Historical Life Course Studies is a no-fee Open Access journal in historical population studies. It was launched in 2013, as a part of the European Historical Population Samples Network (EHPS-Net). This network brings scholars together to implement a common format for databases on historical populations with data on the micro-level: The Intermediate Data Structure (IDS). The main aim of the EHPS-net, which is funded by the European Science Foundation, is to foster international comparative research.
The only criterion for publishing in Historical Life Course Studies is academic quality, which is evaluated based on double-blind peer-review by leading specialists in the field. The journal is open to scholars from all corners of the world and publishes theoretical, empirical and methodological papers, which deal with the latest issues in the fields of demography, family studies, sociology, anthropology and geography, from a historical perspective. There are no boundaries in time or space. Priority is given to longitudinal studies on the basis of micro-level data on historical populations, but cross-sectional studies are also published. We welcome also database descriptions and papers on transcription of data, database documentation, as well as extraction programs, algorithms and other technical contributions with respect to the methodology of large historical databases. Data and syntax can be published in the form of Open Data on the website.
Historical Life Course Studies is hosted by the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The journal is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers.
Paul Puschmann (Radboud University & KU Leuven) and Luciana Quaranta (Lund University) are the co-editors-in-chief.