The Royal Netherlands Historical Society (Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap, KNHG) will launch BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review as an Open Access journal on 30 March 2012. The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle of making research freely available to the public in order to facilitate greater global exchange of knowledge.
BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review is the leading, peer reviewed academic journal for the history of the Netherlands, Belgium and their global presence. The journal accommodates all historical sub disciplines and covers every period of history since the Middle Ages. It accepts contributions in both Dutch and English. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review is published by the KNHG and began in 1877 as a paper, subscription-based journal; readers can subscribe to the printed journal via www.knhg.nl.
The Open Access version is published in cooperation with the Utrecht University Library (Igitur publishing) at www.bmgn-lchr.nl, where the journal archive (1970-2011) can also be found. 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 (first impact factor to appear in 2014).
The first issue published in Open Access is a special on:
Low Countries Histories of Masculinity
Historians specialising in other fields might think that ‘masculinity’ is a fairly stable concept, something discussed chiefly in gender studies. Five authors show us rather how the concept of masculinity manifested itself in a great number of areas. Matthijs Lok and Natalie Scholz describe how masculinity was used during the Restoration after the defeat of Napoleon. Stefan Dudink, also guest editor of this special issue, elaborates further on this theme by pointing out how the image of King William I legitimized the new regime after a long period of crisis, Josephine Hoegaerts demonstrates that masculinity determined the power relations in the Belgian army during the nineteenth century. Gemma Blok shows in her contribution on the temperance movement in the nineteenth century that masculinity was also associated with virtue. In her study of Belgian men who saw visions Tine Van Osselaer explains that masculinity emerged in new forms in the Catholic Church.
Royal Netherlands Historical Society
BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review
P.O. Box 90406
NL 2509 LK Den Haag
tel. +31 (0)70 3140363
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