institute of Historical Research and University of London Press.

Find out more about the series: what it offers via Open Access and the NHP titles published since 2019.

Open Access Policy Work

 

 

The RHS engages closely with wider debates about Open Access publishing, and the implications of OA policies for historians and learned societies:

UKRI and Open Access for those receiving research funding

 

Plan S and its implications for historians
  • October 2019: RHS Guidance Paper Plan S and the History Journal Landscape. This report is designed to assist History and broader Humanities & Social Sciences stakeholders to understand and navigate the current policy frontiers of open access publishing for peer reviewed scholarly journals.
  • July 2019: Interim Working Paper Plan S and the Hybrid History Journal Landscape: a preliminary mapping of current preparedness for Plan S open access implementation among UK and international ‘hybrid’ History journals and designed to elicit further evidence, feedback and corrections for a more comprehensive analysis to be published in October 2019.
  • May 2019: response to the Updated Guidance on Plan S, available here.
  • April 2019: RHS published a Working Paper assessing the implications of Plan S compliance for history researchers, focusing particularly on those with Wellcome funding.
  • February 2019: we submitted a response to the consultation on the ‘Plan S’ open-access initiative, which is available here.
  • January 2019: publication of a briefing paper, call for evidence and interim report, available here.

 

Publishing and the Research Excellence Framework

In early 2018, the government announced that for REF2027 policies on open access journal articles would be extended to include monographs.

 

Data management and scholarly communications

 

RHS reviews UKRI announcement on Open Access

On 6 August, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) published its long-awaited report on its future approach to Open Access publishing.

UKRI’s Report on Open Access protocols sets out its policy for the future accessibility of research, as funded by its research councils, and published in journal articles, monographs and edited collections.

In an extended RHS blog post, Society officers past and present (Margot Finn, Richard Fisher, Emma Griffin and Peter Mandler) review UKRI’s policy announcement: setting out its implications for historians, and — equally importantly — what remains unknown at this stage.

UKRI is the overarching body responsible for government research strategy and funding for universities in the UK. It brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council  (AHRC) — along with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) — with which many historians will be most familiar as a source of PhD and grant funding.

Read the blog post >

 

New Historical Perspectives

New Historical Perspectives is an innovative 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.

 

September 2021: invitation to join the NHP editorial board

We invite applications for up to four historians to join the Editorial Board. New Historical Perspectives aims to be inclusive and supportive to all early career scholars seeking to publish their first (or second) book. The Editorial Board also seeks to reflect this policy of diversity and inclusiveness in everything we do together.

We especially welcome applications from historians in post-92 universities, and colleagues with research interests in medieval history or twentieth-century history (including global history). Further details and how to apply: closing date for applications 29 October 2021.

 

Forthcoming titles in the NHP Series, 2021-22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current titles in the NHP Series, 2019-21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Collaborations
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.

Eligibility
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:  nhp@royalhistsoc.org

Enquiries

For general enquiries regarding the series, please email the RHS Academic Director: philip.carter@royalhistsoc.org

If you wish to contact the series co-editors directly, please email either Professor Elizabeth Hurren (eh140@leicester.ac.uk) or Professor Heather Shore (h.shore@mmu.ac.uk).

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New Historical Perspectives replaces ‘Studies in History’, the Society’s previous early career book series. Founded by Sir Geoffrey Elton in 1975, Studies in History was re-launched in 1995, with the support of the Economic History Society and the Past and Present Society.

Studies in History established itself as one of the principal publishers of monographs by early career historians and launched the careers of many distinguished historians. After forty years of successful publishing, the series drew to a close in 2020. A full list of Studies in History books is available via Boydell and Brewer.

 

ECH – Publishing in a Journal

‘Printing: a three-quarter view of a press’, Engraving by W. Lowry after J. Farey, 1819, Wellcome Trust Collection, public domain

 

Once a journal has accepted your work, you still have some time to polish it up (e.g. by adding references to the most recently published work, or by tinkering with your prose, or by addressing lesser criticisms in your readers’ reports). Most journals now process accepted manuscripts through a software system that will let you upload your final manuscript and will subsequently lead you through the publication process.

If you are a UK author, you are now also required to upload your paper – the version that was accepted by the journal – into your institution’s online repository within three months of acceptance. You can still change the paper before the submission of the final manuscript to the publisher, and you may if you wish upload the later versions, but you must upload the version that the journal first accepted (what’s called the ‘accepted author manuscript’) within three months. This will make it eligible for the REF – but it doesn’t mean that it will be freely available (‘open access’) immediately. Your repository ought to allow you to impose an ‘embargo period’, during which the paper remains inaccessible to others, of up to two years, depending on your journal’s policy. This embargo period allows your journal to recoup a moderate subscription charge from readers who will have early access to your work; after the embargo period, your paper will be freely available to be read through the repository (the version that people need to cite will still only be available through the journal).

