Focus and Scope

BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review was founded in 1877 and is the leading academic journal for the history of the Netherlands, Belgium and their global presence. The journal  publishes both in print and online research and review articles which explore broad and important issues in the history of the Low Countries, and seeks to do so in a wider comparative context. In creating discussion fora and in publishing book reviews, the journal aims to enliven historical debate among both professional historians and a wider interested public. Rigorously peer-reviewed and published in Open Access, BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review seeks to present the best historical scholarship of both young and more established scholars. The journal accommodates all historical subdisciplines and covers every period of history since the Middle Ages. It accepts contributions in Dutch and English.

Publication Frequency

BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review is published four times a year in print and online as an Open Access journal. Book reviews appear online only and continuously.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published in BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Archiving Policy

Journal Archiving

All issues since 1970 are online available in open access. To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal utilises CLOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.


This journal is registered as a SHERPA/RoMEO Green journal.
Authors are explicitly encouraged to deposit their article in their institutional repository.

Impact Factor and Ranking

BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review has the INT1 ranking (previously known as A-status) from the European Science Foundation.

From 2011 onwards the journal is indexed by Thomson Reuters for inclusion in its annual Journal Citation Reports®.

The Impact Factor is 0.267, relative ranking 78/95, in the subject category History (JCR Social Science Edition 2018).

Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) Indicator 2018 Edition: 0.13

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Abstracting and Indexing

BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review is covered by the following abstracting/indexing services:

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

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

The book reviews published in this journal are indexed and made available through recensio.net.

If the BMGN-LCHR is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing uopen-journals@uu.nl or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal History

BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review in its current form exists since 1969 when two Dutch historical journals merged: Bijdragen voor de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden (BGN, 1946-1969) and  Bijdragen en Mededelingen van het Historisch Genootschap (BMHG, 1877-1969). Both the BGN and BMHG had several predecessors themselves. The new journal was named Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden. Since 2006 the Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden / The Low Countries Historical Review and from 2012 onwards BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review. All issues from 1970 onward are available online in open access, see under Content.

Journal Sponsorship

BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review is the flagship publication of the Royal Netherlands Historical Society / Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap (KNHG). The KNHG was founded in 1845 and is the oldest and largest historical society in The Netherlands. The society aims to promote the study of history and the dissemination of historical research with special regard to the history of the Low Countries. The KNHG serves more than 1000 history professionals: academics, students, teachers, and historians working in museums, archives, libraries and the heritage industry. As the umbrella organisation for the profession the KNHG offers a platform for discussion and debate to its members and to the historical community at large. It plays an important public role as a leader and public advocate for the field.
BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review is published by the KNHG as an Open Access journal in cooperation with Utrecht University Library Open Access Journals (www.uopenJournals.org), The Netherlands.

The KNHG works closely with the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and the International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS).

From 2012 to 2014 BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review received financial support from the Incentive Fund Open Access of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Support our journal

BMGN- Low Countries Historical Review is an APC-free Open Access journal published by the Royal Netherlands Historical Society (KNHG). As a not- for-profit learned society we need your support: join us and become a member so that we can continue to work for the discipline and produce this journal. With your help we will be able to disseminate knowledge and education about the history of the Low Countries as widely as possible.

Although many colleagues contribute on a voluntary basis, the editorial process and the hosting of the digital journal require funding. You can either join the KNHG (see below and www.knhg.nl for more details), or donate to ING bank account IBAN: NL18 INGB 0000 2543 21 BIC/SWIFT: INGBNL2A, stating ‘donation’.

Supportive Membership

You can join the KNHG by filling in the form at https://knhg.nl/lidmaatschap/. Subscription fee for the printed version is €75 for KNHG members, €45 for KNHG student members and €50 for KNHG senior members. Subscription fee for non-members (institutions) is €110 per year for 4 issues, excluding handling fee: in the Netherlands €25 and abroad €40 (EU), €45 (other). Individual issues are €27,50 excluding handling fee (theme issues: €35). Subscriptions and individual issues can be ordered from the KNHG at www.knhg.nl, by e-mail: info@knhg.nl, or by writing to KNHG, a/o Caroline van Vliet, PO Box 10855, 1001 EW Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



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