Our Journals


The Centre for Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck is leading the way for 21st-century scholarship and 21st-century forms of publishing. The Centre is proud to support 2 open access journals:


Alluvium Journal

Alluvium is a leading journal of 21st-century writing and has been critically acclaimed for its innovations in academic publishing. The journal publishes bimonthly general and special issues that explore 21st-century texts, as well as 21st-century approaches to the literary canon. Alluvium was founded by Dr Caroline Edwards and Prof. Martin Eve, both members of academic staff at Birkbeck. It is currently run as the postgraduate journal of the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS), which was co-founded by Dr Caroline Edwards.

Visit the website here: https://alluvium.bacls.org/


The Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). Founded in 2013 by Birkbeck academics Prof. Martin Eve and Dr Caroline Edwards, the OLH is funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined the OLH in its mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future. OLH journals showcase some of the most dynamic research taking place in the humanities disciplines today – from classics, modern languages and cultures, philosophy, theology and history, to political theory, sociology, anthropology, film and new media studies, and digital humanities. Articles benefit from the latest advances in online journal publishing – with high-quality presentation, annotative functionality, robust digital preservation, strong discoverability and easy-to-share social media buttons.

Visit the website here: https://www.openlibhums.org/


These journals represent some of the most dynamic research being undertaken in contemporary literature and their open access format means that anyone can access their articles for free. The Centre for Contemporary Literature is committed to open access publishing as it allows scholars and interested parties around the world to engage with academic research, without being confronted by access or permissions barriers which prevent the circulation of scholarly material.


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