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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Mission, Aims and Scope

The Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS) functions as an open-access, stringently peer-reviewed forum for Americanists in the global academic community, where scholars are increasingly interrogating borders both within and outside the nation and focusing instead on the multiple intersections and exchanges that flow across those borders.

Moving beyond disciplinary and geographic boundaries that might confine the field of American Studies, JTAS is a new critical conduit that brings together innovative transnational work from diverse, but often disconnected, sites in the US and abroad. In order to facilitate the broadest possible cultural conversation about transnational American Studies, the journal is available without cost to anyone with access to the Internet.

JTAS brings together the vital contributions to transnational American Studies from scholars who focus on a diversity of topics in cultural studies, film and new media, literature, visual arts, performance studies, music, religion, history, politics, and law, as well as dealing with ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and class.

Turnaround Times

We aim to inform authors within eight weeks whether their manuscripts will be placed into peer review, and we aim to complete the external review process within four months of submission.