Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England

 Official publication of 
 The Jewish Historical Society of England

 ISSN: 2397-1290

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Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England (JHS) is a peer-reviewed open access journal that aims to serve as a leading forum for Anglo-Jewish historiography, as well as comparative and multi-site work that integrates English-speaking Jews in its approach.

In addition to scholarly articles, the journal includes contributions that derive from presentations to the Society. The journal will also publish contributions to Jewish history, reflecting the interests and concerns of the parent body, the JHSE, as well as the Society’s annual Presidential Address.

First published in 1893, Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England is known to many as Transactions, and is the official publication of The Jewish Historical Society of England. 



The Jewish Historical Society of England is the oldest historical and learned society of its kind in Europe. The society was founded in 1893 by the foremost Anglo-Jewish scholars and communal leaders of the day. Past presidents have included Lucien Wolf, F.D. Mocatta, Israel Zangwill, Cecil Roth and Sir Isaiah Berlin. The society is based in London, and has branches in Essex, Leeds, Liverpool, Herts and Middlesex, Sussex and Jerusalem. Read more here.


Prof Michael Berkowitz, UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies, UCL, UK


Reviews editor

Dr Lars Fischer, Honorary Research Associate, UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies, UCL, UK and Jewish Studies Department of the Royal Historical Society


Editorial Board

Prof Nathan Abrams, School of Music and Media, Bangor University, UK
Prof Geoffrey Alderman, School of Humanities, University of Buckingham, UK
Prof Michael Alpert, Emeritus Professor, University of Westminster, UK
Malcolm Brown, Independent scholar, London, UK
Prof Geoffrey Cantor, Emeritus Professor, University of Leeds, UK and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Science and Technology Studies,UCL, UK
Prof Todd Endelman, Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, USA
Prof David Feldman, Birkbeck, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Prof Steven Fine, Center for Israel Studies, Yeshiva University, USA
Prof Shirli Gilbert, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, UK
Prof Motti Golani, The Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel 
Prof Malachi Hacohen, History Department, Duke University, USA
Dr Sharman Kadish, Founder-Director, Jewish Heritage UK, UK
Prof Ephraim Kanarfogel, Department of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University, USA
Dr Anne Kershen, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Dr Rebecca Kobrin, Department of History, Columbia University, USA
Prof Tony Kushner, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, UK
Prof Daniel Langton, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester, UK
Prof Philippa Levine, Department of History, University of Texas, USA
Dr Ross McKibbin, Faculty of History, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Julie Mell, Department of History, North Carolina State University, USA
Jonathan Romain, Maidenhead Synagogue, UK
Prof Miri Rubin, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Prof David Ruderman, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein, Leo Baeck College and George Washington University, USA
Prof Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Historical and Philological Sciences, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Sorbonne, France and Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford, UK
Prof Anita Shapira, Department of Jewish History, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Prof Daniel Soyer, History Department, Fordham University, USA
Prof Robert Stacey, Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, USA
Prof Susan Tananbaum, Department of History, Bowdoin College, USA


Open access policy

All articles published in Jewish Historical Studies are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 international license agreement and published open access, making them immediately and freely available to read and download. The CC-BY license agreement allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work. Further information regarding this can be found at and licensing terms and conditions can be found on our Editorial Policy pages.  


Abstracting & indexing

UCL Press works with subject specific indexers to deposit published articles in relevant repositories and search databases. Articles published in Jewish Historical Studies are indexed in the following:

  • Baidu
  • Dimensions  
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCOHost
  • Google Scholar
  • OCLC
  • OpenAIRE
  • Portico digital archive
  • RAMBI – The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (National library of Israel)
  • ScienceOpen database
  • UCL Discovery 


Peer review

Jewish Historical Studies operates double blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references, to the author(s) for peer review.

Further information regarding peer review can be found on our Editorial Policy pages.


Article publication charges (APC)

UCL Press journals do not charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC) for submission or publication in this journal. Jewish Historical Studies authors will not be required to make an APC payment for submission or publication of their article.


Archival Content

Previous volumes of Jewish Historical Studies are available via the Jewish Historical Society of England and via JSTOR. Please contact the society for further information.

How to submit

Authors should follow the journal’s author guidelines. Manuscripts that are not formatted appropriately for the journal will be referred to edit accordingly before peer review.

