New Historical Perspectives

New Historical Perspectives is an Open Access books series commissioned by the Royal Historical Society and published as an imprint of the IHR by the University of London Press.

The series enables early career researchers to publish monographs or edited collections in print and Open Access formats, without any author charges. The first book in the series was published in late 2019. Five further titles have appeared in 2020.

New & forthcoming, 2020-21

The New Historical Perspectives Series launched in November 2019 with Edward Owens' The Family Firm. Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public, 1932-53. A further five volumes in the series appeared during 2020.

Our latest title, Ewan Gibbs' Coal Country. The Meaning and Memory of Deindustrialization in Postwar Scotland, was published in February 2021 with further titles to follow later in the year.

All titles in the NHP series are available free online as Open Access texts via our publisher, the University of London Press.

About the NHP series

New Historical Perspectives is a book series for early career historians (within 10 years of their doctorate), commissioned and edited by the Royal Historical Society, and published as an imprint of the Institute of Historical Research by the University of London Press. It seeks to publish innovative and high-quality research in accessible online formats.

All titles are published in print (hard- and paperback) and as Open Access (OA) from first publication. Open Access editions appear on the OA platform of the University of London Press, and as part of JSTOR's Open Access Books, enabling full book and chapter downloads. Titles are published Open Access with no fees charged to the author or the author's institution.

Monograph authors also receive a workshop with invited specialists to discuss their work before its final submission, and guidance from members of the NHP's academic editorial board who also oversee a careful peer-review process. 

The first titles in the series appeared from Spring 2020, with further books published regularly from this point.

SPRING 2021 TITLE: 'Coal Country. The Meaning and Memory of Deindustrialization in Postwar Scotland'

By Ewan Gibbs

Published: 15 February 2021

SUMMER 2021 TITLE: 'Church and People in Interregnum Britain'

Edited by Fiona McCall

Forthcoming: June 2021

AUTUMN 2021 TITLE: 'The Politics of Women's Suffrage: Structures, Institutions and Practices'

Edited by Alexandra Hughes-Johnson and Lyndsey Jenkins

Forthcoming: Autumn 2021

AUTUMN 2021 TITLE: 'Precarious Professionals. Gender, Identities and Social Change in Modern Britain'

Edited by Heidi Egginton and Zoe Thomas

Forthcoming: Autumn 2021

The New Historical Perspectives team were an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. I would strongly encourage all history ECRs to consider submitting a book proposal to them.

NHP author Dr Edward Owens on publishing with the series, October 2019.

I received significant support from the series editors and benefited greatly from a ‘monograph workshop’, where four leading historians read and commented on the first draft of my manuscript. One of the great benefits of publishing in this series is that, alongside traditional hardback and paperback versions, the book's also available Open Access. As an early career historian, this greater accessibility and discovery is vital for promoting my research to as wide an audience as possible.

NHP author Dr Sam Manning on publishing with the series, March 2019.

For any Early Career Researcher considering who to approach for their first book, I cannot recommend the New Historical Perspectives series more highly.

NHP author Dr Christopher Phillips on publishing with the series in April 2020.

Producing Individuals and Institutions in Medieval Scholasticism with the New Historical Perspectives series was a really positive experience. Comments from the general editors at the proposal stage were really helpful and they were very flexible and constructive in responding to what we were trying to do with the volume. The process of editing the texts was very straightforward – all the more appreciated with an edited volume where multiple authors need to be coordinated, and the team were very patient with the extra time that sometimes required.

The quality of the copyediting was exceptional, and the attractiveness of the overall physical book was great. The open access version is also tremendously easy to handle and having access to both an integrated pdf and separate chapters also very welcome. It was a great series to work with and be published in.

NHP collection editors Dr John Sabapathy and Dr Antonia Fitzpatrick on publishing with the series, July 2021.

Navigating the publishing world as a first-time author and the editorial team at New Historical Perspectives demystify the process and provide reassuring individual support. As an initiative run by historians for historians, I appreciated the efforts to help me hone the book as a piece of history and to get the best out of my ideas.

NHP author Dr Matthew Kerry on publishing with the series, September 2020.

Aided by the New Historical Perspectives editorial approach, the process of breaking down, expanding and rebuilding my work has been challenging but ultimately deeply satisfying. Through the process of peer review, author workshop, and the support of my editorial contact, the NHP editorial team has provided me with rigorous, dedicated support, working with me closely to ensure that my first monograph reached its full potential.

NHP author Dr Sarah Goldsmith on publishing with the series, November 2020.

I would strongly recommend the NHP series to any first-time author. The book that I have produced benefited from the guidance of two leading authorities from my field and two historians of other areas at the author workshop. As a result, Coal Country makes a more defined contribution but is also more accessible to a lay reader than it would have been otherwise. Open Access publication is another major benefit of the NHP series which means my first book can reach a larger readership than it would have through another publication route.

NHP author Dr Ewan Gibbs on publishing with the series, February 2021.

Open Access and a wider readership

The first 6 New Historical Perspectives titles were downloaded 26,000 times in 2020 in 68 countries. All titles available chapter-by-chapter via JSTOR OA Books.