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Before submitting, you should check the information contained in the present page and carefully read the detailed Submission Guidelines and the JCLS Style Guide.

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Focus and Scope

JCLS provides a publishing platform for works on the development, application, and critique of computational approaches to Literary Studies. We explicitly take into account the diversity of literary traditions across the world's cultures and languages and encourage 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. Submitted papers might address issues such as building literary corpora, identifying peculiarities of literary texts, domain adaptation of methods, operationalization of concepts, annotation of texts, evaluation of measures, interpretability and transparency of results, and reproducibility of research. We also acknowledge the debatability of the core concepts of Computational Literary Studies, computationality and literarity, and encourage submissions addressing these from historical, cultural and other perspectives.

Please also see the list of possible topics in the Call for Papers.

JCLS is committed to the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

Submission Checklist

Submitted papers should

  • be unpublished work;
  • follow the Submission Guidelines;
  • use the JCLS LaTeX template (please submit the LaTeX project as a ZIP archive, even if the info text in the file upload window that opens during the submission process currently excludes LaTeX - the upload nevertheless works);
  • follow the JCLS Style Guide;
  • be in English;
  • be 6000-8000 words in length (notes, code examples, figure captions included, but list of references excluded);
  • (during the submission process) be described in an abstract (100–150 words in length) and provided with four to six keywords (e.g. type of data analysed, language(s) and period(s) of the data analysed, issue addressed, methods used, subfield of CLS concerned).

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with appropriate credit (notably, an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal).
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in JCLS.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (see The Effect of Open Access).

Peer Review

This journal operates a double blind peer review policy. All submissions are first checked by the editors. Submissions that fit the scope of the journal and meet the submission guidelines are thereafter handed over to peer review, which is usually conducted by two reviewers. The editors reserve the right to reject submissions without sending them for peer review.

Based on the reviews, the editors assign one of these four categories to the submission: ›accepted‹, ›minor revisions‹, ›major revisions‹, ›rejected‹.


Journal of Computational Literary Studies allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

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 the committment of a distributed editorial team.

Publication Cycle

This journal publishes continuously.


Section or article type

Public Submissions

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