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Focus and Scope

The Virginia Tech Undergraduate Historical Review welcomes submissions from all current or recently-graduated undergraduate students at four-year colleges and universities.  The Review publishes works of original historical research and historiography.  All research articles are based on original historical research conducted from a comprehensive base of appropriate primary sources and feature a clear historical argument that is integrated throughout the paper.  They also include an extensive historiography section which demonstrates the article's unique contribution to the historical conversation.  All historiographical articles contain an original historiographical argument about the development of the historical conversation on a particular topic over time.  There are no restrictions on acceptable time periods or historical topics.  The Review also welcomes articles that apply insights from other disciplines as long as they make a historical or historiographical argument.

Publication Frequency

The Review is typically published annually every spring.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.



The Virginia Tech Undergraduate Historical Review released its first issue in the Spring of 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Robert Stephens. Since its inception, the goal of the editorial team has been to seek out the best undergraduate research in history and disseminate it to a wider audience. In order to help students experience the publishing process, submissions are typically reviewed in multiple rounds and authors are given detailed feedback to help them revise their essays to their fullest potential. Although the journal began with a focus on giving the opportunity for publishing to Virginia Tech students, within the last three years the opportunity to submit has expanded to regional institutions on the east coast. The editorial team is looking forward to expanding further in the future!

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