Weekly Assignment #9

For this week’s assignment, please do your best to identify two major journals in your field and/or the field relevant to your question. You might want to use the MLA Directory of Periodicals for this, or you might want to ask a scholar to recommend two prominent journals, or you might want to choose two journals that have been cropping up repeatedly in your research.

Describe and evaluate both these journals, making sure to include at least

  • The scholarly “mission” of the journal — its approach, its partisan affiliation, its critical orientation;
  • Whether it is peer-reviewed;
  • How often it comes out;
  • When it was founded; and
  • Who publishes the journal.

You should find this information near the beginning of any print or electronic issue. Please DO NOT copy and paste unattributed boilerplate descriptions of the journal. You may, of course, quote and cite portions of this text.

I also recommend that you visit the publisher’s website and see whether you can subscribe to an RSS feed for this journal. Critical Inquiry, for example, offers a feed of its latest issue, while other journals will often feed you their tables of contents.
If you ever plan to publish any of your research, it would also be a great idea to subscribe now to a journal that really sparks your interest, so that you can get a comprehensive sense of what sorts of things they publish.

Also, our library has set up an Alerts service that allows you to get journal tables of contents in your email, but it doesn’t look like this service includes many humanities journals yet.



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17 responses to “Weekly Assignment #9

  1. Nancy McVittie

    Journal #1:
    “Journal of Popular Film and Television”
    This journal is published by the Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, a non-profit publisher of numerous academic journals described on its website as “guided by our mission to serve scholarly communication and bring our readers thoughtful, spirited forums.”
    According to the publisher, The Journal of Popular Film and Television uses “the methods of popular culture studies to examine commercial film and television, historical and contemporary. Articles discuss networks, genres, series, and audiences, as well as celebrity stars, directors, and studios. Regular features include essays on the social and cultural background of films and television programs, filmographies, bibliographies, and commissioned book and video reviews.”
    Of the major film journals, this is the first I’ve found that is peer-reviewed. I was surprised to find that many of the “major” journals in the area of film studies (like “Film Comment,” “Film Journal International” and “Sight and Sound”) are not peer-reviewed, though they’re still taken very seriously. The other major way in which this journal differs from the other big names in the field is its emphasis on the “popular,” as most other journals focus equally if not more so on the study of independent and historical films. This journal aso appears to be more interested in the films’ cultural aspects, rather than artistic.
    The Journal of Popular Film and Television is released quarterly. Though I couldn’t find an official founding date on the publisher’s website, our library has issues of it dating back to 1984.
    Journal #2:
    “Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film and Television”
    I’m including this journal because it too is peer-reviewed, again unlike several of the bigger-name publications in the field.
    Velvet Light Trap is put out jointly by the University of Texas Press in Austin and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, edited by graduate students at both institutions. It is released semiannually every Fall and Spring.
    The mission of the journal, according to its website, is to “provoke debate about critical, theoretical, and historical topics relating to a particular theme.” Recent themes have included “Narrative and Storytelling” and “Authorship.”
    Though I again couldn’t find an official founding date, our library carries issues dating to 2000.
    Although this journal seems smaller, I find the narrow focus of the topics interesting and intend to look more into this for my research.

  2. Jill Taylor

    Journal #1:
    Shakespeare Quarterly
    This quarterly journal is published by the Johns Hopkins University press and is affiliated with the Folger Library. It aims to be a comprehensive journal that features contextual history articles, criticism, and production reviews to keep its readers up to date with current information in Shakespeare studies. The journal is peer reviewed, or “refereed;” There are probably over twenty scholars on the editorial board and separate editors for book reviews and production reviews. It was founded in 1950. This journal appears to be an informative mainstream publication that offers a little bit of everything for Shakespeare scholars.
    Journal #2
    Theatre Journal
    This quarterly journal is also published by the Johns Hopkins University Press; it is peer reviewed as well. I believe it was founded around 1948, though a specific date is not given. The description says “for over five decades” and it is currently on its 58th issue. The scope of this journal is rather broad, focusing on scholarly articles and reviews of theatre productions in general. It also deals with economic and tourism issues in relation to theatre. Like Shakespeare Quarterly, it has a large editorial board. The submission guidelines are nine pages long, which gives a sense of some of the logistical hoops that a scholar has to jump through to get something published. These submission guidelines also gave a sense of how long it takes to get something published- six months to a year for a performance review.
    I selected both of these journals because they have been useful in my research on this topic. I’ve found several articles from Shakespeare Studies and one from Theatre Journal that will be directly useful for my project.

