Research Integrity

Historical Life Course Studies is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in terms of academic research and scholarly publishing. In this regards, the editorial board follows the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, that prescribes five guiding key principles: 1) honesty, 2) scrupulousness, 3) transparency, 4) independence and 5) responsibility. In order to guarantee these principles, the editorial board adheres to the following models for academic research and publishing and screens manuscripts for potential misconduct.

Diamond Open Access

Historical Life Course Studies maintains the Diamond Open Access model, which means that all journal content is offered for free and that no author charges exist. Academic research is funded through public revenues, and we therefore believe that the fruits of this research in terms of results, knowledge and insights, should be shared for free with the broader public. Moreover, we believe that author charges and paywalls perpetuate and increase existing inequalities in the world. In order to promote a fairer world, we maintain the Diamond Open Access model.  

A fair and anonymous peer-review process

All papers that are considered as suitable for publication undergo a double-blind peer-review process, which means that the quality of the papers is assessed by specialists in the field. During the review process the authors remain unknown to the reviewers and the reviewers remain anonymous to the authors, thereby facilitating a fair and impartial assessment of the quality of the manuscript.

Conflicts of Interests

Authors as well as reviewers are obliged to report any potential conflicts of interest to the editors, allowing them to take necessary measures.    

Authorship and acknowledgements

We encourage that all essential contributors to manuscripts – individuals who were actively engaged in  collecting and analyzing research data, the interpretation of results and the actual writing of the manuscript -  are listed as authors, and that funding bodies and contributing third parties are listed in the acknowledgement section.

Plagiarism and fraud

The editorial board of Historical Life Course Studies screens manuscripts for plagiarism, fraud and other forms of (academic) misconduct. Authors who purposefully commit violations will be banned from any other future publications.


All journal content is published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. All authors sign a publication agreement, that determines their rights and obligations.


Authors are obliged to respect the General Data Protection Regulations, in order to protect the privacy rights of research subjects and other parties of interest.