Historical Social Research

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Historical Social Research (HSR) or Historical Social Research

description Trade journal
Area of ​​Expertise Humanities and Social Sciences
language English German
First edition 1976
Frequency of publication quarterly
Editor-in-chief Wilhelm Heinz Schröder
editor GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Web link www.gesis.org/hsr/

Historical Social Research ( HSR ) is an international, peer-reviewed scientific journal on historical social research .

Structure and characteristics

The journal has existed since 1976, initially under the title QUANTUM Information as a newsletter of the QUANTUM working group and since 1979 under the current title. The contributions are mainly in English and partly in German. Four HSR issues plus one supplement are published each year. The HSR publishes up to 100 scientific articles by international authors per year. As the official journal of the QUANTUM working group, Historical Social Research is published by GESIS - Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences in Cologne. HSR subscribers include over 150 libraries worldwide.

The HSR is represented in the Social Science Citation Index and among other things - without a moving wall - is made accessible in JSTOR .

In recognition of its quality, the European Science Foundation included the HSR in the European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) in 2011.

The HSR is managed by a managing editor (since 1986 Wilhelm Heinz Schröder ) and overseen by an international group of editors. It is published in cooperation with the existing user and frontline organizations of historical social research and with related online networks, online portals and online journals.

As the official journal of the QUANTUM working group and the INTERQUANT international commission, the HSR initially acted as the international lead organ for the scientific application of computer-aided statistical methods ( statistics ) for the analysis of historical data .

The HSR sees itself meanwhile as an international journal for the application of formal methods for the description and analysis of historical events , structures and processes . In simplified terms, formal methods can be understood as all methods that are sufficiently intersubjectively designed to function as an information science algorithm . Set formal methods - e.g. B. in the analysis of linguistic, spatial or temporal structures - not necessarily quantification or the use of computers.

The application of formal methods to history ranges from historical research in the social sciences to empirical quantitative and qualitative social research to cliometry and historical information science . Historical social research can also be understood as an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary paradigm . Historical social research thus tries to make a methodological contribution to bringing the humanities , social sciences and life sciences closer together .

The magazine is supplemented by three other offers:

  1. HSR Supplement is a printed series of supplements that contains introductions, lecture notes, readers, data documentation and more.
  2. HSR Transition is a freely accessible online supplement that contains introductions, lecture notes, readers, data documentation, data sets and databases.
  3. HSF book series: Historical and social science research was founded in 1977. By the time the series was discontinued in 1991, a total of 17 subject volumes and 6 research documents had been published.

The HSF book series acted as the journalistic flagship of quantitative historical social research in the pioneering days. It was only later that she was replaced in this role by HSR magazine. The HSF series can be judged as extraordinarily successful in retrospect. Standards were set in many of the fundamental contributions.

The editorial board

Main Editors

  • Heinrich Best (Jena), also Managing Editor
  • Wilhelm H. Schröder (Cologne), also Managing Editor-in-Chief

Managing Editors

  • Wilhelm H. Schröder, Editor-In-Chief (Cologne)
  • Nina Baur (Berlin)
  • Heinrich Best (Jena)
  • Rainer Diaz-Bone (Lucerne)
  • Philip J. Janssen (Cologne)
  • Johannes Marx (Bamberg)

Topic overview

The full texts of all contributions from the years older than 6 months are freely accessible in the HSR's online archive. Information on the current issues (brief information on the issue, tables of contents, abstracts) is available in the "Current Issues" area on the HSR homepage.

Here is an overview of the themed issues from the last 10 years:

Year 2020

  • Issue 45.3 (2020): Social Finance / Big Data
  • Issue 45.2 (2020): Military and Welfare State
  • Issue 45.1 (2020): Emotion, Authority, and National Character

Vintage 2019

  • Supplement 32 (2019): Celebrity's Histories: Case Studies & Critical Perspectives
  • Issue 44.4 (2019): Entrepreneurial Groups and Entrepreneurial Families
  • Volume 44.3 (2019): Islamicate Secularities in Past and Present
  • Issue 44.2 (2019): Governing by Numbers
  • Issue 44.1 (2019): Markets, Organizations, and Law

Vintage 2018

  • Issue 43.4 (2018): Challenged Elites - Elites as Challengers
  • Issue 43.3 (2018): Economists, Politics, and Society
  • Issue 43.2 (2018): Visualities - Sports, Bodies, and Visual Sources
  • Issue 43.1 (2018): Agent-Based Modeling in Social Science, History, and Philosophy
  • Supplement 31 (2018): Models and Modeling between Digital and Humanities
  • Supplement 30 (2018): Historical Migration Research