  3. Emily Rutter

    The Faulkner Journal
    This is a scholarly study of the life and work of William Faulkner. It is affiliated with the William Faulkner Society, a society that encourages Faulkner scholarship. It is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Central Florida. In addition to its biannual issues, the journal periodically publishes special double issues on topics like Faulkner and Feminisms. The editors are Edwin Arnold and Michael Zeitlin, and many distinguished scholars are on their advisory board. I cannot find the original publication date but the back issues extend to 1996.
    The Mississippi Quarterly
    This is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal dedicated to ?the life and culture of the American South, past and present.? It was founded in 1948 and is published quarterly by the College of Arts and Sciences of the Mississippi State University. Although its mission is general, the journal includes articles written about the work of the most well-known Southern writers. Also, the editor, Noel Polk, has published extensively on Faulkner?s work as I have seen his name repeatedly during my research. I was excited by the website notation of their recent creation of an online biography of scholarship of Southern Literature.

  4. E. Ashley Yates

    Journal 1: Nabokov Studies
    ?Nabokov Studies? is a journal that publishes literature which promotes the life and literary works of Vladimir Nabokov. Its subjects also include Russian and American literature. It is peer reviewed. This journal has been coming out annually since 1994. If you wish to contribute some writings to this journal there is a restriction, you must be a member of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society. The journal is available in print and electronically. Interestingly enough, the editor of this journal is Zoran Kuzmanovich, a professor at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. The journal is published by the International Vladimir Nabokov Society.
    Journal 2: The Nabokovian
    ?The Nabokovian? is a journal that ?publishes work which reports and stimulates Nabokov scholarship and helps to create a link between Nabokov scholars in the U.S. and abroad. This journal also publishes news, work in progress, a bibliography, abstracts, Vladimir Nabokov Society news, annotations, notes, occasional reviews, special items, and graphic materials.? This journal is not peer reviewed. This journal has been twice annually published and has been around since 1978. The Vladimir Nabokov Society is responsible for the publication of this journal.

  5. Aaron Turney

    I found two scholarly journals, one related to romantic lit studies at large and one focusing on Poe studies and gothic themes in romantic literature. The first, called The Journal of Romantic Culture and Criticism out of the Edinburgh university press. It is a peer reviewed journal released semi-annually both online and in print. It generally covers Subjects of Literary criticism; Romanticism; Romantic literature; Romantic poetry; Romantic prose related to the period from 1750-1850. Their stated mission is to “publish critical, historical, textual and bibliographical essays and notes prepared to the highest scholarly standards, reflecting the full range of current methodological and theoretical debate.”
    The second journal is out of Washington State University. It’s called Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism: History, Theory, Interpretation
    Its focus is every aspect of scholarship (essays in a historical or scholarly capacity relating to Poe and gothic themes). Also, the journal publishes an annual bibliography related to all aspects of Poe and gothic literature in general.
    It is an annual, peer reviewed publication with a fairly large circulation (450).
    Their mission is to provide a forum for interpretive, cumulative dialogue about Poe’s life and writings; about the cultural and material contexts that conditioned the production and reception of his work; and about his interrelationships with other writers, especially those who work in traditions of dark romanticism.

