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About the Journal of the British Academy

The online open-access Journal of the British Academy seeks to publish a conspectus of the state of scholarship across the British Academy’s disciplinary interests, its content derived from the Academy’s own lecture programme.

British Academy lectures

For over 100 years, the British Academy has held public lectures which are both of significance to specialists, and accessible to scholars in different disciplines and to a broader intelligent public. The lectures cumulatively form a unique record of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

Following a major review in 2011, the subject coverage of the British Academy’s lecture programme was extended - a list of the various series of lectures contributing to the Journal can be found here.


To provide wide access to the outputs of this renewed lecture programme, in 2013 the British Academy launched this online Journal of the British Academy.

Articles are published on this Journal website as downloadable PDF files. Each article will be posted once it is ready for publication.

Each ‘Volume’ of the Journal is composed of articles that have been posted to the Journal in the course of a calendar year.

There are also ‘Supplementary issues’, the content of each linked by a theme, and arising from one of the British Academy’s major research programmes.

Open access

Creative Commons LicenseThe Journal of the British Academy is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


Publication in the Journal of the British Academy is by invitation. Unsolicited articles are not accepted.

The Journal has two Editors: Professor Dawn Adès FBA (for humanities subjects), Professor Fiona Williams FBA (for social sciences subjects). The Editors will have articles refereed.

Themed Supplementary issues have guest editors, working under the general supervision of the Editors.

All articles are refereed.

The British Academy’s Publications and Conferences Committee acts as the Journal’s Editorial Board.