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Focus and Scope

Review of the History of Economic Thought and Methodology (RHETM) is a journal dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to a broad range of topics related to the history and methodology of economics and its relationship to other fields in the humanities and social sciences. Volumes are divided into four parts: a monothematic section dedicated to research articles focused on a particular issue in the journal’s core fields of interest, typically curated by guest editors; a section including open-submission research articles of a more general nature; a section dedicated to newly discovered archival materials, usually accompanied by critical commentary; and a section of review essays on new works in the history and methodology of economics and related fields. All research articles submitted to RHETM are subject to single-anonymous peer review. Research published in the journal covers the following (non-exhaustive) list of disciplines: economics, political economy, epistemology, philosophy of science, history of science, sociology of science, intellectual history, economic history, economic methodology, economic sociology, science and technology studies, moral philosophy, political philosophy, behavioral science.

Journal History

Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, the precursor to this journal, was founded by the late Warren Samuels, one of the most distinguished historians of political economy of the 20th century. The first issue was published in 1983 by JAI Press, which continued to publish the title until 1999. In 2000, Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology was picked up by Emerald Publishing, where it remained until 2023, before transitioning to the Open Library of Humanities under the new title of Review of the History of Economic Thought and Methodology. With over 40 years of uninterrupted publication, RHETM is one of the longest standing journals dedicated to the history and methodology of economics.

Publication Frequency

RHETM publishes two to four volumes of articles per year.

Publication Fees

This journal is published by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). Unlike many open-access publishers, the OLH does not charge any author fees. This does not mean that we do not have costs. Instead, our costs are paid by an international library consortium.

If your institution is not currently supporting the platform, we request that you ask your librarian to sign up. The OLH is extremely cost effective and is a not-for-profit charity. However, while we cannot function without financial support and we encourage universities to sign up, institutional commitment is not required to publish with us.

Voluntary Article Contributions

Authors who have access to institutional funds or grant funding earmarked for Open Access publication (via a research grant or through their institution's department or library)—and only those authors—are asked to use those funds to cover the publication costs for their article in RHETM through a Voluntary Author Contribution (VAC). The VAC is genuinely voluntary. Whether or not the author is able to contribute makes absolutely no difference to editorial decision-making on the submission. For further information please see the publisher's policy on VACs.

Archiving, Indexing and Citation Metrics

RHETM is archived and indexed according to the publisher's policy.