Council of Editors of Learned Journals


The CELJ hosted and promoted events are posted below. Check this page regularly for updates.

CELJ MLA 2018 Sessions

The 2018 MLA Convention is located in New York, New York.

How to Get Published

Thursday, 4 January | 3:30-4:45 | Concourse E, Hilton

Presiding:  Janine M. Utell, Widener University

Speakers:  Michael Tavel Clarke, U of Calgary; Nora Gilbert, U of North Texas; Faye S. Halpern, U of Calgary; James Phelan, Ohio State U; Elsie Walker, U of Salisbury

Directed at graduate students and the recently hired, this session aims to demystify the process of publishing in scholarly journals.  Experienced editors from an array of journals—ARIEL, Studies in the Novel, Narrative, and Literature/Film Quarterly—offer multiple perspectives.

Editing 101

Friday, 5 January | 3:30-4:45 | Nassau West, Hilton

Presiding:  Gordon N. Hutner, U of Illinois, Urbana

Speakers:  Gert Buelens, U of Ghent; Mark Drew, Gettysburg C; Nathan Grant, St. Louis U; Edward Jones, Oklahoma State U, Stillwater; Gary Totten, U of Nevada, Las Vegas

Those who take on the substantial work of journal editing have often received little or no training.  This session brings together a varied group of experienced journal editors to offer editors new to their positions the opportunity to hear advice, raise questions, and share experiences.  Panelists offer brief presentations (“What I Wish I Had Known”); the bulk of the session is open Q & A.

Editing Together

Saturday, 6 January | 12:00-1:15 | Concourse G, Hilton

Presiding:  Susan Mary Griffin, U of Louisville

Speakers:  Christopher Paul Bush, Northwestern U; Ama Codjoe, New York U; Debra Rae Cohen, U of South Carolina; Jessica Marion Modi, New York U; Robert Stecker, Central Michigan U; Susan Tomlinson, U of Massachusetts, Boston

For both scholarly and creative journals, coeditors and guest editors offer a commitment to cooperative work, divided workloads, and multiple sources of financial support.  But such arrangements can make for complicated logistics.  This discussion brings together a panel of speakers who are experienced in shared editorial work, providing a unique opportunity for open discussion of the advantages, practices, and problems entailed in such situations. 

Chat with an Editor at MLA 2018

Sponsored by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Looking for mentoring in writing and publication?

Sign up for a one-on-one meeting with an experienced editor from journals such as Modernism/modernityARIELComparative Literature Studies, and others to get advice on: 

  • writing and revising
  • where and how to submit your work
  • navigating the peer review process 

20-minute slots are available on January 5 from 9 to noon and January 6 from 11 to 2.  All meetings are in the Hilton on Concourse F.  To sign up, email Janine Utell, CELJ Mentoring Coordinator, at

Chat with an Editor Schedule

The 2018 MLA Convention is located in New York, New York.

Friday, January 5, 2017


Debra Rae Cohen, Modernism/modernity

Thomas Beebee, Comparative Literature Studies

Marshall Brown, MLQ: A Journal of Literary History

Sheri Spaine Long, Hispania



Becky Byron, SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900

Susan Tomlinson, Legacy:  A Journal of American Women Writers

Michael Tavel Clarke, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature



Logan Browning, SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900

Elizabeth Wright, Bulletin of the Comediantes

Saturday, January 6, 2017


Faye Halpern, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature

Thomas Beebee, Comparative Literature Studies



Gary Totten, MELUS:  Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States               

Arthur Kinney, English Literary Renaissance

Karen Pinkus, Diacritics


Carolyn Sorisio, College Literature

Sharon Weltman, Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film

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