Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Digital Literary Studies publishes scholarly articles on research concerned with computational approaches to literary analysis/criticism, or critical/literary approaches to electronic literature, digital media, and textual resources.

Topics of interest to Digital Literary Studies include, but are not limited to:

  • Textual Analysis
  • Computational Stylistics / Stylometry
  • Text Encoding
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Digital Resources
  • Publishing
  • Topic Modeling
  • Network Analysis
  • Electronic Literature
  • Critical Theory
  • Literary Games

Digital Literary Studies is interested in a broad range of scholarly practices. In addition to more traditional long-form research articles, shorter positional and quantitative papers are also welcome.

Contributors may submit curated electronic texts for peer review. For example, scholars may submit an encoded collection of poetry, which will be reviewed, and stored in our institutional repository.

Furthermore, we are interested in reviewing well-documented hermeneutical methods and tools, where the tools are a form of interpretation.

Any digital project with a literary focus, whether that be a digital edition, tool, or otherwise, may be considered for review.


Section Policies

General Articles

Long Research Papers

Original scholarly articles and research papers, both with a practical and theoretical focus, of 5,000 – 12,000 words in length. Papers should either approach literary criticism / analysis via computational methods, or offer criticism / theoretical expositions of electronic literature and other relevant topics.

Short Positional Papers

Well-researched and appropriately referenced positional papers will also be considered. Positional papers are typically shorter reflective pieces with a theoretical / critical focus. Positional papers present an opportunity for scholars to share some of their intellectual views with the wider community.

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Quantitative Articles / Experiments

Shorter 2,000 – 4000 word original articles with a focus on methodologies, experimentation (both successful and failed), development, digital project descriptions and/or reviews, as well as other more technical subject matters, are also eligible for consideration.

  • Christof Schöch
  • Scott Weingart
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Digital Editions, Projects & Tools

Digital Editions, Projects & Tools

Any digital project with a literary focus will be considered for peer-review, whether that be an edition, tool, or otherwise. Contributors should submit a link to their project, accompanied by a detailed outline of the project's design, implementation, rationale, and scope. Where appropriate, any particular intellectual considerations should be discussed in detail. Focus may also be given to well-documented hermeneutical tools, where the tools are treated as a form of interpretation.

Curated Electronic Texts

Collections of curated electronic texts which have been appropriately encoded may be peer-reviewed. Successful collections will be made publicly available and preserved in the Pennsyvlania State University's institutional repository, ScholarSphere.

  • Andrew Pilsch
  • Shawna Ross
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1,000 – 2,000 word reviews of scholarly texts, electronic literature, or any other form of digital project.

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Short Critical Essays

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Peer Review Process

Digital Literary Studies operates a blind review process.

Authors: Please ensure that your submission is appropriate for blind review. Any author names, or information indicating who the author of an article may be, should be removed. This includes document metadata.


Open Access Policy

Authors retain the copyright to their work, and may redistribute or republish these materials as desired. However, authors are asked to cite Digital Literary Studies where appropriate. Please see http://journals.psu.edu/dls/about/submissions#copyrightNotice for our complete Copyright Notice.

Creative Commons License

Research in Digital Literary Studies is freely distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://journals.psu.edu/dls/about/editorialPolicies#openAccessPolicy.

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