Transactions: the Society’s journal

Transactions is the flagship academic journal of the Royal Historical Society. First published in 1872, Transactions has been publishing the highest quality scholarship in history for 150 years.

The journal welcomes submissions dealing with any geographical area from the early middle ages to the very recent past. The journal’s co-editors and boards are interested in articles that cover entirely new ground, thematically or methodologically, as well as those engaging critically on established themes in existing literatures. In line with the Society’s commitment to supporting postgraduate and early career historians, the journal encourages submissions from younger scholars and seeks to engage constructively and positively with new authors

Transactions welcomes proposals from all historians. If you’re currently working on a research article or a think piece, please consider Transactions as the journal in which to publish your work.

A new-look for Transactions

From 2022 the journal is edited by Dr Kate Smith and Dr Harshan Kumarasingham. They are supported by 25 historians who make up the journal’s new appointed UK Editorial and International Advisory Boards.

Transactions is also broadening its range of article formats and the subject areas it covers, to include studies in historical methodologies, pedagogies, policy debates and roundtable discussions. In this way Transactions will more closely reflect the interests of the RHS as a learned society with a membership from within and beyond higher education.

Recently published Transactions articles are available on Cambridge First View. The latest volume of the journal — volume 32, sixth series — was published in November 2022.


Submitting your article to Transactions

We welcome submissions of scholarly articles for publication in future issues of the journal. Please read our Guidelines for Authors which provide information on the journal, the format in which to submit an article, and our complaints & appeals procedure.

In addition, the journal’s publisher, Cambridge University Press, provides information concerning its Open Access policy for Transactions and the option that may be available to you an author if your article is accepted for publication.

When ready, please submit your completed article for review here

For general enquiries regarding submissions to Transactions, please email:



In 2022 the journal marks its 150th anniversary since first publication.

Now published by Cambridge University Press, the collection of Transactions from 1872 is available on Cambridge Journals Online and JSTOR (with a five year moving wall).

More on accessing Transactions content, 1872-2021.