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Critical Historical Studies

Critical Historical Studies (ISSN 2754-6225) is an English-language peer-reviewed open access academic journal published annually in the summer by Durham University History Society. It publishes original articles and authoritative book reviews on any historical period and any region of the world, written by undergraduates worldwide.

Getting Involved

The journal only functions through the hard work of students, relying on them for both their article submissions and their editorial work. 

It provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain recognition for their brilliant essays and see if editing historical papers is something they might be interested in, as well as providing a boost to their CVs.

Each year we get numerous essay submissions from around the world and thus look for around 3/4 Assistant Editors for our editorial team who must possess excellent English language skills and the breadth of knowledge to cover a range of historical periods and topics. We also look, most crucially, for a number of peer-reviewers who must similarly possess excellent English language skills but also a specialisation in a particular field and/or period.


All information about the journal, including the positions available and submission guidelines are available through the journal's student handbook (linked here).

Key Dates

Epiphany Term

Call for Assistant Editors & Peer-Reviewers 

Epiphany & Easter Terms

Call for Papers

Summer Holiday


Once applications open, students can apply through the above 'Get Involved' button. Those selected to be will be expected to edit submitted papers during the epiphany and easter terms.

An email will be sent out to students when submissions open. Students will be able to apply through the above 'Get Involved' button. Submissions must follow these guidelines.

Applicants will be informed about whether or not their work will be published prior to the end of the Easter term, ahead of publishing in the summer holiday.

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