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International Review of Scottish Studies
Academic, Special adult
Scottish Studies Foundation
Peer reviewed
Open access

Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University

My interest was piqued when I saw that the International Review of Scottish Studies is published by the Canadian Scottish Studies Foundation. When I read the journal’s Focus and Scope statement, all was made clear:

“Since at least 1969, the Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph, in conjunction with the Scottish Studies Foundation, has published essays and reviews related to Scottish history and culture in the journal which, until 2001, was known as Scottish Tradition. In the early years, contributors to this journal included leading scholars in the field such as Ian Cowan, Marcus Merriman, Maurice Lee Jr., and Edward J. Cowan. More recently, the journal has started to implement changes to once again attract scholars of a high caliber. In 2002, the journal's name was changed to the International Review of Scottish Studies in order to make clear our standing within the academic community as the leading centre of Scottish studies outside of Scotland. Editors and faculty members within the Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph are dedicated to continuing to develop the journal in order to reach a greater academic audience while maintaining enough its traditional focus in order to provide readings that meet the interest of our primary subscribers, the members of the Scottish Studies Foundation. To this end, published articles may cover any range of topics pertaining to Scottish Studies, including, but not limited to, history, culture, literature, religion, and the diaspora.”

The International Review for Scottish Studies is published annually to coincide with the Scottish Studies Fall Colloquium (this takes place between September and October annually). The entire editorial team is at the University of Guelph in Canada.

The latest issue published, Volume 40, 2015, is a special issue on Bannockburn. It includes three articles: “'The saints of the Scottish country will fight today': Robert the Bruce’s alliance with the saints at Bannockburn,” “Projecting Dynastic Majesty: State Ceremony in the Reign of Robert Bruce,” and “’Weary for the Heather and the Deer’”: R. L. Stevenson Depicts the Scottish Diasporic Experience.” The issue also offers twelve book reviews, of: New Perspectives on Medieval Scotland; Gender and Enlightenment Culture in Eighteenth- Century Scotland; The Trojan Legend in Medieval Scottish Literature; Kings, Lords and Men in Scotland and Britain, 1300–1625: Essays in Honour of Jenny Wormald;  Dundee and Empire: ‘Juteopolis’, 1850-1939; Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples: Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia; Scotland in the Age of Two Revolutions; Queen of the Scots: A Life in Perspective; The Culture of Controversy: Religious Arguments in Scotland, 1660-1714; Conflict, Commerce and Franco-Scottish Relations, 1560-1713; and Painting the Town: Scottish Urban History in Art.

The Journal is indexed in the Web of Science, but it also has its own, omnipresent basic search system. My search for “culloden” found 19 articles; another search, for “rising of 45” found 45 items. Some were pertinent, some were not.

Anyone interested in Scottish studies will want to know about this journal.

25 Jul 2016
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