Council of Editors of Learned Journals

MLA 2020 Sessions

Information on CELJ sessions accepted for the MLA 2020 program in Seattle will be available in the fall.  Watch this space for details on panels addressing the ins and outs of starting or inheriting a journal, journal editing and the digital humanities, and a special retrospective on the work of the CELJ.

And, as always, we'll be hosting How to Get Published and Chat with an Editor.

Chat with an Editor

The CELJ is committed to mentoring authors at all career stages.  MLA members—especially new faculty, emerging scholars, and graduate students—are invited to meet with a journal editor—”Chat with an Editor”—to discuss their writing for academic publication. This opportunity, managed by the Mentoring Coordinator, is provided at each MLA Convention by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and is one of the organization’s signature events.

The “Chat with an Editor” session may address submission to a particular academic journal or address submission to academic journals in general. Topics may range from formulating a publishable project to understanding the review process to responding to the editor’s letter or readers’ reports about a submission. The “Chat” is intended to be a form of professional mentoring, one that will strengthen scholarly publication and academic career progression.

Watch this space for more!  Volunteer editors will be solicited in the early fall, and sign-ups will be available about a month before the convention.  Contact CELJ Mentoring Coordinator Nora Gilbert for more information (


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