Different open-access requirements apply if your research has been funded by a research council (e.g. AHRC, ESRC). For more information on the technical requirements for research-council funded research, see the RHS’s Information Sheet on Open Access for RCUK-Funded Historians. The same sheet has information about the different open-access licences that you may be offered; these licences determine which of your rights as author you are willing to give up in order to extend use of your work by others.

Each journal has its own procedures for dealing with the final version of your paper after you’ve uploaded it. Normally they will ‘copy-edit’ it – a professional copy-editor will suggest changes for clarity, consistency, and conformity with the journal’s house style – and you will have an opportunity to respond to these suggested changes. They will, separately, ask you to ‘proofread’ it after it has been formatted for publication – at this stage, you should limit the changes you make to corrections of typographical errors and other small errors. Most journals are still paginated and more extensive correction messes up pagination. It may take up to a year between acceptance and publication, although many journals now put the final copy-edited, formatted and proofed texts on their websites in advance of the formal publication date. Again, this may appear to be slow to you – but at each stage, your paper is getting better.

 

 

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

 

‘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.

Watch the event video

 

 

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.

 

 

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Publishing Policy

Simon Newman cropSimon Newman, Chair of the Publications Committee, writes: The RHS invests heavily in support for publishing, and one of our most long established ventures is the Studies in History Series, presently published by Boydell and Brewer. The series publishes exclusively adapted PhD dissertations. As part of ongoing process of review of our publications programme we are actively considering converting this series to an Open Access model of publishing which would be free to the author (no author charges). Open Access is potentially helpful to early career researchers, as it means that the text is available free of charge to any readers world-wide from the day of publication. But it would also be published in conventional book form: authors would receive the normal allocation of free copies, with the opportunity to purchase more, and the book would still be sent to review journals in print form.

We are seeking the views of early career researchers into the Studies in History Series and into other possible forms of support we can offer the ECR community, both in publishing and other spheres. Thank you for your time.


Emma Griffin is an RHS Literary Director. She writes:

Emma Griffin

As the nation’s foremost historical society, the RHS actively promotes the publication of historical scholarship.  It does so through four different publishing ventures designed to assist scholars in undertaking and disseminating their historical research.

The Camden Series

Our longest running series is the Camden Series – it has been published continuously since 1838 and now contains over 325 volumes.  Published twice yearly by Cambridge University Press, the Camden Series produces edited collections of previously unpublished British history sources.  The Camden volumes are fully annotated and indexed and contain expert introduction and commentary.  The entire back list of the Camden Society publications is available on-line through Cambridge Journals Online.  A smaller number are also freely available through British History OnLine. The literary directors are always keen to receive new proposals for Camden editions.  The main criterion for consideration is that the sources have not been previously published and are of broad historical significance.  If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please click here for an application form.

Transactions

In 1872, the RHS began publishing its annual Transactions of the Royal Historical Society – a bound copy of which is sent to all members of the society.  Transactions contains articles presented at RHS meetings in the previous year. The back list up to 2005 is available on JStor; and the entire collection from 1872 to the present is available on the CUP digital archive.

Studies in History

Since 1975 the RHS has published the Studies in History series.  Initially established by  Sir Geoffrey Elton and re-launched in 1995, this distinguished series is dedicated to publishing outstanding works by first-time authors at the beginning of their academic careers. In the process of preparing to present their work for a broader, scholarly readership, authors work closely with a member of the editorial board who acts as mentor. They also benefit from detailed, first-rate copy-editing and an excellent production team at Boydell & Brewer. So far more than 150 titles have been published in the series, which covers the whole range of the discipline from early medieval to the recent past, any geographical area, and all historical sub-disciplines. Early-career historians interested in publishing with the RHS are warmly encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)

The most recent publishing venture of the RHS is the Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) – a joint venture between the RHS, the IHR, and Brepols.  The BBIH contains over half a million records, making it easily the most comprehensive online bibliography of British and Irish history.  It is fully searchable and linked to online editions of articles, library catalogues and google books, making it an invaluable resource for any historian embarking on new research.

Emma Griffin is Professor of Modern British History at the University of East Anglia. She is the editor of History and a co-editor of Cultural and Social History, and the author of four books, most recently Liberty’s Dawn: A People’s History of the British Industrial Revolution (Yale University Press, 2013).

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Research Policy

 

Led by our Research Policy Committee, the Royal Historical Society plays a key role in speaking for historians in the UK on policy issues related to research. The Committee maintains close contacts with research councils, funding providers and government, and liaises directly and regularly with other learned societies in History and the Humanities more broadly.

The Research Policy Committee’s current priorities include:

  • developing guidelines to help historians navigate the requirements of GDPR
  • responding to the REF agenda and submitting to the most recent (REF2021) consultation exercises. Our responses included a stress on the importance of the monograph, our opposition to greater use of metrics; the position of early career historians; the importance of equality and diversity
  • pro-actively examining Equality and Diversity within historical teaching and the profession
  • the open access agenda. We have consistently expressed support for the principle of open access research, including in our own publications, while seeking to ensure that historians are not disadvantaged by requirements shaped by the working practices of very different disciplines
  • ensuring that the interests of Early Career Researchers and other historians working outside permanent academic posts are properly represented. As part of these endeavours our own funding schemes are expressly focused on supporting postgraduate and early career scholars.

