Transactions of the RHS

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, and is interested in articles that cover entirely new ground, thematically or methodologically, as well as those that engage critically on established themes in existing literatures. In line with the RHS’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.


Transactions from 2022

From January 2022 the journal is edited by Dr Kate Smith (Birmingham) and Dr Harshan Kumarasingham (Edinburgh). 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. There’s more on the Transactions future in the latest issue of the Society’s Newsletter (November 2021).


Submitting an 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 and the format in which to submit an article. The journal’s publisher, Cambridge University Press, also provides information concerning its Open Access policy for Transactions.

When ready, please submit your completed article for review here.

For general enquiries regarding submissions to Transactions, please email:


Latest issue of Transactions, volume 31 (2021)

Transactions is currently published each November as a collected volume, by Cambridge University Press. The latest volume (31 in the Sixth Series) was published in November 2021. First view articles are also available via the CUP site.



Volume 31 includes articles by: