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The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry centres on poetic writings appearing in Britain and Ireland since the late 1950s. These varied poetic practices have been described as avant-garde, underground, linguistically innovative, second-wave Modernist, neo-modernist, non-mainstream, the British Poetry Revival, the parallel tradition, formally innovative, or experimental and which have been produced in geographic clusters, such as the Cambridge School or the London School or Morden Tower. However, we are also seeking to represent uncategorised and independent voices that might fall through the cracks between different schools or clusters.
These posited movements were networked with a variety of formal and conceptual poetics, including: concrete poetry; performance writing; hybrid writing; writing that explores the interplay between orality and literacy; Black studies; diasporic approaches; translational and translingual experiments; macaronic writing and hybridisations of the English language.
The Journal recognises that these terms, and the communities of writers and readers they refer to, are always shifting, contested and sometimes controversial. As such, we are interested in a critical and expansive understanding of ‘innovative’ poetic writing, both within and extending beyond the bounds of the particular traditions outlined here.
The journal is co-edited by Scott Thurston (University of Salford), Gareth Farmer (University of Bedfordshire). Vicky Sparrow (University of Nottingham) is Reviews editor. The editors are supported by the Editorial Advisory Board and Editorial Board (see here).
Please review the masthead under the ‘About’ section above for a general sense of our focus. We are keen to promote as wide a range of studies of poetry in the field as possible, whether as single-author studies, multi-author studies or via themed approaches. This scope is summarised in the following types of publication:
We are also interested in contributions which diverge from the traditional format of the academic article, to include:
If you have any particular accessibility requirements around the process of preparing and submitting your manuscript, please do contact us at S.Thurston@salford.ac.uk / 0161 205 3597 or Gareth.Farmer@beds.ac.uk / 01234793190, and we will do what we can to provide appropriate support.
The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry was previously published by Gylphi Ltd (2009-2014). Please see our Audio-Visual section for a gallery of the covers and contents of the first run of ten issues (see here).
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
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All articles submitted to the Journal of British and Iritish Innovative Poetry are initially assessed by one of the co-editors, who decides whether or not the article is suitable for peer review. Submissions considered suitable for peer review are assigned to one or more independent experts, who assess the article for clarity, validity, and sound methodology.
The Journal of British and Iritish Innovative Poetry operates a double-blind peer review process, meaning that authors and reviewers remain anonymous for the review process. The review period is expected to take up to two months. Reviewers are asked to provide formative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for publication in the journal.
Based on the reviewer reports the editor will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revisions, or acceptance. Overall editorial responsibility rests with Scott Thurston, who is supported by co-editor Gareth Farmer and an expert, international Editorial Board.
Special issues will be handled in exactly the same way, except for those based on conference proceedings, which will normally be single-blind peer reviewed. The work of the co-editors and editorial board will be additionally supported by the appointment of one or more guest editors of the special issue.Licences
Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry allows the following licences for submission:
This journal is published by the Open Library of Humanities. Unlike many open-access publishers, the Open Library of Humanities does not charge any author fees. This does not mean that we do not have costs. Instead, our costs are paid by an international library consortium.
If your institution is not currently supporting the platform, we request that you ask your librarian to sign up. The OLH is extremely cost effective and is a not-for-profit charity. However, while we cannot function without financial support and we encourage universities to sign up, institutional commitment is not required to publish with us.Publication Cycle
The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.
Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.Sections