DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly

About DHQ


Welcome to Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ), an open-access, peer-reviewed, digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities. Published by the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), DHQ is also a community experiment in journal publication, with a commitment to:

  • experimenting with publication formats and the rhetoric of digital authoring
  • co-publishing articles with Literary and Linguistic Computing (a well-established print digital humanities journal) in ways that straddle the print/digital divide
  • using open standards to deliver journal content
  • developing translation services and multilingual reviewing in keeping with the strongly international character of ADHO

DHQ publishes a wide range of peer-reviewed materials, including:

  • Scholarly articles, case studies, and field reports
  • Editorials and provocative opinion pieces
  • Experiments in interactive media
  • Reviews of books, web sites, new media art installations, digital humanities systems and tools

Materials published in DHQ appear in the Preview area as soon as they are ready, with announcements marking the release of each new issue, roughly at quarterly intervals.

We provide answers to frequently asked questions about the journal on our FAQ page. Please contact us for further information.

DHQ Community Statement

Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ) is committed to fostering the growth of a digital humanities that is inclusive, global, and equitable. The future of digital humanities is open, creative, and welcoming of a broad range of methods, content, and practitioners. DHQ seeks to build a community of research and practice that is diverse and international. As such, the journal stands in opposition to oppression and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, caste, gender identity, sexual identity, religion, ability, and other identity markers. In line with DHQ’s broader commitment to achieving social change and social justice within the field of digital humanities, we recognize the importance of affirming our support for all marginalized communities and seek to actualize institutional changes and new paths in academic and cultural heritage work. We welcome suggestions from the community on additional steps the journal could take.

To help build towards this future, DHQ is undertaking active steps which include:

  • Publishing a special issue at least every other year on a topic explicitly related to race and its relationship to additional axes of oppression, including gender, sexuality, disability, nationality, and language. Please see our recent issue on Black DH in the Rising Generation.
  • Formalizing a policy of immediate updates to authorial pronouns and names on previous publications at author request. Please email us at dhqinfo@digitalhumanities.org if you would like to change this information.
  • Updating our site’s design and functionalities to be accessible and compliant with WCAG: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. To move towards this goal, we’re recruiting an Accessibility Editor. We will be releasing a call for this position soon.
  • Gathering feedback from the DH community on our efforts and where we can improve via periodic surveys from the Communications and Outreach Team.
  • Hosting outreach and mentorship events like the DHQ Author Workshop where potential authors can meet DHQ Editors to learn more about the publication and submission process. Video records of author workshops are available at our Author Support page.
  • Inviting special issues on intersectional identities in DH space. We encourage special issues and on topics which have been historically invisibilized or silenced to build towards a DH future that is inclusive. Please see our guidelines on submitting special issue proposals.
  • Recruiting a robust editorial team that more accurately reflects the diversity and global character of the DH community. Please meet our team here.

We welcome feedback and suggestions about DHQ’s work. Please reach out to us at dhq-outreach@digitalhumanities.org if you would like to get in touch.

DHQ in the Public Indexes

DHQ is indexed in the Clarivate Analytics "Emerging Sources Citation Index", which means that DHQ is indexed within Thomson Reuters' Web of Science. For more information about the Emerging Sources Citation index and an explanation of its significance for journals like DHQ, read more here. DHQ does not currently have Clarivate Analytics Impact Factor, although being part of this index moves us further in that direction. DHQ is also indexed in Google Scholar. DHQ has recently been accepted for indexing in Scopus, and this process should be completed soon: after the indexing processes has been carried out we will have an official CiteScore generated by Scopus. DHQ is also listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Getting DHQ Data

The source data for DHQ is encoded in XML following the TEI Guidelines. You can see the XML source for any article by clicking on the "XML" link at the top of the article. In addition, the entire corpus of DHQ articles is available for download as a zip file. All DHQ data is published under a Creative Commons BY-ND license but we welcome proposals for derived works such as visualizations and are happy to give permission for these upon request.

DHQ on Digital Humanities

Digital humanities is a diverse and still emerging field that encompasses the practice of humanities research in and through information technology, and the exploration of how the humanities may evolve through their engagement with technology, media, and computational methods. DHQ seeks to provide a forum where practitioners, theorists, researchers, and teachers in this field can share their work with each other and with those from related disciplines. In identifying the scope of DHQ, we define both "the humanities" and "the digital" quite broadly, and we invite contributions that probe the boundaries of the domain or re-examine its foundational premises. If you're unsure of whether a prospective submission falls within DHQ's rubric, please contact the editors.

Publishing Policies

All DHQ materials are published under an open-access license that gives authors permanent ownership of their work. By default, DHQ publishes all content under a CC-BY-ND license, but authors may also specify a more permissive license (either CC-BY or CC0). DHQ retains a perpetual, non-exclusive right to publish the work and to include it in other aggregations and indexes to achieve broader impact and visibility. Authors are free to republish their work in any venue they choose. Authors do not need DHQ's permission to reuse or reprint their work in any form. Authors are also free (and encouraged) to deposit a copy of their article in an institutional or disciplinary repository. DHQ does not charge any fees of any kind.

DHQ maintains a Code of Ethics by which the journal is conducted.

Technical Overview

DHQ is published on the web using an open-source XML-based publication system. We accept submissions in a wide range of formats, and host all accepted submissions that do not require dedicated software on the server, while providing links to any that do. Submissions in traditional academic formats (essays, articles, book reviews, bibliographies and so forth) are encoded in a TEI-compatible format for longevity and ease of management, but we also welcome innovative and experimental forms of scholarship and criticism. In addition, our web platform will support the infrastructure for ongoing commenting on DHQ publications, ad hoc reviews of the literature, and the like. Our intent is to demonstrate and promulgate best practices in electronic text encoding conducive to long-term preservation and Internet-wide access, while simultaneously encouraging approaches that continue to push the boundaries of the possible.