The Popular Culture Studies Journal -- Articles and Book Reviews

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Bob Batchelor/Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (MPCA/ACA)
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The Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (MPCA/ACA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new journal in the field of popular culture studies: The Popular Culture Studies Journal (PCSJ).

PCSJ will publish its first issue electronically, prior to moving to print publication in the future.

Due date for Issue 1: September 1, 2013

For more information, see:

Topics covered:

Based on analysis of the proceedings of the Midwest PCA/ACA and the national organization reveals that most popular culture scholars are interested in American-based:

• Film
• Music
• Television
• Sports
• Celebrity Culture
• Technology
• Literature
• Comics/Cartoons/Graphic Novels

However, many scholars approach these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective, which adds significant value over single-issue or more focused/specialized journals.

Bob Batchelor
James Pedas Professor of Communication
Thiel College

Information for submitting articles:

All contributions to The Popular Culture Studies Journal will be forwarded to members of the Editorial Board or other reviewers for comment. Manuscripts must not be previously published, nor should they be submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by The Popular Culture Studies Journal's Editorial Board or outside reviewers.

Manuscripts should be sent to Bob Batchelor, Editor, The Popular Culture Studies Journal via email. A single title page must accompany the email, containing complete contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address). On the first page, only include the article's title, being sure not to include the author's name. The journal employs a "blind review" process, meaning that a copy of the article will be sent to reviewers without revealing the author's name.

Essays should range between 15-25 pages of double-spaced text in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, including all images, endnotes, and Works Cited pages. Please note that the 15-page minimum should be 15 pages of written article material. Less than 15 pages of written material will be rejected and the author asked to develop the article further. Essays should also be written in clear US English in the active voice and third person, in a style accessible to the broadest possible audience. Authors should be sensitive to the social implications of language and choose wording free of discriminatory or sexist overtones.

Information for book review authors:

The Popular Culture Studies Journal is also accepting book reviews. Please see below for further information. We are seeking reviewers to review books on any aspect of American or international popular culture.

Reviews should adhere to the ethos of The Popular Culture Studies Journal and be largely positive with any criticism of the book or author being constructive in nature.

Reviews should be roughly 800-1,000-words and should be typed, double-spaced with 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Research and documentation must adhere to The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and The MLA Style Manual, which require a Works Cited list, with parenthetical author/page references in the text. Punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, and other matters of style must also follow The MLA Handbook and The MLA Style Manual.

Book reviews should be sent electronically to Bob Batchelor and include both the review and the reviewer's complete contact information (name, university affiliation, address and email).

If you are interested in writing a review for The Popular Culture Studies Journal or if you are an author or publisher with a book you would like to have reviewed, then please contact Dr. Batchelor at the following address or email:

Bob Batchelor, Editor
The Popular Culture Studies Journal
Thiel College
Department of Communication
75 College Avenue
Greenville, PA 16125