In mid-2011, the Dean of the Honours College at the University of Groningen took the initiative to start up a scientific journal that would offer a platform for students to publish their work conceived in the course of the Honours program. Such platform would foster further discussion of the scientific issues students dedicate themselves to and help initiate interdisciplinary collaboration.

To set up the project, the dean sought the support of Dr. Kees de Vey Mestdagh, who then approached some of his best students to form the first editorial board. They did part of the foundational work, after which a new and larger team of Honours students continued to work on bringing this project to life. By 2013, the inspired collaboration of these motivated students, with the help of both the Honours College and its associated teachers, paid off in the establishment of Honours Review and publication of the first issue.