Communication and Information Services for Historians



H-Soz-u-Kult is a specialised forum and an online moderated information and communication platform for historians which publishes specialised academic news and publications. Since its founding in 1996, the operators of the platform have adhered to the motto “from academics – for academics – by academics” and are committed to the principles of open-accessand community network. Its central editorial office is located at the History Department of the Humboldt University of Berlin. H-Soz-u-Kult has developed into a significant provider and distributor of information for historians in the German-speaking area.

Current articles from the academic world can be accessed via H-Soz-u-Kult’s website, email and RSS-feeds. Having registered with H-Soz-u-Kult, participants can order subscriptions for various editorial sections, and readers can publish relevant information from their ongoing work. H-Soz-u-Kult is read by more than 20,000 email subscribers, in particular at all institutes of historical science in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The editorial range has been augmented with contributions from the complementary forums history.transnational and Contemporary-History-Online since 2004.

H-Soz-u-Kult is a part of Clio-online’s offer and is mainly funded by the Humboldt-University in Berlin. H-Soz-u-Kult is also a partner in a wide range of other academic projects, and was supported by the German Research Foundation for many years.

Editorial Department and Advisory Council

H-Soz-u-Kult’s main editorial office at the Humboldt University of Berlin is always active. Its voluntary editorial staff consists of over 40 people from almost all fields of historical science. H-Soz-u-Kult’s editors vouch for the selection of the news, guarantee the compliance with quality standards, and process and archive the published articles on the web. The predominantly voluntary editorial team publishes more than 1,000 reviews of relevant publications annually. Additionally, more than 500 reports on historians’ conferences, articles and contributions about ongoing academic events, more than 2,000 announcements of upcoming scientific events, the current tables of contents of more than 450 periodicals from historical science, and more than 900 advertisements for jobs or scholarships as well as information concerning university courses are published. [As of Dec. 2010]

H-Soz-u-Kult is supported by an academic advisory council which is committed to the project and contributes specialised knowledge. For further information on the H-Soz-u-Kult editorial team and the H-Soz-u-Kult advisory council see the pages "editorial team" and "advisory council".

Target Group / Circulation

The continuously growing amount of email subscribers to H-Soz-u-Kult is testament to the large affinity of the target group to the specific academic information available. The majority of all professional historians of all individual fields of historical science in the German-speaking area, and over 50 other countries, receive H-Soz-u-Kult via email, the website and increasingly via RSS-feed. The readership is, increasingly, also comprised by students, employees of archives, libraries and museums, and journalists.

All H-Soz-u-Kult articles can be easily researched and accessed online. Due to its wide range of information, H-Soz-u-Kult’s website is an intensively used online resource for historical research. Now, up to one million page views by up to 250,000 unique visitors from more than 100 countries are registered per month on the website. For further information on H-Soz-u-Kult’s circulation see the page media data.

Frequency of Publication

H-Soz-u-Kult publishes up to 20 contributions in various sections per day. The majority of them are emailed to subscribers and focus on reviews, announcements and reports on scientific events. Increasingly, tables of content from academic periodicals as well as advertisements for jobs and scholarships are received. For further information regarding publishing at H-Soz-u-Kult see the section on submission of articles.

Subscriptions / Personalisation

H-Soz-u-Kult articles can be provided as email subscriptions via two routes. Only the registration of the email address is required for the submission of articles.

By using the „My Clio“ service of the Clio-online portal you can subscribe to a selection of articles from H-Soz-u-Kult, Contemporary-History-Online and history.transnational. ‘My Clio’s’ convenient web user-interface also provides options to control the sending and forwarding of personal information. Additionally, participants can publish their academic vita as a personal entry on Clio-online’s list of researchers.

Clio-online also provides additional services for H-Soz-u-Kult. The search engine „‘historical reviews online’ (HRO)“ grants access to various other online historical reviews. It includes the latest online academic reviews, which are available as full texts with no access restrictions. Via further links, reviewed new releases can be researched in other databases and catalogues.


H-Soz-u-Kult is a part of Clio-online whose development and extension was predominantly funded by the German Research Foundation between 2002 and 2007. The registered association Clio-online – Gateway for Historical Scholarship e.V.", which was founded by renowned providers of academic information, became the funding organisation at the end of 2007. Since then, the costs for the technological services and the core editorial team have been carried mainly by the Humboldt University of Berlin. Further editorial teams are located at the Centre for Research on Contemporary History (Contemporary-History-Online) in Potsdam and at the University of Leipzig (history.transnational).

Clio-online bundles internet offers for historians, develops new concepts for conveying specialised information and also provides a technological infrastructure that supports a more intensive usage of the internet in historical science. For further information see the Clio-onlineportal.

In addition, H-Soz-u-Kult also participates in H-Net (Humanities & Social Sciences Online), an international association of researchers from the humanities and the social sciences in America. H-Soz-u-Kult’s cryptic name is derived from the connection with H-Net - the acronym stands for ‘Humanities – Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte’ (Humanities – Social and Cultural History). In a joint effort, new opportunities to use information technologies for improving the free and international exchange of academic ideas and resources are being developed. Thus, H-Soz-u-Kult endeavours to further develop and extend a wide-ranging offer of independent, peer-review-based information and communication services for historical science. The cooperation between H-Soz-u-Kult, Clio-online and the American H-Net is based on a contract, ‘Affiliation Agreement H-Net – Clio-online’, signed in 2003.

Contact us

c/o Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Philosophische Fakultät I
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften
Sitz: Friedrichstrasse 191-193
D-10099 Berlin

Tel.: ++49-(0)30/2093-70602,-70605 und -70606

Fax: ++49 (0)30-2093-70656


As of March 2011

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