Modern Language Review

A journal publishing 4 issues per year

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2222-4319 online

Modern Language Review is the flagship journal of the Association, and is available to all individual members as part of their subscription. MLR is one of the oldest journals in its field, maintaining an unbroken publication record since its foundation in 1905, and publishing more than 3,000 articles and 20,000 book reviews. The General Editor is Derek Connon.

Each volume consists of four issues, published in January, April, July, and October of each year. Its 1000+ annual pages are divided roughly equally between articles, predominantly on medieval and modern literature in the languages of Europe, and over 500 reviews of books in these areas. All contributions are in English. Articles are chosen not only for their scholarly worth and originality but also, as far as possible, for their potential interest to a wider readership in other disciplines. No correspondence is published, nor are advertisements carried.

Submissions. All articles and reviews should be written in clear English and conform to MHRA Style. Detailed guidance for those proposing papers can be found in this PDF document.

Contributions on English subjects submitted to Modern Language Review or the Yearbook of English Studies (other than those for special numbers of the Yearbook) will be considered for both publications interchangeably.

Articles and books for review should be sent to the Editor concerned:

  • General and Comparative. Professor Derek Connon, Department of French, Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP (
  • English and American. Professor Andrew Hiscock, Bangor University and Dr Samuel Rogers, Arts, Creative Industries and Education, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY (
  • French. Dr Lucy O'Meara, School of European Culture and Languages, Modern Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NZ (l.e.o'
  • Italian. Professor Guido Bonsaver, Pembroke College, Oxford OX1 1DW (
  • Hispanic. Professor Duncan Wheeler, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (
  • German, Dutch, and Scandinavian. Professor Frank Finlay, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (
  • Slavonic and Eastern European. Dr Emily Lygo, Department of Modern Languages, Queen’s Building, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QH (

Books for review. Each issue of Modern Language Review carries a substantial reviews section. Publishers wishing to submit books for review should send them to the relevant editor (see the table of addresses above).

Sample. Originally published in Modern Language Review 97.4 (2002), Peter Davies's article Eine Sprechmaschine bin ich (click on the title to read the PDF) considers the German Communist poet Johannes R. Becher's version of Majakovskij's epic poem 150 000 000.

Editorial. The Assistant Editor, Dr John Waś, manages the production of MLR.

History. MLR began in October 1905 under the General Editorship of John G. Robertson, and was initially published by Cambridge University Press. The MHRA, founded in the final months of the First World War, took on the journal's editing from volume 17 (1922) and became the publisher of record from volume 60 (1965). For a fuller account, see Malcolm Cook's introduction to the centenary supplement One Hundred Years of MLR.

Institutional subscriptions. Our institutional journal subscriptions for 2018 are being handled by Turpin Distribution. (Note that this is a change from 2017, which was handled by the Current Scholarship Program of JSTOR.) Please use the above link for details of regions and pricing in USD, UKP or EUR.

It continues to be possible for libraries to subscribe to five of our journals (AS, MLR, PS, SEER and YES) as a package: see this link.

Individual subscriptions. Individual subscriptions are available only to members of the Association, and are priced at $50.00; members may alternatively subscribe to MHRA's entire JSTOR Current Scholarship library, including MLR, for $55. (Membership is easy to arrange by following this link and the annual fee is only £12.50/$20.) Students registered for a higher degree can obtain entirely free electronic access for up to three years by becoming Postgraduate Associates (free of charge).


  • General Editor: Professor Derek Connon
  • English Co-Editor: Professor Andrew Hiscock
  • English Co-Editor: Dr Samuel Rogers
  • Italian Editor: Professor Guido Bonsaver
  • Germanic Editor: Professor Mary Cosgrave
  • French Editor: Dr Lucy O'Meara
  • Hispanic Editor: Professor Duncan Wheeler
  • Slavonic Editor: Dr Emily Lygo

Copyright forms. If your article or review is accepted by this journal, then you will be asked to sign this copyright form (follow the link to read it in PDF form). The reasons we ask you to assign copyright to MHRA are as follows:

  • (i) ownership of copyright by the publisher tends to ensure maximum international protection against infringement, libel, or plagiarism
  • (ii) it enables the MHRA to deal efficiently with requests from third parties to reproduce or reprint a Contribution, or part of it, and in accordance with a general policy which is sensitive both to any relevant changes in international copyright law and to the general desirability of encouraging the dissemination of knowledge.
In assigning your copyright you are not forfeiting your proprietary rights, including patent rights. Nothing in the Agreement you sign shall restrict your rights as the Author(s) to revise, adapt, prepare derivative works, present orally, or otherwise make use of the contents of the Contribution, provided that these do not conflict with the MHRA's financial interests. You may do this after obtaining our permission. The MHRA is a charity which has the encouragement and dissemination of scholarship as its object, and permission to use the contents of your work elsewhere will not normally be withheld provided that the MHRA journal is acknowledged as the original source with a full bibliographical reference.

Open access. MHRA supports Open Access under the Green Route, with an embargo of 12 months. Under this model, if your Contribution is accepted for publication you may make a ‘closed’ deposit of your accepted manuscript in your academic institution’s digital repository upon acceptance. Full open access to the accepted manuscript is then permitted 12 months after publication.

Licensing content. All requests for permission to reproduce material first published in MHRA books and journals beyond the scope of fair use/fair dealing and the provisions of relevant collective licensing agreements should be directed to: Please give specific details of the proposed new publication and the permission you require, including: media (print/electronic); print run; selling price; market; language.

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