Focus and Scope

Social History publishes articles, research notes, book reviews, and other submissions that contribute to social history in Canada and elsewhere. The journal is interested in all types of social phenomena, whether cultural, political, economic, or demographic, without methodological, temporal, or geographic restrictions. The journal gives priority to studies that explicitly integrate different sub-fields of social history and are innovative in source, method, or interpretation. The content of articles and book reviews is the responsibility of the authors alone.

Peer Review Process

The submission will be transmited to the co-editors. Papers are normally reviewed by two scholars in the particular topic area, and the evaluation process takes four months on average. 

Review Guidelines

Submissions are evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • The quality and originality of the research and arguments
  • The quality of the presentation, argumentation and writing
  • The suitability of the submission for publication in Histoire sociale / Social History

Journal History

The Journal    

Founded in 1968, Histoire sociale/Social History has become a leading publication of socio-historical research. The journal includes articles, research notes, book reviews, and other submissions that contribute to social history in Canada and abroad. The journal is interested in all types of social phenomena, whether cultural, political, economic, or demographic, without methodological, temporal, or geographic restrictions. The journal gives priority to studies that explicitly integrate different sub-fields of social history and are innovative in sources, method, or interpretation.

In past years, Histoire sociale/Social History has published special issues focused on specific topics such as "Spectacle, Monument, and Memory" (no. 58, Nov. 1996), "Social History and Postmodern and Poscolonial Theory" (no. 65, May 2000), "Women and Business in 18th and 19th Century Western Europe" (no. 68, November 2001), "National identities" (no. 77, May 2006), "Women and Emigration to North America" (no. 80, November 2007), "Deinstitutionalization in Canada" (no. 88, November 2011), and "Global Football" (no. 90, November 2012). These special issues are designed to complement our regular publication of submissions by Canadian and foreign scholars. The journal also contains a lengthy section of book reviews that provides a critical look at the most recent sociohistorical productions.

Founded by historians from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, Histoire sociale/Social History benefits today from the collaboration of colleagues from the University of Ottawa and York University. The journal is published twice yearly, in May and November, with the financial assistance of the University of Ottawa, York University, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.