Leeds Medieval Studies Journal

Leeds Medieval Studies is an international, refereed journal based in the University of Leeds Institute for Medieval Studies. It is the successor to and continuation of Leeds Studies in English (founded 1936) and The Bulletin of International Medieval Research (founded 1995).

Leeds Medieval Studies welcomes submissions reflecting the full intellectual range of the interdisciplinary Institute for Medieval Studies, including history, art, and literature in the period c. 500-1500 CE, and the study of modern medievalisms. We are glad to continue our long-standing commitment, unusual in academic journals, to publishing editions and translations as well as essayistic articles, supporting the foundational work of scholars making primary texts available to wider audiences.

Leeds Medieval Studies is a free-access publication (neither requiring authors to pay to publish, nor requiring readers to pay for immediate online access), conforming to the Directory of Open Access Journals Seal for best practice. We do, however, encourage readers to subscribe to our reasonably priced hard-copy publications (£30).

Call For Papers

The online peer-reviewed journal Leeds Medieval Studies is seeking articles for its first volume, to be published in September 2021. It aims to publish articles reflecting the intellectual range of the IMS, building on Leeds Studies in English’s focus on Old and Middle English literature, Old Icelandic language and literature, and the historical study of the English language.

Call For Papers

Submissions

Contributors are requested to follow the MHRA Style Guide, 3rd edn (London: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2013). Where possible, contributors are encouraged to include the digital object identifiers or, where a complete free access text is available, stable URLs of materials cited (see Style Guide §11.2.11).

The language of publication is English and translations should normally be supplied for quotations in languages other than English. Each contributor will receive a free copy of the journal, and a PDF of their article for distribution. Please email all contributions to lms@leeds.ac.uk.

Subscriptions

To subscribe to Leeds Medieval Studies, or to our monographs series, simply email the Secretary at lms@leeds.ac.uk. You’ll be added to our list of subscribers and sent each issue when it comes out, with an invoice. Prices vary slightly from year to year but are usually around £30. For one-off purchases of past publications, see the Leeds Studies in English archive or the Leeds Texts and Monographs page.

Reviews

Copies of books for review should be sent to the Editor, Leeds Studies in English, School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom.

Editorial board

Editorial Board:

  • Catherine Batt (co-editor)
  • Rosalind Brown-Grant
  • Melanie Brunner
  • Emma Cayley
  • Alaric Hall (co-editor)
  • Brett Greatley-Hirsch
  • Jonathan Jarrett
  • Catherine Karkov
  • Graham Loud
  • Fraser McNair
  • Axel Müller
  • Alan Murray (co-editor)
  • Francesca Petrizzo
  • James Titterton
  • Elisabeth Trischler (Editorial Assistant)

History

Leeds Studies in English and Kindred Languages was started in 1932 as an annual philological journal by Bruce Dickins, Alan S. C. Ross and R. M. Wilson, who were all teaching in the Department of English Language at the University of Leeds. There were six issues before the outbreak of war in 1939, but publication was then suspended. Numbers 7 and 8 were published as a combined volume in 1952, but it was not until 1967, under the editorship of A. C. Cawley and R. C. Alston, that regular annual publication was resumed, in a new series under the title Leeds Studies in English. Notwithstanding its name, the journal’s focus has always been on the language and literature of medieval north-west Europe, particularly English, French, and Old Norse.

Meanwhile, the Bulletin of International Medieval Research was begun in 1995 by Alan V. Murray, editor of the International Medieval Bibliography. Originally a means to keep in touch with the Bulletin’s widely dispersed contributors and to publish book reviews related to the Bulletin‘s work, the publication soon evolved to publish peer-reviewed research articles.

Though its originated in 1967, Leeds’s Institute for Medieval Studies took its present form in 2003. Leeds Studies in English and the Bulletin of International Medieval Research merged in 2020 to consolidate the editorial work of Leeds medievalists and align it institutionally to the Institute for Medieval Studies. Both journals have always been published by scholars, for scholars, disseminating high-quality research at as low a cost as possible and keeping publication in-house. Leeds Medieval Studies, free-access online and low-cost in print, continues these traditions.