Founded in 1952, the Past and Present Society runs a journal, Past and Present, has its own book series, sponsors conferences, and appoints two postdoctoral fellows every year.

Past and Present is widely acknowledged to be the liveliest and most stimulating historical journal in the English-speaking world. The journal’s contents reflect the Society’s belief that history should be accessible and interesting to a wide range of readers, and its articles are intended to appeal to non-specialists as well as to experts. Since its inception in 1952, the mark of a P&P article was that it should be a properly researched study which showed an awareness of the wider implications of that research. Its remit is worldwide, and across all time periods.


Subscription information is available here. Individual subscriptions cost £39 per year (£24 for senior citizens and students) for four issues of the journal and the annual Supplement.

Supplements are also available to buy individually as books.

Submissions and information for authors

We welcome new submissions in all areas. More information for authors, and detailed submission guidelines, can be found here. Instructions for online submission (which is preferred) can be found here and the online submission website is here.

We hope to reach decisions on most submissions well within four months (and certainly no longer than six), and we will contact you if the refereeing process takes longer than this. We also offer advance access publication, which allows for swift online publication in advance of the print issue.

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