All submissions should be sent to the Editor. Please email your full manuscript, author CV, as well as a 300 word abstract to the Editor at

Before submitting to the journal, all authors must have read and agreed to the journal’s Editorial Policy.

Preparing your manuscript

Authors are requested to follow the guidelines for journal authors, as well as the following specific instructions outlined here.

All manuscripts for consideration should be e-mailed as an attachment in an MS Word file to the Editor at

Substantial articles of around 8000 words as well as other submissions, should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. (This is a departure from previous policy.) The entire manuscript (including footnotes) should be double-spaced and pages must be numbered consecutively. Authors of accepted articles will be asked to prepare a final version in accordance with the style of Transactions and to submit it as an email attachment. Footnotes should be reserved for references only.

There is an important exception to the guidelines of the Chicago Manual: in the text and footnotes, please place close-quotation marks before any related punctuation, unless the quotation is a complete sentence. This is British practice, but a good one.


Salomons suggested it be called “a peace congress”.

“Israelis have developed a normal life”, wrote Berlin in 1975.

Quotations should appear in English, in double inverted commas (this is a change from previous practice). Quotations within quotations should be in single inverted commas. Longer quotations – of about 100 words or ten typed lines – should be indented, preceded and followed by an empty line, and without inverted commas. Words omitted in the course of a quotation should be indicated by three full stops (periods). If the end of a sentence is omitted, four full stops (periods) should be used. Square brackets (parentheses) should be placed around comments inserted by the author in a quotation.



  • Figures must be ready for photographic reproduction.
  • Charts and graphs must be professionally prepared and computer-generated on a laser printer, in black ink on white paper, and should remain legible after a 50% reduction.
  • Photographs and reproductions of works of art must be high-quality and high-resolution. These must be submitted in separate electronic files of not less than 1 MB each.
  • All labels and details on figures must be clearly printed.
  • Authors are required to obtain rights and permission for all images and to supply full captions with necessary credits


Citations of texts

  • With the exceptions listed above, Transactions follows the documentation guidelines as set out in the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition
  • All notes should appear as footnotes (that is, not as in the “Harvard” or social-science style of references).
  • The titles of works not in English should appear in the original language or in transliteration. All titles of works in Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish languages should appear in transliteration, with only the first word of the article and proper names capitalized.
  • The shortened version of edited by (ed.), translated by (trans.), and compiled by (comp.) are preferred.
  • Please include first names of authors where known.
  • Publication details: (place: publisher, date) is preferred to (place, date). Please note that this is a change from earlier practice.
  • When citing a note, the page number should be listed first followed by n. and the note number: 20 n. 17.

Some examples of books

Stuart A. Cohen, English Zionists and British Jews: The Communal Politics of Anglo- Jewry, 1895–1920(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1982).

short form after first use: Cohen, English Zionists, 39.

Ada Rapoport-Albert and Steven J. Zipperstein, eds., Jewish History: Essays in Honour of Chimen Abramsky (London: Peter Halban, 1988).

Lloyd P. Gartner, “Jewish Historiography in the United States and Britain”, in Jewish History: Essays in Honour of Chimen Abramsky, ed. Ada Rapoport-Albert and Steven J. Zipperstein (London: Peter Halban, 1988), 199–227.

short form after first use: Gartner, “Jewish Historiography”, 202.


David Conway, “John Braham: From meshorrer to Tenor”, Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England 41 (2007): 37–61.

short form after first use: Conway, “John Braham”, 42.

Theses and dissertations

Milton Gold, “Nordau on Degeneration: A Study of the Book and its Cultural Significance” (PhD diss., Columbia University, 1957), 108–17.


Article types

Original research article
Research articles are detailed studies reporting research classified as primary literature.

Review article
Reviews provide critical and systematic appraisal of the current research to provide authoritative judgement to its particular context, topic, and field.

Book review
Book reviews are brief concise articles that provide an evaluation of a published scholarly book. Book reviews are generally invited only, however suggestions are welcome and should be sent to the Editors of the journal. A book review might assess the importance of a book's contribution to a particular field covered by the journal’s aims and scope and should aim to objectively review the strengths and weaknesses that concern the journal’s audience. (Please refer to the journal's aims and scope).


Special issues

Jewish Historical Studies welcomes proposals from Guest Editors for specific special issues. These special issues are themed and focused publications that fit within the overarching remit of the journal. Proposals are welcome from editors with a specialism in any relevant field. All general enquiries should be sent to the Editors by emailing




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