About the Journal


Neo-Victorian Studies is a peer-reviewed, inter-disciplinary eJournal dedicated to the exploration of the contemporary fascination with re-imagining the nineteenth century and its varied literary, artistic, socio-political and historical contexts in both British and international frameworks. Perhaps most evident in the proliferation of so-called neo-Victorian novels, the trend is also discernible in a recent abundance of nineteenth century biographies, the continuing allure of art movements such as the pre-Raphaelites, popular cinema productions and TV adaptations, and historical re-evaluations in such fields as medicine, psychology, sexology, and studies in cultural memory. Neo-Victorian Studies provides a strategic forum to analyse the complicated investments of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in historical remembrance, revision, and reconstruction, to engage creatively with the period, and to stimulate international debate and exchange of ideas in this flourishing field of critical and artistic endeavour.

The journal publishes both scholarly and creative work in the English language, as well as critical responses to topics raised in previous issues. In general, work submitted should be unpublished, though the editors will consider republication of creative work not previously considered in a neo-Victorian critical context or significant theoretical work on the subject, e.g. if otherwise unavailable in English translation. The editorial team invites submissions from researchers and creative artists in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, as well as practitioners of other disciplines, whose work specifically engages with the contemporary legacies of the nineteenth century. The use of the term 'neo-Victorian', it should be noted, is employed in the widest possible sense, so as not to be restricted to geographical British contexts or those of the British Empire and its one-time colonies. Hence essays and creative pieces dealing with nineteenth-century Asian, African, North and South American contexts, among others, are equally welcome.

The fully peer-reviewed journal is committed to scholastic and artistic excellence. The editorial board brings together creative practitioners and researchers from Literature, History, Creative Writing, Art History, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Health Science, and Women and Gender Studies from eleven nations and over two dozen institutions world-wide. All submissions that pass editorial screening and are considered for publication will undergo a rigorous double blind peer review process, with reviewers wherever possible chosen for their specific expertise on the relevant topic. We will do our best to advise potential contributors of our preliminary assessment as to a submission's suitability for our full peer review process within ten weeks of receipt. Full peer review will usually take up to another three months. Submissions should conform to the journal's submission guidelines and be sent electronically as a Word Document attachment to the NVS General Editor, Marie-Luise Kohlke, at neovictorianstudies@swansea.ac.uk.

The e-journal format is intended to ensure the widest possible international access, participation, and dissemination and make best possible use of the internet as a global publishing medium. We aim to publish 1-2 issues a year, including special issues.

Neo-Victorian Studies is based at and supported by Swansea University, Wales, UK.



The priority of Neo-Victorian Studies (NVS) is to facilitate, disseminate, and promote scholarship on neo-Victorian literature, arts, and related cultural discourses to the widest possible global audience, so as to maximise impact. Hence we have opted for an open-access model of on-line publication, to pre-empt financial and institutional barriers to general access, as well as minimise the environmental impact associated with traditional paper-based publication.

NVS does not levy an Article Processing Charge (APC) or Article Submission Charges.

Our open access policy is restricted to educational and non-commercial use in accordance with Creative Commons: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives license. NVS website users are permitted to view/read, download, print, copy and distribute NVS articles, creative pieces, reviews, and announcements free of charge for personal, educational, and academic fair use (e.g. critical citation in scholarly articles, classroom reading and discussion, etc.), as long as they give proper credit to Neo-Victorian Studies and individual contributors (where applicable) as the original publishers/creators. However, any activity involving commercial use and profit (such as the subsequent sale of NVS material or its reproduction via subscription/fee charging websites and printed/on-line publications) is strictly prohibited without prior permission from the NVS editors.

Since ​2019 (issue 11:2), NVS articles and reviews/reviews essays have been digitally archived on Zenodo (https://zenodo.org/) in the same cloud infrastructure as CERN’s own Large Hadron Collider (LHC) research data. DOIs will be added gradually and retrospectively to articles in earlier past issues


Copyright for all material published in Neo-Victorian Studies resides with the journal.
By publishing in NVS, authors agree to only re-use/reprint/republish their work elsewhere, after a minimum period of twelve months from the date of first publication, agree to includes full acknowledgement of their works' prior publication in Neo-Victorian Studies, and advise the journal's General Editor prior to any such republication. Additionally, the author may deposit a version of their formatted work (as it will appear in the journal) in an institutional or subject repository. Authors are individually responsible for obtaining any necessary copyright permissions for images, photos, or other materials reproduced in their articles and for including any required credits e.g. for quotations exceeding the journal's Fair dealing rules (see 'Submission Guidelines').

Readers of Neo-Victorian Studies may download and/or print any files from the journal for their personal and/or educational use, as long as no alterations are made to the material and any subsequent citation is properly acknowledged. For any other use/reproduction/dissemination of material, express prior permission must be obtained from the journal's General Editor.