Council of Editors of Learned Journals

MLA 2020 Sessions

108. How to Get Published
Thursday, 9 January 3:30 PM-4:45 PM, 4C-3 (WSCC)

Editors from ARIEL, Legacy, and Narrative demystify the process of publishing in scholarly journals for graduate students and faculty members at any stage of their academic careers. Their breadth should appeal to a wide range of scholars, as should the promise of some insider knowledge. The session includes an interactive component and allows substantial time for questions and answers.

Michael Tavel Clarke (U of Calgary)
Faye S. Halpern (U of Calgary)
James Phelan (Ohio State U, Columbus)
Susan Tomlinson (U of Massachusetts, Boston)

Nora Gilbert (U of North Texas)

215. Inventing and Inheriting Scholarly Journals: Perspectives on Beginnings
Friday, 10 January 8:30 AM-9:45 AM, 401 (WSCC)

Editors from a variety of journal types discuss the implications of starting a scholarly journal and of taking one over and reinventing or refreshing it.

Stephanie Foote (West Virginia U, Morgantown)
Bruce Holsinger (U of Virginia)
John Nieto-Phillips (Indiana U, Bloomington)
John G. Peters (U of North Texas)
Renee R. Trilling (U of Illinois, Urbana)
Adam Zucker (U of Massachusetts, Amherst)

John N. Duvall (Purdue U, West Lafayette)


316. Publishing for the Digital Humanities
Friday, 10 January 1:45 PM-3:00 PM, 607 (WSCC)

Sponsoring Entity:
Council of Editors of Learned Journals & TC Digital Humanities

Participants discuss the digital in scholarly publishing. Depending on one’s role as scholar, editor, publisher, librarian, or reader, the digital might refer to open access, open (or closed) peer review, the publication of digital media objects-as-scholarship and digital humanities projects, and the role of tenure and promotion within this rapidly changing landscape. Speakers represent publishers who have broken new ground in these areas.

For related material, see our long proposal description.

Nick Lindsay (MIT Press)
Laura C. Mandell (Texas A&M U, College Station)
Siobhan McMenemy (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)

Cheryl E. Ball (Wayne State U) 


633. Fifty Years of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals—and Forward
Saturday, 11 January 5:15 PM-6:30 PM, 401 (WSCC)

1. Fifty Years of Change: Editors and Learned Journals, Marilyn S. Gaull (Editorial Inst.)
2. Reflecting B(l)ack on a CELJ Session at the 2011 MLA Convention, Joycelyn K. Moody (U of Texas, San Antonio) 
3. Value Added: CELJ’s Chat with an Editor Program and Serving Authors and Editors Past and Present, Michael E. Cornett (Duke U) 

[Note: We are saddened by the passing of Marilyn Gaull. Her speaking slot will be replaced by a history of CELJ’s Editor’s Notes/Bulletin, presented by Cheryl Ball.]

Cheryl E. Ball (Wayne State U)


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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