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Focus and Scope

New Readings provides a fully peer-reviewed platform for original research in the fields of literature, film, cultural history and visual culture. Aiming to stimulate debate between specialists from different disciplines, the journal has a strong, but by no means exclusive, interest in scholarship that cuts across traditional disciplinary and national boundaries, as well as comparative work, and is open to a variety of angles and methodological approaches. Submissions in languages other than English are considered for publication, as long as the choice of language is justified by the subject. The journal’s open-access policy ensures a wide audience beyond academia. We welcome proposals for guest-edited themed issues.

Historically the journal has had a predominantly European outlook: European here is understood as broadly as possible in terms of geographical spread and linguistic base and therefore includes Francophone Africa and the Americas, for example. More recently, the journal’s scope has been extended to China, Japan and the Arabic-speaking world.

Publication Frequency

The journal is typically published online as one annual themed issue, released once all contributions are ready for publication. A second general issue may be published on a rolling basis, depending on the number of submissions received in a given year. Articles in the general issue are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in making content publicly available.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

  • Journals are indexed by Google Scholar and available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.
  • DOAJ registration will be completed for our journals on an individual basis as soon as possible.
  • To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal utilises the Portico service to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.
  • Journal content is also made available via Cardiff University’s institutional repository, ORCA.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.


New Readings was established at Cardiff University in 1995 at the then School of European Studies. In 2000, the journal moved online for increased circulation. In 2011 New Readings was relaunched under the journal management and publishing system OJS. Subsequently all print issues were digitised and added to the publication’s online archive. Since 2019 New Readings is published by Cardiff University Press.

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