The Claremont Graduate School’s Mormon Studies program has produced another contribution to the study of Mormonism: a student-run on-line journal. Which makes me wonder, how many Mormon Studies journals can be supported?
This new journal, the Claremont Journal of Mormon Studies, has already issued a call for papers and will begin accepting submissions February 19th. Its first issue is scheduled for April. I assume it will include at least 4 or 5 articles in each issue, and perhaps that many book reviews.
Perhaps where this journal is different is that it is oriented towards graduate student work: its call for articles and reviews says: “The journal particularly encourages students to submit Mormon studies-related papers completed during the course of class work in graduate school.” As such, this journal clearly has a unique place among academic journals of Mormon studies (although graduate work is clearly accepted elsewhere in Mormon Studies, which also has a long tradition of being open and accepting of work outside of the traditional academy).
The announcement inspired me to take a look at the academic journals of Mormon Studies. Here’s what I see:
|Title||Start Year||Frequency||# of Articles||# of Reviews||Notes|
|Journal of Mormon History||1974||quarterly||10||4||none|
|AMCAP Journal (now Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy)||1975||annual||8||0||none|
|John Whitmer Historical Association Journal||1981||annual||9||17||none|
|Mormon Historical Studies||1989||semi-annual||5||4||none|
|Journal of Book of Mormon Studies||1992||semi-annual||3||4||none|
|International Journal of Mormon Studies||2008||annual||9||6||none|
|Mormon Review||2009||3 times per year||0||1||none|
|Claremont Journal of Mormon Studies||2011||semi-annual||?||?||none|
[There could be others I haven't listed. Let me know if you know of one.]
By my count the above journals account for perhaps 200 articles a year now (not including reviews or other non-scholarly articles — fiction, poetry, etc.), a substantial output. It doesn’t include those papers given at conferences which are never published, or books or materials published in other ways or in journals that are not specifically covering Mormonism.
In general, I think this is very pleasing. It is wonderful to see the field of Mormon Studies grow so much. I suspect that we will see additional publications, probably soon. I still see additional areas that aren’t well covered by the publications above — journals in other languages, if nothing else.
Still, there is probably some end to how many journals that the field of Mormon Studies can support. I’d be interested to know what others think.