About

Retrospect is the University of Edinburgh’s student-led History, Classics, and Archaeology Journal. We began as the Edinburgh University History Society’s journal in 2006. In 2008 we were shortlisted for the Scottish Herald Award for Best Student Magazine in Scotland which we won in 2010. In 2012, we became a fully fledged society.

We publish articles online and in print. These articles include academic essays, features pieces, TV/book/film/theatre reviews, interviews with university staff and creative people, and historical fiction. Twice a year we publish a print journal with the theme decided by the committee and contributions from students. Some recent print themes include Histories of Hope, Prejudice and Pandemics, Margins, and our special edition in collaboration with RACE.ED: Race in Retrospective. You can read all of these online here.

Interested in becoming a member of Retrospect?

In order to be published by us, you will need to purchase a membership valid for the academic year 2021-22.

Membership can be purchased via our EUSA society’s page for just £5 or students, and £8 for non-Edinburgh students.

Why should you become a member?

As a member of Retrospect you are guaranteed a minimum of two published articles, online and the possibility to appear in print. Our fundraising events, such as pub quizzes, band nights and other society socials, as well as our media and publishing workshops are discountedfor members.

How can you write for us?

We have made some handy guides to help with your submissions:

Read our submissions guide to find our which submission style suits you best. Beginners are welcome and if you have any questions then please get in contact.

For more information, and to submit an article, email us at informationretro@gmail.com.

Make sure you follow our social media pages to keep updated with Retrospect articles and submission deadlines:

Twitter: @RetrospectHCA

Facebook: @Retrospect.Journal

Instagram: @retrospectjournal

LinkedIn: @RetrospectJournalHCA