New journals

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From March 2017 new journals will be announced though the ESSE Messenger blog rather than on this page.
Please send the necessary information to the Editor of the ESSE Messenger.
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A logo or the proposed design of the front page of the first issue would be appreciated.

VTU Review: Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences

ISSN: 2603-3283 (Online)
ISSN: 2603-3070 (Print)

VTU Review is a newly established peer-reviewed journal, published in English by St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. The journal comes out twice a year and is published both in print form and electronically as an open access publication.

VTU Review is dedicated to publishing and disseminating pioneering research in the humanities and social sciences for an international audience.

The journal’s inaugural issue is available at Its second issue, which focuses on travel and mobility but also includes a Varia section with articles on other topics, is due in May 2018.

(posted 14 March 2018)

The International Journal of James Bond Studies

The International Journal of James Bond Studies is an academic peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing interdisciplinary scholarship on all aspects of Ian Fleming’s James Bond franchise. The journal aims to develop contemporary critical readings of Ian Fleming’s James Bond across literary, filmic, and cultural history, and offers broader criticism of the popular appeal of Fleming’s creation and its relation to the spy genre. The journal will appeal to scholars, academics, and cultural critics whose work focuses on Ian Fleming and James Bond, as well as to fans of the James Bond franchise who wish to supplement their knowledge in this area.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the James Bond novels (both original and continuation);
  • the James Bond films;
  • the music of James Bond;
  • James Bond computer games;
  • television, radio, and comic adaptations;
  • James Bond parodies and/or spin-offs;
  • James Bond merchandise;
  • the cultural impact of James Bond;
  • James Bond and spy fiction;
  • other academic works on James Bond.

Articles of 6,000-8,000 words and reviews of 2,000 words will be considered.
For full details on the style guide and journal conventions, please see our submissions page:

You can also connect with the International Journal of James Bond Studies on Facebook (@JamesBondStudies) and Twitter (@IJJBS)

(posted 26 June 2017)

Coils of the Serpent: Journal for the Study of Contemporary Power

“The coils of a serpent are even more complex than the burrows of a molehill.”
(Gilles Deleuze, Postscript on the Societies of Control)

Coils of the Serpent is a scholarly journal dedicated to the investigation of contemporary manifestations of power, launched in 2016. It is intended as an open-access platform on which diverse theories and analyses of power shall be developed, brought into dialogue with each other, discussed, criticized, illustrated and popularized. The orientation of the journal is interdisciplinary; it is conceived as a forum for a lively exchange of ideas and opinions between the fields of sociology, political science, philosophy, history, economics, literary, cultural and media studies, psychology, educational sciences, and others. The phenomenon of power is essentially tackled on three levels, which can be interwoven to varying degrees: on the level of theory, on the level of case studies (of concrete institutions, social practices, discourse formations, dispositifs, forms of subjectivation, spaces, etc.) and on the level of contributions dealing with cultural and artistic engagements with power.

Contributions addressing the issue on one or more of these levels are welcome from all the relevant disciplines. Besides the traditional essay, the journal also publishes more unconventional texts as well as shorter statements, discussions and commentaries. It publishes only original work and only manuscripts written in English. We also explicitly invite submissions that are not fully ‘rounded’ and ‘finished’ scientific pieces, but rather of a fragmentary, ‘work/thought-in-progress’ nature. Since Coils of the Serpent aims at reaching a wider readership than exists for academic writing, the texts submitted should aim at a certain degree of accessibility. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. We also invite proposals for thematic special issues.

To find out more, please go to:

Manuscripts should be submitted to:

(posted 26 June 2017)

Silver Streams: A Journal of Modern and Post-Modern Literature and Art

Silver Streams is a literary journal dedicated to both Modernist and Post-Modernist art, literature, and critical theory.
Inspired by the existential crisis created by advancements in technology and warfare as well as human nature’s struggle to understand its own subjectivity, Modernism and Post-Modernism represent a crossroads in the evolution of society and our place within it.
Though the genres differ in many ways, both forms mark a breakaway from realism and traditional structures in favour of subjective reality and experimental forms which examine the nature of being.
Silver Streams seeks to chronicle both the past and the possible future of these genres by publishing original prose and poetry along with critical essays and artwork.

The Editor: Michael McGrath is an Irish fiction writer who has been published both nationally and internationally in journals such as Roadside Fiction, Writing Raw, The Ogham Stone and Literature Today. He achieved success in two categories at the University of Limerick Arts Awards 2014: 1st place in the Short Story category for his work ‘Entropy’ and 3rd in the Poetry section for ‘The Trouble With Atoms.’ His first novel The Clock Tower is due for release in winter 2017. He works as a second level English teacher and lives in Limerick City, Ireland.

