The Columbia Journal of History (CJH), formerly the Columbia Undergraduate Journal of History, is a publication of the Undergraduate History Council at Columbia University. The Journal was founded in 2008 to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to contribute their research to the field of history. Our Executive Board reviews student submissions from history departments across the United States and abroad, and selects about 10% of submissions for inclusion in each annual edition.
The Columbia Journal of History is an independent, peer-reviewed undergraduate research publication that promotes intellectual inquiry and recognizes outstanding historical literature on diverse subjects.
Aim and Scope
The Columbia Journal of History aims to increase accessibility within the academic publishing landscape. Our Editors welcome the submission of historical research papers produced in seminars, upper-level electives, independent study and/or thesis programs. Papers can be short or long (5–7,000 words are recommended, however, there is flexibility at the discretion of Editors), and may feature polemical, topical, theoretical, or archival approaches.
Topics accepted for this journal include but are not limited to:
Business, labor, and economic history
Latin America & the Caribbean
Middle East history
Nordic Europe history
Science and technology history
Southeast Asia history
Western Europe history
Media and books
The United States and Canada
Australasia and Oceania history
East Asia history
Southern Europe history
Ethnic and racial studies
Art and architecture history
British Isles history
Teaching and methodology
Middle Ages history
Modern and contemporary history
South Asia history
Women’s and gender studies
The Columbia Journal of History practices a policy of double-blind review— both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. Each article is reviewed by two Editors assigned by the Journal. This method reinforces our mission to expand accessibility within the academic publishing landscape by enabling new authors to gain a firsthand look at the competitive editorial process. Our Editors support manuscript revision and preparation through thoughtful and constructive feedback.
Open Access Policy
The Columbia Journal of History is an open access journal. Our published content is free to access without charge to user or institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking for permission from the publisher or the author. Authors retain their copyright and agree to license their articles with a Creative Commons “Attribution” License (CC-BY) unless otherwise noted on the article landing page. You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at creativecommons.org.
CJH charges no author fees upon submission or acceptance.
If you are a Columbia student interested in joining the Journal as an Editor, we invite you to submit an application.
Columbia Undergraduate History Council
Columbia Department of History
Columbia University Libraries
Barnard Department of History
Barnard Library and Academic Information Services
The Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History
The Columbia Undergraduate Research Journal
The Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society
Yale Historical Review
Vanderbilt Historical Review
Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History