ISSN: 2159-4473
Published in partnership with the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance

About the Journal

JPRS Seeks Managing Editor

The Journal of Popular Romance Studies, an international peer-reviewed academic journal publishing scholarship on representations of love in popular culture, is seeking a new Managing Editor. Duties include:

  • managing the journal’s main email account
  • coordinating the submission, review and publication procedures of papers submitted to the journal
  • preparing and reporting on (skype) meetings of the journal’s editorial team (bimonthly) and editorial board (annually)
  • working closely with the Executive Editor in the daily management and further development of the Journal.

The ideal candidate has a PhD (in any field; late stage doctoral students will also be considered), knows the field of popular romance studies (or is willing to become familiar with it) and/or has an interest in academic publishing. We are looking for someone who is flexible, enthusiastic, and discreet, since the Managing Editor will be in possession of confidential information about the status of manuscripts, the names of peer reviewers, etc. This is a volunteer position – there is no salary connected to it. However, it affords ample opportunity to develop transferable skills, gain experience in publishing, network with scholars around the world, and contribute to the further institutional and scholarly recognition of the field of popular romance studies.

If you are interested, please send a letter of motivation and a brief CV to Eric Selinger (Executive Editor) and An Goris (Managing Editor) at no later than September 1 2014. Questions may also be sent to this address.

 About the Journal

Romantic love permeates popular culture, and it has for centuries. We hear the discourse of romance in love songs, love stories, and advertisements; in political debates; in advice columns and self-help books; in Disney movies and young adult fiction; in celebrity culture and fandom; and in the semiotic codes and lived decorum of real-life relationships, from hook-ups to break-ups. We understand our own affective lives in terms derived from the culture industry of romantic love, where even singleness is framed in terms of love or its absence.

In every medium and genre, love stories give shape to our narratives about the past (historical romance), the present (is love in crisis, yet again?), and the future (what will romantic relationships look like, centuries from now?). But academic investigations of romantic love and its related topics like gender, sex, relationships, sentiment, and intimacy have long been isolated from one another, both geographically and by discipline.

All articles published in JPRS are blind peer reviewed by at least two external academic referees. For a full description of our review procedures, current calls for papers, and a list of topics of interest, please visit our Submissions page.

The Journal also welcomes reviews of relevant scholarly works, along with interviews, pedagogical discussions, and other material of use to scholars and teachers in the field of Popular Romance Studies.

For further information, please direct your inquiries to

Current Issue: 4.1 (February 2014)