  6. Liz Jenkins

    My first journal is James Joyce Quarterly. This is generally regarded as the most important journal in Joyce Studies. it is published four times a year by the University of Tulsa. Each issue includes articles, book reviews, and short notes, in addition to the letter from the editor called raising the wind, which is also published independently on the journal’s website. It is a peer reviewed journal and began publication in 1963. It’s mission is to connect the international community of Joyce scholars and welcomes publications about all aspects of Joyce studies, from historical, biographical, and research based articles on all of Joyce’s works. It is not intended only for scholars, but tries to remain accessable to students, teachers, and Joyce enthusiasts, no matter what their affiliation.
    The other journal I selected was much more recent, beginning publication in 1995. It is Hypermedia Joyce Studies: An Electronic Journal of James Joyce Scholarship. It is published twice a year online, but it is not published in print. It is peer reviewed and remains highly accessable since it is free to read online. It makes a point to try and incorperate different media into its articles, with emphasis on aduio, video, and hypermedia adaptations of Joyce’s works. It focuses on all aspects of Joyce studies, but again, puts emphasis on including technology in its publications. It is published by the Prague James Joyce Center.

  7. Scott Dill

    The first journal I’d look to is “Philosophy and Literature.” Shakespeare seems to show up in there almost as much as Wallace Stevens. It is a good tool for understanding the changes in the way scholars address the intersections of these two fields. Since I’m interested in Kierkegaard’s understanding of indirect communication and his use of Shakespeare, this is a journal that looks to Kierkegaard for topics of its articles.
    The second journal is “Shakespeare Studies.” It’s a good way to keep track of the variety of trends in Shakespeare publishing.

  8. Joshua Clements

    Senses of Cinema is an online, peer-reviewed journal that I have looked to in the past for various things. It is good for casual reading and for intense critical exploration across genres, filmographies, and eras. There is no charge to read it, and there is an excellent set of links on the website to all kinds of sites about film studies. The journal itself has been incorporated, but they receive support from the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Melbourne. Senses of Cinema is published quarterly and as far as I can tell was founded in 1999.
    A journal that looks to be just as fruitful, but is not peer-reviewed is Bright Lights Film Journal. Published quarterly, it was first put together in 1974 and was published off and on until it migrated for good to the internet in 1996. Oddly enough, one of the associate editors is Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. That was a weird discovery. Anyways, there is a wealth of discussion on documentary and exploitation films on the site, both of which are right down the alley of my topic. It touts itself as a hybrid of popular and academic writing, but from my perusals the writing appears to be thoughtful and legit enough to be usable.

  9. Glenice Woodard

    The first journal I found was one that I?ve run across several times in my Chaucer research. It is apparently the quintessential scholarly journal for Chaucerian studies and criticism. The Chaucer Review: A Journal of Medieval Studies and Literary Criticism, was founded in 1966 and is dedicated not only to the criticism of Chaucer?s work, but also includes studies of the language of Chaucer and Medieval England. Additionally, this journal publishes studies of ?sources, social and political contexts, aesthetics, and associated meanings of Chaucer?s poetry.? Articles included cover topics concerning his contemporaries and his audience as well. The Chaucer Review is published four times a year (summer, fall, winter, and spring) by the Pennsylvania State University Press, and is a peer-reviewed journal. RSS feeds of the latest issues are available through Project MUSE®, and individuals may subscribe for a mere $32.50 annually. I think I just may do that.
    My second journal is the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Duke University Press publishes this journal which includes articles that encompass a cross section of disciplines such as literature, history, philosophy, music and art, and theology, and spans a time period that includes late antiquity through the 17th century. This peer-reviewed journal has been published three times a year (winter, spring, and fall) since 1971 when it was founded. Like The Chaucer Review, the latest issues of the JMEMS are available as RSS feeds through Project MUSE®.

