Journal of Social History joins Oxford University Press

From Oxford University Press, embargoed until Thursday, February 24, 2011:

The Journal of Social History: Societies & Cultures has joined Oxford University Press (OUP), beginning with the September 2011 issue.

This well-known quarterly journal was founded in 1967 by Peter Stearns, who continues to edit the journal out of George Mason University. As a top-ranked journal in the field of social history, it is widely recognized for its high-quality and innovative scholarship and has from its beginnings served as a catalyst for many of the most important developments in the history profession as a whole.

The founder and editor, Peter Stearns, commented, ‘Joining up with OUP is an important and logical step for the journal and can only heighten its international profile and widen its availability to new readers. At a time when the publishing landscape is shifting quickly, I am delighted to have found a publishing sponsor with the sense of engaged interest, experience, and innovative drive that has been in evidence at Oxford since we began these conversations. I look forward to continuing to edit the journal in this new publishing partnership.’

Niko Pfund, Acting Interim President and Publisher of the Academic Division of Oxford University Press in New York, expressed similar enthusiasm, ‘Peter is a legendary figure in academic history circles and we’ve all been astonished at how much he and his colleagues, most especially Carol Sturz, have accomplished with the journal. It’s a privilege to have been chosen to steward the JSH toward its bright future, and we look forward to drawing on the entrepreneurial spirit with which Peter has imbued it.’

Individual and institutional subscribers will receive renewal notices from OUP for subscriptions expiring at the end of June 2011 or later. All current online or combined subscriptions include electronic access to issues back to 1996. The journal will also be included in the Oxford Journals Digital Archive from 2012, making all issues back to volume 1, issue 1 available to Archive customers.

As one of the top-cited journals in history, the Journal of Social History will expand and strengthen the Oxford Journals list in history. The journal will enjoy increased international exposure as it is featured at conferences and meetings in history and other related fields and is included in OUP’s library consortia agreements throughout the world.

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