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.

Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism

For those interested in publishing articles that are concerned with the renewal of practices of intellectual and cultural criticism in the Caribbean and in the expansion and revision of the scope and horizons of such criticism.

Small Axe is a curiously curated collection of academic interventions and artistic practice in relation to the Caribbean. As their website says, Small Axe “focuses on publishing critical work that examines the ideas that guided the formation of Caribbean modernities. It mainly includes scholarly articles, opinion essays, and interviews, but it also includes literary works of fiction and poetry, visual arts, and reviews.”

While special issues are generally reserved for March, each issue is usually collated around at least one (sometimes two or three) specific theme. For example, the July 2016 issue (also the anniversary edition) centered on the question of “What is Journal Work?” while the November 2015 focused on the theme of “Rethinking Aimé Césaire.” In each issue, there is a rotating section of creative work (sometimes literary, sometimes visual). Finally, in every issue of Small Axe, there is a section dedicated to book discussion, with 3 short but critical responses to a specific academic monograph.

Of note, a great majority of the editorial board of Small Axe are affiliated with Columbia University or Barnard College (either faculty or graduates), though there does not seem to be only Columbia or Barnard affiliated persons publishing in the journal. Furthermore, their advisory board includes figures such as Kamau Brathwaite, Stuart Hall, George Lamming, Caryl Phillips, and Sylvia Wynter.

Useful for Submission
Word Count: no more than 7,500 words, including footnotes
Issues per year: 3 (March, July, November)
Current volume number: Vol. 21, No. 1
Articles per year: ~6-10
Citation style: Chicago Manual Style, 16th edition
Abstract length (if required): no more than 500 words
Relevant Editors: Editors |David Scott (Academic); Managing Editor | Vanessa Pérez-Rosario

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 April 3, 2017 in Caribbean Studies Journals, Humanities Journals, Interdiscplinary Journals.