University Press Week: What’s #NextUP in Journals?

As University Press Week enters its second decade of celebrating excellence in university press publishing, Next UP has been chosen as the theme for this year’s event.

The theme highlights the dedicated work performed by those in the university press community to seek out, engage, advance, and promote the latest scholarship, ideas, best practices, and technology. University presses are incredibly creative and resourceful, working in concert with their authors, readers, and institutional and business partners, and Next UP reflects that spirit of constant learning, adaptation, and evolution.

This week, we’ll be featuring exciting innovations from our journals department, presenting an interview with a UIP author, and announcing changes to one of our series. Make sure to check out the other posts in the UP Week blog tour and browse the #NextUP gallery here.

In this blog post, we are proud to shine the spotlight on our newest journals, Italica and Journal of Finnish Studies, as well as our innovative Illinois Journal Collection with the Scholarly Publishing Collective.

#NextUp: Italica: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Italian

While new to us at the University of Illinois Press, Italica has nearly a century of publishing history. Italica features original scholarly articles on all aspects of Italian language, literature, and culture as well as studies on language pedagogy. The journal has a section devoted to translations of Italian major works/authors, cultural debates, and interviews, and is receptive to all scholarly methods and theoretical perspectives.

The journal serves members of the American Association of Teachers of Italian and other readers interested in all things Italian through the publication of reviews, announcements, and bibliographies.

We’re so excited to celebrate Italica’s upcoming 100th volume year in 2023!

Italica joins our growing collection of Italian studies journals:

Diasporic Italy: Journal of the Italian American Studies Association is devoted to the Italian American / Diaspora, focusing on timely and varied approaches to criticism and analysis of the field by presenting new perspectives and research on transnational issues. Listen to our podcast with editor Ryan Calabretta-Sajder.

Italian American Review, the journal of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, publishes scholarly articles on the history and culture of Italian Americans, as well as other aspects of the Italian diaspora. Listen to our podcast with editor David Aliano.

Italian Americana has a long tradition of publishing scholarly and creative works that explore the topic of Italian Americanness from a wide variety of perspectives. This includes  innovative articles by historians, social scientists, literary critics, and visual artists, as well as presenting original works of fiction, poetry, and memoir.

#NextUP: Journal of Finnish Studies

We are the proud new home of the Journal of Finnish Studies, an established international, peer-reviewed journal for high-quality scholarly articles pertaining to Finland. Since 1997, the Journal of Finnish Studies has published the best and most timely articles regarding the study of Finnish and Finnish-American topics from interdisciplinary and traditional perspectives.

This new partnership will strengthen the journal’s already important position in Finnish studies and allow authors’ works to most effectively reach the global audience the journal has cultivated.

The Journal of Finnish Studies joins a number of regional, cultural, and ethnic studies journals at the University of press, including Scandinavian Studies:

Scandinavian Studies, official journal of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, focuses on the languages, cultures, and histories of the Nordic region, including the countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

#NextUP: The Illinois Journals Collection

We also wanted to recognize the innovation of the Scholarly Publishing Collective, a partnership with Duke University Press. Since the beginning of 2022, most of our journal content is available on this platform, allowing institutions to subscribe to more than 40 of our journals at once through the Illinois Journals Collection.

The Illinois Journals Collection offers a longstanding list of established titles in a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy and religion, ethnic and regional European studies, American studies, and music and visual culture, as well as the publications of several state historical societies.

*Italica will be joining the Scholarly Publishing Collective in 2023.

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