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.

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 just British or American).

“Eighteenth-Century Studies is committed to publishing the best of current writing on all aspects of eighteenth-century culture. The journal publishes different modes of analysis and disciplinary discourses that explore how recent historiographical, critical, and theoretical ideas have engaged scholars concerned with the eighteenth century. Eighteenth-Century Studies is the official publication of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS).”

According to the MLA International Bibliography as of spring 2020, ECS rarely publishes on black authors or literature. Aside from a special issue published twenty-five years ago, ECS has published not a single article on African American authors or literature. In over fifty years of publishing, they have published exactly one article on African literature, Nabil Matar’s about North Africa. Further, their pages almost never even address Africa and the three that do are entirely about European representations of it. ECS published six articles on Equiano; however, all but one was published over twenty years ago.

Useful for Submission

Word Count: 9,000 words

Issues per year: 4

Current volume number in 2020: 53

Articles per year:

Citation style:  Chicago

Abstract length (if required): 100 words or less

Relevant Editors:

Open access?: No

Online?: Yes


Submissions: Send to

For information about individuals’ experiences with submitting articles to Eighteenth-Century Studies, including comments on turnaround time and editorial promptness, see the excellent Humanities Journal Wiki

About Wendy Belcher

Associate Professor, Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for African American Studies. Author of Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Instructor of Deep Reading Journals as Publishing Praxis.


This entry was posted on June 11, 2015 in Eighteenth-Century Journals, Humanities Journals, Literary Studies Journals.