About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Historein is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access electronic journal published biannually by the Cultural and Intellectual History Society (Athens). It is both historical and interdisciplinary in its perspective. It is thus situated within a scholarly “free trade" zone that encourages the interaction between history, philosophy, social anthropology, sociology, gender and labour studies, epistemology, literary and cultural studies. Its main aim is to promote the study of themes and phenomena that cannot be approached solely from within one discipline. Historein strongly supports approaches that tend to erase the distance between theory and research by making self-reflection a vital element of historical scholarship at all levels and stages. At the centre of its interest are questions concerning the production of knowledge about the past, the historicity of interpretative and argumentative strategies, and the politics of disciplinarity. Within this framework, Historein also aims at the enrichment of the evolving debates around class, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion and generation, and the impact respective conceptualisations have had on the establishment of collective formations and subjectivities. The journal invites articles that present research around the theme of each issue. Contextual approaches and case-studies are welcomed, while emphasis is put on the national, transnational and global structures and dynamics that have defined and determined these phenomena in the modern era. Apart from scholarly articles, it also contains a review section referring mostly to recently published works mainly but not exclusively on Greece. Its intention is to create a vibrant forum for critical insights and exchanges, and invites contributions that include reviews, commentaries and review articles that promote crucial dialogue and take positions within contemporary debates in the fields of history and the humanities.

A specific Editorial Committee plans, advertises and carries out each issue. The Editorial Board (changing every five years) is responsible for the rigorous publication procedures and ensures that the journal maintains a high standard of scholarship. Finally the Ιnternational Editorial Advisory Board provides ideas and general guidelines for the planning, realizing and peer reviewing of the journal. A fully electronic publication management system ensures a speedy process, and offers authors the ability to follow the progress of their manuscripts through the publication process. An electronic as well as a print edition appears at the end of every year. The Greek National Documentation Centre (EKT) provides the publication management and technical support for the electronic issue of Historein.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to Historein are sent to two reviewers. They are asked to submit their reviews within one month. In case of conflicting reviews, the manuscript is sent to a third reviewer.

Publication Frequency

The online journal is published biannualy.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public contributes to global knowledge exchange. We encourage authors to deposit their articles, as well as data underlying the publications, in institutional and/or other appropriate subject repositories.

This journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

Sources of Financial Support

The development of this online edition of the journal Historein is possible through the project 'National Information System for Research and Technology, Phase IV - Social Networks' (www.epset.gr), implemented by the National Documentation Centre (ΕΚΤ). It is financed by the program "Digital Convergence" of the National Strategic Reference Framework Programme for Development 2007-2013, co-funded by the European Union - European Regional Development Fund and the Greek State.


The National Documentation Centre (www.ekt.gr) is a national infrastructure. Since 1980, it actively engages in the collection, organization and dissemination of scientific and technological information in Greece and internationally. EKT’s strategic priority is the aggregation, organized online dissemination and preservation of quality-assured scholarly and educational content in a single research infrastructure.

EKT’s vision is “Access to Knowledge”. To this end it implements Open Access policies in research, supports the transfer and dissemination of scientific knowledge, collaborates with research, education and cultural institutions for the aggregation, organization and dissemination of digital content and provides innovative services in scientific information.

EKT provides reliable ePublishing services as part of its scholarly content aggregation and dissemination activities . Its integrated online ePublishing environment is developed with open-source interoperable technology. This affords the incorporation of EKT’s infrastructures into the continuously developing international infrastructure environment.

EKT’s ePublishing services (http://epublishing.ekt.gr/) are directed to public and extended public institution publishers of accredited scholarly journals. They include, most significantly, the organization, documentation and organized dissemination of metadata and content of scholarly journals, the training and consulting services on issues such as intellectual property, the standardization of editorial processes according to internationally accepted standards, the inclusion of content and metadata in international content indexers and harvesters via interoperable systems.

Journal History

Historein was conceived as an intellectual intervention, a space for reflection on the ways in which historians position themselves within historiographical traditions, methodologies and sociopolitical conditions. Born in the late 1990s, Historein is the voice of the Cultural and Intellectual History Society, a collective that initially brought together junior scholars in the field of history as well as social anthropology, gender and labor studies, cultural theory and criticism.

One of our primary goals was to rigorously address methodological and theoretical issues that concerned the practice and the conceptual grounding of professional history and historical scholarship in general and to transform historiography from a space of theoretical application into a space of theoretical production. Secondly, Historein expressed our need to reconceptualise historical practices in a comparative, global and transnational perspective. The themes of the issues reflect these two directives.

Historein has operated as a forum of intellectual exchange. The journal has been closely tied to the multifarious activities of the members of the collective that constitute its editorial board: international conferences, scholarly workshops, public interventions in contemporary political and cultural debates. As this range of activities becomes increasingly more decentralized, the journal is facing up to new challenges in the present future: nurturing creativity as opposed to conventionalism, encouraging intellectuality against the grain of disciplinary coerciveness, keep raising those questions that lead to good histories.