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K-State Today

April 21, 2014



Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature now online

By Sarah Hoyt

The modern languages department and K-State Libraries' New Prairie Press have joined forces to enhance the sustainability and readership of Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature, or STTCL, a journal devoted to literary theory and criticism in the modern languages and encourages interdisciplinary and collaborative submissions.

Starting with volume 38, which was released in early April, the publication has transitioned to an online, open access format hosted by New Prairie Press. Scans of all back issues will be available online in the coming months.

This marks the eighth publication for New Prairie Press, a full-spectrum publishing platform for journals, conference events and monographs. New Prairie Press was founded by Kansas State University Libraries in 2007, joining a growing number of libraries who are entering the world of open access publishing.

Laura Kanost, journal editor and associate professor of Spanish, said that the editorial board is optimistic about the new format.

As she wrote in the most recent issue of the journal, "Open Access is the logical next step in our effort to foster an international, multilingual and fundamentally human discussion of how we understand our world through an art of words. We welcome an expanded global community of readers who are now able to share and discuss STTCL articles—including newly digitized back issues—through social media."

Founded in 1976, Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature is committed to publishing high-quality, blind, peer-reviewed articles written in English on post-1900 literature in French, German and Spanish. The journal is devoted to literary theory and criticism in the modern languages and encourages interdisciplinary and collaborative submissions. A book review section appears in every issue. From 1976 to 2003, the journal was known as Studies in 20th Century Literature.

Through 2013, it appeared twice a year — winter and summer — in print form. The journal began as a project of K-State's modern languages faculty who made personal donations and shared the responsibilities associated with mailing and handling in order to maintain the viability of the journal during the most critical time of its development.

To learn more about the journal, visit the website. More information about New Prairie Press also is available.