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Journal celebrates 25th

By Catherine Burgess

Newfoundland and Labrador Studies is celebrating its 25th year.

The interdisciplinary journal devoted to the publication of scholarly essays on Newfoundland and Labrador began in the spring of 1985. The journal started as a place for scholars from all academic backgrounds to have their essays on the culture, society and history of Newfoundland and Labrador made accessible to one another and to the public.

Over the past 25 years, the journal has developed a national and international following, and a reputation for publishing essays of the highest quality and making these essays accessible to a wide audience.

Despite growing competition from other scholarly journals, the fact that scholars continue to go to the NLS for their publications speaks to the success of the journal, said journal editor Dr. Jeff Webb.

Dr. Webb, an associate professor in the Department of History, said that the NLS fit a niche.

“The intention of the first people who created (NLS) was that there would be a dedicated journal so that academics who were working on Newfoundland and Labrador would have an opportunity to speak to each other rather than always having to publish in specialized journals.”

Nearly every academic specialization has been featured in the NLS, from the arts and humanities to sciences pertaining to Newfoundland and Labrador.

What does the future hold for the journal? For several years, the journal has been available online and Dr. Webb anticipates that there will inevitably come a time in the near future when this will become the dominant mode of publication.

In the upcoming spring journal, readers can expect to see an issue on the contemporary literature of Newfoundland and Labrador that will reflect the great success of a new generation of authors.

Since the NLS is an interdisciplinary journal, readers have the opportunity to discover topics of interest from other academic areas, which is something that wouldn’t be available from a specialized journal. “(The journal) has really helped people get a sense of the discipline as being broader than just their own specialization.”

The next issue of NLS will be available in July, both in print and online.