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American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, & Bibliography 
consisting of essays, notes, reviews, bibliographical checklists, periodical miscellany

American Periodicals is an annual publication devoted exclusively to scholarship and criticism relating to American magazines and newspapers of all periods,  including reviews of books in the subject area. 

American Periodicals has a new publisher (Ohio State University Press) and a new editorial team (Susan Williams, Steve Fink, and Jared Gardner, all associate professors of English at Ohio State). The editors are very excited about the opportunity to build on founding editor James Tanner's work in making the journal an important venue for scholarship on all aspects of American periodicals.

Since its inception in 1991, American Periodicals has been published on an annual basis, a practice that we will continue for 2003, with the volume 13 issue slated for publication in November.  Starting in 2004, however, we will be publishing two issues of the journal (in the fall and spring).  We will also be giving the journal a new look and size.


2003 Subscription Rate (one issue) 

2004 Subscription Rates (two issues)

  • $35 RSAP Member  (includes membership in the RSAP)
  • $55 Non-Member Individual
  • $75 Library/Institution
Outside USA: Add $6 postage to subscription price
Canadian: Add 7% GST to subscription price and $6 postage

Single Issues and Back Issues: $15 (outside USA: add $3.00 postage per issue; Canada: add 7% GST and $3.00 postage per issue)

New for 2003: Available online through  OCLC's FirstSearch  and  Project Muse

Go directly to the American Periodicals website
to place your order:

Or make your check or money order for $15 USD for 2003, $35 for 2004, or $50 for both, payable to Research Society for American Periodicals and mail it to:

Journals Manager, American Periodicals
Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall,
1070 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1002


Note to Contributors

American Periodicals invites submissions of scholarly essays on any aspect of American periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and other periodical publications), from the beginning of American culture to the present. Submissions that treat such topics as the editorial policy, financing, production, readership, design, illustration, and circulation of one or more periodicals are welcome, as are those that explore the position of American periodicals within the broader culture. In particular, we wlecome 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. Book reviews, bibliographies, and notes of professional interest will be included.

American Periodicals is a peer reviewed journal. Manuscripts should conform to the 15th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, be compuscript, double-spaced (including quotations and notes), and be roughly limited to 12,000 words. Submissions are accepted electronically as email attachments (Microsoft Word only) at If hard copy submission is preferred, please send two hard copies of the manuscript, along with a self-adressed return envelope and postage (unattached) for return of the manuscript and report. Only mailed manuscripts that are accompanied by correct postage will be returned. Electronic submissions will receive electronic reports. Also, with all submissions, please include a brief biographical statement specifying academic affiliation and scholarly activities in the field of periodical studies.

Book reviews must contain the author's complete name and full publication information for the book being reviewed (including full title, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, ISBN, and price of clothbound and paperback, where relevant).

All manuscripts and correspondence should be addressed to the
Department of English
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio 43210 


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