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Editors :

David F. Bell, Duke University; Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Université de Paris 8; Églantine Colon, California Institute of the Arts; Marion Froger, Université de Montréal; Paul A. Harris, Loyola Marymount University; Eric Méchoulan, Université de Montréal; Thangam Ravindranathan, Brown University; and Rebecca Walkowitz, Rutgers University

53 (2024)
3 issues

For over 50 years, SubStance has published rigorous, creative contributions to contemporary critical debates from a range of theoretical perspectives. Consistent with our commitment to readers and authors to expect the unexpected, our series SubStance At Play invites experimental visual and digital submissions that seek to extend the boundaries of established scholarship.

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Please send the manuscript as an attachment to Anita W. Harris, Managing Editor, at, considering the following guidelines:

  • Use MLA (Modern Languages Association) documentation style (8th edition handbook). For quick reference, Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab is a good resource:
  • Article length is usually between 7,000 - 8,000 words. Please edit longer articles so the argument comes forward succinctly.
  • Include a short abstract on the first page of the document (100 words max.)
  • Submit articles in MS Word or compatible format.
  • Note that our review process can take up to six months.

Book reviews and requests should be submitted to our Book Reviews Editor, Rosemarie Scullion, at

The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.

Peer Review Policy

SubStance seeks to publish original work, which should not be under consideration at another journal. For our submission policy, please see our Guidelines for Contributors. In addition, please note that articles written in French will be considered for review, but need to be translated to English should they be accepted.

Translations of work published in a language other than English are occasionally published if they make important contributions to fields of interest of the journal.

All submitted articles are subject to blind peer review by our editors. Our review process can take up to six months. If we ask for revision, revised and resubmitted articles are reassessed within approximately one month. Publication timetable depends on space, but is usually within one year of acceptance. We publish three issues per year, in Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Founding Editors

Sydney Lévy, UC Santa Barbara
Michel Pierssens, Université de Montréal


David F. Bell, Duke University
Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Université de Paris 8
Églantine Colon, California Institute of the Arts
Marion Froger, Université de Montréal
Paul A. Harris, Loyola Marymount University
Eric Méchoulan, Université de Montréal
Thangam Ravindranathan, Brown University
Rebecca Walkowitz, Rutgers University

Book Reviews Editor

Rosemarie Scullion

Managing Editor

Anita W. Harris

Advisory Board

Noëlle Batt, Université de Paris VIII
Martine Debaisieux, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Josette Féral, Université du Québec à Montréal
Vincent Kauffman, Ecole Polytechnique de Saint-Gall
Lawrence Kritzman, Dartmouth College
Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, Université de Nice
Christie McDonald, Harvard University
Jacques Neefs, Université de Paris VIII
Judith Schlanger, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Spyros Théodorou, Echange & Diffusion des Savoirs, Marseille
Jean-Jacques Thomas, Duke University
Steven Ungar, The University of Iowa

Abstracting & Indexing Databases

  • Clarivate Analytics
    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    • Current Contents
    • Web of Science
  • De Gruyter Saur
    • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
    • IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
    • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
  • EBSCOhost
    • Academic Search Alumni Edition, 1/1/1997-
    • Academic Search Complete, 1/1/1997-
    • Academic Search Elite, 1/1/1997-
    • Academic Search Premier, 1/1/1997-
    • Current Abstracts, 1/1/2000-
    • Humanities International Complete, 1/1/1997-
    • Humanities International Index, 1/1/1997-
    • Humanities Source, 1/1/1997-
    • Humanities Source Ultimate, 1/1/1997-
    • Literary Reference Center, 1/1/1997-
    • Literary Reference Center Plus, 1/1/1997-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 1/1/1997-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
    • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/1997-
  • Elsevier BV
    • Scopus, 2002-
  • Gale
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
  • OCLC
    • ArticleFirst, vol.XXI, no.2, 1992-vol.40, no.3, 2011
    • Electronic Collections Online, vol.28, no.2, 1999-vol.40, no.3, 2011
  • Personal Alert (E-mail)
  • ProQuest
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Periodicals Index Online
    • Philosophy Collection
    • ProQuest Central, 01/01/1999-
    • Research Library
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)

Abstracting & Indexing Sources

  • MLA Abstracts of Articles in Scholarly Journals   (Ceased)  (Print)

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0.5 (Five-Year Impact Factor)
0.00029 (Eigenfactor™ Score)

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