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