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Journal Timeline

 SELSEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 has put together this collection of milestones and artifacts to illustrate the development of the journal over the past 50 years.

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Acclaim and Kudos

SELSEL, a leading journal in its field, is indispensable reading for those interested in frontier scholarship and criticism on English Literature.” J. Hills Miller »

“I was very impressed with the careful copy-editing of my manuscript, and I sincerely appreciate all of your hard work.” Essay Author in 2011 »

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Podcast with Joseph Campana, SEL Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900

"The Spring 2015 issue of SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1900 features a cluster of articles under the title "Staging  Allegory." Joseph Campana, Editor for 1500–1659 for the journal, put together the collection which takes a comprehensive look at the use of allegory in Stuart and Tudor drama. Campana joined us [Johns Hopkins University Press] to talk about allegory, the cluster and the possibility of more specialized collections in future issues." Click here for the full podcast.

SEL Celebrates Voyager Award

At the 2015 Modern Language Association Convention, the journal SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1900 won the Voyager Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ). The award recognizes an outstanding journal in any discipline covering the time period between 1500 and 1800. 

SEL Editor Logan Browning took some time recently to participate in a Q&A with John Hopkins Univ. Press about the award. Click here for the full podcast.  

SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

Submission Process

All manuscripts submitted to SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1900 should be submitted online at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sel.

The editorial office, editors, and specialist reviewers will use the system for communication about submissions, reports, revisions, and decisions. The new online process will allow us to track submission and review processes more efficiently and to streamline workflow. 

Please see Submission Info for additional directions about using Manuscript Central.

Submission Guidelines

SEL invites historical and critical essays of moderate length (ca. 7,000 words not to exceed 8,000 words including endnotes) that contribute significantly to the understanding of English literature, 1500–1900. Submissions should be double-spaced throughout, including inset quotations and endnotes, and should be prepared in conformity with The Chicago Manual of Style. 16th Edition. We prefer Times New Roman 12 pt. font.

We will not consider articles being simultaneously submitted elsewhere, nor will we print essays to appear in a book published within a year of scheduled publication by SEL. We encourage authors to submit a short cover letter and an abstract of 100 words or fewer with the article in the Manuscript Central system. The Author Center will prompt you to upload files for a cover letter, an abstract, or image files.

Please see Submission Info for directions pertaining to essays that are in the revision or resubmission process before October 3, 2012.

Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged by email. Editorial decisions often take a minimum of four months.

SEL only reviews books in a commissioned omnibus review that concludes each of our issues. We do not assign individual reviews.

For additional information, please feel free to contact: 

Becky Byron, Managing Editor
SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
Rice University MS-46
407 Fondren Library
6100 Main Street
Houston TX 77005-1892


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Message from the Publisher and Executive Editor
Logan D. Browning

SEL Studies in English Literature Receives 2014 CELJ Voyager Award

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1900 received the 2014 Voyager Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, recognizing excellence in any journal covering the period between 1500 and 1800. The award was presented to Logan Browning, publisher and executive editor of SEL, by CELJ president Sol Miguel-Prendes and immediate past president Alan Rauch. Judges’ praise for SEL was high ...

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Spotlight on Review Essays and Book Lists

selcoversmall.gifOne of the journal’s popular features is the omnibus review article that concludes each issue. Click on the link below to see current and special articles.

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Contact Us

SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
Rice University MS-46
407 Fondren Library
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005-1827

Phone: 713-348-4697
Fax: 713-348-6245
Email: selweb@rice.edu