Latvijas Vēstures Institūta Žurnāls

(Journal of the Institute of Latvian History)


About the journal 

“Latvijas Vēstures Institūta Žurnāls” (“The Journal of the Institute of Latvian History”) publishes articles aimed at extending and expanding the comprehension of processes and events in the territory of Latvia and the other Baltic states from the earliest times to the present day, as well as developments elsewhere that relate to the past of Latvia and the Baltic region.The journal presents original, previously unpublished contributions in the field of the humanities, particularly history. All the articles are double-blind peer-reviewed. Established in 1936 and published up to 1940, re-established in 1991. Published twice a year (a quarterly journal until 2017).

The journal is indexed in EBSCO database “Academic Search Ultimate”. ISSN 1025-8906. The journal is published by the University of Latvia Press.   


Editorial board

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. hist. Eva Eihmane (from February 2021)

Asoc. prof. Ph. D. Kari Alenius, University of Oulu, Finland
Asoc. prof. Dr. hist. Daina Bleiere, Rīga Stradiņš University, Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia
Asoc. prof. Hum. m. dr. Audronė Bliujienė, Klaipėda University Institute of Baltic Sea Region History and Archaeology, Lithuania
Prof. Ph. D. Lazar Fleishman, Stanford University, USA
Prof. Ph. D. Jörg Hackmann, University of Szczecin, Poland
Ph. D. Magnus Ilmjärv, Institute of History at Tallinn University, Estonia
Prof. Dr. hist. Aleksandrs Ivanovs, Daugavpils University
Prof. Dr. hist. Ēriks Jēkabsons, University of Latvia
D. Phil. Matthew Kott, Uppsala University, Sweden
Cand. Hist. Sci., Doc. Mikhail Kovalev, Saratov State Technical University, Russia
Imants Lancmanis, Honorary Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Corresponding Member of the Baltic Historical Commission (Göttingen)
Prof. Ph. D. Eero Medijainen, Tartu University Institute of History and Archaeology, Estonia
Prof. emer., Ph. D. Andrejs Plakans, Iowa State University, USA
Prof. Dr. habil. hist. Aivars Stranga, Full Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, University of Latvia
Hum. m. dr. Žilvytis Šaknys, Lithuanian Institute of History, Lithuania
Doc. Ph. Dr. Luboš Švec, Institute of International Studies at Charles University, Czech Republic
Asoc. prof. Ph. D. Ieva Zaķe, Rowan University, USA
Dr. hist. Guntis Zemītis, Corresponding Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia

Ethics guidelines

The editor, authors, and reviewers of the journal have a responsibility to comply with the standards of publishing ethics. The responsibility of the journal’s editorial board is to prevent violations of publishing ethics. The guidelines for the editor, authors and reviewers of the magazine are based on COPE’s Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.



Editorial process

The editor makes the decision to publish an article based on the conclusions of reviewers. The editor ensures that articles are reviewed anonymously and objectively, and that the decision to publish an article is made solely on the basis of the article’s content. The editor must ensure the confidentiality of the peer-review process.

Principles and requirements

The Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed publication “Journal of the Institute of Latvian History” does not tolerate plagiarism or other unethical behaviour and will refuse any manuscript that does not fulfil these standards.
The Editorial Board must disclose any conflicts of interest.
- The Editorial Board must evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content.
- The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for forwarding the manuscript to two reviewers for blind peer-review. Each of them makes a recommendation to accept/reject or modify the reviewed manuscript.
- The Editorial Board is responsible for making decisions concerning publication of submitted manuscripts and certifies that any commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.

Review process

The reviewer ensures confidentiality during the peer-review process and remains objective when reviewing articles. The reviewer determines whether references for all of the used sources have been provided in the article. If the reviewer is not sure of his/her competence in reviewing the particular article or finds himself/herself in a conflict of interest, he or she informs the editor so that another reviewer can be appointed.

Principles and requirements

 - Reviewers must certify the absence of any conflict of interest and evaluate manuscripts solely for their intellectual content.
- Reviewers must keep information pertaining to the manuscript confidential.
- Reviewers must bring to the attention of the Editor-in-Chief any information that may provide grounds for rejecting publication of a manuscript.
- If the reviewer feels that it is not possible to complete the review process, he/she must inform the Editor-in-Chief immediately to enable assigning another reviewer.

Guidelines to Authors

Authors comply with the guidelines for article submission available here. Authors ensure that their submissions are completely original.  Submission of work that is fully or partly submitted/published elsewhere is prohibited. Authors have an obligation to provide references indicating all of the sources used in the article. The manuscript authorship is limited only to those authors who have provided a significant contribution to the creation of the article.

Principles and requirements

- Authors must confirm that their submission is their original work, has not previously been published and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Submitting the same manuscript to produce more than one publication constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. However, if the author and editors agree to secondary publication, then the secondary publication must include a reference to the first publication.
- If the authors have used the work of others, this must be appropriately cited or quoted.
- Authors must also be ready to provide all the necessary additional data relating to their manuscript.  

Detailed description of the peer review process

The articles are submitted to the journal’s editor-in-chief to assess whether the article meets all the formal requirements (these are described in detail on our website). The editor selects two peers to conduct a double-blind review, if necessary, in consultation with the members of the editorial board. Two main criteria are strictly taken into account in the selection of reviewers. First of all, the reviewer must not have any conflict of interest with regard to the author of the article, which means that they must not represent the same institution. Secondly, the reviewer must be an expert of the respective field and hold a doctoral degree. The editor-in-chief seeks the corresponding reviewers not only among local but also foreign researchers.  

Since the journal publishes articles about the Baltic region, it is often possible to attract Lithuanian and Estonian researchers who have a passive knowledge of the Latvian language. If the article is published in English, then the peer for a blind review is primarily sought abroad amongst the best specialists in the field. The invited reviewers have no knowledge of who the author of the articles is, and vice versa. The editor-in-chief is the intermediary in communication between authors and reviewers within the anonymous peer-review process.  

If the reviewer agrees to review the article, he / she receives the article, as well as the reviewer's form with standardised questions with structured response alternatives (yes / no answers), as well as a space for his / her written evaluation in a free form where he / she can indicate all the positive and negative aspects of the article, as well as to provide the final assessment of whether the article is recommended for publication or not, and to note whether the article requires minor or major additions / corrections. On average, one month is given for preparation of a review. Subsequently, the author is also given about a month to improve the article. Depending on the circumstances, it is also possible to permit a longer time for improvement of the article. If necessary, the revised version of the article is coordinated with the reviewers. The decision regarding this is made on a case-by-case basis by the editor-in-chief. At all stages of article assessment, the editor can consult the editorial board to arrive at decisions.

Purchase and Journal Online

 The journal can be purchased at the Institute of Latvian History (Kalpaka bulv. 4, room 208, Riga, Latvia). Price: EUR 2.50.


 Kalpaka bulvāris 4, room 125, Riga LV-1050, Latvia.  

Full contents

   2009    2010    2011    2012    2013    2014    2015    2016    2017    2018    2019    2020    2021

Tables of contents

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