The Journal of Contemporary History is a scientific journal that publishes the results of research in the field of contemporary and modern history (from the mid-19th century on). The journal is published by the Croatian Institute of History. In 2003, the journal was classified as an A1 category journal, whose quality is on par with journals with an internationally recognised reviewing process.

The journal is published three times a year. The first issue was published in 1969. It is one of the oldest and most distinguished Croatian scientific journals in the field of history. Many accomplished local and foreign historians and scholars from related fields have contributed to the journal throughout the nearly 50 years it has been published. Since the journal is focused on contemporary history, it has affirmed itself by opening new research topics, introducing research based on new methodologies, and especially by its attempts to provide balanced scholarly views of topics from the past that are considered to be of special interest in contemporary society.

The Journal of Contemporary History is referenced in the following publications:
Croatian Bibliography, Series B; Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL); European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS); Historical Abstracts (EBSCOhost); International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS); Web of Science Core Collection, Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

Our call for papers is always open, and manuscripts are sent to the Editorial Board exclusively at the web address: In case of problems, authors can contact the Editorial Board via email.

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Contemporary History accepts all papers that haven’t previously been published elsewhere. Accepted texts must be of a quality that meets the scientific, i.e. professional standards of the journal.

The Journal of Contemporary History publishes articles in Croatian. Authors who wish to publish an article in a major world language are directed to the Review of Croatian History by the same publisher (

The Editorial Board secures two independent peer reviews for each scientific paper that passes editorial evaluation. The Journal of Contemporary History applies the double-blind review process common in the humanities, in which the editor doesn’t disclose the identity of the author or the reviewer. An editor may reject an article without external review if he or she believes the topic of the article lies beyond the focus of the journal, if the author doesn’t respect ethic norms, if the article is of particularly poor quality, or if it doesn’t meet the conditions for sending articles to the journal. Authors will be informed of the results of the review process, and are obliged to revise their article according to any instructions, suggestions, demands, and remarks made by the reviewers and editors, and mark all such changes. The revised texts will be made available to the reviewers upon their request. Reviewers give their opinion about the quality of the manuscript and suggest a category for the article, while the final decision regarding the article’s category is made by the Editorial Council, based on the editors’ and reviewers’ suggestions. Apart from reviewed papers and book and periodical reviews, the journal publishes conference and exhibition reports, memoirs, notifications, etc. Scientific papers make up at least three-quarters of each issue.

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Contemporary History bases its publishing ethics on the recommendations of the Ministry of Science and Education and the Ethics Flowchart of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).