Journal Information


Aims and Scope

Early Middle English is devoted to English literature, its production, and its contexts ca. 1100–1350. The journal takes a wide view of this lively period of literary experimentation, linguistic change, and multilingual interaction in England. It promotes scholarship in Early Middle English language and literature; the multicultural, international, and multilingual contexts of Early Middle English, including Welsh and Gaelic literatures, Hebrew literature by Jews in Britain, and Anglo-Norman French and Anglo-Latin writing.

Early Middle English includes studies that make explicit how such research affects modern understanding of global politics and cultures; British manuscript studies ca. 1100–1350; the backgrounds, scholarly history, and afterlives of Early Middle English; theoretical interventions in areas such as gender, sexuality, race, disability, new materialism, ecocriticism, and interdisciplinary analysis; and the creation or assessment of new resources. Early Middle English publishes essays, editions, and, in its “Pece  Oþer” (piece-by-piece) section, short-form contributions to research on the Early Middle English period.

All issues


Available on Project MUSE 

Current Volume

Volume 4.1 (Edited by Iain Higgins and Adrienne Williams Boyarin):
  • The Royal Associations of Thomas of Hales’s Love Rune and Oxford, Jesus College MS 29 (II) – Susanna Fein
  • The Exploitation of French–English Lexical Transfer in Early Middle English Poetry – Rory G. Critten
  • “As Black as They Were Before”: The History of Skin Colour and the History of the Holy Rood-Tree – Erik Wade
  • “Hende”: A Handy Middle English Adjective – Christene D’Anca
  • “[and so water runneth]”: A Middle English Erasure Poem – Rebecca A. Durham

Subscription Rates

Subscription Rates

Early Middle English

ISSN – 2516-9084 (print) and 2516-9092 (online)

2024 volume subscription rates for both journals are US$179.00

Please note that, with effect from the 2024 volumes, all subscriptions orders should be sent to the following and NOT to Project MUSE:

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Purchasing Articles

Currently, it is not possible to buy single articles.

Journal Specifications

Content Information

  • Language – English, other major European Languages
  • Types of Material – Articles, Review Essays, Short Notes
  • Subjects – Middle English, Medieval and Comparative Literatures, Cultural Studies (Medieval), Manuscript Studies
  • Readership – Academics, Institutions, Libraries

Reader Accessibility

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Bibliographic Metrics

  • ISSN – 2516-9084 (print) and 2516-9092 (online)
  • Author Contact Details – No
  • Keywords – Beginning of article
  • Abstract – Beginning of article
  • Editorial and Advisory Boards – 22 members: 6 Canada, 11 US, 2 UK, 1 Sweden, 1 Israel, 1 East Asia
  • Peer-Review – Review by two Editors followed by double-blind external review
  • Online Submission – Email to executive editor ([email protected])
  • Rejection Rate – Thematic issues are by invitation or proposal to the editor
  • Submissions by Country – N/A
  • Time from Delivery of Final Article to Print – 6–12 months
  • Time from Submission to Decision – 6–9 weeks
  • Citation Indexes – International Medieval Bibliography

Open Access

  • Green – watermarked post-print version available to each contributor for non-commercial academic exchange only, allowing the article to be placed on the contributor’s own institutional or subject repository
  • Gold – issues become available in Open Access after three years, such that volume 4 for 2022 will become available in this way in December 2025. The initial three years’ issues are available after a one-year embargo, thanks to a generous grant from the University of Victoria.


The journal is hosted by Project MUSE who currently have a long-term archiving and preservation agreement through Portico. For current information see

Advertising and Journal Funding

The journal does not accept advertising. The journal is wholly financed through subscriptions and, where applicable, by Open Access subventions or, in exceptional circumstances, fees to authors for extraordinary pre-press requirements.



Geographical scope England and its contacts/influences (Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, Netherlands, France, Spain, Eastern Mediterranean)
Chronological scope 1100-1350 CE
Keywords Early Middle English, French of England, multilingual, multicultural, international, manuscripts, British history, British literatures



Please submit completed articles to the executive editor (or consult the executive editor in advance for advice to its suitability). Note that after peer-review and acceptance, the article will need to be submitted following the press’s norms, which closely follow those of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Contributors must not have submitted, or submit, their article to another outlet. Once accepted and in press, you will be required to sign a Publication Permission form with Arc Humanities Press, which explains your rights and responsibilities and those of the press.

As a specialist publisher of scholarly journals and books, Arc Humanities Press is committed to meeting high standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process.

Our guidelines apply to authors, peer-reviewers, editors, and the press too. We closely follow the best practice guidance of the Association of University Presses, particularly in relation to peer-reviewing, and latest information from the Medieval Academy of America.

We also follow current guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which provides advice and resources on other aspects of publication ethics and research and publication misconduct. Should you believe that research published by Arc Humanities Press has not been carried out in line with these principles, please raise your concerns with the editor-in-chief: Simon Forde.

Fees are not chargeable, except in the case of Open Access, or in very exceptional circumstances (such as very heavily illustrated colour materials or highly complex typesetting requirements); even in the latter case, these costs are normally borne by the editors and/or press.

Pece & Oþer Contributions

EME’s “Pece & Oþer” (piece-by-piece, one-bit-and-another) section includes scholarship ranging from 500 to 5000 words. Editors will consider, for example, lexicographical notes, short analyses, or close readings based on in-progress research, descriptions or write-ups of manuscripts or manuscript discoveries, new editions of texts in Early Middle English or related languages, reviews of books or new editions important to the field, or short position papers.

Prospective Thematic Issues

If you have a proposal for a thematic issue of approximately 40,000 words, please contact the executive editor or members of the Advisory Board.



Adrienne Williams Boyarin is Associate Professor of English at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She is author of The Christian Jew and the Unmarked Jewess: The Polemics of Sameness in Medieval English Anti-Judaism and Miracles of the Virgin in Medieval England: Law and Jewishness in Marian Legends, as well as the editor and translator of The Siege of Jerusalem and Miracles of the Virgin in Middle English. Her research and teaching focus on early Middle English, Christian-Jewish polemics, manuscript studies, and gender issues in medieval literature.

For the Editorial Board and Advisory Board please see the most recent issue of the journal.