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Focus and Scope

Junctions functions as a platform and network of/for junior scholars to gain experience in academic publishing as authors and editors, while offering the best research of junior scholars across the disciplines of the humanities in the highest academic standards.

The aims are:
  • To provide high quality research of new scholars in the humanities.
  • To provide junior academics the opportunity to publish their work in an open-access, online, and peer reviewed journal.
  • To serve as an educational platform for authors and editors
  • To establish the interdisciplinary network and community of (junior) scholars in the humanities.
The target audience of Junctions are scholars across the humanities, both national and international, the authors are recruited among (research)master students and PhD candidates. Most issues are special issues (potentially connected to graduate conferences) which brings research from different disciplines together on one theme, concept, or current affair.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online in two issues per year (Spring and Fall). Accepted articles are made available online within, ideally, half a year after the initial submission, and no later than one 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. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications.

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.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please contact us or alternatively make an indexing request directly with the service.


Founded in 2015 as a proceedings of the First Humanities Student Conference at Utrecht University, Junctions: Graduate Journal of the Humanities is the Utrecht University’s Graduate School of Humanities graduate research journal, providing junior scholars at the start of their academic career with the opportunity to disseminate their research to a diverse audience of peers and professionals. Additionally, we provide junior scholars with relevant practical experience of organizing and maintaining a peer-reviewed open access journal. The title points to the interdisciplinary aims of the journal: it is located in the intersections, crossings, or indeed, Junctions of various humanities disciplines. 

In 2016, our first issue was published with Els Woudstra and Stephanie de Smale as editors in chief. Since then, the editorial positions are on a one or two year rotation. All junior scholars are welcome to submit an article, book review, or become a peer reviewer. Throughout the process, authors and reviewers are supported via workshops and feedback sessions in order to offer the best new research across the disciplines of the humanities, and in the highest academic standards. 

For a list of previous board members, see here

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