Journal of the Northern Renaissance

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About JNR


The Journal of the Northern Renaissance (JNR) is a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal dedicated to the study of early modern Northern European cultural production. Alert to the full variety of early modern cultural practices, JNR publishes articles that relate to early modern literature, visual culture, philosophy, theology, politics and scientific technologies. We place a special emphasis upon questioning the Southern European derivation of our inherited paradigms and upon exploring alternative conceptualisations, geographies and periodisations of the Renaissance. Similarly, although most of the work we publish deals with Northern Europe in the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, we are especially interested in attempts to challenge existing periodisations of the Renaissance in the North, and to establish and interrogate continuities with earlier and later epochs.

We also publish book, film, performance, and exhibition reviews on a rolling basis, so make sure to check back regularly. Please also check out our sister-site Polaris, where we publish shorter, often more informal pieces relating to the Northern Renaissance, including podcasts and conference reports.

Open Access

A member of the Radical Open Access Collective, JNR was one of the first fully open access online journals in the field when it launched in 2009. The journal remains committed to providing genuinely open access scholarship for all our readers and contributors while upholding rigorous academic standards. This means that while all articles in JNR are double-blind peer-reviewed (see further Information), authors do not pay to publish with us, and readers do not pay to read or download our articles or reviews (no hidden fees, no ‘Gold Standard’ one-off payments). Everything published in this journal is free to access immediately from the date of publication, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivs 3.0 Unported License.

If you have queries about our open access policy, or would like to become involved as a contributor, book reviewer, or peer reviewer, or indeed if you would like to get in touch for any other reason, please write to us directly here.

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