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07 January 2020

World’s leading literary studies journal to be published by the Press

Cambridge University Press has reached an agreement with the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) to publish their flagship journal, PMLA.

Since its launch in 1884, PMLA has published members’ essays judged to be of interest to scholars and teachers of language, literature, cultural studies, writing studies, and related disciplines. It is considered to be the pre-eminent journal in its field and one of the most important journals in the humanities.

The Press will partner with the MLA to publish the journal from 2021. Under the arrangement, the MLA will retain full oversight over the selection of PMLA content and the intellectual direction of the journal, continue to manage the journal’s rigorous peer review and editorial processes, and appoint the editor and board.

Mandy Hill, Managing Director of Academic Publishing at Cambridge University Press, said: “PMLA has set the benchmark for literary scholarship since its founding and we are both delighted and deeply honored to have been chosen by the MLA to partner in the publication of this illustrious journal.

“This partnership brings together two organizations with long-standing commitments to the humanities. In combining our strengths, we aim to allow the journal to continue to sustainably adapt to the changing landscape, reaching and remaining relevant to the vast global community of literary scholars.”

Paula Krebs, Executive Director of the MLA, said: “The MLA Executive Council and I are excited about the possibilities of this partnership with Cambridge University Press. The collaboration will expand the journal’s global reach and offer substantial resources for authors, editors, and readers.”

Mandy Hill added: “It is my firm belief that Cambridge is uniquely positioned to offer the tailored service that meets the needs of PMLA’s audience, alongside the cutting-edge technology, global reach and shared belief in publishing excellence required to support the next phase of the journal’s development.”

Notes to editors:

About Cambridge University Press: Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University's mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 50,000 titles covering academic research and professional development, as well as school-level education and English language teaching. Playing a leading role in today's international marketplace, Cambridge University Press has more than 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world. 

About the MLA: Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For more than a century, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.

About PMLA: Since 1884 PMLA has published members’ essays judged to be of interest to scholars and teachers of language and literature. Four issues each year (January, March, May, and October) present essays on language and literature, and the September issue is the program for the association’s annual convention. Each issue of PMLA is sent directly to about 26,000 college and university teachers of English and foreign languages who belong to the association and to about 1,800 libraries throughout the world.

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