About the Journal

Our Story:

In Summer 2016, Dr. Doris Namala (CSUDH, Department of History) launched The Toro Historical Review. After all the hard work that her students had put into their senior seminar research papers, Dr. Namala wanted her students’ research to reach a wider audience and her students to realize that their voices mattered. One of her students at the time, Raul Rubio, provided the necessary technical support to turn the idea of an undergraduate student e-journal into reality. Rubio created our Word Press site that summer, while Dr. Namala's initial focus was entirely on working with the student authors. Over time, the scope of the journal expanded to include upper division history papers as well as historiographic essays and movie reviews. We added student reviewers and editors and started training the next generation(s) of student producers. In Fall 2018, digital initiatives librarian Dana Ospina invited us to migrate The Toro Historical Review from our Word Press site to the CSU-supported Open Journal Systems (OJS) management and publishing system. The Toro Historical Review became the first CSUDH student journal linked to OJS giving our student authors more visibility in terms of academic searches while providing more professional training for our student reviewers, editors and producers. Another exciting additional factor since migrating on to OJS is that our students have been able to earn internship credit for their work on the journal. Our story has been exciting and incredibly rewarding, it has been a gift that we hope will keep on giving. On behalf of The Toro Historical Review Student Editorial Board, we want to thank the CSUDH Department of History and the CSU Chancellor's Office for their continued support of undergraduate student publishing.


Mission Statement:

The Toro Historical Review is an undergraduate student e-journal associated with the CSU Dominguez Hills Department of History.  We are excited to offer to our students the opportunity to make their best academic work available to a broader audience. It is meant to inspire our students to develop their historical research and writing skills beyond what may be required within the confines of a history course and to strive towards publishing their work in this e-journal.

The Toro Historical Review also offers undergraduate students the chance to participate in the academic publishing process, polish their writing and editing skills, and earn academic credit through participation in an internship course. 


Focus & Scope:

Our journal represents faculty-mentored original research and follows the standards laid out by the American Historical Association:

Historians should practice their craft with integrity. They should honor the historical record. They should document their sources. They should acknowledge their debts to the work of other scholars. They should respect and welcome divergent points of view even as they argue and subject those views to critical scrutiny. They should remember that our collective enterprise depends on mutual trust. And they should never betray that trust.

At this time, we are only considering submissions from CSUDH History students. We particularly encourage Senior Seminar (HIS 490) enrolled students to consider submitting their senior papers, but the journal is open to submissions by all CSUDH History students and alumni. In addition to research papers, we are interested in historical film reviews and book reviews of recent scholarly publications.

Please note, there is a limit of one submission per author per volume. 



Copyright & Licensing

The Toro Historical Review is an open-access, peer-reviewed publication. Authors published in the journal retain the copyright to their work and agree to license their contributions under a non-exclusive CC-BY 3.0 Creative Commons Attribution License. In accordance with the principles of open access and the permissions stipulated by the CC-BY license, users are free to read, download, print, copy, distribute, link to, crawl, archive, or modify this content, provided appropriate attribution to the author and to the original source of publication (TTHR) are given. (For example, a reference citation and a link to the original publication.)

Authors invited to publish in the journal both affirm that they are the sole author of the work submitted and grant The Toro Historical Review the right of first publication.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online both prior and subsequent to publication (i.e. in institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites). Pre-print versions posted online should include a citation and link to the final published version in The Toro Historical Review as soon as the issue is available; post-print versions (including the final publisher's PDF) should include a citation and link to the journal's website. Sharing research before and during the submission process can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.