Many of us remember when ESC: English Studies in Canada, ACCUTE’s journal, moved to the University of Alberta. Believe it or not, that move took place in 2002, nearly 15 years ago. Edited first in the new location by Jo-Ann Wallace, then by Michael O’Driscoll, and currently by both Mike and Mark Simpson, ESC has had unprecedented success at the UofA. ESC has, over the years, become a world-class English Studies journal, with a readership that includes approximately 600 individual print subscribers in this country alone, representing 69 different institutions, and with a full text article being downloaded, on average, every 3.9 minutes in more than 80 countries around the world.
15 years is a significant length of time for the journal to be housed in one institution, however — likely the longest in the journal’s history! The current editorial team has approached the ACCUTE Board to suggest it is time for us to look to the next stage of ESC‘s development, and find both a new Editor and a new home for the journal.
ACCUTE’s Board and our members will have some time to celebrate the profound work that the UofA team has put into ESC, and we will, starting at this year’s conference (stay tuned).
In the meantime, the task ahead for the Board and the current Editors is to find that new home. As part of this process, we are issuing the Call for Expressions of Interest, below. This Call details the support we feel necessary, as well as the benefits that accrue to the host institution. We will be circulating this call to Chairs of English in Canada, as well as to our campus representatives. Instructions for sending in expressions of interest are listed in the document. See the Call below, or download the file here.
Thanks again to Mike, Mark, and the whole team at UofA!