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The Journal of Beatles Studies

Posted: July 7th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Liverpool University Press is delighted to announce a call for contributions for the fourth issue of The Journal of Beatles Studies. The aims of the journal are to provide a voice to new and emerging research locating the Beatles in new contexts, groups and communities from within and beyond academic institutions; to inaugurate, innovate, interrogate and challenge narrative, cultural historical and musicological tropes about the Beatles as both subject and object of study; to publish original and critical research from Beatles scholars around the globe and across disciplines.

“An international, inclusive, interdisciplinary focal point for ideas, exchange and quality research”.

Holly Tessler and Paul Long, Co-Editors of The Journal of Beatles Studies

A fully Open Access Journal

The Journal of Beatles Studies is a fully Open Access journal, published in association with the University of Liverpool and MA The Beatles, Music Industry and Heritage. With the addition of the new Yoko Ono Lennon Centre, the University of Liverpool is an exciting hub for Beatles Scholarship.

There is no Article Publishing Charge for authors and all articles are published under a CC-BY license. More information on publishing Open Access with Liverpool University Press can be found on our Publishing Open Access Journal Articles page, which includes the Open Access Journal Article Contributor Agreement.

Submit your research

The editors invite original contributions of 6-8,000 words that set out empirically and critically informed ideas for a future-facing agenda for the study of the Beatles, identifying existing paradigms and suggesting new directions, agendas and methodologies for research. The journal elicits peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary articles encompassing scholarship about, but not limited to:

  • The Beatles as academic object
  • The historical moment of the Beatles
  • The music of the Beatles, including issues of composition, recording, performance, reception and interpretation
  • Beatles fandom and communities
  • Social identities and the Beatles
  • Beatles geographies
  • The legacy of the Beatles
  • Cultural value and the Beatles
  • The Beatles as heritage object
  • The global Beatles
  • Beatles historiography
  • Mediation of the Beatles
  • Beatles pedagogies
  • Economics of the Beatles
  • Archiving and collecting the Beatles
  • Sustaining the Beatles

How to submit

Abstracts of 500 words inclusive of an indicative bibliography and short biography should be submitted to the editors by 31 August 2023.

Please note the editors cannot accept article proposals for this issue after this deadline. Unfortunately, we cannot accept unsolicited articles at any time.

Notification of invitation to authors to submit articles will be sent by 30 September 2023

Deadline for submission of full article drafts: 30 November 2023

Deadline for submission of revised articles: 01 January 2024

Publication date: March 2024

Publishers who would like to submit Beatles-related books and media for review consideration can contact the editors at the below email address.

Proposals for future special issues & guest editors

Proposals for special issues should include a 500-word summary explaining the concept and context of the special issue, recommendations and contact details of proposed guest editor(s), as well as indicative lists of potential contributors and article ideas.

All correspondence should be sent to [email protected].

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Creating a network of Beatles scholarship

The journal is also seeking to build an editorial board reflecting global perspectives on the Beatles, helping to define, shape and critique the purpose of this site of scholarship. We will be seeking contributions to future editions and aim to organise events on and offline to aid exchange and networking. Senior academics and/or industry practitioners with relevant interest should submit expressions of interests to journal editors via the above contact information.

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