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The Thomas Hardy Society Journals

The Thomas Hardy Society currently publishes three journals each year. Members of the Society receive print copies and/or electronic access, depending on their membership status. Journal contents are also published in digital format on ProQuest Literature Online.

While all academic contributions are peer-reviewed, the journals also take pride in serving as a platform for exchange and dialogue between ‘general readers’, academics from a range of disciplines (from the earliest stages of their careers to the most established), researchers, students, the heritage industry, creative writers, educators, etc. – anyone, in short, with a stake in the continuing literary and cultural legacy of Thomas Hardy. As such, both journals typically welcome a broad, diverse range of materials and approaches.

The Hardy Society Journal appears twice annually, in spring and summer. Contributions might include – but are not limited to – reports on Society activities and other Hardy-related events, Society news, creative writing, reproducible illustrations, reflective pieces, book reviews, short research snapshots, and formal research articles. Research articles for the Hardy Society Journal will not typically exceed 5,000 words, though longer articles may be considered for inclusion.

The Thomas Hardy Journal is published each autumn. Over the past three decades, it has become an important force in international Hardy scholarship. While it continues to update members on Society events, the emphasis falls on the scholarly study of Hardy’s life, work, and contexts. Articles for the Thomas Hardy Journal do not typically exceed 8,000 words, but longer contributions will be considered occasionally.

Articles for both journals are sent for peer-review. Books reviews may be offered by contributors, but are usually invited by the editor. Contributions should be sent by email, in Word or Rich Text format, to the editor, Dr Emily Vause ( . Email queries about the suitability of contributions are welcome.

If electronic submission is not possible, contributions may be sent by post to the Editor

The Thomas Hardy Society,
c/o Kingston Maurward College

All essays should be double-spaced. Please leave a margin of 2.54 cm/1 inch and use Times New Roman, font size 12. References should be given as endnotes. Authors of academic contributions should adhere to the journal style guide.

A sample journal (Autumn 2018) is available to download here Autumn 2018 journal

Dr. Emily Vause, Editor of Thomas Hardy Society Journals | email:


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