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The Journal for the History of Knowledge is an international journal devoted to the history of knowledge in its broadest sense. This includes the study of science, but also of indigenous, artisanal, and other types of knowledge as well as knowledge developed in the humanities and social sciences. Special attention is paid to interactions and processes of demarcation between science and other forms of knowledge.

Contributions deal with the history of concepts of knowledge, the study of knowledge making practices and institutions and sites of knowledge production, adjudication, and legitimation. Studies which highlight the relevance of the history of knowledge to current policy concerns (for example, by historicizing and problematizing concepts such as the “knowledge society”) are particularly welcome.

The journal is explicitly global in scope. It offers a platform for publications that compare or show connections between concepts and practices of knowledge in different parts of the globe. Its time-span is antiquity to the present. Contributions usually have a word count of 8000 words, including footnotes. Authorial guidelines are found here.  

JHoK is:

  • directed at readers and authors across the globe
  • Diamond Open Access at no cost for authors and readers
  • double-blind peer-reviewed

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JHoK is the official journal of Gewina, the Belgian-Dutch Society for History of Science and Universities. The journal is co- sponsored by the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Utrecht; the Huygens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam; the Vossius Centre for the History of Humanities and Sciences, Amsterdam; and the Stevin Centre for History of Science and Humanities, Amsterdam