Focus and Scope

The Journal of European Periodical Studies is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed online journal devoted to the study of periodicals and newspapers in Europe from the seventeenth century to the present. It publishes research from a broad range of critical, theoretical and methodological perspectives, including, but not limited to, cultural history, literary studies, art history, gender studies, media studies, history of science and digital humanities. In recent decades, increasing numbers of scholars working in these and other disciplines across the humanities have explored the periodical press as a key site for cultural production, public debate and the dissemination of knowledge. Nevertheless, the study of magazines, newspapers, journals and other forms of periodical publication is still a fragmented field. Scholars usually focus on particular national traditions or historical periods. Much research remains to be done on the interactions among these traditions and the development of the periodical press over the long term. As the official journal of ESPRit, the European Society for Periodical Research, the Journal of European Periodical Studies offers scholars a forum for sharing their research and exchanging ideas across disciplinary borders. Although the journal welcomes articles on any aspect of the European periodical press, it particularly encourages comparative contributions that take the study of periodical publication beyond linguistic, cultural and historical boundaries, explore new theoretical and methodological paths, and thereby open up new lines of scholarly inquiry.

Peer Review Process

Submissions to JEPS are sent out to one member of the editorial board and to one ad hoc reviewer. Reviewers are asked to evaluate suitability paying particular attention to the following set of questions:

Does this article make a significant contribution to its field? Does it show a strong awareness of the relevant secondary literature? Is the writing of a consistently high standard throughout? Does this article speak to the journal's topical focus on European periodical studies, as outlined in the editorial statement?

Reviewers are asked to return their evaluation within six weeks.

Publication Frequency

JEPS is published twice a year (Summer/Winter).

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This journal does not have article submission charges or article processing charges (APCs).

Copyright Notice

JEPS allows authors to hold both the copyright and the publishing rights over their work without restrictions. However, a mention of their first publication in JEPS will be highly appreciated.


JEPS is an open access journal that does not charge any subscription fees or article processing charges. Its publication is funded by the European Society for Periodical Research. Please consider joining ESPRit in order to support our journal.