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.


These blog posts were created by Princeton graduate students in the humanities and social sciences as part of a course regularly taught by Wendy Laura Belcher on writing a journal article for publication, based on the advice in Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Each week, each student selected a journal that interested them and then read the titles and abstracts in all issues going back five years, as well as at least ten articles from that journal. Since many scholars find it tough to select a journal to publish in, we decided it would be a good idea to post some of these reviews (as edited by Belcher, sometimes taking it quite a bit from the student’s original phrasing). Of course, reading someone else’s review of a journal will never be as good as doing a review yourself–reading the past five years of a journal. Like all reviews, these are very subjective and another reader could walk away with an entirely different impression of the journal and what it published. But we wanted to provide a model of review and to provide some interpretation of what’s happening in journals today. Questions and comments welcome, email the professor who taught the course. Among those who wrote reviews are Julia M. Hori, Kimberly Bain, Ahmad Greene-Hayes, Brandon Hunter, Emanuela Kucik, Heath Pearson, Francisco E. Robles, Hope H. Rogers, Tomoko Slutsky, Kristen H. Starkowski, Kate Thorpe, and Kristine Wright.

If you are interested in writing a review of a journal yourself (or having your students do so), use this Worksheet for Providing a Review of a Peer-Reviewed Journal Google Form.

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