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 as email attachments to americanperiodicals [at] gmail.com. Also, with all submissions, please include a brief biographical statement specifying academic affiliation and scholarly activities in the field of periodical studies.
All editorial correspondence is handled electronically. All manuscripts and correspondence should be addressed to the Editors at americanperiodicals [at] gmail.com.
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 26 Number 2 (2016)
Introduction: War and Periodicals
James Berkey and Mark Noonan
Breaking the News: Telegraphy and Yellow Journalism in the Spanish-American War
Public Reading and the Civil War Draft Lottery
Colleen Glenney Boggs
“We Return Fighting”: Black Doughboys and the Battle of Representation
Radical Portrayals: Dickey Chapelle on the Front Lines
“Scrappy and Unselective”: Rising Wartime Paper Costs and the Little Review
Christopher J. La Casse
Commercializing Childhood: Children's Magazines, Urban Gentility, and the Ideal of the Child Consumer in the United States, 1823-1918 by Paul B. Ringel (review)
Anna Mae Duane
Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture by Eric Gardner (review)
Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation’s Journalism by Christopher B. Daly (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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