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Notes and Queries Section

The Journal of Popular Romance Studies invites scholars, readers, and writers to send in notes, questions, and answers on topics of concern to the study of popular romance. This section hopes to create a more immediate dialogue on issues and trends in the field. Moreover, it offers the opportunity for our community of scholars to share insights on aspects of popular romance that would not fit the scope and requirements of a more traditionally published academic article.

Notes from the Field are:

  • Short, with an upper word limit of 1,500 words
  • Oriented towards illuminating a specific topic or particular aspect of popular romance culture, narrative, reading practices etc., or providing small-scale studies (close readings) of individual texts
  • Relevant to developing ideas and practices connected to immediate concerns, problems, or issues within the field

Queries are:

  • Very short, with an upper word limit of 500 words
  • Oriented towards receiving an answer from members of the romance reading community (scholars, readers, writers, and publishers)
  • Interested in formally soliciting expertise and knowledge that more traditional avenues of research might not yield
  • Aimed at cultivating a written record of institutional and community knowledge

Answers are:

  • Very short, with an upper word limit of 1,000 words
  • In reply to, or comments on, previous published queries
  • Interested in creating a dialogue among scholars, publishers, writers, and readers to further the shared knowledge of the field

The format for notes and queries will be flexible, but should be similar to a book review or a letter to the editor.

Notes and Queries are not subject to peer review, but will undergo editorial review before publication.

Please send any submissions to the Notes and Queries Editor, Dr. Angela Toscano,