Reviews of Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

We give you the scuttlebutt on academic journals—aiding you in selecting the right journal for publication—in reviews that are sometimes snarky, sometimes lengthy, always helpful. Written by Princeton University graduate students and Wendy Laura Belcher.

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society

For those interested in publishing articles that engage gender at the intersections of race, sexuality, class, nation, and/or culture. Gets hundreds of submissions each year, so … Continue reading

March 8, 2017
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Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture

For those interested in publishing articles that explore all areas of the history of Christianity in all time periods, locations, and contexts, although it used … Continue reading

March 8, 2017
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The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation

For those interested in publishing articles on literature of the eighteenth century, mainly British (but articles can have New World or colonial connections), often with … Continue reading

March 8, 2017
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Journal of African American History

For historians (or scholars analyzing primary sources) interested in publishing articles that address African American life, culture, religion, politics and movements against state violence. This is … Continue reading

March 8, 2017
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Nineteenth-Century French Studies

For those who would like to publish scholarly articles on nineteenth-century French literature, culture, and social/political issues. (TS) Articles can be in either English or … Continue reading

March 1, 2017
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American Quarterly

For those interested in publishing articles with a broad, humanistic understanding of American culture, particularly if it engages in cross-disciplinary work. American Quarterly is the official … Continue reading

March 1, 2017
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Philosophy and Literature

For those who wish to publish articles in which they address an aesthetic object (usually literature) with an attitude explicitly attuned to formal concerns and … Continue reading

February 28, 2017
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Journal of Africana Religions

For those interested in publishing interdisciplinary articles that address the religious traditions of African and African Diaspora peoples from ancient to contemporary periods. Narrow studies … Continue reading

February 28, 2017
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Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief

For those interested in publishing articles that are interested in writing about the intersection of images, objects, spaces, practice with belief. An innovative, relatively new … Continue reading

February 28, 2017
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The Black Scholar

For those interested in publishing articles that address black life, black culture, black suffering, black death, black sexual politics, black religion, black liberation and all … Continue reading

February 23, 2017
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French Studies

For those interested in publishing articles that concern a broad range of topics in French and Francophone literature, film, culture, and theory from the medieval … Continue reading

February 23, 2017
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Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation

For those interested in publishing articles that explore the connections between religion and other spheres of American culture. It is in the discipline of history … Continue reading

February 23, 2017
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Modern Philology

For those interested in publishing articles that speak to an aesthetic problem in a canonical text written before 1900 by a Western author, that deeply … Continue reading

February 23, 2017
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Narrative

For those interested in publishing very formal articles that directly take up narrative theory and narratology and who are ready to subordinate their politics and … Continue reading

February 23, 2017
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Yale French Studies

For those who are senior scholars with Ivy connections, as this is a closed journal that does not publish “unsolicited articles.” Yale French Studies is the … Continue reading

February 14, 2017
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Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR)

For those interested in publishing articles that speak to other scholars of religion and to the state of the field of religious studies as a … Continue reading

February 14, 2017
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ITYOPIS Northeast African Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (NEAJ)

For those interested in publishing original research in the humanities and social sciences on the Horn of Africa. This new, annual, peer-reviewed journal is published … Continue reading

June 12, 2016
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PMLA (Publications of the Modern Language Association)

For those looking to make broad connections (not close reading) between culture and literature, often with a global focus. (KS) For those with an argument with … Continue reading

June 15, 2015

GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

For those interested in publishing articles that have a fun, funky, and compelling perspective to add to Queer Theory, especially if you’re interested in the body … Continue reading

June 15, 2015

American Anthropologist

For those interested in publishing ethnographically based articles and with an interest in the trajectory of the discipline and privileging clarity and creativity. It publishes … Continue reading

June 15, 2015

Disability Studies Quarterly

For those interested in publishing articles with interdisciplinary approaches to both theoretical and practical debates in disability studies.

June 15, 2015

boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture

Ironically, this journal dedicated to analyzing “the tyrannies of thought” doesn’t accept unsolicited submissions. So, for those who know the editorial board and have something … Continue reading

June 14, 2015

diacritics: a review of contemporary criticism

For those with articles that freewheel through philosophy and history, particularly the uses that we can make of generally accepted precepts in each of those … Continue reading

June 14, 2015

Representations

For those with articles that engage with cultural studies, reading practices, and debates about interpretation (especially if you have something to say about surface reading … Continue reading

June 14, 2015

Cultural Critique

For those interested in publishing transnational, transdisciplinary research with a strong theoretical component (especially Marxist) on cultural production as it appears in words, images, and sounds, … Continue reading

June 14, 2015

Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory

For those with articles that put multiple texts or authors in conversation with each other or addressing non-canonical texts using cultural studies perspectives.       … Continue reading

June 14, 2015

Critical Inquiry

For those with a presentist article that puts theories in conversation and has a catchy and/or scandalous title (e.g., Ardent Masturbation, Big Criticism). 2015 review: It is best … Continue reading

June 14, 2015

Oxford Literary Review

For those interested in publishing articles on Derrida and deconstruction. Don’t submit your work here if you are writing about anything else.