Vintage 2017

  • Volume 42.4 (2017): Changing Power Relations and the Drag Effects of Habitus
  • Booklet 42.3 (2017): Critique and Social Change: Historical, Cultural, and Institutional Perspectives
  • Volume 42.2 (2017): The Impact of Religious Denomination on Mentality and Behavior / Spatial Dimensions of Governance in 20th Century Political Struggles
  • Issue 42.1 (2017): Markets and Classifications. Categorizations and Valuations as Social Processes Structuring Markets
  • Supplement 29 (2017): From History to Applied Computer Science in the Humanities

Vintage 2016

  • Issue 41.4 (2016): National Political Elites and the Crisis of European Integration
  • Issue 41.3 (2016): Established-Outsider Relations / Knowledge Transfer as Intercultural Translation
  • Issue 41.2 (2016): Conventions and Quantification
  • Issue 41.1 (2016): Risk & Social History
  • Supplement 28 (2016): Contemporary history between politics, biography and methodology

2015 vintage

  • Issue 40.4 (2015): Animal Politics / Football History
  • Volume 40.3 (2015): Methods of Innovation Research
  • Issue 40.2 (2015): Climate and Beyond
  • Issue 40.1 (2015): Law and Conventions
  • Supplement 27 (2015): Politicized Social Structure

Born in 2014

  • Issue 39.4 (2014): Energy Crises
  • Issue 39.3 (2014): Terrorism and Gender
  • Issue 39.2 (2014): Spatial Analysis
  • Issue 39.1 (2014): Cultural Life Scripts
  • Supplement 26 (2014): HSR-Journal, 2004-2014

2013 vintage

  • Issue 38.4 (2013): Industry of East Germany 1950-2000
  • Issue 38.3 (2013): Space / Time Practices
  • Issue 38.2 (2013): Cultural Analysis & In-Depth Hermeneutics
  • Issue 38.1 (2013): Security and Conspiracy in History
  • Supplement 25 (2013): On the Sociography of National Socialism

Born in 2012

  • Issue 37.4 (2012): The Économie des Conventions
  • Issue 37.3 (2012): Digital Humanities
  • Issue 37.2 (2012): Political and Functional Elites in Post-Socialist Transformation
  • Issue 37.1 (2012): Elite Foundations of Social Theory and Politics
  • Supplement 24 (2011): Contemporary History

Born in 2011

  • Issue 36.4 (2011): Conventions and Institutions from a Historical Perspective
  • Issue 36.3 (2011): Change of Markets and Market Societies: Concepts and Case Studies
  • Issue 36.2 (2011): Fertility in the History of the 20th Century
  • Issue 36.1 (2011): Methods for Qualitative Management Research in the Context of Social Systems Thinking
  • Supplement 23 (2011): Collective biography as an interdisciplinary method in historical social research: A personal retrospective

HSR cooperations

  • since 1976 with the QUANTUM association (working group for quantification and methods in historical and social science research)
  • since 1982 with INTERQUANT (International Commission for the Application of quantitative Methods in History) within the framework of the international historians' association
  • since 1988 with the AHC (International Association for History and Computing) and AGE ( Working Group on History and EDV )
  • since 1998 with the information and communication networks H-Soz-u-Kult (Humanities Net - social and cultural history) and H-AHC (Humanities Net - Association History / Computing)
  • since 2001 with the association AFC (Association Française de Cliométrie)
  • since 2002 with the online journal FQS ( Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum Qualitative Social Research)
  • since 2005 with the online portal HISTORICUM-NET including the online review journal SEHEPUNKTE and the online journal ZEITENBLICKE
  • since 2006 with the online portal ZEITGESCHICHTE ONLINE (ZOL)
  • since 2008 with the online publication platform for the humanities perspectivia.net

Web links

supporting documents

  1. Entry in the JournalRankingGuide of the ZBW, accessed December 11, 2014.
  2. Entry in ERIH PLUS , accessed on December 11, 2014.
  3. HSR online archive , accessed on January 27, 2015.
  4. Current issues of the HSR , accessed on June 16, 2016.
  5. HSR 43 (2018) . GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  6. HSR 42 (2017) . GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  7. HSR 41 (2016) . GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  8. HSR 40 (2015) . GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  9. HSR 39 (2014) . GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  10. HSR 38 (2013) . GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  11. HSR 37 (2012) . GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  12. HSR 36 (2011) . GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim. Retrieved May 10, 2019.