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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 with an editorial committee in Göteborg.

Two or three issues of the journal are published each year. The publications are both mixed issues and special theme issues with guest editors which have a more focused direction. Special issues represent many different areas such as English as a Lingua Franca, English Loan Words in the Nordic Languages, Languages in Contrast, English for Academic Purposes, Intertextuality, Metadiscourse, Metaphors, Irish Studies in the Nordic Countries, Early English Drama, Popular Culture. In the mixed issues the topics are wide-ranging and represent different theoretical perspectives in linguistics and literary criticism. The contributions deal both with present-day English and with English spoken or written at older periods of the language. We also publish conference proceedings and festschrifts to honour a Nordic colleague if they can be subsumed under a special theme. The journal also has a review section where we review books (including doctoral dissertations) which are thought to be of interest to our readers.

We also encourage submissions contrasting English with one of the Nordic languages. The policy of the journal is also to provide a possibility for young scholars or PhD students 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 as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

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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