Call for Papers

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Journal of Computational Literary Studies (JCLS), an international, open access, peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to all aspects of computational approaches to Literary Studies. JCLS responds to the increasing 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.)

JCLS provides two publication tracks:

  • A conference and journal track in which publication in the journal is complemented by an annual conference where accepted papers are presented. The conference associated with the first issue of JCLS will take place on June 1-3, 2022 at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. The present Call for papers concerns this track.
  • A journal-only track, with papers published in a rolling issue, for which a separate call will be issued in early 2022.

Call for Papers for the First Issue

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 papers 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 papers should be in English and use the LaTeX template provided by JCLS in October 2021. They should be 6000-8000 words in length (notes, code examples, figure captions included, but list of references excluded) and be unpublished work (except for pre-prints published in open access repositories).

JCLS expects data and code to be published in open repositories with guarantees for the long-term findability and availability of the ressources via a DOI (for more details on the journal's Data & Research policy, see Mission Statement).

All contributors should be listed, both those listed as authors or individuals named in acknowledgements.

Submission Details

Please submit your paper via the journal management system on or before December 15, 2021. More detailed author guidelines will be published on the JCLS website in October 2021. Submissions will be open from November 1 2021.

Important Dates

Publication of submission guidelines and LaTeX template
October 1, 2021
Submissions open
November 1, 2021
Paper submission deadline
December 15, 2021
Notification of acceptance
March 1, 2022
Camera-ready conference papers due
April 22, 2022
Publication of conference papers
Mai 16, 2022
Conference date
June 1–3, 2022
Revised final papers due
June to October 2022
Publication of final papers
September to December 2022 (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 conference will take place on June 1-3, 2022, at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Participants who cannot participate in person will be given the opportunity of attending virtually. More details about the conference organization will be communicated in October 2021.

Editorial Team

Editors: Evelyn Gius, Christof Schöch, Peer Trilcke

Editorial Assistants: Svenja Guhr, Henny Sluyter-Gäthje, N.N.

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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