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.
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. This is the flagship journal of comparative literature (published by the association and thus sent to over 2000 subscribers) but it actively seeks “talented young scholars breaking new ground in the field” and backs this up by refusing to rank authors in published articles (by having no bio, only the university affiliation, so you don’t know if it is a graduate student or not).
The journal has always been squarely at the center of the field (i.e., espousing “new criticism” in the early 1950s, literary theory in the late 60s and 70s, the “globalization” of comparative literary studies in the 80s and 90s).
In terms of its style, it has wordless subheads (e.g., only I, II, III) and eschews quote marks around quotes in titles.
The article formula for this journal is (as it is for many top journals):