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 3 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.

Visit the website here: http://www.alluvium-journal.org/



This postgraduate-run journal publishes special issues twice a year, bringing together new articles from a wide variety of disciplinary approaches within the humanities.

Visit the website here: http://dandelionjournal.org/index.php/dandelion


The Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

This open access megajournal will launch in 2015, publishing high-quality scholarly articles from across the humanities disciplines. This project is jointly supported by Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Lincoln, with an international structure of high-profile committee members from academic and publishing institutions around the world. The OLH has already received substantial funding from the Public Knowledge Project, based at Stanford University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Visit the website here.


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.