Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Eighteenth-Century Fiction (ECF), entering its 33rd publishing year in 2020, leads international publication of scholarship on the early novel and is the only quarterly devoted to eighteenth-century fiction. Publishing an average of 20 articles a year in four issues, the editors exercise a rigorous peer review of submissions and also solicit reviews of relevant books.

Since the journal's inception, the ECF editors have focused on publishing the best scholarship on the early novel, concentrating on the period 1700-1800. We also consider submissions on late seventeenth-century or early nineteenth-century materials or topics, particularly when they are discussed in connection with some aspect of the eighteenth century. In its early years, ECF published mostly formalist scholarship on canonical authors. Since 2003, in consultation with the McMaster community, the journal's editorial board members, and other scholars in the field, we have continually expanded the editorial vision of ECF to reflect changes in the discipline. We now actively solicit and strive to publish a variety of approaches on a wide range of cultural materials.

The journal's editorial team publishes articles in both French and English in order to provide a venue for important new scholarship in this field that is regularly produced in both languages. Furthermore, as a journal with an editorial board that reflects an international commitment, we publish scholarly articles and book reviews from Canada and around the world, including contributors from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, South Korea, and Japan.

Publishing electronically as well as in print has dramatically increased the readership of ECF: in October 2001, we went online with the research database hub of EBSCO Information Services; in October 2006, we became available on the intimate and focused hub of Project MUSE; and in January 2008, we began offering single electronic subscriptions (both institutional and individual) through our subscription agent, the University of Toronto Press.


Editor: Eugenia Zuroski-Jenkins – ecf@mcmaster.ca
Managing Editor: Jacqueline Langille – ecf@mcmaster.ca

Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Chester New Hall 421
McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA L8S 4L9
Tel: 905-525-9140 x 27123; Fax: 905-777-8316

En français:

Philosophie du journal Eighteenth-Century Fiction

En reconnaissant les notions fluides de fiction au sein de la période, ainsi que le nombre croissant de travail interdisciplinaire par des chercheurs dans le domaine, les éditeurs d’Eighteenth-Century Fiction (ECF) recherchent des œuvres qui conçoivent la fiction dans son sens le plus large. La revue publie les articles qui explorent la période 1700–1800 dans tous les territoires géographiques. Les éditeurs prennent également en compte les analyses faites sur la fin du XVIIe siècle ou le début XIXe siècle, surtout lorsque ceux-ci rassemblent certains éléments du XVIIIe siècle. Nous publions les articles en anglais et en français. Les études comparatives sont particulièrement encouragées.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

  • J. Langille
  • Jacqueline Langille
  • April London
  • Isabelle Tremblay
Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Special Issues

Guest editor(s)

  • J. Langille
  • Danny O'Quinn
  • Gillian Russell
Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Subject Matter and Scope

Recognizing the fluid notions of fiction within the period, as well as the growing body of interdisciplinary work by scholars in the field, the Eighteenth-Century Fiction (ECF) editors seek submissions that conceive of "fiction" in its broader sense and expand the frameworks of critical, historical, and theoretical discussion. While its languages of publication are English and French, the journal publishes articles that cover all geographical territories.

Articles about the fiction of other languages are welcomed, and comparative studies are particularly encouraged. The editors consider submissions on late seventeenth-century or early nineteenth-century work and topics too, particularly when they are discussed in connection with some aspect of the eighteenth century.

Peer Review Process

The ECF editors do not send out every manuscript that they receive to external peer reviewers: for some submissions, the ECF editors provide in-house peer review. If an essay is then considered for publication, we generally obtain two independent opinions about the manuscript in a process of anonymous evaluation, meaning that neither the reviewers nor the authors know each other's identity. In addition, the reviewers are not aware of each other's identity.

Please remove any information that would identify you from the “properties” section of your Word file. If you are sending a PDF please remove your information before you create the PDF version of the review.

Appointment of Reviewers

Manuscript reviewers are appointed by the ECF editors. Two reviewers are selected for each submission and are chosen based on expertise related to the content that is published in ECF. We appreciate the reviewers’ willingness to fulfil their responsibilities in a timely and effective manner.

Process: ECF strives to have the initial review back to authors as soon as possible (within 4 months) and usually provides authors a few months to revise the manuscript depending on the revisions. Reviewers will receive an invitation to review and will need to accept or decline the offer. Once the review assignment is accepted, the manuscript, accompanying information, and a due date will be available to you. When you are ready, please upload your review online via the link provided in the review assignment email. The editors prefer that reviewers use the online peer review system at Digital Commons, but reports may also be sent directly to ECF@mcmaster.ca.

The reviewer is also expected to make a recommendation to accept, accept with revisions, revise and resubmit, or reject the article. This includes considering the overall importance, appropriateness of the manuscript for ECF, quality of writing, and usefulness of tables and figures. For the recommendation to revise and resubmit, or major revisions required: we prefer that you choose this recommendation only if you believe very strongly in the article's premise. If the editors follow this suggestion, the article is rejected in its present form, but the author is invited to revise it in response to the reviewers' comments. The editors may return the revised article to the original appraisers for their final assessment. Please let us know if you are willing to assess the revised article.

Thank you so much for your willingness to review an article. Not only are you helping the journal, but you are providing a professional development opportunity for the author(s) of the article you review.

Questions relating to any of the above details may be directed to the ECF editors by e-mail at ECF@mcmaster.ca.


Publication Frequency

Published quarterly (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).