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International Review of Scottish Studies

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About the Journal

The flagship publication of the Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journal published online annually and covering all aspects of Scottish Studies. The journal is affiliated with the Canadian Association of Learned Journals and bears the DOAJ Seal for Open Access Journals awarded by the Directory of Open Access Journals to journals adhering to best open-access practices.

Since 1969, the Department of History at the University of Guelph, in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Scottish Studies (and more recently the Scottish Studies Foundation), has published a journal of essays and reviews on Scottish history and culture. In the early years, contributors to Scottish Tradition, as the journal was known from 1971, included leading scholars in the field of Scottish Studies, including Ian Cowan, Marcus Merriman, Maurice Lee Jr and Edward J. Cowan.

By the turn of the century, the time had come to refresh Scottish Tradition in order to ensure that it remained a desirable outlet for the research of leading scholars as academic trends evolved in North America and the United Kingdom. The introduction of an industry standard process of peer review for all articles submitted to journal, a change of name to the International Review of Scottish Studies (IRSS) and the switch from print to online, open access publication were important successive steps that safeguarded the standing of the journal within the academic community as the leading Scottish Studies journal published outside of Scotland.

The journal is edited by the Director of the Centre, ably assisted each year by a team of graduate students based our of the Centre.  Publication takes place each fall. A print version of the IRSS is produced by Stewart Publishing & Printing and made available to the Scottish Studies Foundation for distribution to its membership.

The International Review of Scottish Studies is open access and freely available online.  Visit us to view the current or archived issues of the journal (and its forerunner, Scottish Tradition) or to submit an article for prospective publication in a future issue.


Editorial Team

Editor: James E. Fraser, Chair of Scottish Studies & Director of the Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies

Assistant Editors: Chelsea Hartlen and Mariah Hudec

Book Review Editors: Lisa Baer and Scott Jennings


International Editorial Board

Michael Brown, University of Aberdeen

Gerrard Carruthers, University of Glasgow

Leith Davis, Simon Fraser University

Elizabeth Ewan, University of Guelph

Daniel Fischlin, University of Guelph

James Fraser, University of Guelph

Kevin James, University of Guelph

Linda Mahood, University of Guelph

Angela McCarthy, University of Otago

Micheal Penman, University of Stirling

Richard Sher, New Jersey Institute of Technology