Editor: Ann E. Larabee

Michigan State University, Department of English

 625C Wells Hall, 619 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI  48824


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Q: How long will it take to have my article reviewed?

A: The JPC Editorial Board usually takes between 1 to 3 months to review each article.

 S U B M I S S I O N S

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Submitting Papers:

Essays likely to find publication in the journals are well-written and make a significant contribution to the field of popular culture studies. Please review recent journal issues for a sense of our interdisciplinary conversation and our niche. Articles too narrowly conceived and without an adequate analytical framework tend not to do well in the peer review process. It is wise to be familiar with the work of our editorial board and to avoid submittimg essays that may fit better in a disciplinary journal, such as in literature or history. We especially welcome essays that take on new forms and new ideas not previously analyzed or that push forward an older conversation.

Essays should range between fifteen and twenty-five pages of double-spaced text in 12pt Times New Roman font, including all images, endnotes, and Works Cited pages. Please note that the fifteen page minimum should be fifteen pages of written article material. Less than fifteen pages of written material will be rejected and the author asked to develop the article further.


We do not accept emailed submissions. 
What to include:

1.Three hard copies of the article in Microsoft Word. (The most current version of Word is preferred, but older forms are acceptable.)

2.An electronic copy of the article on CD or flash drive.

3.A single title page accompanying one of the hard copies and containing complete contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address). On the first page of each of the three copies of the article, only include the article's title, being sure not to include the author's name. The JPC has a "blind review" process, meaning that a copy of the article will be sent to reviewers without revealing the author's name.

4. A self-addressed stamped envelope in order for materials and copies of reviewers to be returned to authors.

Mailing Address: 
Ann E. Larabee, Editor
The Journal of Popular Culture
Department of English
Michigan State University
625C Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824.

NOTE: Articles will only be kept on file in our editorial office for one year

Review Process

All contributions to The Journal of Popular Culture will be forwarded to members of the Editorial Board or other reviewers for comment. Manuscrips must not be previously published, nor should they be submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by The Journal of Popular Culture's Editorial Board or outside reviewers.


After Acceptance:

Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must subscribe to The Journal of Popular Culture for at least one year at the time of publication. Subscription includes membership in the Popular Culture Association.

At the time of publication, authors will receive an electronic copy right form from Wiley-Blackwell, our publisher.

Before final submission, the author will be responsible for obtaining letters of permission for illustrations and for quotations that go beyond ‘‘fair use,’’ as defined by current copyright law.

Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley Periodicals, Inc. will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Digital Repositories:

Prior to copy editing, authors may post early drafts of their essays in digital repositories, such as However, after publication, authors must wait for 24 months to place their JPC-edited articles in digital repositories or on websites.