Publishing for Historians: a workshop for advanced postgraduates and early career researchers in History

A workshop for advanced postgraduates and early career researchers in History.

Date: 27-10-2016
Time: 09:30 - 16:15

Sponsored by the Royal Historical Society (RHS), the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRCoAH), and the School of History, University of Leeds.

This workshop is for postgraduate research students and for early career researchers in History, primarily those in WRCoAH and other northern universities. (Additional workshops will be held elsewhere in the UK over the coming months.) Academic representatives from WRCoAH universities, the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of Historical Research will provide a day-long workshop on publishing. The workshop will focus on the editorial process and peer review, journal articles, monographs, and Open Access. In addition to focused presentations in these areas, students will be able to spend time with journal editors, book series editors, senior academics and RHS and IHR staff, learning more about pathways to publication of research. By providing high levels of discipline-specific training for high quality publication, this workshop will better prepare participants for the academic job market, and for the REF. Those not anticipating academic careers will nonetheless benefit from detailed information about publishing historical research and scholarship.

This workshop is free for eligible PGR students (who are enrolled in WRCoAH universities and others located in and around the North) and Early Career Researchers (who have not yet published a monograph, and are employed by WRCoAH universities or are resident in and around the North). However, places are limited and attendees must register in advance of the workshop at

The WRCoAH and University of Leeds have provided funding for a number of travel bursaries for eligible PGR students who are registered at universities located in and around the North.  Application forms can be downloaded here and must be returned to

9.30 – 10.00   Registration

10.00 – 11.00  Value added: the editorial process. General Q&A session
Prof. Malcolm Chase (University of Leeds)
Jonathan Newbury (IHR)

• Why this process matters: how peer review, editing etc. enhances quality, improves job prospects, and makes higher REF scores likely etc.
• How to work with and from peer-reviews, editorial input, copy-editing etc. The value-added to research that is thoroughly peer-reviewed and edited, as compared with publications that receive little review and editing.

11.00 – 11.15  Tea and coffee break

11.15 – 12.30  Open Access for articles and monographs: New Historical      Perspectives
Prof. Penny Summerfield (University of Manchester & RHS)
Dr Iona McCleery (University of Leeds)

• An introduction to the new monograph series for early career researchers jointly published by the RHS and IHR. Discussion of examples of other likely publishers and series.
• What historians need to know about Open Access for monographs. (Include definitions and explanations, of Open Access, of Creative Commons licenses, how these work, and some recommendations). Funding Councils, the REF, and Open Access for monographs.
• What research councils, HEFCE, REF panels etc. now require for journal articles in terms of Open Access.

12.30 – 1.30  Lunch

1.30 – 2.45  Dissertation to book
Prof. Emma Griffin (University of East Anglia & RHS)
Dr Sara Barker (University of Leeds)

• What to consider when transforming a dissertation into a book.
• How to revise a dissertation; how to prepare a proposal; and how to select a suitable press.
• What to send to publishers/presses; timetables; what kind of responses to expect, and how to deal with them.

2.45 – 3.00  Tea and coffee break

3.00 – 4.15  Journal articles
Prof. Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brooks University & RHS)
Prof. Julia Barrow (University of Leeds & RHS)

• How to prepare a journal article. What to consider, some advice on framing and presenting argument, significance, historiography etc. The differences between a dissertation chapter or a pg research paper and an article. How to submit an article, how to evaluate the best journal to which you should submit your article, and what to expect.

Location: Leeds Humanities Research Institute
Cost: Free