Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of History


The Project

H-Soz-Kult is an online specialist information forum and communication platform for historians. Since 1996, an editorial team of more than 60 people as well as readers themselves have been releasing specialist news and publications online. The project is based at its central editorial office at the Department of History of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Whether it’s on our website, or Twitter page, or via mailing lists and RSS feeds, contributions can be received in various formats, e.g. vacancy notices, conference announcements, reviews as well as the tables of contents of periodicals. Readers can subscribe to these contributions through mailing lists (by registering to the MyClio service through the Clio-online portal) and, following registration, make their own contributions to H-Soz-Kult.


H-Soz-Kult is currently read by over 23,000 email subscribers, particularly at all German, Austrian and Swiss historical research institutions. Since 2004 the range of content has been supplemented by contributions from history forums such as geschichte.transnational and Zeitgeschichte-online.


H-Soz-Kult is one of the services offered by Clio-online and is funded substantially by Humboldt-Universität. Other supporters include Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam and Leipzig University as well as several universities and institutions that support the editorial team. H-Soz-Kult is also partnered with several other academic projects. For years, H-Soz-Kult was also funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).


H-Soz-Kult has a constantly manned central editorial office at Humboldt-Universität and a team of voluntary specialist editors ( The H-Soz-Kult ediorial team decides on the selection of news, ensures compliance with quality standards and takes care of the indexing and archiving of the contributions published on the World Wide Web. The editorial team, made up largely of volunteers, publishes more than 1,000 reviews per year of publications relevant to the subject. In addition, they also – on a yearly basis – publish more than 500 reports on historical conferences, articles and discussions on current developments in the field, over 2,000 announcements of specialist events, the tables of contents of current editions of over 500 periodicals with a historical focus, and more than 1,000 scholarship and vacancy notices and information on study programmes.


Editorial team