For this week’s assignment, please do your best to identify two major journals in your field and/or the field relevant to your question. You might want to use the MLA Directory of Periodicals for this, or you might want to ask a scholar to recommend two prominent journals, or you might want to choose two journals that have been cropping up repeatedly in your research.
Describe and evaluate both these journals, making sure to include at least
- The scholarly “mission” of the journal — its approach, its partisan affiliation, its critical orientation;
- Whether it is peer-reviewed;
- How often it comes out;
- When it was founded; and
- Who publishes the journal.
You should find this information near the beginning of any print or electronic issue. Please DO NOT copy and paste unattributed boilerplate descriptions of the journal. You may, of course, quote and cite portions of this text.
I also recommend that you visit the publisher’s website and see whether you can subscribe to an RSS feed for this journal. Critical Inquiry, for example, offers a feed of its latest issue, while other journals will often feed you their tables of contents.
If you ever plan to publish any of your research, it would also be a great idea to subscribe now to a journal that really sparks your interest, so that you can get a comprehensive sense of what sorts of things they publish.
Also, our library has set up an Alerts service that allows you to get journal tables of contents in your email, but it doesn’t look like this service includes many humanities journals yet.