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 students and academics to contribute their research to the field of history. We review student submissions from history departments across the United States and abroad, and then select the most exemplary among them to be published in the Journal. Through our broad and inclusive approach to editorial board creation, community development, and focus on ethical practice, this open access publication provides venues for new academics and subjects to enter the publishing landscape.

The Columbia Journal of History promotes innovative, ethical, and diverse scholarship by serving as a means to share exciting and meaningful research on historical subjects.

Aim and Scope
The Columbia Journal of History aims to increase subject diversity and opportunities for undergraduate students of history to participate in academic publishing. The Editors welcome outstanding student research papers from seminars, upper-level electives, independent study and thesis programs that relate to the field of history. Papers can be short or long (5–7,000 words is recommended, but there is flexibility in both directions at the discretion of the Editors), illustrated or not, and polemical, topical, theoretical, archival, tightly focussed or wide ranging in approach. They may also be cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural. Current debates and topical issues are welcome. Articles are not remunerated and illustrations are the responsibility of individual contributors.

Peer Review
The Columbia Journal of History practices a policy of double blind review, where each review is subject to two reviews by anonymous peers mediated by the Journal’s editors. The peer review process is an opportunity for referees to participate in our mission to produce high quality scholarship and create a supportive environment where emerging scholars can experience the review and editing process. Reviewers are expected to provide personal and professional opinions based on their expertise and to deliver thoughtful and constructive feedback based on their consideration of the articles under review.

Open Access Policy
The Columbia Journal of History is an open access journal. Our published content is free to access without charge to the user or their 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 prior 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, please submit an application here.

Partners & Sponsors

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
History Matters
Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History

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