Publishing oral history since 1969
ORAL HISTORY Journal
Oral History is the oldest and only independent journal publishing the work of oral historians in the UK and beyond. Since it was founded in 1969, it has remained consistently at the forefront of oral history debates.
The latest issue
Find out more about our new supplement to the printed journal, featuring online multimedia articles!
Responding to the Pandemic: Paul Thompson interviews Karen Worcman of the Museu da Pessoa, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Paul Thompson interviews Karen Worcman of the Museum da Pessoa about oral history during the pandemic
OHJ Reviews also now online
The reviews section of the Journal has also moved online, as an open access supplement to the printed journal.
A journal that pushes boundaries
Founded by Paul Thompson and colleagues in 1969, Oral History has published articles by leading oral historians to push boundaries and open up new areas of debate. It has looked at issues such as memory and public history, inter-generational understanding and cultural transmission, trauma, gender, race and ethnicity, inter/subjectivity, conflict and reconciliation. By joining the Oral History Society, you will receive two copies of the journal a year and have complete online access to past issues.
Interested in contributing?
The editorial group welcomes submissions from a wide range of disciplines where the significance of oral history, orality, personal testimony and remembering is understood, valued and debated. This includes academics from the humanities and social sciences, archivists, social workers, journalists working in print and new media, health and community workers, educationalists, librarians, photographers, visual artists and museum curators. The journal’s editorial policy is to sustain a lively and critical understanding of the importance of oral history for the past, present and the future.
If you have an article that you would like to contribute, please read our guidance for authors .
Tell us about your project
Each issue of the journal includes news about oral history projects currently taking place within the UK and internationally. We would very much like to hear about your project.
News about current British oral history projects is featured in the journal. To submit content to the Current British Work section, please send your story in Word format (up to 1,000 words an item) with full contact details to Liz Ison at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include illustrations if possible (preferably in high resolution jpegs.)
News about international work is edited by Siobhan Warrington who welcomes all contributions by email to email@example.com
Publishers and would be reviewers of books as well as films, radio and television programmes, theatre and exhibitions should contact the reviews editors, Isabel Machado and Fearghus Roulston at firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstracting and Open Access
Like other history journals, Oral History is monitoring the emerging situation around Open Access and Plan S compliance. As the October 2019 Royal Historical Society document on this matter makes clear (see https://royalhistsoc.org/policy/publication-open-access/) UKRI’s policy for implementation of Open Access remains sketchy. Oral History and its editors are constantly monitoring this situation. The current policy of the journal complies with current requirements at UK HE institutions around REF and open access. The journal supplies authors with PDF copies of their accepted manuscripts before publication and these can be uploaded to the author’s institutional repository.