Council of Editors of Learned Journals


The CELJ hosted and promoted events are posted below. Check this page regularly for updates.

CELJ MLA 2017 Sessions

The 2017 MLA Convention is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

104. Book Reviews

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 3:30–4:45 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 110A

Presiding: Gordon N. Hunter, University of Illinois, Urbana
Speakers: MaryEllen Higgins, Pennsylvania State University; Lindsay Munnelley, Indiana University, Bloomington; Rob Vollmar, World Literature Today

Book reviews are integral to our professional work, but book reviews and book review editorship are rarely discussed. Panelists discuss the forms of reviewing and address what books to review, finding reviewers, the invisibility of review work in merit and promotion evaluations, timeliness, and ethics.

335. Journal Transitions

Friday, January 6, 2017, 1:45–3:00 pm
Pennsylvania Marriott, 305–306

Presiding: Susan Mary Griffin, University of Louisiana
Speakers: Margaret D. Bauer, East Carolina University; Mary Hawkesworth, Rutgers University; Brian Geoffrey McHale, Ohio State University; Jean O'Brien, University of Minnesota; Suzanna Walters, Northeastern University; Robert Warrior, University of Illinois, Urbana

Distinguished editors discuss their experiences bringing journals through major transitions, addressing changes in technology, waning institutional support, the need to represent new or neglected areas of scholarship by reorienting an existing journal or founding a new one, and the retirement of longtime editors.

545. How to Get Published: Advice from Editors

Saturday, January 7, 2017, 12:00–1:15 pm
Pennsylvania Marriot, 401–403

Presiding: Graham MacPhee, West Chester University
Speakers: Michael Tavel Clarke, University of Calgary; Faye S. Halpern, University of Calgary; Stephanie L. Hawkins, University of North Texas; James Phelan, Ohio State University

Directed at graduate students and recently hired faculty members, this session aims to demystify the process of publishing in scholarly journals. Editors from ARIEL, Studies in the Novel, Narrative, and College Literature cover an array of topics, from the review process to how much weight editors put on introductions and conclusions.

Chat with an Editor at MLA 2017

MLA members—especially junior faculty and graduate students—are invited to meet with a journal editor to discuss their writing for academic publication. This opportunity is provided at each MLA Convention by CELJ.

Those interested may sign up for a twenty-minute slot with one of the editors listed by emailing CELJ Mentoring Coordinator, Professor Graham MacPhee, at

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 or responding to the editor's letter 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 Schedule

The 2017 MLA Convention is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Friday, January 6, 2017

10:00 am to 11:00 am, Gary Totten (MELUS) and Graham McPhee (College Literature)

11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Jim Phelan (Narrative), Margaret Bauer (North Carolina Literary Review), and Michael Cornett (Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies)

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Logan Browning (SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500–1900) and Nicholas Birns (Antipodes)

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Susan Tomlinson (Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers) and Jennifer Putzi (Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

9:00 am to 10:00 am, Gary Totten (MELUS) and Yogita Goyal (Contemporary Literature)

10:00 am to 11:00 am, Jana Argersinger (Poe Studies) and Janine Utell (The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914–1945)

11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Tina Chen (Verge: Studies in Global Asias) and Becky Byron (SEL: Studies in English Literature)

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Debra Rae Cohen (Modernism/Modernity) and Carolyn Sorisio (College Literature)

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