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Focus and Scope

The Royal Studies Journal is an online and fully open access publication which adheres to the highest standards of academic double blind peer-review. It provides a truly international and inter-disciplinary forum for scholars whose research is connected to monarchy in any aspect, period or geographical setting.

Publication Frequency

The journal publishes two issues annually. 

The Royal Studies Journal publishes one special issue a year, normally in June, and offers the possibility of clusters in our regular issues. See the Submissions page for guidelines and information for prospective Special Issue or Cluster editors. If you have questions on Special Issues or Clusters or would like to discuss a proposal for one of these formats, please contact the Editor in Chief.

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 remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND-4.0) agreement.

Archiving Policy

All content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). As a consequence all of our references are made available so that citations can be tracked by the publishing community. The Royal Studies Journal is also indexed in DOAJ


The Royal Studies Journal has developed as an offshoot of the successful Kings & Queens conference series and the Royal Studies Network. The Network has provided a framework for researchers in the field to share news and information and make contacts with potential collaborators or to find scholars with similar interests. The Kings & Queens conference series has provided a yearly event for scholars to share their research in the field. However, while both the Network and conference series have drawn attention to the developing and thriving interdisciplinary field of Royal Studies, to date there has not been a dedicated publishing outlet for research in this area. The Royal Studies Journal aims to fill this gap and provide a venue for academic research from all disciplines, areas and periods across the field.  The RSJ was founded in 2013 by a group of international researchers and postgraduate students with the support of the University of Winchester. It was decided that the publication should be multi-language, online only and fully open-access with no charges for either readers or contributors in order to make the research as accessible as possible.

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