Council of Editors of Learned Journals


The Council of Editors of Learned Journals, an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association, is an organization of editors of scholarly journals in all disciplines. As the major national organization in the United States dedicated to supporting academic journal publishing, our membership represents an invaluable collective wellhead of editorial wisdom and experience. Making this expertise available to new and veteran editors alike for discussing common editorial concerns and sharing advice is one of our major purposes.

CELJ, through its forums page and listserv, provides a space for discussion of issues related to journal publication. At our annual national meeting at the MLA Convention, CELJ serves to publicize member journals through its exhibition booth and sponsors sessions designed to tackle current issues in journal publishing from both editor and author viewpoints. The annual CELJ Awards Competition recognizes outstanding achievement in editorial work and scholarly and belle-lettristic journal publication.

An executive committee comprising a president, vice-president, and secretary leads CELJ, along with an executive director at our institutional home and a mentorship coordinator. Membership is open to all editors involved in scholarly publication in the U.S. and internationally upon payment of annual dues.

Membership includes the opportunity to display your journal at the CELJ exhibit at the Modern Language Association Convention; eligibility for the annual awards competition; access to our electronic discussion forums and listserv with the expertise of hundreds of editors; a profile for your journal on the CELJ website; special advertising rates in the Times Literary Supplement’s scholarly journals issue, a chance to serve as an advisor for “Chat with an Editor” at the MLA; and access to CELJ’s mediation service.

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