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.

Yale French Studies

For those who are senior scholars with Ivy connections, as this is a closed journal that does not publish “unsolicited articles” on French literature and culture.

Established in 1948, Yale French Studies is the “oldest English-language journal in the United States devoted to French and Francophone literature and culture.” Dozens of articles from the 1970s and 1980s have been cited hundreds of times. However, more recently, articles are cited less. In the past ten years, only five articles have been cited in the double digits. Perhaps this is evidence that restricting submissions affects the vibrancy of a journal, although it might be because the last three years of the journal are never available online. Only in the humanities, where scholars are most trying to prove their relevance, do we see closed journals like this. Given the lack of racial or academic rank diversity among the journal’s authors, this strategy seems short-sighted.

YFS makes it very clear that they do not accept unsolicited articles, but it less clear how they do acquire their articles. Their website does state that the journal is organized entirely as special issues, with only guest editors, and states that special issue proposals should be sent to their email. But where calls for papers are posted is not noted, so it would seem the guest editors also do not accept unsolicited submissions. In short, YFS seems like a very exclusive, mysterious, closed-off club.

Previous special issues have been:

  • Guilty Pleasures: Theater, Piety, and Immorality in Seventeenth-Century France 2016
  • Writing and Life, Literature and History: On Jorge Semprun 2016
  • Revisiting Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine 2015
  • Animots: Postanimality in French Thought 2015
  • Time for Baudelaire (Poetry, Theory, History) 2014
  • Walter Benjamin’s Hypothetical French “Trauerspiel” 2013
  • Rethinking Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009) 2013
  • Out of Sight: Political Censorship of the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century France 2012
  • Literature and History: Around “Suite française” and “Les Bienveillantes” 201


 Useful for Submission

Issues per year: Two

Current volume number: 136

Articles per year: About 10

Word Count: Information not available.

Citation style: Information not available

Abstract length (if required): Information not available

Upcoming special issues (if available): Information not available

Open access?: No, must have institutional access or a subscription.

Online?: Partial. Old issues are available through JSTOR, but the last three years are not available online.

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 February 14, 2017 in French Studies Journals, Humanities Journals.