A fully Open Access journal focused on networks and network research in history. Published with support from the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) and The Historical Network Research Community.

Call for Articles


The Editorial Board is inviting submissions of papers to be considered for publication in the fifth issue of the Journal of Historical Network Research, which will be published in spring 2021. We welcome proposals for papers centred on historical networks of any period of the recorded human past, from Bronze Age civilisation to contemporary history. Given the current extraordinary circumstances amid the global CoViD-19 pandemic, we particularly welcome papers that deal with historical pandemics from a network perspective. n order to foster reproducibility and transparency in historical network research, we encourage authors to provide their code and data sets in addition to the manuscripts for publication. We also encourage expressions of interest for book reviews on relevant recent literature and articles, which introduce and discuss relevant and innovative digital tools for network research, or interesting new databases and data sources.


Vol 4 (2020): The Ties that Bind. Ancient Politics and Network Research

Wim Broekaert, Elena Köstner, Christian Rollinger (eds.)

During the last decade, the field of ancient history and classics has witnessed a slow but steady increase of publications applying to Greco-Roman history the concepts of social network analysis (SNA). While initially mainly introducing the concept of networks and connectivity in a metaphorical sense, recent research increasingly turned to the more quantitative aspects of network analysis. It is therefore quite remarkable that few attempts have been made to apply the tools of formal network analysis to a research topic ideally suited for this particular approach, viz. Greco-Roman politics. Literary sources, inscriptions and papyri offer a wealth of information on municipal and imperial elites, careers, selection procedures, and most importantly, the ties of family, marriage, friendship, patronage, and bribery that connected them. As the case studies in this special, guest-edited issue of The Journal of Historical Network Research show, SNA promises to offer new perspectives on a research field mainly dominated by more traditional prosopographical studies and at the same time provide a powerful tool for analyzing and visualizing social and political connections in ancient societies.

Published: 2020-05-05

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The Journal of Historical Network Research is an Open Access publication dedicated to historical research by means of theories and methodologies developed in social network analysis and network science.

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