Council of Editors of Learned Journals

MLA 2019 Sessions

Information on CELJ sessions accepted for the MLA 2019 program in Chicago is now available:

How to Get Published

Thursday, 3 January | 3:30-4:45 | Hyatt Regency—Columbus AB

Program arranged by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Presiding: Janine M. Utell, Widener University

Speakers: Michael Tavel Clarke, U of Calgary; Nora Gilbert, U of North Texas; Faye S. Halpern, U of Calgary; James Phelan, Ohio State U

Editors from ARIELStudies in the Novel, and Narrative demystify the process of publishing in scholarly journals for graduate students and the recently hired.  Their breadth should appeal to a wide range of emerging scholars, as should the promise of some insider knowledge.

NOTE: Speakers Faye Halpern and James Phelan have published pieces in Inside Higher Ed that include some of the material presented in the “How to Get Published” session:

The Future of Scholarly Journals

Friday, 4 January | 12:00-1:15 | Hyatt Regency—Plaza Ballroom A

Program arranged by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Speakers: Helena Gurfinkle, Southern Illinois U, Edwardsville; Sandra M. Gustafson, U of Notre Dame; Nancy Armstrong, Duke U; W. J. T. Mitchell, U of Chicago

Panelists, some of whom edit general scholarly journals and others who edit niche ones, discuss the challenges and possibilities facing scholarly literature journals in our time.  While sometimes this horizon differs, several issues remain in common.  It is important for other editors to weigh in on their responses to our common situation and to allow others to appreciate the constraints editors encounter.

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.

“Chat with an Editor” has been scheduled during MLA 2019 in Chicago in Columbus EF at the Hyatt.

Those interested in signing up for a 20-minute slot with a preferred editor, or who have questions about which editor might be a suitable match, may write to CELJ Mentoring Coordinator Janine Utell at

The Schedule

We will be in Columbus EF in the Hyatt.

January 4


  1. Helena Gurfinkel, Papers on Language and Literature
  2. Benjamin Fraser, Hispania
  3. Gary Totten, MELUS
  4. Debra Rae Cohen, Modernism/modernity


  1. Logan Browning, Studies in English Literature 1500–1900
  2. Benjamin Fraser, Hispania
  3. Susan Tomlinson, Legacy:  A Journal of American Women Writers
  4. Michael Cornett, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

January 5


  1. Becky Byron, Studies in English Literature 1500–1900
  2. Debra Rae Cohen, Modernism/modernity


  1. Thomas Beebe, Comparative Literature Studies
  2. Michael Tavel Clarke, ARIEL
  3. Faye Halpern, ARIEL
  4. Adam Zucker, English Literature Renaissance

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