Call for Papers

The Journal of Computational Literary Studies (JCLS) opens submissions for both its journal-only track (open for submissions at any time) and the conference+journal track for the 2nd Annual Conference of Computational Literary Studies in June 2023 (with a fixed deadline for submissions, see below).

JCLS is an international, open access, peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to all aspects of computational approaches to Literary Studies. JCLS responds to the differentiation of subfields within the Digital Humanities, an ongoing process in which Computational Literary Studies has already gained considerable maturity and visibility. The journal provides a publishing platform for works on the development, application, and critique of computational approaches to Literary Studies. (For more information about the journal, see our Mission Statement.)

When submitting an article to JCLS, authors can decide whether they want to publish an article solely in the journal (journal-only track) or whether they would like to present the article additionally at the Annual Conference of Computational Literary Studies (CCLS) in June 2023 (conference+journal track). We kindly encourage authors to present their articles at the conference and take advantage of this opportunity to receive feedback on their work, to participate in the discussions of related work, and to engage with the CLS community during the conference.

Scope and Topics

JCLS explicitly takes into account the diversity of literary traditions across the world's cultures and languages and encourages scholars of all languages and literatures to submit articles about computational methods for the analysis of literary texts and their contexts, be they cultural, social, historical, or performative, for instance.

Possible topics of contributions include but are not limited to:

  • Modeling in and for Computational Literary Studies,

  • Building literary corpora,

  • Annotation of texts,

  • Identifying peculiarities of literary texts,

  • Identifying common patterns and/or groupings of literary texts,

  • Operationalization of concepts,

  • Developing new methods for the analysis of literary texts,

  • Domain adaptation of methods,

  • Evaluation of algorithms and computational techniques,

  • Interpretability and transparency of results, and

  • Reproducibility of research.

JCLS also encourages submissions addressing the debatability of the core concepts of Computational Literary Studies, computationality and literarity from historical, cultural and other perspectives.

Submission Format

Submitted articles should be in English and use the  JCLS LaTeX template. They should be 6000-8000 words in length (notes, code examples, figure captions included, but list of references excluded) and be unpublished work.

JCLS is committed to the openness and long-term availability of data and code (see information on Data & Code Availability).

Submission Details

Submissions are open. Please submit articles via the journal management system. Articles to be presented at the CCLS 2023 (conference+journal track) need to be submitted on or before January 31, 2023. For detailed information see the Submission Guidelines.

Important Dates

Submissions open
September 15, 2022
Article submission deadline for conference articles
January 31, 2023
Notification of acceptance
April 21, 2023
Camera-ready conference versions of articles due
May 29, 2023
Publication of conference readerJune 9, 2023
Conference date
June 22–23, 2023
Revised final articles due
September to November 2023
Publication of final articlesOctober to December 2023 (rolling issue)

Publication Fees

JCLS does not charge any fees to authors or readers. This is possible because JCLS is published using infrastructure maintained by the Open Library of Humanities and made available to our journal through the University and State Library Darmstadt (ULB) and because we can rely on a distributed editorial team.


The 2nd Annual Conference of Computational Literary Studies (CCLS2023) will take place on June 22–23, 2023, at the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg. Participants who cannot participate in person will be given the opportunity of attending virtually. More details about the conference organization will be communicated.

Editorial Team

Editors: Evelyn Gius, Christof Schöch, Peer Trilcke

Editorial Assistants: Svenja Guhr, Élodie Ripoll, Henny Sluyter-Gäthje

Production Developer: Dominik Gerstorfer

Board: Katherine Bode, Anne-Sophie Bories, Amy E. Earhart, Maciej Eder, Miguel Escobar Varela, Martin Eve, Frank Fischer, José Eduardo González, Natalie M. Houston, Fotis Jannidis, Mike Kestemont, Anouk Lang, David Mimno, Borja Navarro, Roxana Patras, Glenn Roe, Richard Jean So, Tomoji Tabata, Ted Underwood, Karina van Dalen-Oskam, Paul Vierthaler

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