The objectives of The Journal of the History of El Puerto are as follows:
The territorial limits of the studies do not imply a localist perspective. In other words, The Journal of the History of El Puerto is not an instrument for local vindication to be used against rival and neighbouring towns, nor is it an instrument of expression for glorifying local traditions and past glories.
The Journal of the History of El Puerto is opposed to using historiography as an instrument for the mystification of history. In order to avoid, or at least, to reduce this and other risks of distortion, the journal is open to the publication of studies concerning different historiographical backgrounds and attempts to promote historiographical debate.
Concerning the points mentioned above, The Journal of the History of El Puerto is not responsible for the opinions expressed by the authors of the articles it publishes.
Concerning the historiographical contents and their discourse, The Journal of the History of El Puerto is opposed to anecdotal and miscellaneous approaches, as well as descriptivism, quantitativism and mere narrativism. The historiography that The Journal of the History of El Puerto would like to transmit is based on scientific methods and theoretical approaches. As such, the journal implements strict selection criteria for its articles.
In short, the publication is focused on a local scope because The Journal of the History of El Puerto and its editorial instrument understand that local communities cannot depend on universal or national histories as if their own history were a mechanical reflection of these. We understand that each local community has its own dynamic history that is logically conditioned, but not determined, by various factors: belonging successively to different states, political regimens and specific socio-economic systems throughout time. Local communities are not independent entities (with the exception of some well-known areas and during certain periods), although they are autonomous. And local communities, no matter how small, need to be aware of their history in order to satisfy our human need to understand the national and universal history that guides our lives.