Scandinavica is an established and well-respected journal published by Norvik Press, a small specialist publisher that has recently relocated from the University of East Anglia to University College London. At the same time, the editorial team of Scandinavica has changed (and I’ve become Deputy Editor), and the journal is going to be relaunched with a new look and a slightly different focus in 2009.
Hitherto, Scandinavica has specialized mainly in modern Nordic literatures and cultures. We intend to build on these traditional strengths by expanding the chronological scope of the journal to include more work on the Scandinavian Middle Ages. The editor, Claire Thomson, describes the plan for the journal’s new direction as follows:
From May 2009 Scandinavica, which is published twice a year, in May and November, will have three sections: (i) four or five scholarly articles, (ii) a ‘middle section’ featuring work that is not research-based but relevant to the discipline (e.g. high-quality work by students, topical essays and debates, perhaps even photo-essays…funding permitting!) and (iii) a reviews section, with reviews of new books as well as pieces that revisit classic works of scholarship. The November issue will normally be a theme issue, often with a guest editor, and proposals for theme issues are also very welcome.
If you, or your graduate students, would like to submit work to Scandinavica, please let me know. We are very happy to discuss ideas informally by email. Articles should be 6-7000 words in length and use the Harvard referencing system. Scholarly articles will be anonymously peer reviewed by two or three readers. Please send contributions in the first instance as an email attachment in Word format to email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medievalists are particularly encouraged to submit articles or to propose ideas for a special issue on a medieval theme. There is still some space in the May 2009 issue, and we’d be pleased to hear from authors interested in contributing as soon as possible. For inclusion in the next issue, articles would have to be received by the end of February. Please do contact me if you’d like further information, or to discuss a possible submission.