ESCL Journal



The European Society of Comparative Literature (ESCL) is proposing a journal to Brill Publishing Company.  It will be known as JESCL (Journal of the European Society of Comparative Literature).

The journal will include research papers, as well as special issues edited by guest editors with a European focus. These will also include thematic review-sections and bibliographies with a common rationale or intersectional theme, connecting with other world literatures and with specifically comparative theoretical and methodological approaches,  such as current research on Reception studies, Myth-criticism, Imagology, Geocriticism, Adaptation, Ekphrasis, Orientalism, Travel writing, Diaspora studies, Migration studies, (Post-)colonial studies, World Literature, Global Literary studies, etc., with occasional foci on other genres within Comparative Literature studies, such as Literature and Anthropology, Literature and Science, Ecocriticism, Literature and Psychology, Literature and Philosophy, Ethics in/and Literature, Graphic Novels, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Popular fiction, Crime fiction, Confessional narratives, etc.

The journal’s main aim is to firmly establish itself as a high-quality research journal of reference, written by and for specialists in comparative literature, open to all its interdisciplinary and cultural aspects. We are determined to attract more scholars than existing journals, in particular by welcoming and studying all European literatures and languages, and their relations not only with each other but with the world at large.

The journal will mostly publish articles in English and French. Occasionally, special issues will appear in other European languages, particularly those dealing with regional topics. Abstracts and keywords will always be published in English. Initially, two issues will be published a year; these will be focused, thematic issues, in order to allow readers to familiarise themselves with the journal’s profile. Normally they will include 7-10 articles, plus 2-4 review-articles per issue. One of these issues may be a special issue deriving from ESCL conferences or scholarly events, coordinated and guest edited by the organizers of these events.

We are now soliciting expressions of interest for the following posts:


The editorial board will be flexible and dynamic. Members will be appointed for a specific period of three years (which could be renewed). They will be able to draw on peer review expertise from the Scientific Committee.      

General Editor(s); Associate Editors; Reviews Editor

The General Editor(s) and Associate Editors will ensure that authors accept responsibility for the content of their papers. They will state and implement the journal’s policies regarding ethics, publications guidelines, content accessibility, etc. They will maintain the journal’s integrity, complying with procedures designated by the ESCL. They will ensure the quality control of papers and create mechanisms to reach readers by means of promotional material and advertising, working with the publisher to attract the best research. They will regularly make recommendations to improve evaluation and dissemination procedures, adhering to the publisher’s publication practices and schedule. They will also ensure the proper functioning of the peer-review process.

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee includes representatives of diverse countries that, together, ensure expertise in as many European literatures as possible, members being proficient in more than one. Members of the Scientific Committee are responsible for monitoring the fairness, timeliness and anonymity of the peer-review process. Referees are chosen by members of the Scientific Committee based on required areas of research and expertise. The Scientific Committee is also responsible for providing reviewers with explicit instructions regarding the journal’s expectations in the peer-review process, requesting that reviewers identify potential conflicts of interest, and finding ways to recognize their contributions (i.e. providing letters that certify their participation). Each member of the Scientific Committee provides the names of at least two referees for two papers every year.

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please provide a single document consisting of a one-page CV and a one-page statement, outlining the role that you would like to take and the qualities you would bring to it. Please include your signature in the document as a form of agreement to the responsibilities you will assume. The document should be sent to Laura Pereira ( by Monday 15 January 2018.

IMPORTANT: In order to apply for any journal positions you need to be a member of ESCL-SELC.

To become a member you need to fill in the details required in the following form >

You will also need to pay the yearly subscription. (reduced membership is 20€ for young & retired scholars; ordinary membership is 25€. Membership is included in the payment of any ESCL-SELC annual event. Please check the webpage for forthcoming CFPs

Payment is not available yet. Details on how to pay will appear on the website at the end of January 2018.

EVALUATION OF EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST RECEIVED: EC members will take into consideration the following aspects: 1) Editorial experience of the candidate; 2) Experience as member of ESCL-SELC (before ENCLS); 3) Knowledge of both English & French; 4) Degree of commitment shown in the application; 4) The balance of EU countries among Associate Editors and Scientific Committee members.