Journals

Apologetics

Philosophia Christi is a scholarly publication by the Evangelical Philosophical Society containing discussions of a variety of topics that are of interest to the philosopher and to the philosopher of religion; by subscription; back-catalogue available for purchase

History

The Free Library – History links to 35 free scholarly journals in full text; warning: articles interrupted by commercial advertisements

The Medieval Review this free online journal is mostly book reviews of recent publications having to do with Medieval studies

Literary

Agni founded in 1972 and now affiliated with Boston University; visual arts, poetry and fiction; 40+ authors per issue; many works translated from other languages into English; many past essays, interviews, stories and poems available in full text

American Poetry Review established in 1972; international audience; interviews, literary essays and essays on social issues, translations, fiction, reviews and poetry

Beloit Poetry Journal independent poetry journal begun in 1950; high standards; international in focus; eclectic editorial policies; archived back to the first issue in PDF form

Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly top scholarly, peer-reviewed journal for William Blake studies; abstracts of recent articles; by subscription only; subscription allows access to archived back-catalogue through the William Blake Archive

Bookfox: Ranking Literary Journals focuses on literary journals; stresses short fiction; rankings of journals based on number of times mentioned in Best American Short Stories

Conjunctions over 2 decades old, Bard College’s literary journal Conjunctions publishes innovative fiction, poetry, criticism, drama, art and interviews by both emerging and established writers; stresses collaboration between contributors and editors

Contemporary Poetry Review a journal devoted exclusively to poetry criticism; has enthusiastically embraced the internet as a distribution mechanism for poetry; archived back-issues in full text

Council of Literary Magazines & Presses attempts to encourage literary publishing in two ways: educating worthy publishers of great literature in the business side of the field and raising public awareness of these publishers by guiding readers to their websites through CLMP Literary Press and Magazine Directory, published annually; represents independent presses as well as those affiliated with universities

Early Modern Literary Studies a refereed journal serving as a formal arena for scholarly discussion and as an academic resource for researchers in the area; articles in EMLS examine English literature, literary culture, and language during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; EMLS is committed to gathering and to maintaining links to the most useful and comprehensive internet resources for Renaissance scholars, including archives, electronic texts, discussion groups, and beyond

Fairy Tale Review dedicated to helping raise public awareness of the literary and cultural influence of fairy tales, and to appreciating their power and depth as an art form; celebrates fairy tales as one of our oldest and most underestimated pleasures; FTR seeks to improve the critical understanding of new works sewn from fairy tales, and welcome the public to revisit old tales across borders and time, to celebrate their transfixing power, and to protect them for future generations of readers; some back-issues available in full text PDF downloads; follow the Bread Crumbs…

The Free Library – Literature links to 97 free scholarly journals in full text; many have archives of past issues; warning: articles interrupted by commercial advertisements; includes such noteworthy literary journals as Commonweal, Dickens Quarterly, Faulkner Journal, The Hemingway Review, New Criterion, Persuasions: The Jane Austin Journal and Shakespeare Studies

Granta founded in 1889 at Cambridge University, featuring such authors as A. A. Milne, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath; re-born in 1979 as a showcase for new talent (Martin Amis, Saul Bellow, Raymond Carver, Martha Gellhorn, Doris Lessing, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Salman Rushdie, Paul Theroux); “Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story, both in fiction and non-fiction, and the story’s supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real. As the Observer wrote of Granta: ‘In its blend of memoirs and photojournalism, and in its championing of contemporary realist fiction, Granta has its face pressed firmly against the window, determined to witness the world.’”

Harvard Review debuting in 1986 at 4 pages, the HR has expanded to 200 pages per issue; the purpose of the journal is to foster the work of new writers, provide a forum for criticism of new literary works, and present the finest poetry and short fiction being written; an eclectic mix of contributors in a wide variety of genres and styles; has featured original work by the likes of Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Seamus Heaney, John Updike and Gore Vidal, as well as those who are making their literary debut

Kenyon Review founded in 1939 under the leadership of John Crowe Ransom; shut down in 1969 but revived in 1979; one of the country’s leading literary journals; has featured poetry and fiction by such icons as Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell; back-issues searchable from 1998; some issues available for free in full text, others have table of contents only

Literary Magazines & Journals Database over 700 literary magazines and journals; database compiled by Poets & Writers magazine, the focus is on the professional writer; contains submission guidelines

Mars Hill Review ”reveals Christ within the stories of our everyday lives”; commissions full length essays from provocative thinkers, conduct in-depth studies of issues having theological import and interview leading-edge writers, teachers and artists; features original fiction, nonfiction, poetry and critical reviews of film, books, music and other texts that remind us of God; each issue is over 200 pages and is published three times each year; Cambridge faculty member Eric Von Fullgraf has published several music reviews (“Shipwrecked at the Sable Door”“Communication Breakdown” and “Have Mercy on the Criminal”) in Mars Hill Review

The Paris Review a genuine “legendary” journal; founded in Paris in 1953, The Paris Review began with a simple editorial mission: “to emphasize creative work—fiction and poetry—not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines and putting it pretty much where it belongs, i.e., somewhere near the back of the book. [...] good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe-grinders. So long as they’re good.”; Philip Roth, Samuel Beckett, Jack Kerouac, Italo Calvino, Donald Barthelme, Jim Carroll’s Basketball Diaries; interviews of such literary superstars as William Faulkner, Vladimir Nabokov and Seamus Heaney; in the words of one critic, it is “one of the single most persistent acts of cultural conservation in the history of the world.”

