About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Graduate History Review (GHR) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by graduate students at the University of Victoria. We welcome articles and research notes from emerging scholars in all historical disciplines.

The GHR's main focus is full-length articles (5,000-6,000 words) based on original historical research. Each issue may also include shorter critical commentaries (1,000-2,500 words), which are designed to offer students a forum to present critical thoughts on their field of study and the discipline of history.  

The GHR 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. In 2011, the GHR expanded its scope to include original scholarship by graduate students from around the world.

Peer Review Process

Articles submitted for consideration in the GHR 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
    1. use of primary source material
    2. grounded in a review of relevant literature
    3. the contribution of the article to that literature
    4. appropriateness of conclusions based on the presentation of evidence

  2. Style and organization
    1. quality and coherence of writing
    2. structure and organization of article
    3. adherence to The Chicago Manual of Style

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

Note: with regard to critical commentaries, 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 the fall, with a deadline of January 30. Reviews and editing take place during the spring / summer, and issues are released in September.

Publication Frequency

The GHR is published annually in the 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.