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Accessus (English)

Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media is a biannual publication of The Gower Project. In Accessus, The Gower Project publishes theoretically informed readings of premodern literatures, demonstrates the impact of new media on these texts, and provides a venue for innovative work on John Gower's poetry.

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Calliope (1954-2001) (English)

Calliope was a WMU student publication produced in cooperation with the English and Art Departments at Western Michigan University from 1954-1967. Its purpose was to promote good student writing. Calliope resumed in 1970 as a publication of Manuscript Day, with area high school writers, which continued through 2001. The Herald and Horn preceded Calliope and Third Coast started coming out as the University's literary magazine in 1995.

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Comparative Drama (English)

Comparative Drama (ISSN 0010-4078) is a peer reviewed scholarly journal devoted to studies international in spirit and interdisciplinary in scope; it is published semi-annually (Spring and Winter) at Western Michigan University (member, Council of Editors of Learned Journals).

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GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy (National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren)

The National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren announces the launching of a new online, peer review journal dedicated to topics related to grandparents raising grandchildren. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy provides a forum for quality, evidence-based research with sound scholarship, knowledge, skills and best practices from the field for scholars, clinicians, policymakers, educators, program administrators and family advocates.

The editors of GrandFamilies invite authors to submit manuscripts that examine new or emerging theoretical conceptualization or applications, practice methodologies, program evaluation and policy perspectives. International works that expand global knowledge and understanding about custodial grandparents are encouraged to submit.

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The Hilltop Review (Graduate College)

The Hilltop Review: A Journal of Western Michigan University Graduate Student Research is a publication of the Graduate Student Association. This peer-reviewed journal is intended to be interdisciplinary and provides a venue for sharing scholarly and creative activities of graduate students at Western Michigan University.

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International Journal of African Development (Center for African Development Policy Research)

International Journal of African Development has ceased publication. It is an open access interdisciplinary journal on issues related to sustainable development in Africa and included selected papers from previous international conferences on African development. We are no longer soliciting manuscripts for future issues.

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Journal of College Access (Western Michigan University)

Welcome to the Journal of College Access, a peer-reviewed, academic, open access, online journal with a focus on how students aspire to, gain access to, enroll in and persist in higher education institutions. The Journal is published periodically.

Views expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher, the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), nor the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success. Copyright in material published in the Journal remains with the author. Reproduction is permitted for educational, non-commercial purposes only, with appropriate referencing.

We welcome submissions from a wide community of practitioners including, but not limited to college and university faculty, graduate students, administrators, college access professionals, and others with an interest in the college access movement.

The Journal was cited by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) as a reason that Western Michigan University received MCAN's Steward Award in 2015.

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Journal of Communication Pedagogy (Communication)

The Journal of Communication Pedagogy (JCP) publishes only the highest quality articles that extend communication theory, research, and practice in meaningful ways. In addition to face-to-face and online classrooms, we seek manuscripts that focus on instructional communication research situated in a variety of contexts such as health, business/industry, religious, risk/crisis, public relations, journalism, forensics, and nonprofits both within the borders of the United States and beyond them.

The current call includes: (1) Original Research Studies, (2) Reflective Essays, and (3) Communication Training/Development Best Practices.

The Journal of Communication Pedagogy currently accepts manuscripts on a rolling basis, publishing once a year and is an open-access journal. All manuscripts must adhere to the guidelines published in the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and must not have been published elsewhere or be under review for any other publication.

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The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare (Social Work)

The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare (JSSW) is a peer-reviewed journal sponsored jointly by Western Michigan University, the College of Health and Human Services, and the School of Social Work.

The most recent two years of JSSW are only available to subscribers and from computers on the WMU campus. Articles older than two years are available open access to all.

Please note that as of 2020 Volume XLVII, the Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare is moving to online format. Subscription prices will include a single print issue of the most downloaded articles from the volume (March - December) which will be printed and shipped the following March.

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The Laureate (Lee Honors College)

The Laureate’s mission is to provide undergraduate students at Western Michigan University a place in which to publish their fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and other creative works. Under the guidance of a faculty editor and mentor, each year an undergraduate student chooses to accept the challenge of gathering, selecting, and editing the collection for an honors thesis project. Faculty mentors at WMU’s Design Center at the Gwen Frostic School of Art select undergraduate students to be in charge of the journal’s design aesthetic. The Laureate strives to be a professional and engaging publication that appeals to all. Please enjoy the creative work of our students!

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The Medieval Globe (Medieval Institute Publications)

The Medieval Globe is a peer-reviewed journal launched in 2014, published by Arc Humanities Press. It explores the modes of communication, materials of exchange, and myriad interconnections among regions, communities, and individuals in an era central to human history.

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To learn more about the journal, please visit TMG's webpage. For full access to articles, please subscribe through the link in the sidebar.