  10. Laura Robinson

    1st Journal:
    European Romantic Review – The focus of this journal is to provide scholarship on “the literature and culture of Europe, Great Britian and the Americas during the period 1760-1840” (cover page). It seems to have been published since 1991, at the founding of NASSR. Five issues are published each year, and papers presented at the annual conference for the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism are included in one of the five journals. Submissions to the journal are anonymously peer reviewed. The publisher is Taylor and Francis. This journal can be obtained at a reduced rate if you subscribe to NASSR, which automatically signs you up for European Romantic Review.
    2nd Journal:
    Romanticism on the Net – This is an actual journal, but it is set up entirely online. The first journal was posted in Nov. 1996. It is a peer reviewed journal (articles are reviewed by two experts), and their appeal is the “unlimited” space they have available for publications in comparision to a print journal. I am unsure how often it is released, but the current edition is #43 (which would be about 4 a year). The one confusing part of this online journal is that the search engine is tied to a French site, so it’s not the easiest to navigate… but it is free! I am interested about how accepted this journal is in the academic community.

  11. Kimberly Bowers

    Journal #1:
    Purpose: This journal publishes on the artistic movement of Modernism and the social movement of modernity. It publishes articles, book reviews and notes on these subjects. It deals with British, American, Modernism and Avant-garde studies.
    Publisher: John Hopkins University Press
    First Year: 1994
    Frequency: 3/yr.
    Peer Reviewed: Yes
    Submission information: 6 months between submission and decision, no restrictions on contributors, and 12,000 word suggested article length.
    It seems that all volumes of this journal are available online via Project Muse through the library’s web site. I have actually used an article out of this journal in a paper this year. The journal would be helpful because it will occasionally publish articles on Virginia Woolf. I want to study more than just Woolf; in fact, I have particular interest in all Modernist female authors. This journal will be essential for keeping up with current ideas and, possibly, getting my own work published.
    Journal #2:
    Woolf Studies Annual
    Purpose: A small collection of articles and reviews on Virginia Woolf and related subjects
    Publisher: Pace University Press
    First Year: 1995
    Frequency: 1/yr
    Peer Reviewed: Yes
    Submission info:2-3 months between submission and decision and then 6-8 months before publication; roughly 40-50 articles are submitted a year and 6-8 are chosen; 8,000 word suggested article length.
    This journal is not at our library, however, it is available in print and electronically. Clearly this journal would help my future studies since it is focused almost exclusively on the author I am researching. There are relatively few critical articles, so it may be difficult to get published in it. But that shouldn’t stop me from trying. I would have to supplement the few articles in this journal with articles presented at Woolf conferences.
    Also, I found an interesting journal called Journal of International Women’s Studies on feminist philosophy, criticism, literature and activism. It tries to merge political and cultural activism with academia. It looks pretty interesting and is one of the few Women’s Studies journals that is peer reviewed.

  12. Susanna Branyon

    Journal # 1:
    The Southern Literature Review
    This journal got me really psyched for next semester because I’ll be taking a class at UNC with one of the editors, Dr. Minrose Gwin. This biannual publication is peer-reviewed and and published by the Department of English at UNC-Chapel Hill. It’s distributed by their University Press. The updated mission of the journal is to “publish scholarly articles on the literature of the American South and reviews of critical work on Southern literature and culture.” However, the mission that was outlined in foreword to the first publication of the journal (1968) has much more personality:
    “To study the significant body of southern writing, to try to understand its relationship to the South, to attempt through it to understand an interesting and often vexing region of the American Union, and to do this, as far as possible, with good humor, critical tact, and objectivity–these are the perhaps impossible goals to which the Southern Literary Journal is committed.”
    Journal #2
    The Flannery O’Connor Review
    This journal must be relatively selective, because it only comes out once a year. They promise that your paper will be peer-reviewed by 6 people before a decision is made about it. Their mission is to “publish critical articles on the fiction of Flannery O’Connor” and they were founded pretty recently–in 2000. The neat feature of this journal is that it’s published by Georgia College and State University, which is located in Milledgeville, where O’Connor moved when she was 12 and lived most of the rest of her very short life. With her peacocks, of course.

  13. s.dunstan

    Language Variation and Change
    More specialized that the Journal of Sociolinguistics, this journal is concerned specifically with the study of variation in language/the impacts of this on society and culture. Founded in 1989, comes out 3 times a year, published by Cambridge University Press.
    Journal of Sociolinguistics
    This journal publishes articles regarding all areas of sociolinguistics, from specific issues studied through a scientific approach, to philosophies and abstract theories about language, and opinion pieces. Founded in 1997, comes out 5 times a year, published by Blackwell Synergy publishing.

