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, or Professor Heather Shore (Manchester Metropolitan University,