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Focus and Scope

The journal was created in 2002 in order to offer a forum for Nordic scholars in English language and literature and to promote the field of English studies in the Nordic countries. It is affiliated to the Nordic Association of English Studies (NAES). Starting from 2007 the journal is open access and only published electronically. 

Two or three issues of the journal are published each year. The publications are both general issues and special theme issues with guest editors. We warmly invite prospective inquiries about special issues. We are particularly interested in topics that place different areas of English studies (e.g., linguistics, literature, teaching and learning) in dialogue. While scholars based in institutions outside the Nordic countries are welcome to submit proposals for special issues, we expect at least one contribution to be from a scholar at a Nordic institution. 

The general issues serve as a venue for original research in the fields of English studies, including language, literature, culture, and the teaching and learning of English. For our general issues, we invite submissions from scholars with an affiliation to a Nordic institution. 

We also publish conference proceedings and festschrifts to honour a Nordic colleague if they can be subsumed under a special theme. The journal also publishes reviews of books thought to be of interest to our readers.


The policy of the journal is also to provide a possibility for early career or doctoral researchers to publish their articles on English language or literature in a peer-reviewed journal along with more established scholars.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online, with one volume per year. A volume comprises general issues and special themed issues, numbered consecutively. We aim to publish 1-2 general issues and at least one special issue per year.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

We used a different license up until the end of 2018, namely a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Archiving Policy

The journal makes content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. NJES is indexed by the following services:

Cengage, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCO, ERIH, MLA, Scopus, and Google Scholar.


The Nordic Journal of English Studies is published with the support of The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS)

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