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Medieval People (Medieval Institute Publications)

Medieval People builds upon what its precursor, Medieval Prosopography, sought to do: it is dedicated to highlighting the experiences of unknown or obscure individuals or groups, as well as exploring the social networks that gave shape to the lives of all medieval people. The journal has been updated, however, to reflect the new trends in scholarship and the ever-growing number of tools available to scholars, as well as the rich offerings of digital humanities projects that can assist scholars in developing a deeper and more inclusive understanding of the medieval world. Therefore volume 35 of Medieval Prosopography will be the last volume available in print, while volume 36, coming in late 2021, will be the first volume under the title Medieval People and the first online-only volume of the journal (articles can be printed by subscribers).


Taking Eileen Power’s classic book Medieval People as a touchstone, the inaugural volume of the journal will contain articles that correspond directly with the narratives in Power’s volume, such as Constance Bouchard’s updating of “The Peasant Bodo.” But the focus of the journal has also been updated and expanded to include articles on medieval people who were not included in the original work, including, for instance, Nicole Lopez-Jantzen’s examination of Lombard queens and Lucy Barnhouse’s discussion of the relationship of the sick and destitute with a German monastery. These articles align with the journal’s mission to promote the study of overlooked or understudied medieval people and groups.


To highlight how the study of the past has transformed and broadened, consideration of the tools that scholars can now employ to detect relationships not known heretofore, but also to recover the experiences of people whose stories would otherwise remain unretrievable, will also be included. Courtney Luckhardt, for example, uses social networking software to trace the relationships between pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem.


Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Medieval Prosopography provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. For more information on submission guidelines, visit the Policies page.

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The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (Occupational Therapy)

The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy

is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal with a mission to publish high quality articles that focus on applied research, practice, and education in the occupational therapy profession.
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Perspectives (1969-1979) (Western Michigan University)

Perspectives:.A Journal for General and Liberal Studies was a publication of the School of General Studies at Western Michigan University. It was designed primarily for members of the Association for General and Liberal Studies, and for any other persons who in some way are committed to improving undergraduate education. Volume 10 was published by the AGLS and we received permission from them to digitize this volume and make it available along with the volumes that were published by WMU.

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Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts (Special Education and Literacy Studies)

Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access research journal supported by the Dorothy J. McGinnis Endowment at Western Michigan University, College of Education & Human Development. The journal publishes research-based and empirical studies in the field of language arts and literacy education.

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ROMARD (Medieval Institute Publications)

ROMARD is an annual peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the dissemination and discussion of bold interdisciplinary approaches, methodologies, and conceptualizations regarding the study of drama, performance, theatre, and theatricality from pre-modernity (500-1650). Additionally, ROMARD seeks work that expands the exploration of the dramatic impulses, theatrical phenomena, and performative material of the past, encompassing global cultures and histories. We invite full-length articles that challenge and/or re-examine established narratives, definitions, documentation, and ontologies concerning historical performance(s) and theatricality. Articles submitted may include—but are not limited to—archival research, historiographical analysis, literary criticism, performance theory, performance-as or performance-based research, historical dramaturgy, productions census, or efforts in translation of source materials.

ROMARD will publish volume 58 in 2021, which will be the first with Medieval Institute Publications and the first volume of the journal available in print and online editions. Subscribe today!

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Studies in Iconography (Medieval Institute Publications)

Studies in Iconography is an annual journal hosted by the Index of Medieval Art and published in partnership with Medieval Institute Publications. It presents innovative work on the meaning of images from the medieval world broadly construed, between the fourth century to the year 1600. Past articles have addressed subjects as diverse as Byzantine fresco programs, Carolingian architectural diagrams, Gothic rent books, Jewish ritual images, and Islamicate stucco ornament. We encourage article submissions that offer interdisciplinary, theoretical, or critical perspectives. Works of both established and emerging scholars are welcome. Reviews of selected books on iconography and art history are included in every volume.

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Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education (English)

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education is a peer reviewed journal focusing on issues of writing teacher education – the development, education, and mentoring of prospective, new, and experienced teachers of writing at all levels. The journal draws from composition studies – writing program administrators, writing across-the-curriculum specialists, and other teaching mentors; English education – including voices from secondary and elementary teacher educators at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; and from teacher educators from K-12 settings -- including leaders and mentors in the National Writing Project and those in high school, middle school, and elementary school English leadership positions.

NOTE: We are reconfiguring our publication cycle and working on a special issue with an announcement to come soon. We have temporarily closed our submission and editorial cycle.


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Transference (World Languages and Literatures)

Transference is published by faculty in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University. Focusing exclusively on poetic translation, the journal publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, and Japanese into English. We feature translations and accompanying commentaries on the art and process of translating poetry. To purchase a print copy of the journal ($10), please contact us.

Our 2020 issue, which includes a broad range of poems and commentary on the theme of vision/seeing, is featured below. We will be on hiatus for 2021 and are not currently accepting submissions.

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