Aims & Scope

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed journal published two times per year by the Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. Concentric is devoted to offering innovative perspectives on literary and cultural issues and advancing the transcultural exchange of ideas. While committed to bringing Asian-based scholarship to the world academic community, Concentric welcomes original contributions from diverse national and cultural backgrounds.

Concentric engages in intellectual discussion by publishing groups of essays on special topics as well as papers on more general issues. The focus can be on any historical period and any region. Any critical method may be employed as long as the paper demonstrates a distinctive contribution to scholarship in the field.

Concentric boasts a strong editorial and advisory team composed of respected scholars from across the world. The journal has also collaborated with several distinguished scholars as guest editors, such as Hanping Chiu, Wlad Godzich, María Herrera-Sobek, Serenella Iovino, Chaoyang Liao, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Fang-mei Lin, Joyce C. H. Liu, Charles Shepherdson, Scott Slovic, Frank W. Stevenson, Ban Wang, and Shin Yamashiro. Past contributors include Ronald Lynn Bogue, Vilashini Cooppan, Terry Gifford, Sneja Gunew, Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, Haiyan Lee, Leo Lefebure, Deborah L. Madsen, Steven Shaviro, Hugh J. Silverman, Frank Webster, Rob Wilson, Gang Gary Xu, Yingjin Zhang, Andrea Bachner, Stella Oh, and Donna Haraway.

Click here for the journal’s “Statement of Publication Ethics.”

Evaluation Process

Upon receipt of a submission, the Editor and the Editorial Board conduct an in-house review and decide if the submission should be sent out for peer review.

At the peer review stage, the essay is assessed by two or three external readers. The peer review readers are recommended by the Editorial Board and, occasionally, the Advisory Board and the guest editors.

Concentric adopts a double-blind review system. The author’s identity is concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa.

To ensure transparency and objectivity in the evaluation process, the Editorial Board makes decisions collectively on submissions made to the journal.

Criteria for Assessment

1. Language: quality of writing
2. Organization: coherence and structure of essay
3. References: citation and analysis of quoted materials
4. Methodology: appropriateness of research method and rigor of argument
5. Contribution: originality and contribution to scholarship in the field

Indexing & Access

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies is currently abstracted/indexed in Arts and Humanities Citation Index (beginning with Volume 36, Number 1), EBSCOhost, the MLA International Bibliography, PerioPath: An Index to Chinese Periodical Literature, Scopus, and Taiwan Humanities Citation Index Core (THCI Core).

Paid or institutional access to the contents of the journal is available via Airiti Library and HyRead.

The full text of the articles will be made available on this website after the publication of each issue.


Print 1729-6897
Online 1729-8792