Historical Encounters

Historical Encounters is a peer-reviewed, open access, interdsiciplinary journal dedicated to the empirical and theoretical study of:

  • historical consciousness (how we experience the past as something alien to the present; how we understand and relate, both cognitively and affectively, to the past; and how our historically-constituted consciousness shapes our understanding and interpretation of historical representations in the present and influences how we orient ourselves to possible futures);
  • historical cultures (the English equivalent of the German term Geschichtskultur which literally translates "history culture", and thus refers to the effective and affective relationship that a human group has with its own past; the agents who create and transform it; the oral, print, visual, dramatic, and interactive media representations through which it is lived, and by which it is disseminated; the personal, social, commercial, and political uses to which it is put; and the processes of reception that shape encounters with it);
  • history education (how we know, teach, and learn history through: schools, universities, museums, public commemorations, tourist venues, heritage sites, local history societies, and other formal and informal settings).

Submissions from across the fields of public history, history didactics, curriculum & pedagogy studies, cultural studies, narrative theory, and historical theory fields are all welcome.

The journal editors are particularly interested in presenting a variety of voices from scholars at various career stages, and therefore encourages early career researchers to submit their work for review. 

Frequency of Publication

To ensure timely availability of scholarship, material will be published as soon as it has been through the peer-review and copy editing processes, adding cumulatively to the content of a single regular issue each year. The Editors are committed to providing scholarship as open access, and NO FEES are charged for publication or subscription. There are no deadlines for submission of manuscripts, however to ensure sufficient time for review, response, and editing, submissions received on or after 1 November each year, will be considered for publication the following year.

Special Issue Publication

Each calendar year a single special issue will be published that focuses on a theme that is relevant, topical, and of interest to the readership of the journal. Each special issue is coordinated by a guest editor/s who works directly with the authors of the papers that comprise the issue. The guest editor/s is responsible to ensure that each paper undergoes a double peer, blind review and maintains a high academic standard and that the style requirements of the journal are met. The HEJ Special Issues Editor will review the final submission to ensure that it meets requirements and, along with the HEJ Editor, has overall veto if any paper is not seen as meeting the journal's standards. Articles for the special issue should conform to the requirements for articles set out below. Open call special issues will be advertised as announcements on the journal website. if you are interested in becoming a guest editor of a special issue, then please contact the Special Issues Editor. If you are an author submitting an article for a special issue, ensure that you select "Special Issue" for the Journal Section when completing the submission form.

Type of Submissions 

The journal accepts the following types of submissions (all word counts above include references):

  • Articles: Original papers of 4,000-6,000 words. These papers may be on any topic that fits into the scope of the journal. 
  • Provocations: The journal invites 3,000-5,000 word polemic essays that challenge dominant discourses or provoke debate.
  • Rejoinders: Essays that respond to articles published in earlier issues of the journal. Scholars whose work has been subject to critique in the journal are especially encouraged to submit a rejoinder. Submissions to this section should not exceed 3,000 words.
Submissions which exceed word limits will be considered at the Editor's discretion.

Submitting a Manuscript 

Authors must register with the journal before they can submit a manuscript. Once registered, an author should login and then select the Author link to begin the submission process.

Authors should ensure they have followed the Author Guidelines before commencing the manuscript submission process.

Peer Review Process

All submissions to the Articles, Features, Provocations, and Rejoinders sections are subject to a preliminary internal review by an Editor (member of the Editorial Team). Those submissions deemed appropriate for publication in the journal are then anonymised and subjected to blind appraisal by two reviewers (often one reviewer will be a member of the Editorial Board). The Editors rely heavily on the judgements of reviewers, but are not bound by them. The Editor's decision about publication, revision, or rejection is final.

Indexing and Archiving

The journal is indexed in SCOPUS, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Index Didacticorum, and its contents are locatable in public search engines such as Google Scholar. The contents of the journal are periodically archived in the PANDORA Archive of the National Library of Australia.

Editors & Editorial Board 

Our international Editorial Board includes scholars with well-recognised reputations in the areas of historical consciousness, historical cultures, history education/didactics, and curriculum history/history of education. Our Editorial Team is composed of members of the HERMES Research Network located at the University of Newcastle, Australia. You can view the members of both below:

Click here to download the Journal Information booklet, with complete Author Guidelines. Read more about our policies and requirements by clicking the About menu link above.