The Journal of Popular Romance Studies publishes peer-reviewed scholarship on romantic love in global popular culture, now or in the past, from any disciplinary perspective. Since 2009 we have published work on fiction, film, biography, manga, 19th-century story papers, websites, and cultural theory; we are happy to consider essays on TV, popular music, gaming, advice literature, material culture, and more. The Journal also solicits interviews, book reviews, and essays on the theory and practice of teaching popular romance culture.
JPRS is seeking articles between 5,000 and 10,000 words, including notes and bibliography. Manuscripts longer than 12,000 words will be returned unread. Manuscripts can be sent to An Goris, Managing Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should be Microsoft Word documents, with citations in MLA format. Do not include your name or the name of any co-authors in the submitted manuscript, since the piece will be sent out for blind peer review.
In your cover-letter email, please provide your complete contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address) and a 150-200 word abstract of the submission. You are welcome to suggest appropriate peer reviewers. If necessary, please consult the most recent edition of the MLA style guide for more details on how to prepare a manuscript for blind review.
JPRS’ review process usually takes up to four months, though in particular cases this can be longer or shorter. We consider submissions for our regular fall and spring issues on a rolling basis, with occasional calls for papers for special issues. For more details, please see the Topics of Interest and specialized CFPs below.
- Romancing the Long British 19th Century (due March 1, 2014)
- Romancing the Library (due May 1, 2014)
- Paranormal Romance (due July 1, 2014)
- Queering Popular Romance (due September 1, 2014)