Aphra Behn Online

Well, as long as we’re announcing Aphra Behn items, here’s a new digi-journal, Aphra Behn Online, with a CFP for its inaugural issue:

Call for Submissions

Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830
Editor: Laura Runge (University of South Florida)
Section Editors: Judy Hayden, Book Review Editor, (University of Tampa)
Laura Runge, Pedagogy Editor (University of South Florida)
Kirsten Saxton, Scholarly Editor (Mills College)
Emily Bowles, New Media Editor (University of Wisconsin, Fox Valley)
Managing Editors: Jennifer Golightly (University of Denver)
Aleksondra Hultquist (University of Melbourne)

The editors invite submissions for the inaugural edition of this online annual to go live in March 2011. Submissions will be considered in four categories: scholarly articles, articles on pedagogy, book reviews and essays on new media/women on the web. In all areas, work should be related to women in arts between 1660-1830, including literature, visual arts, music, performance art, film criticism, and production arts. While Aphra Behn is our guiding figure, the journal encourages submissions on all women in the arts from all areas of the globe during this era.

In recognition of the landmark publication of the Johns Hopkins Press anthology, British Women Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century, edited by Paula Backscheider and Catherine Ingrassia, we would like to highlight women’s poetry for our first edition, and so articles, essays and reviews on women’s poetry from 1660-1830 are especially welcome.

General guidelines: submissions should be in electronic form, using MS Word or RTF formatting (unless otherwise noted). Text submissions should be 5,000 to 8,000 words in length (depending on section) and must be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Modern Language Association Style Manual. Specific guidelines for each section can be found on the website: http://www.aphrabehn.org/aphraonline/.

Because Aphra Behn Online is committed to community and interaction, names of the writers submitting work to the journal are withheld, but members of the editorial review board sign their reviews of all submissions. Responses to submitted work will be returned to the author within approximately ninety days of receipt of the work.

DEADLINE: October 30th, 2010.

Please send documents to the appropriate section editor:

  • Scholarly articles: scholarship.journal@aphrabehn.org
  • Pedagogical articles: pedagogy.journal@aphrabehn.org
  • New Media Applications / Women on the Web: newmedia.journal@aphrabehn.org
  • Reviews: reviews.journal@aphrabehn.org

FWIW, I think this is exactly the direction I see much of our peer-reviewed scholarship going in the next decade or so, because of the economics of paper-only publishing and the ubiquity of digital database access for peer-reviewed journals.  Practically speaking, what is the difference between a digital journal and a conventional journal accessed over JSTOR?

Best of luck to Laura Runge et al. in their new endeavor.



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