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Established in June 2014, Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies is an international refereed, interdisciplinary journal that approaches literature written in Japanese from all perspectives. Until June 2016, the journal was published once annually; however, starting from its fourth volume (expected to be published in June 2017), the journal will be published twice a year, in June and December, in order to expand its scope and actively address research achievements relevant to the field.
The journal takes its position as the parent publisher of the Japanese literature research community called the “Forum for East Asia and Contemporary Japanese-Language Literature”. The forum established in October 2013 has been hosting annual research gatherings across Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan, inviting researchers in modern Japanese literature. With forum members at its core, the journal has been diversely expanding its scope with regards to its members of the editorial committee, participants, and regions.
It aims to publish a wide range of original articles that are interdisciplinary by linking studies related to crossing borders among nations, regions, ethnicity, gender, genre, and time periods. Although there are no limitations on the subject or field of analysis, the journal welcomes pioneering works that reflect various ideas, ideologies, and history with regards to border crossings and Japanese-language literature. The types of manuscripts are limited to academic papers, essays on border crossings, and introductions to research materials that have not been previously published or presented elsewhere. Manuscripts should be written in either Japanese or English. Although manuscript submissions can be made online at any time, submission deadlines are January 15 and July 15 of each year.