Publishing oral history since 1969


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!

The reviews section of the Journal has also moved online, as an open access supplement to the printed journal. 

Download highlights from 50 years of the Journal for free!

Journal search

Searching for a particular article?  Or are you looking for articles on a specific topic? You can search the journal archive by decade or by keyword. 


Download articles

If you are a member of the OHS, you can search and download complete articles from the Journal Archive via JSTOR.



Join the Society and get two printed copies a year plus online access to the Journal Archive.


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 Camille Johnson at 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

Guidance for submitting articles

Please send news of oral history projects in the UK to

News of international projects should be sent to Siobhan Warrington.


Publisher specifications for advertising in Oral History can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.

For enquiries about advertising contact Liz Ison:


Back issues of the journal, going back to 1972, are available to order or are freely available and downloadable via JSTOR to individual and institutional members.

Reprint Permissions

We are happy to consider requests to reprint articles from Oral History in another publication.


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

Abstracting and Open Access

Oral History is abstracted here and in: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences and at ZETOC (Electronic Table of Contents from the British Library) at

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 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.

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