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African American Review

Editor :

Nathan L. Grant, Saint Louis University

Volume:
Volume
55 (2022)
Frequency:
Frequency
Quarterly
African American Review (AAR) is a scholarly aggregation of insightful essays on African American literature, theatre, film, the visual arts, and culture; interviews; poetry; fiction; and book reviews. AAR has featured renowned writers and cultural critics including Trudier Harris, Arnold Rampersad, Hortense Spillers, Amiri Baraka, Cyrus Cassells, Rita Dove, Charles Johnson, Cheryl Wall, and Toni Morrison. The official publication of the Modern Language Association's Division on Black American Literature and Culture, AAR fosters a vigorous conversation among writers and scholars in the arts…
African American Review (AAR) is a scholarly aggregation of insightful essays on African American literature, theatre, film, the visual arts, and culture; interviews; poetry; fiction; and book reviews. AAR has featured renowned writers and cultural critics including Trudier Harris, Arnold Rampersad, Hortense Spillers, Amiri Baraka, Cyrus Cassells, Rita Dove, Charles Johnson, Cheryl Wall, and Toni Morrison. The official publication of the Modern Language Association's Division on Black American Literature and Culture, AAR fosters a vigorous conversation among writers and scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
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Volume
55 (2022)
Frequency
Quarterly
ISSN
Print: 1062-4783
Online: 1945-6182

Authors must submit all manuscripts electronically via Manuscript FastTrack, which is located at http://aar.expressacademic.org. Our documentation style follows the Third Edition of the MLA Style Manual & Guide to Scholarly Publishing. For author purposes, this will contain the same information as found in the Seventh Edition of the MLA Handbook, which authors may find more accessible. These manuals encourage the use of intratextual documentation and mandate the inclusion of Works Cited lists at the manuscript's end. Manuscripts that do not follow MLA style are subject to immediate rejection. Also, manuscripts that are not paginated will be rejected. Authors must remove any identifying information from the submission, including cover pages, headers, bylines, etc. AAR does not consider previously published works or simultaneous submissions.

Critical essays should be no fewer than 6,000 words and no more than 8,500 words, excluding endotes and Works Cited. Authors may submit only one essay at a time.

Fiction writers may submit only one work at a time. Stories should not exceed 3,500 words.

Poets may submit no more than six works at a time; multiple poems should be bundled into a single submission.

Revisions: A requested revision should not be submitted as a new article. Under the heading "My Archived Submissions," click on the hyperlinked submission ID of your original article. On the following page, select "Submit Revised Document."

AAR does not consider unsolicited book reviews. Copies of books to be considered for review should be mailed to:

Dr. Paul Devlin, Fitch Hall
2nd Floor, Humanities Department, United States Merchant Marine Academy
300 Steamboat Road, Kings Point, NY 11024

The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.

Peer Review Policy

African American Review (AAR) does not consider previously published works or simultaneous submissions. AAR does not consider unsolicited book reviews.

Each critical submission (articles, “Forgotten Manuscripts”) is first vetted by Editor Nathan Grant and can be rejected from the desk if deemed unsuitable or poor.

The article and “Forgotten Manuscripts” submissions that are deemed fit for external review are sent to two scholars in a double-blind reading process. Poetry and fiction submissions are immediately sent to our Poetry & Fiction Editorial Collective, comprised of four scholars, for consideration.

Here is a brief list of questions one might consider when reviewing an article submission. This list is simply a rough guideline and should not limit one's approach.

  • Is the paper’s style readable? Does it read appropriately like an article rather than, say, a dissertation chapter?
  • Do the facts, references, and quotations appear to be accurate?
  • Does the paper demonstrate sufficient awareness of the previous criticism?
  • Is the argument sufficiently contextualized and its major terms clearly and consistently defined?
  • Does the author clarify how her intervention is distinct from existing critical interpretations?
  • Does the current title accurately reflect the contents of the manuscript and the importance of the argument?
  • If you conclude that this submission should be revised and resubmitted, please offer the author specific recommendations?
  • If you recommend revision and the author chooses to revise and resubmit this manuscript, would you be willing to read and assess the revised text?

If the peer reviewers recommend revise and resubmit, authors are required to make rewrites within 60 to 90 days. This timetable improves the likelihood that the two original readers are available for a second review.

Timetable:

  • Work is vetted from the desk within 4 to 6 weeks of submission.
  • External reader reports are received after 2 to 3 months from internal vetting.
  • Revisions also undergo a 2- to 3-month external review.

