IRSH - Instructions for Contributors

If you are interested in submitting an article for the International Review of Social History, please contact the staff and follow these instructions for contributors.

The International Review of Social History (IRSH) is one of the leading journals in the field of social history, in particular in the history of work, workers, and labour relations defined in the broadest possible sense. This includes workers’ struggles, organizations, and associated social, cultural, and political movements, both in the modern and the early modern periods, and across periods. IRSH aims to be truly global in scope and emphasizes the need for a comparative perspective that acknowledges the interrelationship of historical change and the phenomena and factors underlying that change.

Editorial Policy

The journal is issued by the International Institute of Social History (IISH), and published by Cambridge University Press. Three issues are published in April, August, and December, with an annual special issue of commissioned essays on a current topic, also published in December. IRSH aims to publish some twenty-five articles each year in its four issues and to cover a major part of the books published in the field of social and labour history in its book reviews and annotated bibliography sections.

Approximately one submitted article in four is accepted for publication. The editorial committee endeavours to reach a decision on submitted articles within six months, and to publish accepted contributions within a year. All articles are refereed before acceptance. On acceptance, the executive editor gives an approximate date of publication but reserves the right to change that date at short notice, owing to space constraints and the need to achieve an appropriate balance of content in each issue. The online version of IRSH now has the FirstView feature, publishing articles online before they have been allotted to an issue. This has the advantage for authors that their articles are available for a longer period than hitherto.