We aim to ensure that the views of historians are taken into account when designing and implementing research policies. A wider commitment to historical research, together with the impact agenda, means that we also look to the relationship between historical research, public bodies and cultural institutions, and wider society.

The Research Policy Committee, chaired by Professor Jonathan Morris (University of Hertfordshire) brings together RHS councillors and officers, along with co-opted members from key organisations such as The National Archives.

There is also an annual joint meeting of the Research Policy Committee and the Education Policy Committee, which provides an opportunity to discuss overlapping or related policy matters. These include: public history; school curricula and the ‘pipeline’ into historical study; and postgraduate training. In addition to our monitoring and advocacy roles, we aim to provide the membership with information and guidance about policy changes that are likely to affect them.

 

Call for Editorial Board members: ‘New Historical Perspectives’ book series

 

 

The Royal Historical Society invites applications for up to four historians to join the Editorial Board of its successful ‘New Historical Perspectives’ book series, run in partnership with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and University of London Press.

About New Historical Perspectives

New Historical Perspectives is a book series for early career scholars within the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Books in the series are overseen by an expert editorial board to ensure the highest standards of peer-reviewed scholarship. Commissioning and editing is undertaken by the Royal Historical Society, and the series is published under the imprint of the Institute of Historical Research by the University of London Press.

To date, the NHP series has published 10 titles (monographs and edited collections), with a programme to publish 5 new titles each year. The series is distinctive in the following ways:

  • each NHP title is published from the outset as Open Access and also as an ebook and in hard and paperback print.
  • costs of publishing Open Access are borne by the RHS, Institute of Historical Research and University of London Press, rather than by the author.
  • as a series designed for early career historians, NHP provides its authors with a programme of support and advice through the writing phase. This includes an Author Workshop to discuss and review a near complete manuscript before submission. Members of the NHP Editorial Board play a central role in this programme of support and advice for early career authors.

About the NHP Editorial Board

New Historical Perspectives aims to be inclusive and supportive to all early career scholars seeking to publish their first (or second) book. The Editorial Board also seeks to reflect this policy of diversity and inclusiveness in everything we do together. This has recently given rise to a new opportunity for up to 4 new members to join the Editorial Board as expert reviewers.

This latest call will replace several existing members who have recently completed their 4-year term. We especially welcome applications from historians in post-92 universities, and those working on neglected aspects of ethnicity, gender and global histories. In this endeavour, we seek to better reflect the diversity of researchers and their academic interests in the sector. We also seek colleagues who have particular interests in medieval history or twentieth-century history (including global history). If you are that person, we would be delighted to hear from you.

The current editorial board, following recent departures:

  • Professor Elizabeth Hurren (Leicester), Series Editor: Early Modern and Modern Britain, especially history of medicine
  • Professor Heather Shore (Manchester Metropolitan), Series Editor: Modern Britain
  • Professor Charlotte Alston (Northumbria): Modern Eastern Europe
  • Professor David Andress (Portsmouth): Early Modern Europe
  • Dr Philip Carter (Royal Historical Society): Early Modern Britain
  • Professor Ian Forrest (Oxford): Medieval Europe and Global History
  • Professor Leigh Gardner (LSE): Modern Africa, especially economic history
  • Professor Richard Toye (Exeter): Modern Britain and Europe

 

Responsibilities of the Editorial Board

As an Editorial Board member, you will be expected to:

  • read and comment on book proposals as they come in;
  • recommend specialist reviewers for chosen submissions;
  • attend an annual meeting of the Editorial Board: this meets once a year (usually in November) at the Royal Historical Society’s offices at UCL – though last year the meeting was successfully held online.
  • act as an Editorial Board contact for our contracted authors. This involves acting as the point of contact for any questions relating to the writing and publishing process from contract to submission of the manuscript. The contact is also responsible for overseeing the Author Workshop which is held to review and develop a manuscript prior to its final submission. You are unlikely to have more than one author to look after at one time.

We normally expect members to be resident in the UK so that they can attend the meetings, and participate at in-person workshops for their author.

How to apply for the Editorial Board

All applications should be submitted via the RHS Applications Portal. Please submit:

  • a short CV (no more than 3 sides at most)
  • an expression of interest (no more than a side) – particularly detailing any experience on journal or book series editorial boards or similar

The deadline for submissions is: 11.59PM, Friday 29 October 2021.

If you have any questions about the Board ahead of an application please contact the NHP Series Editors: Professor Elizabeth Hurren (University of Leicester, eh140@leicester.ac.uk) or Professor Heather Shore (Manchester Metropolitan University, h.shore@mmu.ac.uk)