Please share your experiences working with these journals! Feel free to add other journals to the list. Try to stick with this format: each journal should be separated by dashes, and responses under each journal should each have their own bullet.
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- 1 Barthes Studies
- 2 Dalhousie French Studies
- 3 Australian Journal of French Studies
- 4.1 Contemporary French and Francophone Studies
- 4.2 French Cultural Studies
- 4.3 French Forum
- 4.4 French Historical Studies
- 4.5 French Review
- 4.6 French Studies (Oxford UP)
- 4.7 International Journal of Francophone Studies
- 4.8 Modern & Contemporary France
- 4.9 Nineteenth-Century French Studies
- 4.10 Romanic Review
- 4.11 Studies in French Cinema
- 4.12 Studies in Twentieth & Twenty-first Century Literature (STTCL)
- 4.13 Women in French Studies (WIF Studies)
- 4.14 Yale French Studies
- Remarkably fast and smooth experience with a pleasant editor and reviewer. The open access format really speeds things up.
Dalhousie French Studies
- I had a wonderful experience with Dalhousie French Studies. I received feedback on my article in less than three months and it was accepted with some minor revisions. I found the comments from the reviewers pertinent, constructive, and encouraging. I will submit other articles to this journal in the future.
Australian Journal of French Studies
Contemporary French and Francophone Studies
- Good when the guest editor of issue is rigorous about submission. Do your homework on this one.
French Cultural Studies
- Excellent, quick-turn around, peer-review is fair and detailed.
- As of Fall 2016, a wait of about 9-12 months from submission to response.
- About a month and a half from submission to an acceptance with revisions to address reviewers' comments. Backlog of articles means 1 year+ from acceptance to publication
- 6 month wait, accepted.
- 6 month wait for an R&R, readers' reports were perfunctory and not at all to the level of reports received from other journals.
- 2.5 month wait for R&R in Summer 2020, readers' reports were brief and vague, more summative than constructive.
French Historical Studies
- Does anyone know how strict they are about AATF membership? It says you need to be a member just to submit but it seems expensive to submit something just for it to be rejected.
- Very fast response (less than two weeks) with general, but still helpful comments
- Generally good feedback. but be aware of wider more generalist audience. Less scholarly in scope but guaranteed wider readership.
French Studies (Oxford UP)
- I submitted an article in March 2020 and received an invitation to revise and resubmit in early August 2020. 5 months to reach a (first) decision is more than fair, especially considering the current circumstances. Moreover, the reviews were constructive and extremely helpful. I've had a great experience with this journal and editors so far. Edit: The article I submitted in March 2020 was accepted in October 2021 after I submitted revisions in June 2021 for publication in... mid-2023. The peer-review process and the communication with the editor have been rigorous and professional. They do seem to have quite a backlog going on (possibly caused by the pandemic), which should be taken into account if you're pressured into publishing because of ruthless job market.
- Submitted early January 2020; received rejection in ~2 weeks but with very helpful feedback.
- Is anyone able to share recent information/experience regarding time from submission to decision?
- I submitted an article here in June 2015-heard back in 4 weeks with one reader's report and a conditional acceptance. Made revisions and heard back again in 4 weeks, the essay appeared in print in January 2016. A very rapid and helpful experience.
- I had an excellent experience with this journal. I submitted my article to French Studies at the end of June. Heard back mid-September. The reviews were very helpful and extremely professional/respectful. I just submitted revisions in March, received a conditional response June 1. Submitted revisions July 1 and my article was accepted 2 days later. The editors were responsive and professional, etc. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
- I submitted an article in mid December 2017. Still waiting to hear back though it's only been 1 month
- Also had a very positive experience here. Submitted in February 2018 and after several helpful rounds of revisions the article was printed in June 2019. My reviewer's comments were very detailed and insightful and the editorial team is very professional and helpful from there.
International Journal of Francophone Studies
- Incredibly fast and positive review by the editor and reviewers.
- Peer-review process here is waning. A lot of articles being published that should not have or needed substantial revision. Proceed with caution.
- Also they make you pay for copy-editing of your article!
- The editor is unprofessional, demands revisions be submitted within 24 hours and when refused, started to verbally abuse me.
Modern & Contemporary France
- Would anyone be able to share information/experience regarding time from submission to decision?
Nineteenth-Century French Studies
- Excellent experience. Received two external evaluations a month after submission and was asked to rewrite. Feedback were extremely helpful. Resubmitted and the article was accepted a month later.
- Lightning fast initial review (1 week or so) for a decisive rejection. The blind reviewer's comments were, however, quite helpful, and the piece was published elsewhere in about a year's time.
- Rejected a year after the initial submission. However, the 3 reviews were quite helpful.
- Helpful comments from reviewers, even though the article was rejected after about six months.
Studies in French Cinema
- Also posted at Film Journals
- New team of editors looks great. British journal, quick turn-around.
Studies in Twentieth & Twenty-first Century Literature (STTCL)
Women in French Studies (WIF Studies)
- Got a revise and resubmit after 3 months. Comments were extremely professional and constructive. I agreed with their assessment of the weaknesses of the article. Majorly revised it to address all the comments, and it was accepted 2 months later.
Yale French Studies
- Does not accept unsolicited articles.