About the Journal

Since 1971 Russell (ISSN 1913-8032) has been devoted to the study of all aspects of Bertrand Russell's thought as well as his life, times and influence. For the first 51 years of publication, Russell was edited by Kenneth Blackwell. Andrew Bone and Gülberk Koç Maclean have been the editors since 2022.

In addition to original research and reviews of new books, the journal publishes new texts and textual studies, discussions, bibliographies, indexes, and archival lists. Scholarly articles submitted to the journal are peer-reviewed twice anonymously. Russell is not the organ of any association or institution.

Beginning with the summer 2023 issue (Vol. 43, no. 1) the journal will be published in print and digital formats by Johns Hopkins University Press, with PDF and HTML versions of all new content being accessible on Project Muse—along with the entire back catalogue (in PDF only). Russell continues to be produced out of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre at McMaster.

Open Access to issues covering the entire span of Blackwell’s editorship will continue on this website.

Russell was founded by McMaster University Library in 1971 as a quarterly newsletter and until 1980 it was numbered by cumulative issue number. A new series was begun as Vol. 1, no. 1, in summer 1981; with the winter 1999 issue (Vol. 19, no. 2) the subtitle of the journal changed from “the Journal of the Bertrand Russell Archives” to “the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies”.