The MHR welcomes submissions of postgraduate research, including Masters dissertations; highly-marked and original undergraduate dissertations; and research from early career researchers.
We welcome expressions of interest from authors during any stage of the research process. While The MHR’s focus is primarily historical we are a truly interdisciplinary journal. We welcome submissions that explore history through innovative methodologies, utilise new evidence, and traverse different disciplines. We are happy to discuss initial ideas or abstracts as well as drafts and plans.
Thinking of submitting research to The MHR? Please read through the guidelines below to find out more about the process and associated copyright information, as well as our style guide.
Please use the contact page to get in touch with our editorial team if you have any questions.
The MHR operates a rolling submission policy and, as such, we have no submission deadlines.
Before submission, please take a look at our published content for examples of the following:
- Research Articles: Ideally, 6-8,000 words in length, based on your original research. Research Articles should be fully referenced in line with our Style Guide (see below).
- Spotlight Series: These are shorter pieces, between 1,500-1,800 words in length. The Spotlight Series comments on contemporary news issues and events, underpinned by academic research. Wherever possible, please keep footnoted references to a minimum and use hyperlinks to online sources instead.
- Book Reviews and Web Archive Reviews around 1,500 words (see our Guidance on Writing Book Reviews)
- Historiographic and Subject Reviews: Around 5,000 words in length, these pieces are designed to provide helpful summaries for undergraduate students. They might be historiographic reviews of a particular subject, event, or historical individual, designed to help an undergraduate identify more specific reading from a module reading list.
More information about the types of submissions accepted by The MHR can be found here in The MHR’s Submission Guide. Please note, the word count includes footnotes and references, but does not include the bibliography.
All submissions should be emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check that all submissions are written in accordance with The MHR’s Style Guide.
Once submitted, all submissions are subject to an extensive peer-review process. Authors will receive feedback within six weeks of submission and will be expected to respond to the comments of the editor.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- The author(s) retain their copyright to the work and grant the journal right of first publication. The work will be simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International Licence which allows others to share and build upon the work non-commercially with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are encouraged to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g. post it to an institutional repository, on a personal website, or publish it in a book), without seeking permission from the Journal. We do, however, require an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- It is the responsibility of authors who publish with this journal to request and secure any permissions required for the use of copyright material created by others, including images and text quotations, under the creative commons licence that Midlands Historical Review employs. You will be required to sign a statement affirming this and accepting full liability in the case of any copyright infringement arising from the publication of your article.
- Midlands Historical Review will bear no responsibility for any copyright infringement arising from the publication of your article.