Editor

Nathan L. Grant

Associate Editors

Houston A. Baker, Jr.
Keith Byerman
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Managing Editor

Aileen M. Keenan

Book Review Editor

Paul Devlin

Advisory Editors

William L. Andrews
Michael Awkward
Herman Beavers
Bernard W. Bell
Camille Billops
Joanne M. Braxton
Robert James Butler
John F. Callahan
James Coleman
Daryl Dance
Thadious M. Davis
Alice Deck
Manthia Diawara
Michele Elam
Frances Smith Foster
Robert E. Fox
Donald B. Gibson
William Gleason
Farah Jasmine Griffin
William J. Harris
James V. Hatch
Karla F. C. Holloway
Dolan Hubbard
Abdul JanMohamed
Ketu Katrak
David Krasner
Missy D. Kubitschek
Deborah E. McDowell
Reginald McKnight
E. Ethelbert Miller
R. Baxter Miller
Joycelyn Moody
Sterling Plumpp
Sw. Anand Prahlad
Arnold Rampersad
Sandra Richards
Valerie A. Smith
Miriam Thaggert
Cheryl A. Wall
Jerry W. Ward, Jr.
Joe Weixlmann
Richard Yarborough

Review copies should be mailed to:

Dr. Paul Devlin
Fitch Hall, 2nd Floor
Humanities Department
United States Merchant Marine Academy
300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024 

Paul Devlin's communications and decisions are not on behalf of the United States Government.

Please send book review copies to the contact above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.

Abstracting & Indexing Databases

  • Clarivate Analytics
    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    • Current Contents
    • Web of Science
  • EBSCOhost
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    • Academic Search Complete, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • Academic Search Elite, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • Academic Search Premier, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • Academic Search Ultimate, 3/1/1992-
    • Academic Search: Main Edition, 3/1/1986-12/31/1991
    • Advanced Placement Source, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • America: History and Life, 3/1/1992-
    • Biography Index: Past and Present (H.W. Wilson), vol.17, 1983-vol.25, 1991
    • Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson), Dec.1983-Dec.1991
    • Corporate ResourceNet, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • Current Abstracts, 1/1/2000-
    • Education Research Complete, 3/1/1986-12/31/1991
    • Education Research Index, Jan.1990-Dec.1991
    • Education Source, 3/1/1986-12/31/1991
    • Film & Television Literature Index, 1/1/1993-
    • Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text, 1/1/1993-
    • Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson), 10/15/1982-7/15/1983
    • Humanities Abstracts (H.W. Wilson), 1/15/1983-12/1/1991
    • Humanities Index (Online), 1983/12-1991/12
    • Humanities International Complete, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • Humanities International Index, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • Humanities Source, 10/15/1982-12/31/1991
    • Humanities Source Ultimate, 10/15/1982-12/31/1991
    • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text, 1/1/1983-12/31/1991
    • Literary Reference Center, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • Literary Reference Center Plus, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • Literary Reference Center: Main Edition, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • MainFile, 3/1/1986-12/31/1991
    • MAS Complete, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • MAS High Search: Main Edition, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • MAS Ultra - School Edition (Magazine Article Summaries), 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • MasterFILE Complete, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • MasterFILE Elite, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • MasterFILE Premier, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • MasterFILE: Main Edition, 3/1/1986-12/31/1991
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), 1/15/1983-12/1/1991
    • OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson), 3/1/1992-
    • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 3/1/1992-
    • Professional Development Collection, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • Professional Development Collection: Main Edition, 1/1/1990-12/31/1991
    • Race Relations Abstracts, 3/1/1992-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
    • SocINDEX, 3/1/1992-
    • SocINDEX with Full Text, 3/1/1992-
    • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/1995-
  • Elsevier BV
    • Scopus, 2012-, 2002-2009
  • Gale
    • Academic ASAP, 03/1989-12/1991
    • Advanced Placement Fine Arts and Music, 03/1992-
    • Book Review Index Plus
    • Gale Academic OneFile, 03/1989-12/1991
    • Gale Academic OneFile Select, 03/1989-12/1991
    • Gale General OneFile, 03/1992-
    • Gale In Context: Biography, 03/1992 -
    • Gale in Context: College
    • Gale OneFile: Criminal Justice, 03/1992-
    • Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies, 03/1992-
    • Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete, 03/1989-12/1991
    • Gale OneFile: Fine Arts, 03/1992-
    • Gale OneFile: High School Edition, 03/1992-
    • Gale OneFile: Leadership and Management, 03/1992 -
    • Gale OneFile: Popular Magazines, 03/1992-
    • General Reference Center, 03/1992-
    • General Reference Center Gold, 03/1992-
    • General Reference Centre International, 3/1992-
    • InfoTrac Custom, 3/1992-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Student Resources in Context, 03/1992-
  • Gale In Context: Canada, 03/1992-
  • Gale in Context: High School
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  • OCLC
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  • ProQuest
    • Black Studies Periodicals Database, Former Title: Black American Literature Forum
    • Literary Journals Index Full Text
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Periodicals Index Online
    • Professional ProQuest Central, 01/01/1989-
    • ProQuest 5000, 01/01/1989-
    • ProQuest Central, 01/01/1989-
    • Research Library, 01/01/1989-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
    • The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)

Abstracting & Indexing Sources

Children's Book Review Index   (Active)  (Print)

Abstracts of English Studies   (Ceased)  (Print)

Index of American Periodical Verse   (Ceased)  (Print)

Literary Criticism Register   (Ceased)  (Print)

MLA Abstracts of Articles in Scholarly Journals   (Ceased)  (Print)

Reference Sources   (Ceased)  (Print)

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Published quarterly in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

Readers include: Scholars, educators, writers, artists, poets, and general readers with an interest in African-American literature and culture, including theatre, film, the visual arts, interviews, poetry, and fiction

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