Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Graduate History Review is a peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journal that features articles from emerging scholars working in all fields of historical scholarship. It is published by history graduate students at the University of Victoria.

The bulk of each issue of The Graduate History Review will feature full-length articles based on original historical research. Each issue will also include shorter "Research Notes," which are designed to offer students a forum to present works-in-progress, reflective essays, or "think pieces." For both the articles and the research notes, readers will be encouraged to comment and provide feedback through this website.

The Graduate History Review was previously published as Preteritus: A Graduate History Journal (2009-2010). Preteritus featured research presented at the Qualicum History Conference, held each year for graduate history students from British Columbia. 2011 began a new phase in the life of the journal, as we expanded our scope to include original scholarship by graduate students from across Canada and the United States. We welcome submissions from around the globe.



Section Policies


Articles are 20-25 pages in length, and are based on original historical research. All articles are peer-reviewed.

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Research Notes

Research notes are 7-10 pages in length, and are peer-reviewed. They are designed to allow scholars to feature works-in-progress, reflective essays, and "think pieces."

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Peer Review Process

Articles submitted for consideration in The Graduate History Review are reviewed by history graduate students and faculty. Upon submission, articles are circulated to two anonymous reviewers, who base their recommendations for publication on the following factors:

1. Originality and strength of argument

  • use of primary source material
  • grounded in review of relevant literature
  • the contribution of article to that literature
  • appropriateness of conclusions based on presentation of evidence

2. Style and organization

  • quality and coherence of writing
  • structure and organization of article
  • adherence to The Chicago Manual of Style

Once a decision on publication has been made, the journal editor will contact the author with a summary of comments and reports.

Note: with regard to Research Notes, primary source analysis is not required, but the submission will be subject to similar evaluation criteria re: originality.

Calls for submission will be made each year in early January. Review and editing takes place over the summer, and issues are released in September.


Publication Frequency

The Graduate History Review is published annually, with an issue released each fall.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...