History Education Research Journal

Formerly the International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research

By UCL IOE Press (publishers) in partnership with the Historical Association

About the History Education Research Journal (HERJ)

The History Education Research Journal (HERJ) is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the global significance and impact of history education. It covers all aspects of history education theory, scholarship, and pure and applied research. Articles illuminate contemporary issues, concerns, policies and practice, drawing upon the eclectic research methodologies of history education research.

The journal is published by the UCL Institute of Education Press in partnership with The Historical Association (HA). It will publish twice a year, in April and October. 

The first issue is now available open access – free of charge – on the IngentaConnect platform: 
Access HERJ here

Aims and scope

The History Education Research Journal reflects the common interests of the global history education community in its role, nature, significance and impact, at all levels and in all contexts – from the personal, familial and communal to the local, national, regional and international. HERJ has an interest in linking theory, scholarship, research, policy and practice, and a commitment to strengthening citizenship through history education at all levels and in all states and jurisdictions.

The journal was founded in 2001, and published for 17 years as the International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research (IJHLTR). Its new name marks the move to open-access publication through UCL Institute of Education Press.

All back copies of IJHLTR are now available via the UCL IOE Press's HERJ. 

Find out more about the HERJ (UCL IOE Press website)

Call for papers

The History Education Research Journal invites submission of articles on all aspects of theory, scholarship and research in history education. We publish general papers alongside those for special features, so please feel free to submit a paper at any time on any subject relevant to the journal.

We especially welcome articles of around 6000 words that reveal links between research, policy, and practice and which analyse key themes in history education. We also consider other types of content. Please submit articles to HERJ’s submissions editors, Hilary Cooper and Jon Nichol, at heirnet@gmail.com.

Every issue of HERJ features reviews of publications and reports on history education. Please send your reviews to the submissions editors.


  • Dr Arthur Chapman, UCL Institute of Education
  • Prof Hilary Cooper, University of Cumbria
  • Prof Jon Nichol, History Education International Research Network

Editorial board

  • Dr Katharine Burn, University of Oxford 
  • Prof Carla van Boxtel, University of Amsterdam
  • Dr Arthur Chapman, UCL Institute of Education
  • Prof Hilary Cooper, University of Cumbria
  • Alison Kitson, UCL Institute of Education
  • Prof Andreas Körber, University of Hamburg
  • Prof Jon Nichol, History Education International Research Network
  • Dr Andy Pearce, UCL Institute of Education
  • Prof Arie Wilschut, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences