The University of Edinburgh Journal has been published continuously since 1925. Until the establishment in the 1950s of the University Gazette, later to be replaced by the University Bulletin, the Journal shared with the University Calendar the distinction of being the record of the University.
For many years the Journal was the only regular magazine for alumni published by the University. The volumes of the Journal form an important data bank of information on the history and current affairs of the University. Each issue included pages of the University news and notes. Lists of deceased alumni and members of staff, and brief obituaries of selected alumni as well as appreciations of notable University figures, have long been and are still a much-valued feature. The Journal provides the University's only published Roll of Honour for World War 2. It appeared in installments between 1943 and 1949 and, unlike its predecessor for World War 1, has not been reissued in book form.
Early volumes included the texts of many inaugural lectures by professors who later achieved international recognition and reputation and of guest and public lectures by visiting personalities on topics of current public interest; many of these are now seen as important contributions to historiography and bibliography.
Professor David B Horn, for instance, reworked his ground-breaking articles in the Journal into his Short History of the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh University Press, 1967); and the text of H F M Prescott's 1941 lecture on the Pilgrimage of Grace predated by over ten years her best-selling novel on the same subject, The Man on a Donkey. Currently, the Journal is devoted to shorter articles on a wide range of topics connected with the Univesity and by or about Edinburgh alumni.
The Journal is published twice a year in June and December and is sent to all members of the Graduates' Association. Members may view the second most recent issue of the University of Edinburgh Journal here. Individual issues are also available for purchase. Copies of many past issues are available for sale from the Graduates' Association office. Please ask the Editor to quote prices for those that you require.
The Editor of the Journal invites our members to contact us with articles, creative pieces, notes, reviews, or obituaries which they may wish to submit for consideration. Guidelines for these contributions can here.