Journal of Historical Sociology

Cover image for Vol. 29 Issue 4

Edited By: Derek Sayer and Yoke-Sum Wong

Impact Factor: 0.261

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 50/87 (History); 70/84 (Anthropology); 124/142 (Sociology)

Online ISSN: 1467-6443

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Historical Sociology (JHS) was founded in 1988 on the conviction that historical and social studies have a common subject-matter. We welcome articles that contribute to the historically-grounded understanding of social and cultural phenomena, whatever their disciplinary provenance or theoretical standpoint. We are particularly interested in topics that are historically relevant to contemporary social, cultural, political and economic urgencies. We are open as to topic, period, and place, and seek to be as international as possible in both the content and the authorship of articles. Alongside articles, we carry occasional essays on Schools and Scholars and of Review and Commentary, and shorter pieces in our Issues and Agendas section which are deliberately designed to provoke. We are also open to non-conventional creative academic writing. A typical JHS article will contain little by way of extended literature review (which we are prone to edit out), will say something substantial and new about its empirical subject-matter, will be aware of the theoretical implications of its topic without turning into an abstruse discussion of pure theory, and will be of interest to readers beyond a specialist geographical or disciplinary audience.

The JHS welcomes authors from all disciplines and interdisciplinary backgrounds. As such, we are aware that authors may have different style and formatting preferences. These are our requirements:

  • All authors should submit their papers in MS Word to Dr. Yoke-Sum Wong at and/or Vanessa Longden at Due to the anonymous review process, we ask that authors do not identify themselves on the paper and to please name their files using a topic keyword. Submissions should be accompanied by an abstract (100 words), and in a separate file a brief bio (100 words) that includes contact details and, if applicable, institutional affiliation.
  • Submissions should be double spaced. Endnotes, if required, should be in single spacing.
  • Please remove all headers and footers from the pages (unless it is page numbering). We ask that authors use either APA “(Author, date)” in-text references or numbered endnotes. Please check the very latest referencing updates.
  • We prefer endnotes to footnotes.
  • We insist on the use of the Oxford comma.
  • Either U.S. or U.K. spellings or punctuation conventions may be used, as long as they are consistent within an article.
  • Articles submitted should normally be around 7500–8000 words. We will consider longer articles. Unless we have explicitly agreed otherwise, all contributions must fall within the length limits set out above. We reserve the right to edit accepted papers down to these lengths.
  • We welcome images and figures but they can only be printed in the journal in greyscale or black and white. If colour illustrations, however, are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the online version of the article at no cost to the author. Final decision on publication of colour figures will be at the discretion of the Editor. Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions where necessary. If required, we are happy to provide a letter to justify that the paper is for academic use only.

Creative Papers

Authors interested in submitting creative papers, e.g., ficto-criticism, etc., are very welcome to do so. In such instances, should the paper be accepted for publication, we recognize that the normal conventions of formatting, citation or style guides may not be appropriate. We will work with the author and their preferred content and form/structure to the best of our ability. Please contact the Editor if you have any ideas, questions or concerns.

Special Issues

Special issues are welcomed. Potential guest editors are asked to contact the Editor, Dr. Yoke-Sum Wong, with a proposal that should include the following information:

  • Themes and Abstract
  • Proposed number of papers/authors
  • Proposed article length
  • Timeline/Datelines which must take into account the peer reviewing period (6–9 weeks). Please read our author guidelines carefully when preparing the proposal. Please bear in mind that special issues take time and you should be considering at least a two-year process from the first CFP or email notification to the publication dateline. Special issues will normally be published as the first issue of the year.

Reviews, etc.

The JHS does not carry book reviews. We will, however, consider review essays that address a number of publications on issues, themes, and authors. In this case, the review essay should not be longer than 5000 words. We also welcome short papers on ideas, schools and scholars, issues and agendas.

Process of Submission and Review

Please write and send all submissions and queries to Dr. Yoke-Sum Wong at and/or Vanessa Longden at We do not accept papers sent simultaneously to other journals. The JHS does not send all submissions out for review and will select articles to be sent for external reviewing. Often the choice is based on suitability and thematic preferences. If we do accept a paper for external review, we will ask the author to provide a list of suitable reviewers who are not in conflict of interest with the author, and whom the author thinks may provide helpful comments. We will also select our own reviewers. The reviewing process may take 6 to 9 weeks but if we do not hear from reviewers after 9 weeks, we will contact the author. The author has a choice of withdrawing their paper or waiting another 6 to 9 weeks for new reviewers to assess the paper. Should there still be no reviews, we will have to turn the paper down. We aim to give authors a decision within 6 months though we cannot guarantee always to do so. That decision may be a conditional or unconditional acceptance, a rejection, or an invitation to revise and resubmit.

All papers must be submitted in English. If the paper is an English translation of an already published paper, please provide details in your submission email. If we feel the paper is not well-translated or proof-read for academic publication in English, we will have to turn it down. As we are a small journal, we do not have the resources for language editing.

Pre-submission English-language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Visit to learn about the options. All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Please note that using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal, and all services are paid for and arranged by the author.

Please note that the Assistant Editor, Vanessa Longden, will be managing the reviewing process. As she works part time on the journal, she can only respond to emails once a week.


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