Happy New Year from your OHR Editors

By Janneken Smucker, Abigail Perkiss, and David Caruso, co-editors

After a winter break and the turning of a new calendar year, we are back at the Oral History Review blog, eager to share the latest research and news related to the oral history community. During the past year we’ve been preparing for a big transition, and as of January 1, it is finally here. We are proud to announce our new publishing partnership with Routledge, part of the Taylor and Francis group, based here in the editorial team’s hometown of Philadelphia. We look forward to working with Routledge to connect with our readers in new ways, through digital media and international outreach. Routledge shares our commitment to the publicly engaged humanities, a concept the Oral History Association has embraced before anyone ever used such a term.

For you, dear readers, there will be few significant changes, although we encourage you to bookmark our new home at Routledge so you can find the latest articles, reviews, and instructions for authors. As in the past, Oral History Association members have full access to the OHR archive through our members site. As you renew your memberships this year, you’ll see we have rolled out a new option that allows readers to opt in to receive the print version of the journal; all members will have access to the online version by default. We will continue to publish the print copy, but will only send to readers that continue to prefer this format.

We welcome article submissions on all aspects of oral history methodology, theory, and pedagogy. We have already been hearing your great concepts for our upcoming special issue on ethics in oral history. You have until June 1, 2020 to submit your articles on this topic. We also welcome reviews of books and non-print/media projects

As always, we encourage you to participate in our oral history community by writing for our blog. Have a think piece on our methods and discipline rattling around in your brain? Want to share with our readers the project you’ve been working on, or address ways current events relate to oral history in a timely way? Pitch us your ideas.

Finally, we have made a slight alteration to how we are conceiving our editorial team: we’ve removed the titles from our core editorial positions, and each now go by “co-editor,” thus reflecting the nimble and collaborative approach we’ve had toward editing the journal since we took the helm in 2018. 

We look forward to engaging with you all in 2020. 


JS, AP, and DC, co-editors