Journal of Modern Literature

More than four decades after its founding, the Journal of Modern Literature remains a leading scholarly journal in the field of modern and contemporary literature and is widely recognized as such. It emphasizes scholarly studies of literature in all languages, as well as related arts and cultural artifacts, from 1900 to the present. International in its scope, its contributors include scholars from Australia, Canada, China, England, Denmark, France, Israel, Japan, Nigeria, Spain, and Turkey.

Journal Details

  • Frequency: quarterly
  • ISSN: 0022-281X
  • eISSN: 1529-1464
  • Keywords: Aesthetics, Arts & Culture, Feminism, Fiction, Literary Criticism, Modern Literature, Narratives, Poetry, Political Philosophy, Popular Culture
  • First Issue: Volume 1, number 1 (1970)

Additional Information

Submission Info

The editors welcome submissions of scholarly studies of literature in all languages, as well as related arts and cultural artifacts from 1900 to the present. Papers should conform to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, current edition, and should be accompanied by a 100-150 word abstract and 3-5 keywords. Submissions should not exceed 9,000 words total. JML does not consider manuscripts that are under review elsewhere or that have been previously published. However, we understand the inconvenience of tying up an essay for a lengthy period and therefore will make every effort to respond to each submission in a timely fashion. Submit electronic copies of anonymous manuscripts (in Word or RTF format) via e-mail to: Laurel Garver at

Editorial Details

Editorial Office Contact Information
Journal of Modern Literature
925 Anderson Hall
Temple University
1114 W. Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122 USA

  • Robert L. Caserio
  • Paula Marantz Cohen
  • Janet Lyon
  • Daniel T. O'Hara
  • Jean-Michel Rabaté
  • Jennifer Yusin
Managing Editor
  • Laurel Garver
Copyrights Editor
  • Robert Spoo
Advisory Editors
  • Kevin Bell, Penn State University
  • Jessica Berman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Ruben Borg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Sheldon Brivic, Temple University
  • Mikita Brottman, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Jessica Burstein, University of Washington
  • André Carrington, Drexel University
  • Tim Dean, University of Illinois
  • Maria DiBattista, Princeton University
  • Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Temple University
  • Jonathan Eburne, Penn State University
  • Hoda El Shakry, Penn State University
  • Alan Golding, University of Louisville
  • Matt Hart, Columbia University
  • Eric Hayot, Penn State University
  • Scott Herring, Indiana University
  • Caren Irr, Brandeis University
  • Aaron Jaffe, Florida State University
  • Eric Keenaghan, SUNY – Albany
  • Linda Kinnahan, Duquesne University
  • Karen Lawrence, The Huntington Library
  • Michael Leong, SUNY – Albany
  • Charles Lock, University of Copenhagen
  • Joshua Lukin, Temple University
  • Marina MacKay, Oxford University
  • Gina MacKenzie, Holy Family University
  • Peter Lancelot Mallios, University of Maryland
  • Hortensia Morrell, Temple University
  • Aldon Nielsen, Penn State University
  • Patrick Pritchett, Hunan Normal University
  • Richard Purcell, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ralph Rodriguez, Brown University
  • Urmila Seshagiri, University of Tennessee
  • Alan Singer, Temple University
  • Ramon Soto-Crespo, University of Illinois
  • David Sterritt, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Robert T. Tally, Jr., Texas State University
  • Shane Vogel, Indiana University

Abstract & Index

  • Canada in Context
  • Clarivate Analytics: Current Contents
  • Clarivate Analytics: Web of Science
  • De Gruyter Saur: Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
  • De Gruyter Saur: IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
  • De Gruyter Saur: Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search Alumni Edition
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search Complete
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search Elite
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search Premier
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search: Main Edition
  • EBSCOhost: Advanced Placement Source
  • EBSCOhost: Biography Index: Past and Present (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: Current Abstracts
  • EBSCOhost: Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: Humanities Abstracts (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: Humanities Index (Online)
  • EBSCOhost: Humanities International Complete
  • EBSCOhost: Humanities International Index
  • EBSCOhost: Humanities Source Ultimate
  • EBSCOhost: Humanities Source
  • EBSCOhost: Library & Information Science Source
  • EBSCOhost: Literary Reference Center
  • EBSCOhost: Literary Reference Center Main Edition
  • EBSCOhost: Literary Reference Center Plus
  • EBSCOhost: MainFile
  • EBSCOhost: MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), coverage dropped
  • EBSCOhost: OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCOhost: Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
  • EBSCOhost: TOC Premier (Table of Contents)
  • Elsevier BV: Scopus
  • Gale: Academic ASAP
  • Gale: Academic OneFile
  • Gale: Book Review Index Plus
  • Gale: Expanded Academic ASAP
  • Gale: General OneFile
  • Gale: General Reference Center Gold
  • Gale: General Reference Center International
  • Gale: InfoTrac Custom
  • Gale: MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), coverage dropped
  • Gale: Student Edition
  • Gale: Student Resources in Context
  • Gale: World Scholar: Latin America & the Caribbean
  • OCLC: ArticleFirst
  • OCLC: Electronic Collections Online
  • OCLC: Humanities Index (Online)
  • OCLC: Periodical Abstracts
  • ProQuest: MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), coverage dropped
  • ProQuest: Professional ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest: ProQuest 5000
  • ProQuest: ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest: Research Library

Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JML: Journal of Modern Literature is dedicated to following best practices on ethical matters, errors, and retractions. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. Any kind of unethical behavior is not acceptable, and JML does not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Authors submitting articles to JML affirm that manuscript contents are original.

The following duties outlined for editors, authors, and reviewers are based on the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors. Editors, authors, and reviewers will also adhere to the MLA submission guideline policies.

Duties of Editors

Publication Decisions: Based on the review reports, the manuscript will be accepted, rejected, or a request will be made for modifications to the manuscript and re-review.

Review of Manuscripts: The manuscript is initially evaluated by the managing editor for applicability to the journal. Following desk review, the manuscript will be sent for blind review to a co-editor, advisory editor, or outside referee. If the piece is judged to be potentially acceptable or needing revision, it will be sent, again for blind review, to another co-editor or to an advisory editor. This will determine whether to accept, reject, or request revisions for the manuscript.

Fair Review: The editors must ensure that each manuscript received by JML is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, disability, race, religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors.

Confidentiality: The editors must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: The editors of JML will not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research without written consent of the author.

Duties of Authors

Reporting Standards: Authors should present an accurate account of their original research as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Manuscripts will follow the submission guidelines of the journal.

Originality: Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications: Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal.

Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in the research work.

Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-authors. Authors also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and their inclusion of names as co-authors.

Data Access and Retention: Authors should provide raw data related to their manuscript (if applicable) for editorial review and must retain such data.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works: If at any point of time, the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in submitted manuscript, then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the editors.

Duties of Reviewers

Confidentiality: Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors should be kept confidential and be treated as privileged information.

Acknowledgement of Sources: Manuscript reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Any kind of similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or with any other published paper of which reviewer has personal knowledge must be immediately brought to the editors' notice.

Standards of Objectivity: Review of submitted manuscripts must be done objectively and the reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Promptness: In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the managing editor, so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer.