Wednesday 18th July 2018, 9:30 – 16:00

Pre-registration required 

Institute of Historical Research

Wolfson Conference Suite, Senate House, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HUC


Sponsored by the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of Historical Research

This workshop is free for eligible PGR students enrolled in universities in and around London, and Early Career Researchers who have not yet published a monograph and are employed by universities or are resident in and around London and the South.

This is a free event but places are limited and attendees must register, using institutional details, in advance of the workshop at:

This popular workshop returns to the IHR following past events hosted at the University of Glasgow, University of Leeds and University of London. It aims to provide a day of publishing insight, advice and discussion for postgraduate research students and early career researchers in History, particularly those studying or researching at universities in London and the South.

There will be focus upon research writing to publication, the editorial process, peer review, research excellence, pathways to publication and new initiatives – including open access. In addition to presentations and interactive discussion within in these areas, attendees may have the opportunity to engage more directly with journal editors, book series editors, senior academics, RHS and IHR staff regarding their own research. Those not anticipating an academic career will nonetheless benefit from insights into the publishing of historical research.

Proposal discussion: Those wishing to take part in a proposal discussion with an Editor or series Convenor should submit their details during registration (including an outlining of their research or suggested publication). Please note that places for these sessions are extremely limited. Your acceptance will be confirmed in advance of the event. For timings, please see the programme summary below.

Speakers currently include:

  • Dr Philip Carter (Institute of Historical Research)
  • Professor Penny Summerfield (University of Manchester)
  • Professor Margot Finn (University College London)
  • Richard Fisher (Royal Historical Society)
  • Professor Jane Winters (School of Advanced Study)


Programme Summary:


9:15 – 9:45                  Registration / Tea and Coffee


9:45                             Introduction and Welcome


10:00 – 11:00              Research: Dissertation to Publication – Why publish? Key motivations for an academic researcher, reshaping and framing your research, journal vs book, considering avenues for publication


11:00 – 11:15              Tea and coffee break


11:15 – 12:15              Proposal: Working with Editors – How to get Published? Guidance and guidelines, the editorial process and review, revision and manuscript improvement, contracts: rights and permissions, copyright considerations


12:15 – 13:30              Lunch


13:30 – 14:30              Publisher: Tradition vs Open Access and the Humanities – summary of this topic area, funding considerations, introduction to the developing “University Press Redux” and IHR-led initiatives: Humanities Digital Library (SAS) and New Historical Perspectives (RHS)


14:30 – 14:45              Tea and coffee break


14:45 – 15:45              “Meet the Editor”: Open Discussion – Fixed and attendee pre-submitted topics (such as research development, career advice, licensing, permissions, the REF), and any issues raised throughout the day


15:45                           Close of main sessions


16:00 – 16:30              One-to-one proposal sessions – pre-booked when registering for the workshop, assumed for either the IHR directly or NHP, limited places and not guaranteed


Contact for additional information, Jon Newbury


This is a free event but places are limited and attendees must register, using institutional details, in advance of the workshop at: