About the Journal

American Periodicals, the official publication of the Research Society for American Periodicals, is devoted exclusively to scholarship and criticism relating to American magazines and newspapers of all periods. It includes essays, notes, reviews, bibliographies, and histories on all aspects of American periodicals, from the earliest 18th-century magazines to 21st-century ‘zines and e-journals.

American Periodicals invites scholarly essays treating any aspect of American periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and other periodical publications) from any historical period. Submissions that treat topics such as editorial policy, financing, production, readership, design, illustration, and circulation of specific periodicals are welcome, as are those that explore the position of American periodicals within the broader culture. In particular, we welcome articles that, like the periodicals themselves, cross the boundaries of several disciplines and explore the complex ways that periodicals have shaped, and have been shaped by, American culture. Essays should be limited to 7500 words, inclusive of notes.

American Periodicals also welcomes submissions for the following regular features:

In the Archive

Essays included in In the Archive demonstrate the pleasures of studying periodicals, raise methodological concerns regarding the use of archives in periodical research, and interrogate the idea of the archive itself. We encourage the inclusion of artifacts (illustrations, facsimile reproduction of periodicals) as well as analysis that encompasses the entirety of the periodical form: illustrations, advertisements, typography, and paratextual elements, for example. Length of submissions may vary considerably, depending on the subject matter and the methodological approach chosen by the author; they should generally run between 1500-5000 words, exclusive of transcriptions.


The Forum feature presents a range of responses or a dialogue on a key question, innovation, or future direction in periodicals research. Forum organizers should submit a proposal to the editors at americanperiodicals@gmail.com prior to submission of manuscript. Proposals should: 

  1. Present an overview of the question or focus of the Forum; 
  2. Include brief (150-200 words) abstracts of proposed contributions, including names and affiliations of contributors; and
  3. Designate an organizer for the feature who will organize and collect contributions and be the primary point of communication between the editors and Forum participants. Note that racial and gender balance of the contributors should be considered for all Forum submissions.

Upon approval of the proposal, the Forum organizer may submit the complete manuscript of all contributions, comprising up to 10,000 words, for peer review.


We publish reviews of books, editions, and digital projects. Book review guidelines

General submission requirements


Frequency: Semiannual

ISSN: 1054-7479

Indexing/AbstractingModern Language Association International Bibliography, Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, Communications Abstracts: An International Information Service, and Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life