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Lists of Journals that publish on Book History (Eastern and Western) or on Taiwanese Literature

International Journals that Specifically Request Submissions on Taiwan

The MCLC Resource Center lists numerous journals published abroad that specifically request articles on Taiwan/Taiwanese literature, film, history, or culture in their descriptions. All of the journals below, except for Book History, are from the MCLC site:

Taiwan Journals that Consider Book History Articles:

Chinese and Taiwanese Literature: 

Foreign Language Literature / Broader Humanities / Cultural Studies:

  • Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies《同心圓:文學與文化研究》 (mentioned in the MCLC Resource Center, indexed in EBSCOhost, the MLA International Bibliography, PerioPath: An Index to Chinese Periodical Literature, and Scopus) English Department, National Taiwan Normal University. (See CFP below.)
  • Chung Wai Literary Quarterly《中外文學》 is a Chinese-language journal [with English abstracts] published by National Taiwan University’s Foreign Languages Department that is devoted to literary and cultural studies. It is indexed in MLA Directory of Periodicals, ESCI, and THCI and mentioned at the MCLC Resource Center. All NTU journals are available open access here, or you may go directly to the page for the Chung Wai Literary Quarterly here.
  • Ex-position (formerly NTU Studies in Language and Literature《臺大語言與文學研究》, the English journal of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of National Taiwan University) (indexed in MLA International Bibliography). NTU Studies in Language and Literature is available open-access here.
  • Foreign Language Studies外國語文研究(See articles here.)
  • Fu Jen Studies《輔仁學誌:文學與語言學》
  • Review of English and American Literature《英美文學評論》 (a Chinese-language scholarly journal published by the English and American Literature Association of Taiwan [EALA]).
  • Studies in the Japanese Language and Literature日本語日本文學(Japanese Language journal at NTU, with English abstracts. Articles are available here.) 
  • Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities《中山人文學報》 is a bilingual English/Chinese journal published twice yearly. Subjects considered include “literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, art, [and] musicology.” It is “indexed in MLA International Bibliography, American Studies Journals, Emerging Sources Citation Index, Taiwan Humanities Citation Index, Airiti Library, Chinese Electronic Periodical Services, Taiwan Periodical Literature System, HyRead Journal, and Taiwan Academic Online (TAO).”
  • Tamkang Review《淡江評論》(Tamkang University) PDFs are available here.
  • Wenshan Review《文山評論
    :文學與文化》
    , based in the department of English at National Chengchi University (indexed in ESCI, SCOPUS, EBSCOhost, and MLA International Bibliography. (See CFP below.)

History / Anthropology / Archaeology:

Media and Library Science:

Translation:

Other Journals:

Please use the contact form if you see any errors (e.g., omitted journals that should be included in our list; missing, broken, or incorrect links; journals placed in the incorrect category; journals listed that would never publish on book history topics, etc.) Please also feel free to send information regarding CFPs for your journal.

Journal Rankings

Many Taiwanese universities prefer that humanities scholars publish in journals that are indexed in the Arts and Humanities Citation Index. See Clarivate Analytics Master Journal list for a searchable list of journals included in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Emerging Sources Citation Index.

The journal selection process for AHCI and ESCI is outlined at the Clarivate Analytics Site. Editors interested in including their journal in important indexes might like to read the following articles, “How can I get my journal indexed in a database?” and “Getting your Journal Added to Scholarly Indexes: Advice for Editors.”

In Taiwan, some universities also care about THCI rankings. It is possible to download the most recent list of THCI journals (Taiwan Humanities Citation Index) at MOST’s Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences.* However, it is worth noting that in 2017, MOST stopped ranking what were called THCI Core journals. There is no longer a separate category in the THCI rankings devoted to Chinese/Taiwanese literature, and the category for foreign language literatures has also been eliminated. Therefore, many journals devoted to literature are no longer a part of the 2017 THCI rankings even though the journals’ quality has not worsened (and, in some cases, may have improved).

If THCI is important to your university’s promotion requirements, you may wish to download the files above and to double-check the rankings.

*As of early 2018, an English translation of the MOST webpage with the THCI rankings, the rankings themselves, and the rationale for the rankings was not available. However, if you scroll down on the page linked above, you will clearly see PDFs listed by year next to blue download buttons (下載); journal titles are listed in English and Chinese.

Journal Discoverability and Accessibility

While many Taiwanese universities value index rankings, if your goal is to make sure your research is accessible, discoverable, and read, rankings may matter less than other factors. The AHCI, ESCI, or THCI certifications, while showing that a ranking system approves of a journal’s quality, does not always reflect where scholars in your specific subfield are reading and publishing. Nor do the rankings help scholars find your particular article. You may prefer to consider the following when deciding where to publish:

  • When doing research, do you and/or other Taiwanese and foreign scholars make use of the indexes and/or databases where the journal’s articles appear? For instance, for literature scholars, in terms of accessibility, it is often more important that a journal appears in MLA International Bibliography, JSTOR, or Project MUSE than that it appears in an AHCI or THCI journal.
  • Do you and other scholars in your field or subfield regularly read articles from this journal?
  • How accessible is the journal? Databases like JSTOR or Project MUSE provide a stable url or a doi that can be linked on your university or personal website. Open-access journals allow you to provide links to the full text of your work and to make your work available to scholars who may not have access to JSTOR and Project Muse. 
  • Does the journal produce themed issues? Provided that the journal is discoverable and accessible, a strong themed issue may make it more likely that scholars will find and read a number of articles on the same topic.

CFPs for Themed Issues

Journals currently calling for papers on themed issues include the following:

Concentric (The Ethical Turn Revisited,” deadline August 30, 2019) Other current CFPs are available here.

NTU’s Ex-position. Themed issue CFPs are listed on their announcements page.

The Wenshan Review (See their news page for current CFPs.) 

If you would like us to advertise your Taiwanese journal’s CFP, please contact us.

This page was last updated on July 11, 2019.

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