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The Journal of Popular Romance Studies (JPRS) publishes peer-reviewed scholarship on romantic love in global popular culture, now or in the past, from any disciplinary perspective. Since 2009 we have published work on fiction, film, biography, manga, 19th-century story papers, websites, and cultural theory; we are happy to consider essays on TV, popular music, gaming, advice literature, material culture, and more. JPRS also solicits interviews, book reviews, and essays on the theory and practice of teaching popular romance culture.

JPRS is seeking articles between 5,000 and 10,000 words, including notes and bibliography. Manuscripts longer than 10,000 words will be returned unread. Manuscripts can be sent to Amy Burge, Managing Editor, at Submissions should be Microsoft Word documents, with citations in MLA format.  Do not include your name or the name of any co-authors in the submitted manuscript, since the piece will be sent out for blind peer review.

Authors are responsible for securing permissions for all copyrighted images used in their manuscripts.

In your cover-letter email, please provide your complete contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address), a 150-200 word abstract of the submission, a brief author bio, and 5-7 keywords. You are welcome to suggest appropriate peer reviewers. If necessary, please consult the most recent edition of the MLA style guide for more details on how to prepare a manuscript for blind review.

JPRS publishes articles on a rolling basis, with occasional calls for papers for special issues. For more details, please see our  Topics of Interest page.

Acceptance Policy

The Journal of Popular Romance Studies employs a double-blind peer review process. On average, peer review takes four months. Every effort will be made to provide a quick and informative response to submitted manuscripts.

To be considered for publication in JPRS, submissions should meet the following criteria:

Manuscripts should be concise and well-written contributions to the study of popular romance fiction and/or the logics, institutions, and social practices of romantic love in global popular culture. JPRS also publishes peer-reviewed scholarship on the Teaching and Learning of such topics, from both practical and theoretical perspectives.

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.

As a rule, JPRS considers manuscripts between 5,000 and 10,000 words in length, including notes and list of works cited. Manuscripts longer than 10,000 words will be returned unread.

Book Reviews should provide a useful summary of the text and evaluate its achievement in and relevance to popular romance studies. They may be short pieces on individual works (1,000-1,500 words), longer considerations (2,500-3,500 words), or review-essays which discuss a group of related texts (over 3,500 words). Reviews of individual works are not sent out for peer review, but they must be accepted by our Book Review Editor, and will be edited for clarity and content. Authors of reviews of multiple works may request that their essay be sent out for peer review.

Interviews with authors, editors, and other romance industry professionals should be of use to the field of popular romance studies, for example by documenting the history, aesthetics, and/or business aspects of popular romance culture. Because JPRS readers come from many disciplinary backgrounds and parts of the world, interviews should begin with an introduction that informs our readers about the career and/or significance of the person interviewed. Authors are encouraged to consult previous interviews published in JPRS for models of such introductory material. Authors of interviews may request that their essay be sent out for peer review.

All work published in JPRS is released under the Creative Commons BY-NC license, which allows individuals to share and adapt the work for non-commercial purposes as long as credit is given to the author. Authors retain the commercial rights to their work.

JPRS only publishes articles that have not been previously published. Any material submitted to be considered for publication will be automatically assumed (a) not to have been published before, and (b) not to be under consideration for publication in any other venue at the time of submission to JPRS.

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