Getting your work published
They are lots of publishers and journals in both the UK and broader Anglosphere as well as further afield in countries where our languages of study are spoken which are interested in research in Modern Languages. These notes are limited to English-language outlets and are not exhaustive. Please be in touch with updates and corrections.
It is important to publish research of whatever length and scope in a format and with a publisher which ensure maximum impact, dissemination and recognition. While REF panels in our subjects insist that they do not let their judgement be swayed by the relative prestige of publishing outlets, appointment and promotion panels can be a different matter. When it comes to career advancement, for instance, the research monograph, in print and electronic versions, carries the most weight, followed by articles in respected peer-reviewed journals, and, usually in third place, chapters in edited collections or contributions to conference proceedings. Monographs and journal articles are also picked up most readily by citation indexes, academic social media (such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu), and ORCID (researcher ID). Editors of collections of essays and conference proceedings can provide, on the other hand, more valuable collaborative support and can also often reach more readers.
When looking for a journal for your article, be sure to study the contents of some recent issues to check that your work is a reasonable fit. Read and follow the submission guidelines. React positively to critical feedback and be ready to make changes if recommendations are made. Try to learn from rejections rather than get disheartened (we all get them).
When deciding where to place your monograph or book-version of your doctorate, bear in mind that you can be asked for publication subsidies. If your employer is ready to pay these or you can find a publication grant, you should go ahead. Such subsidies can be avoided, however, and should not come out of authors’ own pockets. The following list is arranged in alphabetical order.
PhDs in German Studies submitted to institutions in the UK and Ireland are eligible for publication in the long-running Bithell Series, now published by the IMLR:
Bloomsbury publishes in a range of areas of interest to UCML, including Linguistics (with series in ‘English Language Teaching and TESOL’, ‘Semiotics’, and ‘Discourse Analysis’), Film and Media, and Literary Studies (with series in ‘Literatures, Cultures, Translation’ and ‘New Directions in German Studies’):
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is interested in monographs, conference proceedings and edited collections, listing ‘Chinese Studies’ as a series and both French and German Studies as subjects. The last I heard they did not charge but required camera ready copy (CRC):
Cambridge University Press advertises interest in ‘European Literature from 1700’ and is still worth checking out, even though they have discontinued long-running series in French, German and Hispanic Studies:
They are interested also in various branches of Linguistics:
CUP has also published a variety of titles in the broad field of Asian language and linguistics:
By some margin the busiest and most enthusiastic publishers of work in German Studies is Camden House, with a comprehensive and distinguished back-list. The service is excellent but unless your book is commissioned they are likely to require a subsidy:
De Gruyter has a series entitled ‘Companions to Contemporary German Culture’, edited by Michael Eskin, Karen Leeder and Christopher Young:
EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS has a new book series in East Asian Studies, covering language, literature, history and society:
The Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) publishes research across the range of UCML subjects. Selection is competitive with an annual deadline:
The Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) publishes monographs and other publications in dedicated series across the range of UCML subjects under the imprint of Legenda:
Liverpool University Press has well-established series in ‘French and Francophone Studies’ and ‘Hispanic and Lusophone Studies’, with impressive back-lists in both:
Oxford University Press lists both Linguistics and Literature as areas of interest and has a series in ‘Literary Studies – European’:
Palgrave Macmillan offers an excellent service with no subsidy and is interested in Literary and Film Studies, with dedicated series in ‘Latin American Studies’, as well as ‘African’, ‘Asian’ and ‘Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies’:
Peter Lang has many series and lists German Literature and Culture, Linguistics, and Romance Literatures and Cultures among their special subjects. They are good at book promotion and nowadays peer review proposals and submissions. They usually — but by no means always — need a subsidy, however.
Routledge has numerous series in Asian Studies.
Advances in Korean Studies, showcasing research on North and South Korea:
Asia’s Transformations/Literature and Society:
Chinese Worlds which publishes scholarship, research monographs, and source collections on Chinese history and society
Contemporary China Series:
Contemporary Japan Series publishes work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Japan:
Studies in East Asian Linguistics is a research monograph series dedicated to bringing together a collection of books by scholars on the linguistic issues of East Asian languages. Predominantly focussing on Chinese, Japanese and Korean linguistics, this series is for linguists studying a single East Asian language, or a comparison of languages from the region:
The University of Wales Press / Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru supports numerous series in or related to Modern Languages, including ‘French and Francophone Studies’, ‘Iberian and Latin American Studies’, ‘European Crime Fiction’, ‘Studies in Visual Culture’ and ‘Wales and the French Revolution’: