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Top ten journals for literary scholars and students

  • One of the most emphasized catchphrases in the world of academia is 'Contribution to Knowledge'. This underscores the essence of academic scholarship: contributing to knowledge to make the world a better place.

    Thus, scholars/students who want to remain relevant in their respective fields must be on their toes, looking for gaps to fill in the existing body of knowledge and new paths to explore, all in a bid to ensure the world keeps progressing.

    For scholars/students, publishing new research findings provide two main benefits: contributing to knowledge and getting rewarded (by academic degrees/honors, promotions, etc.) for doing so.

    To use a popular cliché, academic scholars have only two options: to publish or perish. To remain relevant and get to the peak of your career, you must actively research and publish your findings; otherwise, you become stagnant, outdated and irrelevant.

    In this piece, I examine some notable and universally recognized journals for literary scholars to feature their works:

    • Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics

    Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (JCLA) is owned and published by Vishvannath Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics. It was founded in 1977 for the promotion of multidisciplinary studies and researches in literary culture. JCLA has featured great scholars such as Rene Wellek, Harold Osborne, Mircea Eliade, and so on. Read more about JCLA at www.jclaonline.org.

    • American Comparative Literature Association Journal

    The American Comparative Literature Association is an American literary journal founded in 1960. The journal specifically focuses on comparative literary studies.

    The ACLA sponsors three scholarly journals - Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, and Symploké. Find out more about the ACLA at www.www.acla.org.

    • Journal of Modern Literature

    The Journal of Modern Literature is a quarterly peer-reviewed literary journal published by Indiana University Press.  Its scope includes world literary studies/works produced after 1900. Check the journal out at www.iupress.indiana.edu.

    • Literary Review of Canada

    The Literary Review of Canada (or LRC) is a Canadian magazine founded in 1991. The magazine publishes ten times a year (both in print and online). Its scope covers essays, books reviews, socio-cultural and political topics, poetry and so. Read more about LRC at www.reviewcanada.ca.

    • World Literature Today

    World Literature Today is an American publication of literature and culture published by the University of Oklahoma, Norman. The magazine presents essays, poetry, fiction, and book reviews from all over the world. World Literature Today is accessible on www.worldliteraturetoday.org.

    • JALA - Journal of the African Literature Association

    The Journal of The African Literature Association (JALA), founded in 2006, publishes high-quality peer-reviewed articles on African literature: the oral, literary, and related arts of Africa and the African Diaspora.

    JALA is published by Taylor & Francis, a publisher of quality peer-reviewed journals under the Routledge and Taylor & Francis imprints.

    JALA is available on www.africanlit.org.

    • Journal of Arabic Literature

    The Journal of Arabic Literature was founded in 1970. It is a reputable journal that publishes literary and historical studies covering all aspects of Arabic literature, Middle Eastern literatures and Middle East studies generally.

    The scope of the journal covers comparative literary studies, literary theory and method, etc. and so on.

     Find out more about the Journal of Arabic Literature at www.brill.com/journal-arabic-literature.

    • University of Toronto Quarterly

    This journal publishes quality articles and reviews from the humanities. It is available in print and online. Check out the journal here:

    www.utpjournals.press/loi/utq.

    • Journal of Arts and Humanities

    Journal of Arts and Humanities (JAH) is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open access journal in the fields of arts and humanities disciplines. JAH publishes original research, creative work, and critical discourse on traditional, contemporary, and popular issues in arts and issues in the field of humanities studies. The website for JAH is www.theartsjournal.org.

    • International Journal of Language & Literature

    International Journal of Language and Literature is an international journal with a major focus on the latest developments in stylistic analysis, the linguistic analysis of literature and other related areas. Check out the journal on www.ijll-net.com.

    Do you know any other credible literary journals not listed above? kindly add yours in the comment box!

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