Submission Guidelines: As it is our inaugural issue, the papers we are seeking are wide ranging and all work associated with either Modernism or Post-Modernism will be considered.

  • Open to submissions of prose, poetry, critical essays and artwork.
  • All submissions should be connected to the Modernist or Post-Modernist forms of literature or art.
    max 5,000words per entry.
  • Up to two submissions of poetry, prose or critical essays allowed per entrant per issue.
  • Up to five submissions of artwork allowed per entrant per issue.
  • All entrants will receive a response no later than two weeks after the closing date.
  • Closing date for June issue is 21 April 2017.
  • We are currently unable to pay a fee to our contributors.
  • Authors give permission to publish in current issue only and retain copyright outside of that issue.

The website url is:

(posted 10 March 2017)

The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture

This is to announce on the launch of the website of The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture:

Founded in 1995, The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture is a refereed, generalist journal with an emphasis on original research into Western and Eastern literatures and cultures. Issued biannually both in print and online versions, the journal is based in the Department of English at National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei, Taiwan, and has distinguished itself for its interdisciplinary purview, comparative nature, and two languages (English and Chinese) of publication. The journal is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography and the Taiwan Humanities Citation Index Core (THCI Core). It is ranked amongst the top journals of literature and culture accredited by the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan. Based in different parts of the world, members of the editorial team and international advisory board cover almost all research areas of literary and cultural studies, and include distinguished and chair professors, outstanding and award-winning scholars, and elected Fellows of the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Europea, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Linnean Society of London. Research articles and book reviews are welcome and so are proposals for special issues.

(posted 11 March 2016)

Comparatismi: digital periodical of the Board of Literary Criticism and Compared Literature

Comparatismi is the official digital periodical of the Board of Literary Criticism and Compared Literature. It aims at being a research site and at offering dialogue between different theoretical, methodological and critical positions, focusing in particular on literary genres, comparative studies, the language of poetry, hermeneutics, storytelling, literary theory, history of criticism, textual semiotics, theory and history of translation.

Its field of interest includes literature, advertising, life stories, television serials, movies, graphic novels. It aims at welcoming contributions that represent the current spectrum of investigations addressed to literature, to narrative (in its broadest sense) and more in general to the aesthetic communication. Comparatismi also publishes original contributions and translations of works by foreign authors that in recent years have produced significant results. It is an open access journal to facilitate the dissemination and discussion of its research results.

More information is available on «Comparatismi» website:

(posted 29 January 2016)

Identity papers: A journal of British and Irish studies
The University of Huddersfield’s Academy for British and Irish Studies was established in 2009, and this journal develops out of its varied and interdisciplinary work. It seeks a wide and cross-disciplinary audience from inside and outside the university sector, and draws on robust research to communicate ideas connected with identities in Britain and Ireland, today and in the past, in a readable way. Centrally, it aims for ‘accessibility with rigour’.
In format somewhere between an academic journal, an intelligent magazine, and a contributor blog, Identity Papers brings together the work of academics and non-academics whose research focuses on any aspect of contemporary and historical British and Irish Studies. It showcases learned comment, considered opinion, and reflective reviews relating to studies of identity and citizenship. It is a collection of thought that crosses and shifts disciplinary boundaries through dialogue and juxtaposition. It explores Britishness, Irishness, and other identities in the British Isles, and their components in the past, the present, and between the two. It frames and reframes debate, and focuses and refocuses key issues.
Its themes include, but are by no means limited to: histories, politics, culture(s), literatures, identities, minorities, extremism, racism, communities, citizenship, nationalities, regions, the post/colonial, diaspora, territories.
More information is available on our website.
(posted 1 May 2015)

The Literacy Trek
The Literary Trek a peer-reviewed biannual journal will be launched in June 2015.
The Literacy Trek journal publishes high quality articles in the fields of L1 and L2 reading, applied linguistics and research that links the two. The journal is of interest to academics, researchers and those people concerned with mediating research findings to policy makers and practitioners. The journal is a valuable resource for teachers, counselors, supervisors, administrators, policy makers, curriculum planners, and educational researchers who are depply interested in reading and processes of reading and literacy.
The Literacy Trek publishes research employing a variety of qualitative and/or quantitative methods and approaches in reading and literacy. The aim of the journal is to increase understanding of learning and teaching  of reading in pre-primary, primary, secondary, higher and adult education, and to contribute to the improvement of educational processes and outcomes.
Please check our website.
If you have any inquiries, please contact us.
(posted 7 April 2015)

Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World
Angles-journalAngles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World is an international online peer-reviewed journal published bi-annually by SAES (Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur).
This interdisciplinary journal has a triple aim:
  • to encourage innovative interdisciplinary research;
  • to make cutting-edge research freely available;
  • to make full use of the possibilities offered by digital publication by encouraging the use of different modes of expression: text, image, video, podcasts, hyperlinks…
Each thematic issue contains 8-12 articles selected by a guest editor after a double-blind peer-review process. Additional, off-topic articles submitted to the same double-blind peer-review process are published in a separate section. These off-topic articles may respond to articles previously published in Angles.
The journal fosters scholarly risk-taking and experimentation by junior and senior researchers. Angles accepts academic contributions partly, or wholly, in non-traditional forms (documentary film, short story, comic book, manifesto, pamphlet…). Angles also encourages proposals from specialists wishing to explore a different field of study than their own.
More information is available on our website.

(posted 25 October 2014)

Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry
Sanglāp is a Sanskrit word. It means conversations between inquiring minds, or readers of thoughts. The rise of classical Indian philosophy owes its richness of aesthetic sensibility and rational faculty to the tradition of sanglāp. It is evident in ancient Greece, Persia or Rome too. A Sanglāp attempts to inquire both the logic and ‘aesthesis’ of the subject of discussion. Thus, it allows thought to perform its inherent plurality of being, while keeping the sophistry and pleasure of conversation alive. As Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry, it is conceived of and intended to further that end: the multiplicity of thoughts, the carefully constructed arguments and the conversation between minds. We look forward to bring the research scholars, the readers, from different fields of the humanities and the social sciences, to place their thoughts and arguments and entertain a critical conversation. To do away with confusion and inconvenience, we are not using any special character in spelling the word Sanglāp. It will be known as Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry.
Sanglap is meant to be a dialogue between literary and cultural studies. Over the last few decades, there has been a strong cultural turn in literary studies which has gradually introduced an element of ‘play’ in its disciplinary enclosure and opened up the folds of the literary to an inter-disciplinary dialogue with the diversity of the cultural. The resultant dialogues have repeatedly questioned the grounds for canonization and politics of reading in literature. There is no doubt that such positions, ‘theories’ and postulates have influenced many of us as we have set off to investigate the discourse of literature, or as Eagleton terms, the ‘event’ of literature. In the ‘culturalization’ of the literary, it is not simply a matter of reading the literary as a mirror of the cultural but also approaching it as a constitutive extension of the cultural.
While we welcome the emancipatory element in this broadening out of the literary as a field, on occasions, the cultural turn has been a touch indifferent to the specificity of the literary as a medium with its own technicality and historicity. Real dialogue cannot be a one-way traffic. And to be faithful to the inherent reciprocity of a true Sanglap, we feel the need not only to read the literary in terms of the cultural but also the other way round i.e. reading the cultural in terms of the literary. We feel this is the right time to tap the infinitely extensible potential of the literary as a field (such as Derrida’s sense of literature as the ‘strange institution’ which ‘tends to overflow the institution’ by constantly interrogating the figure of the law through the field of expression) and try and establish it as an affective, perceptual and analytic category which can investigate the diverse edifice of the cultural.
What we propose through this Journal is an extension of this thought. Along with various semiotic, symptomatic, social, political, or/and movemental readings, can we also think of the literary as a form of perception that does not restrict itself to the field and discourse of literature as literary text? Can a gendered or racial reading of an ‘event’ (the act or the thought) be termed literary, where the word literary acts as an analytic mode, a ground of perception and a way of knowing? We aim to place literary as an analytic category which is not reducible to discourse or ideology and can traverse both the grounds of the primacy of feelings and sensations and the conditions which produce that feeling. We encourage the writers not only to question the ground of a text with a particular challenging ‘theory’, but also to think why those theories are considered subversive and given privilege over others.
Sanglap will be open-access and published twice a year (June and December). Each issue will carry a specific theme, and depending upon the response, we may extend the theme for a further issue. We look forward to articles that cater to the themes in an interdisciplinary manner. The Journal will not charge any processing, publishing or such fees. It is a voluntary act that aims to present the variety, depth and potency of thoughts across research circles all over the world.
The articles will go through peer-reviewing process from experts in the field. We aim to notify the decisions within two months. Should a writer intend to withdraw his/her article within the stipulated time, he/she must take permission from the editors signing a letter of declaration. We are strictly against plagiarism, and upon acceptance of articles, the authors have to sign a statement against plagiarism and such acts, and abide by the copyright policy of the Journal.
Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry seeks original articles strictly within 6000 words (excluding notes and references) written in MLA format and sent as MS Word document to our email address. <>
For submission and formatting, please consult the guidelines on our website.
(posted 30 January 2014)