American Periodicals invites scholarly essays treating any aspect of American periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and other periodical publications) from any historical period. Submissions that treat topics such as editorial policy, financing, production, readership, design, illustration, and circulation of specific periodicals are welcome, as are those that explore the position of American periodicals within the broader culture. In particular, we welcome articles that, like the periodicals themselves, cross the boundaries of several disciplines and explore the complex ways that periodicals have shaped, and have been shaped by, American culture. Essays should be limited to 7500 words, inclusive of notes.
In the Archives
“In the Archives” (formerly “From the Periodical Archives”) features demonstrate the pleasures of studying periodicals, raise methodological concerns regarding the use of archives in periodical research, and interrogate the idea of the archive itself. We encourage the inclusion of artifacts (illustrations, facsimile reproduction of periodicals) as well as analysis that encompasses the entirety of the periodical form: illustrations, advertisements, typography, and paratextual elements, for example. Length of submissions may vary considerably, depending on the subject matter and the methodological approach chosen by the author; 1500-5000 words, exclusive of transcriptions.
Reviews for American Periodicals are generally commissioned by the Book Review Editor, who will alert potential reviewers to deadlines and provide reviewers with books for review.
A good review will describe the book being reviewed in some depth, with attention not only to argument and related content but also to method, source base, intended audience, and key contexts. But as important as such summary work is, the reviewer’s analysis and especially evaluation of the book should be the centerpiece of the review.
In all, reviewers should keep in mind that the book’s contribution to the study of American periodicals is of specific interest, and that a good review will generally situate the book in question among significant current discussions in the field. We strive for book reviews that are critical but also collegial. Honest, rigorous, and constructive evaluation of a book’s strengths and weaknesses is thus both necessary and prized.
Reviews should follow the general American Periodicals style sheet. Reviews should be headed with the book author’s name, the book’s title, the book’s press, the publication date, the number of pages, and the book’s price(s), as well as the reviewer’s name and affiliation.
With the exception of reviews for the “Brief Notice” section and review essays that consider multiple works in dialogue, reviews should generally run between 900 and 1200 words.
Reviews for the “Brief Notice” section should run between 250 and 350 words (including the publication information on the book). While these reviews should still attend to the combination of accurate summary, thoughtful analysis, and constructive evaluation called for above, “Brief Notice” reviews are designed for the reader who wants a succinct, pithy assessment of an individual title, in the spirit of periodicals likeChoice and Publisher’s Weekly.
Review essays generally consider more than one book and will generally run between 2000 and 4000 words. (The Book Review Editor will give a more specific target length when commissioning such reviews.) As in the reviews above, readers should gain a clear sense of each of the books being considered and should see the play of summary, analysis, and evaluation. Review essays, though, should emphasize comparison, contrast, and synthesis, and they should group such work around an argument about the state of the books’ field(s).
American Periodicals also commissions reviews of websites, databases, other electronic resources, exhibits, and scholarship in other forms using these general guidelines. Edited collections and new editions of primary texts are eligible for review.
Please alert the Book Review Editor to any potential conflicts of interest. You should not, for example, review a book by someone at your institution or by someone to whom you’re related.
The Book Review editor edits all reviews for style, clarity, and attention to these guidelines and in communication with each reviewer. While every effort will be made to move reviews to publication, American Periodicals is under no obligation to publish commissioned reviews.
l submissions to American Periodicals should by typed, double-spaced (including quotations and notes), and should conform to the 16th edition of theChicago Manual of Style. Submissions should be limited to 7500 words, inclusive of notes. Images should be sent individually, in TIFF, JPG, or PNG format, at least 1800 x 2700 pixels (for a full-page image). For additional information regarding the journal’s house style, please see the American Periodicals Style Sheet. (See also the Council of Editors of Learned Journals guidelines for authors.)
Submissions are evaluated using a blind peer review process.
Submit essays in Microsoft Word format using the Scholastica portal linked below. Also, with all submissions, please include a brief biographical statement specifying academic affiliation and scholarly activities in the field of periodical studies.
Cynthia Patterson, University of South Florida
Jean Lee Cole, Loyola University Maryland
Book Review Editor
Eric Gardner, Saginaw Valley State University
Kathleen Diffley, University of Iowa
Benjamin Fagan, Auburn University
Jared Gardner, Ohio State University
Matthew Lavin, St. Lawrence University
Sara Lindey, St. Vincent College
Janice Simon, University of Georgia
Courtney Weikle-Mills, University of Pittsburgh
Andreá Williams, The Ohio State University
Tracy Wuster, University of Texas
Volume 27 Number 1 (2017)
FORUM: Recovering Women's Writing through the Periodical Archive
Recovery and Modern Periodical Studies
Edith Eaton's Expanding Oeuvre
Mining Boarding School Newspapers for Native American Women Editors and Writers
Feminist Collaboration in an Era of Academic Instability
Lori Harrison-Kahan and Karen E.H. Skinazi
Recovering Kate Chopin's "Her Firt Party": Media, Mediation, Message
Bonnie James Shaker, Angela Gianoglio Pettitt, and Lae'l Hughes-Watkins
Recovering Black Women Writers in Periodical Archives
Andreá N. Williams
"Fugitive Verses": The Circulation of Poems in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers
Ryan Cordell and Abby Mullen
John Taylor of Caroline: Pamphlets and the Press in the 1790s
A Primer for Using Historical Images in Research
Bonnie M. Miller
IN THE ARCHIVE
"Sue" and "A Southern Silhouette": Two Published but Uncollected Short Stories by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Thomas L. Morgan
The American Revolution and the Press: The Promise of Independence by Carol Sue Humphrey (review)
Carl Robert Keyes
Work Sights: The Visual Culture of Industry in Nineteenth-Century America by Vanessa Meikle Schulman (review)
The Newspaper Warrior: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins's Campaign for American Indian Rights, 1864–1891 Edited by Cari M. Carpenter and Carolyn Sorisio (review)
Power to the People: The Graphic Design of the Radical Press and the Rise of the Counter-Culture, 1964–1974 by Geoff Kaplan (review)
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Indexing and Abstracts
Modern Language Association International Bibliography, Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, Communications Abstracts: An International Information Service, and Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life, Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
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