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Focus and Scope

The International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity (HCM) is a peer-reviewed journal that offers a forum for interdisciplinary scholarship in the domain of the humanities. The journal stimulates research and a lively academic exchange in the field of the cultural history of modernity worldwide.

The journal conceives ‘modernity’ as a concept, as a problem, and as a period. The concept is rooted historically in the Enlightenment and its alter ego Romanticism. Modernity involves, on the most abstract level, contested ideas like universalism, cosmopolitanism, authenticity, progress, individuality, equality, reason, identity, aesthetics and religion. Modernity as a topical problem entails a critical discussion of its origins, trajectory, variations and perceived decline, from a global perspective. As a period, modernity essentially but not inevitably covers the years between 1750 and the present. Above all, modernity requires a serious practical effort. The ideas and theories that deal with modernity are not free floating intellectual artefacts: they confront real situations and actual dilemmas.

HCM is the only journal focused on modern cultural history that publishes in open access. HCM guarantees the rapid publication of articles that meet its high standards of academic quality. Drawing its authors and expertise from all over the world, HCM offers a global perspective of our modern culture and its history.

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Publication Frequency

The International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity publishes four issues a year. Articles are pre-published as soon as the reviewing and editing procedure has been successfully completed.

Open Access Policy

Authors of open-access articles published in the International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license agreement.

Archiving Policy

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal utilises LOCKSS  and CLOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.


The International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity is indexed by the following services:

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All HCM content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). 

In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

If the International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Website Images

This website contains several free of use images and materials. The editors and publishers wish to acknowledge the following sources for the use of contents:

  • The picture used for the homepage header is designed by Freepik
  • Pictures used as thumbnails for articles are registered under a CC0 license
  • Thumbnail article Tavinor (Vol 4-issue 1-2016) registered under , format has been changed
  • The image on the homepage 'Photograph of Women Working at a Bell System Telephone Switchboard' was retrieved from Wikimedia Commons (no known copyright restrictions exist)

Every effort has been made to trace rights holders, but if any have been inadvertently overlooked, the publishers would be pleased to make the necessary arrangements at the first opportunity.


We encourage all authors to self-archive their published article(s) in the repository of their institution.

This journal is registered as a SHERPA/RoMEO Blue journal.

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