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About the Journal

The Journal of Popular Romance Studies is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal publishing concise and well-written contributions to the study of popular romance media (e.g., love songs; romantic fiction and chick-lit; romance in film and TV, in comics and graphic novels, in memoir and life-writing, in fanfic and other forms of transformative culture, etc.). We also publish articles on the logics, institutions, and social practices of romantic love in global popular culture.

In addition, JPRS publishes book reviews, notes and queries, special issues, and reports from the classroom that outline techniques and tools, syllabus models, and practical pieces on the teaching of popular romance media and culture.

For current calls for papers, and a list of topics of interest please visit our Submissions page. We are currently accepting submissions for the annual Francis Award.

Authors are advised to familiarize themselves with the current state of popular romance studies before submitting, and those working on popular romance fiction are encouraged to make use of the academic bibliography at the Romance Scholarship Database.

JPRS is a Diamond Open Access journal. There are no fees payable to submit to or publish in JPRS. Authors of all articles in JPRS retain all copyright and publishing rights without restrictions.

JPRS has a double blind, pre-publication peer review policy. Throughout 2022-2024, JPRS is piloting an optional open review process. To find out more please visit our Open Peer Review Pilot page.

For a full description of our policies and procedures see the Editorial Policies page.

JPRS is an open access journal aligned with the principles set forth in the IFLA Statement on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation. All JPRS content is freely available without charge. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, display, or link to any work published in the journal, subject to proper attribution of authorship, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. JPRS is included in the Directory of Open Access Journals and ERIHPLUS, is listed in Scopus, and has been included in the Australia Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) journal list since 2018. The content at JPRS is archived with Archive-It through partnership with the University of Michigan Library.

Current Volume: 13 (2024)

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The Journal of Popular Romance Studies is published in partnership with the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance.

Mailing address:
International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR)
2315 N. Kenmore Ave., Suite 312
Chicago, IL 60614, USA.