ESC: English Studies in Canada

ESC: English Studies in Canada

Published since 1975, ESC: English Studies in Canada is Canada’s leading generalist journal in the discipline of English and is the quarterly publication of ACCUTE. ESC has a broad publishing mandate, and accepts scholarly articles on literature, language, culture, and theory as considered in both established and emerging areas of the discipline. Indeed, ESC’s stated mission is “to reflect the discipline back to itself,” which it does to rave reviews.


In addition to the publication of approximately twenty-five scholarly articles per year, issues of ESC include a readers’ forum on current and pressing issues in the discipline, interviews, review articles, and book reviews. ESC publishes one special issue in each annual volume; topics have included “Magazines and/as Media: The Aesthetics and
Politics of Serial Form” (published in coordination with The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, which produced a companion issue (6.2, 2015)–we believe a first for scholarly journals!); “Hysteria Manifest: Cultural Lives of Great Disorder”; “Childhood and its Discontents”; and “The Global Animal.”

ESC’s reach is indeed global, and has been downloaded through aggregators like Project Muse, EBSCO, Gale Cengage, ProQuest and Online Journal Systems. Recent figures indicate that full-text articles from ESC were downloaded almost twenty-thousand times by readers in thirty different countries.  Figures from 2022 show that, on average, an ESC article is downloaded every 5 and a half minutes in over 95 countries around the world.

ESC has been downloaded at many of the top universities in the world; in Canada, the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, Queen’s University, McGill University, Carleton University, Simon Fraser University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Alberta, and Ryerson University are among our most avid readers. That said, the University of Sussex in the UK is in the number 6 spot. Manchester University, Plymouth University, the University of Sydney, Bristol University, the University of Edinburgh, and Oxford University are all in the top 25 universities that access ESC most regularly through Project Muse and Online Journal Systems (OJS).

Thinking about submitting your work to ESC?

Consider this: when research is published in ESC it is read by members of the discipline right across Canada and around the world; indeed, ESC, and the scholarly research it makes available, is everywhere. If you want your work read, send it to us, and we’ll get it out there.

Click here to visit our website and learn more about ESC and how to become a contributor.