Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Contributing to transparency of research, accelerating dissemination and fostering reuse of scholarly data.

Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences is soliciting new submissions, in particular related to the following domains:
• Archaeology and geo-archaeological research
• Social and economic history
• Oral history
• Language and literature
• Audio-visual media
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The Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences (RDJ) is a peer-reviewed journal, which is designed to comprehensively document and publish deposited datasets and to facilitate their online exploration. RDJ is e-only and Open Access, and focuses on research across the Social Sciences and the Humanities.

The publication language is English. RDJ contains data papers: scholarly publications of medium length (with a maximum of 2500 words) containing a description of a dataset and putting the data in a research context.

How it works Before publication a data paper is assessed by peer reviewers and data specialists. They will give feedback to the author and indicate the necessary improvements for acceptance. DANS is founder of RDJ and is responsible for the Editorial Board for the Humanities Section. For the Social Sciences Section, the Editorial Board is coordinated by the UK Data Service. For sub-fields specific Editorial Boards will be set up.

Data papers receive a persistent identifier (DOI). The author, usually also the data depositor, will receive publication credits. Datasets that underpin the submitted data papers should be formally published in a trusted digital archive or repository.

RDJ is founded by Brill and DANS in 2016. From 2021 the journal is published in collaboration with CESSDA.
Online submission: Articles for publication in Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences can be submitted online through Editorial Manager, please click here.

Download Author Instructions (PDF).
Ron Dekker, Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA)

Hans Voorbij
Femmy Admiraal, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
Valentijn Gilissen, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
Dirk Roorda, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)

Editorial Board Social Sciences Section
Louise Corti (chair), University of Essex
Dr. Libby Bishop, University of Essex
Vanessa Higgins, CMIST, University of Manchester
Dr. Victoria Moody, Jisc Manchester
Deborah Wiltshire, University of Essex

Editorial Board Economic and Social History Section
Dr. Christiaan van Bochove (chair), Radboud University Nijmegen
Prof. Jean-Pascal Bassino, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Dr. Jutta Bolt, University of Groningen / Lund University
Prof. Dr. Ulbe Bosma, International Institute of Social History / VU Amsterdam
Prof. Dr. Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, Utrecht University
Dr. Auke Rijpma, Utrecht University
Dr. Pim de Zwart, Wageningen University & Research