Plath Profiles an interdisciplinary journal for Sylvia Plath studies; relatively new; back-catalogue available for free in full text PDF form

Ploughshares founded in 1971 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; since 1989, Ploughshares has been based at Emerson College, which hosts one of the best M.F.A. programs in creative writing in the country; published 3 times per year; each issue is guest-edited by a prominent writer who explores personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles; Literary Magazine Review has proclaimed Ploughshares to be “a magazine that has published a good deal of what has become our significant contemporary American literature.”

Poetry Magazine founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry magazine is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world; aims to “print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre, or approach”; boasts first appearances of poems by a “who’s who” of modern poetry: Eliot, Frost, Heaney, Lowell, Millay, Plath, Pound, Yeats to name but a few; searchable database to find poetry by any poet or for any theme or even the mood of the reader

A Public Space eccentric mix of current events, fiction, non-fiction memoirs, poetry and essays; archive of selected items from back-issues

Tin House founded in 1999; an artful and irreverent array of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews as well as columns on food and drink, out-of-print and underappreciated books, and a literary crossword puzzle; workshops and a blog; by subscription only; back issues available for purchase

The Wallace Stevens Journal devoted to all aspects of the poetry and life of American modernist poet Wallace Stevens, WSJ has been publishing scholarly articles, poems, book reviews, news, and bibliographies since 1977; the Journal regularly features previously unpublished primary or archival material and photographs, as well as interpretive criticism of the writer’s poetry and essays, theoretical reflections, biographical and contextual studies, comparisons with other writers, and original art work; increasingly international in orientation, this double-blind peer-reviewed journal welcomes a diversity of approaches and perspectives; sponsored by The Wallace Stevens Society; Cambridge Director Bruce Kirby recently was accepted for publication in the WSJ for his poem “Charles Foster Kane”

Miscellaneous

Directory of Open Access Journals the DOAJ offers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages; in some cases a full archive of past issues is presented in HTML or PDF formats but in other cases only a sample issue is offered

First Monday one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to articles about the Internet; since its start in May 1996, First Monday has published 1,153 papers in 184 issues, written by 1,502 different authors

The Free Library hundreds of scholarly journals available for free and in full text; occasionally interrupted by ads

LitLine hosted by the Illinois Literary Network this website features dozens of free full text literary journals; items featured seem to lean toward the alternative and experimental

Postmodern Culture the leading electronic journal of interdisciplinary thought on contemporary cultures; combines high scholarly standards with broad appeal for non-academic readers; as an entirely web-based journal, PMC can publish still images, sound, animation, and full-motion video as well as text.

Scholarly Journals searchable database of e-Journals from the University of Houston’s library

Music

The Free Library – Music links to 7 free scholarly journals in full text; warning: articles interrupted by commercial advertisements

Music & Anthropology free full text back issues from this online multimedia peer-reviewed Journal of Musical Anthropology of the Mediterranean

Research

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography hosted by the University of Houston; bibliography of online and other electronic scholarly journals

Science

The New Atlantis: A Journal of Science & Technology an effort to clarify the nation’s moral and political understanding of all areas of technology, from stem cells to hydrogen cells to weapons of mass destruction; aims to make sense of the larger questions surrounding technology and human nature, and the practical questions of governing and regulating science, especially where the moral stakes are high and the political divides are deep

Theology

Christian Scholar’s Review quarterly interdisciplinary academic journal; designed to encourage believers who work in scholarly and research disciplines; primary objective is the integration of Christian faith and learning on both the intra- and inter- disciplinary levels; secondary purpose, this journal seeks to provide a forum for the discussion of the theoretical issues of Christian higher education; scholarly articles, essays and book reviews

Faith and Philosophy: Journal of the Society of Christian Philosophers highly regarded scholarly quarterly; intended for believers and non-believers; examines the meeting-place between theology and philosophy; discussions, symposia and book reviews

First Things published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society

The Free Library – Theology links to 56 free scholarly journals in full text; warning: articles interrupted by commercial advertisements

Homiletics Online
 online journal (subscription only) to help preachers prepare sermons; articles; suggestions for children’s sermons, appropriate anecdotes, sermon illustrations and film and music cross-references for key biblical texts

Interpretation
 published by Union Presbyterian Seminary (PCUSA) since 1947; 4-5 major articles per issue: designed to help theologians who publish and who preach discover helpful insights into particular biblical texts as well as scriptural and cultural themes

Image Journal: Journal of Faith and the Arts
 stresses art, faith and mystery “enlarging the stock of available reality”; poetry, fiction, essays and visual art; one of the top 5 scholarly journals by paid subscribers; encourages beginning artists as well as seasoned professionals through scholarships, fellowships, internships and residencies; offers a free eNewsletter and online forum; Roman Catholic slant

Kerux: A Journal of Biblical Theology
 published by Northwest Theological Seminary since 1986; specializes in articles focusing on “biblical theology” or an approach to scripture based on the narrative content of the Bible; as contrasted with (but not in opposition to) “systematic theology” and following the lead of Geerhardus Vos, biblical theology traces the progressively unfolding revelation of God’s words and deeds through history; just announced: Kerux is now making its current and back-catalogue of issues available free of charge in downloadable PDF form; 

Protestant Reformed Theological Journal published twice annually; all issues from 1967 to the present are available in full text PDF format; emphasis is on hermeneutics and pastoral care

SoMA: A Review of Religion and Culture
 Society of Mutual Autopsy; irreverent, but ultimately reverent; devoted to dissecting matters of the soul—the sacred and the profane, the ridiculous and the sublime; seeks to illuminate the difference between authentic and inauthentic faith; essays, reviews, humor, interviews, photography and reportage