SAGA – The Historical Society Journal

Saga, the Historical Society Journal has long proven itself to be the journal of choice for Icelandic historians. It is issued biannually and publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles on a range of historical subjects. In addition, Saga is committed to covering recently published books and articles that relate to Icelandic history or academic research into Icelandic history. The subscribers of Saga are also members of the Sögufélag.

The editors of Saga are Vilhelm Vilhelmsson (PhD) and Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir (MA). You can contact the editors of Saga by e-mail at

The editors of Saga are assisted by a professional editorial team, members of which are listed below:

Davíð Ólafsson, lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Iceland

Helgi Skúli Kjartansson, professor emeritus of History at the University of Iceland

Már Jónsson, professor of History at the University of Iceland

Ragnheiður Kristjánsdóttir, senior lecturer in History at the University of Iceland

Sveinn Agnarsson, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Iceland

The maximum length of peer-reviewed articles in Saga is 8–10 thousand words. Articles in Saga are written in Icelandic but are accompanied by an English abstract.

All submitted articles should follow to the rules of the Saga Manual of Style.

The journal publishes three types of book reviews: a) detailed reviews where several works are compared at length, b) reviews on individual books and c) publication announcements which are intended to be a short introduction to important academic publications, such as collections of articles, conference papers, reference books, support material and translated works.

Instructions for authors of detailed reviews, reviews and publication announcements.

All peer review is double blind.

The official publication of the Icelandic Historical Society

Saga was first published in 1950. During its first few years, Saga was published in sheets, and several annual sheet issues were bound together into a single volume. As a result, labelled annual publications are much fewer than the actual number of years that the journal has been published.

Saga has been published regularly since the 1970s in a single, high-quality volume each year and semiannually, in spring and autumn, since 2002. At present, all older publications are available on Tí

In addition to Saga, the Historical Society has published two other journals: Blanda and Ný Saga. The founding members of the Society understood that it was not enough just to publish primary sources, but rather that the material had to be processed into a readable narrative for the general reader. This was done by publishing the paper Blanda from 1918 to 1953. The paper published essays and a diverse range of interesting source material and was quickly held in high regard. The entire publication of Blanda is accessible on Tí