June 14, 2015

MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States)

For those with articles that provincialize or problematize the idea of the U.S. and its literary output. MELUS is a quarterly journal, and one of … Continue reading

June 13, 2015

African American Review

For those with articles that have something substantial and innovative to say about canonical and non-canonical African American Literary texts; this journal is an especially … Continue reading

June 13, 2015

Race and Class

For those interested in publishing critical interventions on race, racism, and imperialism with a particular disciplinary focus in anthropology, social science, and the humanities. This … Continue reading

June 13, 2015

Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters

For those interested in publishing articles that creatively and/or critically engage with the work of African Americans and peoples of African descent throughout the African Diaspora. … Continue reading

June 13, 2015

Identities

For those interested in publishing philosophically, theoretically, and critically rich articles with an attention to unpacking aspects of identity formation as being central to understanding … Continue reading

June 12, 2015

Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies

For those interested in publishing articles on the problematic of difference in literary, social, political, and social texts from a combined Continental philosophy and American … Continue reading

June 12, 2015

Social Text

For those interested in publishing theoretically and critically rigorous articles with an attention to creativity and poetics while pushing the boundaries of work on race, … Continue reading

June 12, 2015

Public Culture

For those interested in publishing theoretically rigorous articles with an attention to critically engaging inequality and difference (social, cultural) as it manifests in various ways … Continue reading

June 12, 2015

Political & Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR)

For those interested in publishing ethnographically based articles with an attention to critically engaging politics/the political and law/legality as it relates issues of public/civil society, citizenship, … Continue reading

June 12, 2015

Cultural Anthropology

For those interested in publishing theoretically rigorous and critically engaged articles with an attention both to a re/articulation of the anthropological tradition and pushing the … Continue reading

June 12, 2015

Anthropological Theory

For those interested in publishing theoretically rigorous, text-based articles with ethnography remaining secondary, and with an attention to clarity in writing and contemporary problems, especially ethically/morally … Continue reading

June 12, 2015

American Ethnologist

For those interested in publishing articles combining ethnographic research and rigorous theoretical work with a concern for intellectual/theoretical diversity and conceptual creativity. A flagship journal that … Continue reading

June 12, 2015

Ethnicities

For those interested in publishing articles that address issues of how to create successful multicultural societies. The journal addresses the inherent problems with building such societies, including issues … Continue reading

June 12, 2015

Transforming Anthropology

For those interested in publishing articles that address questions of race, gender, class and other issues of social inequality within one or more of the … Continue reading

June 12, 2015

Victorian Literature and Culture

Submit here if you have a really interesting, interdisciplinary article about Science, Race/Imperialism, Gender (mostly women), Death, Religion, Sympathy, Victorian institutions (museums, pawnshops, libraries, etc), … Continue reading

June 11, 2015

Victorians Institute Journal

For those interested in publishing close readings of a single work of a popular Victorian author, especially Hardy or Dickens.

June 11, 2015

Victorian Review

For those interested in publishing an article on a lesser known Victorian author or text, or one on an obscure topic in relation to a … Continue reading

June 11, 2015

Nineteenth Century Literature

For those interested in publishing articles with very broad claims about an author, discourse, or text.

June 11, 2015

Dickens Studies Annual

For those interested in publishing articles with close readings of any of Dickens’s novels or short stories or of his life and legacy.

June 11, 2015

Eighteenth-Century Life

Submit here if you’re writing about a canonical British author, have a historical (not theoretical) perspective, and want to talk about the author’s journals and … Continue reading

June 11, 2015

Eighteenth-Century Studies

Submit here if you have a substantial amount of historical or contemporary (aka 18th century) theoretical background or if you’re writing about something global (not … Continue reading

June 11, 2015

Victorian Studies

For those interested in publishing articles with broader, interdisciplinary, and cutting-edge approaches to Victorian cultural history.

June 11, 2015

Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal

For those interested in publishing publishes articles on genocides using a comparative lens and from a sociological, historical, or political-science perspective. The journal covers a wide range of … Continue reading

June 10, 2015

Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History

For those interested in publishing articles in any discipline that focus on the Holocaust (which the journal defines as “the Nazi persecution and mass murder of the … Continue reading

June 10, 2015

Holocaust and Genocide Studies

For those interested in publishing articles using a historical or sociological perspective to address any topic dealing with the Holocaust. Although the title says the journal also focuses on “Genocide … Continue reading

June 10, 2015

Journal of Postcolonial Writing

For those interested in publishing on an individual postcolonial author or text; a critique of contemporary postcolonial theories; or a postcolonial approach to canonical texts. The … Continue reading

June 10, 2015

Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

For those interested in publishing a close reading of disability in a single text or, more generally, in a group of texts by one author or … Continue reading

June 9, 2015

Comparative Literature

For those interested in publishing theoretically rigorous articles with large claims on different national or linguistic literatures and with a focus on transmission or circulation. … Continue reading

June 8, 2015

SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

Submit here if you don’t mind waiting for the annual issue on your time period; if you’re working in the 19th century, submit if you have … Continue reading

May 15, 2015

Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature

Submit here if you’re writing about women (especially multiple works by a single author) and talk really explicitly about the larger implications of your argument. … Continue reading

May 15, 2015

ELH (English Literary History)

Submit here if you have a traditionally structured article (historical/ theoretical background followed by close reading); if you’re working in the 19th century, write about … Continue reading

May 15, 2015
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