  14. Sowmya Bharadwaj

    English for Specific Purposes
    This is an international, peer reviewed journal started in 1980 and was formerly called The ESP Journal. The journal encourages articles and discussions that identify aspects of ESP needing development, areas into which the practice of ESP may be expanded, possible means of cooperation between ESP programs and learners’ professional or vocational interests, and implications that findings from related disciplines can have for the profession of ESP. While it has articles by practitioners and experts in the field contributing articles, there is also a section that reviews scholarly books in the area of ESP. It is a quarterly publication by Elsevier that has published seminal articles in my topic of study and is global in its interests.
    TESOL Quarterly
    This is a peer reviewed journal that was first published in 1967 and is international in its scope and outreach. Its stated goal is to “foster inquiry into English language teaching and learning by providing a forum for TESOL professionals to share their research findings and explore ideas and relationships in the field. The Quarterly invites submission of previously unpublished articles on topics of signi?cance to professionals and academicians involved in English language teaching and learning as well as in English as a second language. It covers a variety of cross-disciplinary topics and includes my topic of interest (ESP) partially in its content. As the name suggests it is published on a quarterly basis. I’ve found some relevant articles in this journal, though the bulk of research in my topic has been published in the first journal mentioned here.

  15. Daniel Parsons

    The New Compass: A Critical Review
    Publishes work that promotes spirited discussion and debate about literature. Interested in ethics and aesthetics, and in theory and practice, and invites critical essays on literature in English from a range of periods. Also publishes poetry, short fiction, and drama.
    Peer Reviewed: Yes
    Preferred Editorial Style: MLA
    Number of Copies Required: 6
    Special Submission Requirements: Submit one copy to each editor when submitting electronically. Submit three copies to each editor when submitting print copies.
    Blind Submission Policy: No
    The American Poetry Review
    Publishes poetry, criticism, fiction, columns, translations, and interviews.
    Translations; American poetry; Poetics
    Peer Reviewed: No
    Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
    Publishes contemporary poetry, interviews with poets, and criticism of poetry.
    Peer Reviewed: No
    This text is not available at State. Since my specific topic field is very narrow. I imagine that the impact factor of these journals is less than some of the major journal since they are spcialized. The last two journals are essentially a poetry (and poetry critical theory) journal where writers submit original poetry (and articles). They are nevertheless important (and relevant).

  16. Matt Davis

    College Composition and Communication
    This is a peer-reviewed journal published by NCTE with the mission statement: “The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) supports and promotes the teaching and study of college composition and communication by 1) sponsoring meetings and publishing scholarly materials for the exchange of knowledge about composition, composition pedagogy, and rhetoric; 2) supporting a wide range of research on composition, communication, and rhetoric; 3) working to enhance the conditions for learning and teaching college composition and to promote professional development; and 4) acting as an advocate for language and literacy education nationally and internationally.” It has been around for over 55 years and is published monthly.
    College English
    Is also published by NCTE and has been around since 1939. It’s mission states: “CE covers a wide spectrum of topics relevant to the discipline of English at the level of higher education. We publish articles on both literature and composition as well as other disciplinary concerns, and we are open to all theoretical approaches and schools of thought. Because we are a scholarly journal, we do not publish narrowly practical articles about classroom practices. Because our readership is broad-based, we try to insure that articles appeal to nonspecialists as well as specialists in particular areas.” It is peer-reviewed (refereed) and comes out in 6 bi-monthly issues per year.

  17. Anonymous

    Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures.
    This journal is (surprise) published quarterly and has been around since 1948, and is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State. Its focus is Southern and American literature and culture.
    The Southern Review.
    Another quarterly journal, this one is peer reviewed and is sponsored by Louisiana State University. They publish a variety of material, and especially deal with southern culture and literature (of course). The Southern Review has been published since 1965.