An English language open access journal publishing high quality papers for Anglo-Jewish historiography.
Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England (JHS) is a peer-reviewed open access journal that aims to serve as a leading forum for Anglo-Jewish historiography, as well as comparative and multi-site work that integrates English-speaking Jews in its approach.
In addition to scholarly articles, the journal includes contributions that derive from presentations to the Society. The journal will also publish contributions to Jewish history, reflecting the interests and concerns of the parent body, the JHSE, as well as the Society’s annual Presidential Address.
First published in 1893, Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England is known to many as Transactions, and is the official publication of The Jewish Historical Society of England.
The Jewish Historical Society of England is the oldest historical and learned society of its kind in Europe. The society was founded in 1893 by the foremost Anglo-Jewish scholars and communal leaders of the day. Past presidents have included Lucien Wolf, F.D. Mocatta, Israel Zangwill, Cecil Roth and Sir Isaiah Berlin. The society is based in London, and has branches in Essex, Leeds, Liverpool, Herts and Middlesex, Sussex and Jerusalem. Read more here.
Prof Michael Berkowitz, UCL, UK.
Dr Lars Fischer, The History Practice, Berlin, Germany
Prof Nathan Abrams, University of Wales-Bangor, UK
Prof Geoffrey Alderman, University of Buckingham, UK
Prof Michael Alpert, University of Westminster, UK
Mr Malcolm Brown, independent scholar, London, UK
Prof Geoffrey Cantor, University of Leeds and UCL, UK
Prof Todd Endelman, University of Michigan, USA
Prof David Feldman, Birkbeck University of London, UK
Prof Steven Fine, Yeshiva University, USA
Prof Shirli Gilbert, University of Southampton, UK
Prof Motti Golani, University of Haifa, Israel
Prof Malachi Hacohen, Duke University, USA
Dr Sharman Kadish, Jewish Heritage UK
Prof Ephraim Kanarfogel, Yeshiva University, USA
Dr Anne Kershen, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Dr Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University, USA
Prof Tony Kushner, University of Southampton, UK
Prof Daniel Langton, University of Manchester, UK
Prof Philippa Levine, University of Texas, USA
Dr Ross McKibbin, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Julie Mell, North Carolina State University, USA
Mr Jonathan Romain, Maidenhead Synagogue, UK
Prof Miri Rubin, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Prof David Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein, Leo Baeck College and George Washington University, USA
Prof Judith Schlanger, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Sorbonne
Prof Anita Shapira, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Prof Daniel Soyer, Fordham University, USA
Prof Robert Stacey, University of Washington, USA
University College London (UCL)
Jewish Historical Studies publishes one issue a year.
All articles published in Jewish Historical Studies are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 international license agreement and published open access, making them immediately and freely available to read and download. The CC-BY license agreement allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work. Further information regarding this can be found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ and licensing terms and conditions can be found on our Editorial Policy pages.
UCL Press works with subject specific indexers to deposit published articles in relevant repositories and search databases. Articles published in Jewish Historical Studies are indexed in the following:
Jewish Historical Studies operates double blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references, to the author(s) for peer review.
Further information regarding peer review can be found on our Editorial Policy pages.
UCL Press journals do not charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC) for submission or publication in this journal. Jewish Historical Studies authors will not be required to make an APC payment for submission or publication of their article.
Previous volumes of Jewish Historical Studies are available via the Jewish Historical Society of England and JSTOR. Please contact the society for further information.
Authors should follow the journal’s author guidelines. Manuscripts that are not formatted appropriately for the journal will be referred to edit accordingly before peer review.
All submissions should be sent to the Editor. Please email your full manuscript, author CV, as well as a 300 word abstract to the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before submitting to the journal, all authors must have read and agreed to the journal’s Editorial Policy.
Authors are requested to follow the UCL Press author guidelines, as well as the following specific instructions outlined here.
All manuscripts for consideration should be e-mailed as an attachment in an MS Word file to the Editor at email@example.com.
Substantial articles of around 8000 words as well as other submissions, should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. (This is a departure from previous policy.) The entire manuscript (including footnotes) should be double-spaced and pages must be numbered consecutively. Authors of accepted articles will be asked to prepare a final version in accordance with the style of Transactions and to submit it as an email attachment. Footnotes should be reserved for references only.
There is an important exception to the guidelines of the Chicago Manual: in the text and footnotes, please place close-quotation marks before any related punctuation, unless the quotation is a complete sentence. This is British practice, but a good one.
Salomons suggested it be called “a peace congress”.
“Israelis have developed a normal life”, wrote Berlin in 1975.
Quotations should appear in English, in double inverted commas (this is a change from previous practice). Quotations within quotations should be in single inverted commas. Longer quotations – of about 100 words or ten typed lines – should be indented, preceded and followed by an empty line, and without inverted commas. Words omitted in the course of a quotation should be indicated by three full stops (periods). If the end of a sentence is omitted, four full stops (periods) should be used. Square brackets (parentheses) should be placed around comments inserted by the author in a quotation.
Some examples of books
Stuart A. Cohen, English Zionists and British Jews: The Communal Politics of Anglo- Jewry, 1895–1920(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1982).
short form after first use: Cohen, English Zionists, 39.
Ada Rapoport-Albert and Steven J. Zipperstein, eds., Jewish History: Essays in Honour of Chimen Abramsky (London: Peter Halban, 1988).
Lloyd P. Gartner, “Jewish Historiography in the United States and Britain”, in Jewish History: Essays in Honour of Chimen Abramsky, ed. Ada Rapoport-Albert and Steven J. Zipperstein (London: Peter Halban, 1988), 199–227.
short form after first use: Gartner, “Jewish Historiography”, 202.
David Conway, “John Braham: From meshorrer to Tenor”, Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England 41 (2007): 37–61.
short form after first use: Conway, “John Braham”, 42.
Theses and dissertations
Milton Gold, “Nordau on Degeneration: A Study of the Book and its Cultural Significance” (PhD diss., Columbia University, 1957), 108–17.
Original research article
Research articles are detailed studies reporting research classified as primary literature.
Reviews provide critical and systematic appraisal of the current research to provide authoritative judgement to its particular context, topic, and field.
Book reviews are brief concise articles that provide an evaluation of a published scholarly book. Book reviews are generally invited only, however suggestions are welcome and should be sent to the Editors of the journal. A book review might assess the importance of a book's contribution to a particular field covered by the journal’s aims and scope and should aim to objectively review the strengths and weaknesses that concern the journal’s audience. (Please refer to the journal's aims and scope).
Jewish Historical Studies welcomes proposals from Guest Editors for specific special issues. These special issues are themed and focused publications that fit within the overarching remit of the journal. Proposals are welcome from editors with a specialism in any relevant field. All general enquiries should be sent to the Editors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org