Founded in 2008, The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually, both electronically and in print. It includes submissions from postgraduate students with diverse backgrounds, including specialists in English Literature and Language from all periods, and American and Canadian studies.
Each issue features articles and notes from current postgraduates, alumni and external postgraduates, along with book reviews and original artwork. Original poetic compositions are also welcomed. Both electronic and printed copies of the journal receive ISSN numbers, and provide citation information for contributing to projects of future research.
Articles should be 3,500 to 4,000 words in length including all titles, notes and bibliographies. Notes, which can be about recent conferences, seminar series, new research fora, collaborative research projects and so forth, should be 800 to 1,000 words in length – as should book reviews. Submission of original poems and artwork should be discussed with the General Editors.
The BJLL is committed to helping postgraduate students make the important transition from thesis writing into the commercial print marketplace. The journal aims to establish a standard which is of high quality, but is also conscious of the reality that most of the selected articles will represent only a small part of a larger body of research. Submitted articles proceed through a series of review processes. Submissions are first sent to a member of the journal’s Review Panel. This panel consists mostly of postgraduate students at the beginning stages of their research at the University of Birmingham. These editors will make their comments on the article before submitting it to a member of the Editorial Board. This board is comprised mostly of final-year doctoral candidates at the University of Birmingham. These editors will decide whether the submitted article is ready to be passed on to the Staff Readers, who are members of the University’s lecturing community, and who are the final readers of each article before it is returned to the General Editors for final review.
If you would like to get involved with the BJLL, either as a reviewer or a contributor, or if you would like any further information about the publication, please contact the General Editors, Emily Buffey and Claire Harrill, at: firstname.lastname@example.org