Weekly Assignment #9

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.

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  1. Mary kohn

    Language Variation and Change. Cambridge University Press. Baltimore.
    “Language Variation and Change is the only journal dedicated exclusively to the study of linguistic variation and the capacity to deal with systematic and inherent variation in synchronic and diachronic linguistics. Sociolinguistics involves analysing the interaction of language, culture and society; the more specific study of variation is concerned with the impact of this interaction on the structures and processes of traditional linguistics. Language Variation and Change concentrates on the details of linguistic structure in actual speech production and processing (or writing), including contemporary or historical sources.” -Cambridge University Press
    This journal is perhaps the most important journal in the field of sociolinguistics. The journal is overseen by an editorial board of eighteen linguists, including such top names as Labov, Sankoff, Trudgill and Guy. The journal is published by the Cambridge University Press and takes as its mission the analysis of language change, which has implications for both historical linguistics and sociolinguistics. The journal comes in three issues per year (March, July, October) and has been issued since 1989.
    Language. Linguistic Society of America. Baltimore, MA.
    “Language is the journal of record for the Linguistic Society of America, appearing continuously since 1925 (4 issues per year). It publishes scholarly articles that report on original research covering the field of linguistics broadly, thus treating topics that include, among others, linguistic theory (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics); language description; language in its social setting; the history of individual languages; language acquisition; experimentation on language perception, production, and processing; computational modeling of language; and the history of linguistics. Language also publishes a wide range of reviews of books of linguistic interest.
    Language’s authors over the years include many with cross-disciplinary recognition, e.g. Leonard Bloomfield, Noam Chomsky, Joseph Greenberg, Alfred L. Kroeber, Steven Pinker, Edward Sapir, Deborah Tannen, and Benjamin Lee Whorf. Papers published in Language are among those most frequently referred to in the field, and include, inter alia, Chomsky’s oft-cited Review of B. F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior (Language 35 (1959), 26-58).” -JSTOR
    Language is the premier journal for general linguistics. as stated above, the articles published in Language are the most cited within the field. Language’s goal is to present cutting edge-information on all topics relevent to linguistics. The journal issues four issues a year and has been published since 1925. Although the journal does not focus specifically on sociolinguistics, it provides a guide for themes occuring in all areas of linguistics and thus prove useful in fostering communication across the discipline. The Linguistic Society of america publishes the journal and all articles are peer-reviewed.

  2. Josh Peery

    For my topic on Documentary and Propaganda film I found the following Journals
    First:
    Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies.
    This journal is mainly focused on the impact of films on society. The journal deals with how feature films and documentary films both represent and interpret history.
    Film & History articles contain the following:
    Analysis of individual films and/or television programs from a historical perspective (viewing the films/programs as historical artifacts) Survey of documents related to the production of films (how films move from initial ideas to the finished screen version) Analysis of history as explored through film (using film critically in the classroom)
    ?Quote For the past thirty years Film & History has been an inexpensive journal which even “poor” libraries can afford. We study how history is being shaped by media as well as how media are being shaped by history. We examine the evolution of genre over time and how the changes in genre formulas are affected by contemporary pressures. We review relevent books, films, and television specials. Film & History is published twice a year by the Historians Film Committee, an Affiliated Society of the American Historical Association since 1970. Quote?
    The journal is published twice a year
    It is edited by several academics in the field.
    Created on December 29, 1970 by John E. O’Connor and Martin A. Jackson by founding the Historians Film Committee, with the intent to begin publishing a journal on film and history.
    Second:
    Bright Lights Film Journal
    This interesting journal tackles films and issues about films that most other journals would not touch. Not many new journals will apply the term propaganda to modern films, but this journal will and does.
    ?Quote Bright Lights Film Journal is a popular-academic hybrid of movie analysis, history, and commentary, looking at classic and commercial, independent, exploitation, and international film from a wide range of vantage points from the aesthetic to the political.
    A prime area of focus is on the connection between capitalist society and the images that reflect, support, or subvert it ? movies as propaganda. Quote?
    Published quarterly in Portland, Oregon by Gary Morris and Gregory Battle.
    It is not subject to peer review, at least I couldn?t find any such reference.
    Published since 1992.

  3. Jason Jefferies

    For my first journal, I am using Postmodern Culture, which is published by John Hopkins University. I found it when I did a search for William T. Vollmann, who has contributed several articles, as well as having been the subject of a few. Postmodern Culture was founded in 1990 as “an experiment in scholarly publishing on the internet”. They offer commentary, criticism, and theory on a wide variety of subjects. It is released three time a year.
    For my second journal, I will be using The Review of Contemporary Fiction, which is published by Illinois State University, and is a journal that also repeatedly pops up when I search for William T. Vollmann. It is peer reviewed, and it is released three times a year. Founded in 1993, it offers “essays, commentary, interviews, reviews, and lists of books received arranged in special issues.”

  4. April Swarey

    For my topic, Anti-Pamela, an eighteenth-century novel, I found two journals that are relevant:
    1. Eighteenth Century Studies – This journal is published by Johns Hopkins University Press for the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies four times a year in October, January, April, and July. It is peer-reviewed and was founded in 1967. This journal accepts the best current writing on any aspect of 18th century culture and prefers essays that use different methods of analysis to examine research and theories pertaining to the 18th century.
    2. ELH or English Literary History – This journal is published by The Johns Hopkins University Press four times a year in March, June, Sept, and December. It was founded in 1934 and is peer-reviewed. It prints articles that explore the conditions affecting English and American literature, but does not endorse any particular method or theory.

  5. Robyn Leigh Youngs

    1. Review of English Studies
    This journal began publication in 1925; it is published by Oxford University Press. It is peer-reviewed, and it focuses more on historical aspects of literature than interpretive criticsim. It is printed quarterly, and it has an RSS Feed (it allows you to choose exactly what you want E-mailed to you).
    2. Early Modern Literary Studies
    This journal is actually available online, and not in print. It was established in 1995 and is edited by Alaistar Bellany. It includes language, culture, and literature-related essays and focuses on the 16th and 17th centuries. It also contains some good links for Renaissance scholars. It is peer-reviewed. It’s “home” website is Sheffield Hallam.

  6. Ashley Merrill

    -Journal of Popular Culture
    —scholarly mission: to study society through the lens of culture, be it what is considered “high,” “low,” or inbetween, with the belief that the experiences and products of the common people are of value.
    —peer reviewed: yes (I believe so)
    —frequency: bi-monthly
    —founded: 1967
    —published by: Blackwell-Synergy; the Popular Culture Association
    -The Lion & The Unicorn
    —scholarly mission: To intelligently discuss children’s literature, by means of studying the field in a comprehensive way; theme- and genre-centered journal.
    —peer reviewed: yes
    —frequency: three times per year
    —founded: 1976
    —published by: Johns Hopkins University Press

  7. Carrie Spruill

    For my first journal, I chose the Shakespeare Quarterly. Established in 1950 by the Shakespeare Association of America, the journal is published by John Hopkins University Press. As its title would suggest, it is issued four times a year. This peer-reviewed journal presents new research findings regarding Shakespeare and the Elizabethan area, as well as book reviews of critical Shakespeare literature and theatrical reviews of prominent productions.
    My second journal is Early Modern Literary Studies, which is published three times a year. Affiliated with Sheffield Hallam University, this peer-reviewed journal is available in online format only, but full text issues are available online. Although the blurb did not say when the journal was founded, the earliest copyright date I could find in exploring the website was 1996. Articles investigate different aspects of 16th and 17th century English literature and literary culture.

  8. Lisa Morgan

    The two journals that I chose are Criminal Justice Policy Review and Journal of Social Issues.
    Plenty of death penalty articles were found in both of these journals, but some of the most notable ones were found in the Journal of Social Issues.
    Journal of Social Issues focuses not just on issues like the death penalty, corrections, and criminal law, but this journal also covers many controversial issues within categories such as sociology; ethnic and multicultural issues; population studies; gay and lesbian studies; and psychology and psychiatry. On Ebsco, the Journal of Social Issues is described as ?articles for the professional psychologist and allied social scientists concerned with research on the psychological aspects of important social issues, sponsored by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.?
    The Journal of Social Issues is published by Blackwell Publishing Limited in Oxford, United Kingdom, and it is a peer reviewed academic journal founded in 1990.
    Criminal Justice Policy Review is also a quarterly, peer reviewed academic journal appealing to a similar audience of criminal justice researchers, sociologists, and criminologists. The Criminal Justice Policy Review is concerned with developing ?experimental and non-experimental approaches to the study of criminal justice policy.? The articles range from essays, research notes interviews, book reviews, transcripts, and position papers. Dr. David L. Myers, Graduate Director of Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania edits the Criminal Justice Policy Review. The journal is published by the Department of Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

  9. Josh Gane

    For some reason this did not post last week. Maybe I got the math problem wrong?! Anyway, here it is.
    PMC
    P M C or Postmodern Culture, was founded in 1990 as an experiment in scholarly publishing on the Internet. “It has become the leading electronic journal of interdisciplinary thought on contemporary cultures, publishing the work of such noted authors and critics as Kathy Acker, Charles Bernstein, Bruce Robbins, bell hooks, and Susan Howe. Mission statement:
    PMC combines high scholarly standards with broad appeal for non-academic readers. As an entirely web-based journal, PMC can publish still images, sound, animation, and full-motion video as well as text. It is published by Johns Hopkins University Press with support from the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Virginia. I could not find any information on peer reviewing. This is a must for anyone interested in postmodern issues.

  10. Josh Gane

    Boundary 2: A Journal of Postmodern Literature and Culture
    This journal “publishes essays on 20th century literature and critical essays that address themselves by subject and methodology to postmodern, post-New Critical concerns. Also, publishes reviews of, primarily, key critical texts, poetry, and fiction. It is published by State University of New York, Binghamton. It is peer reviewed.