The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) named ASAP/Journal, a scholarly journal created by Amy J. Elias, the 2018 Best New Journal.
Elias, Lindsay Young Professor of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of the journal’s two founding editors. She has served as co-editor-in-chief since 2013 and accepted the award on the journal’s behalf during the CELJ awards ceremony in January at the 2018 Modern Language Association Annual Convention.
This is the second award for Elias and her team. ASAP/Journal won the CELJ Best Design Award in 2017. Sarah Lowe, professor of design in the UT School of Art, and her student Samuel Bendriem created and executed the journal design.
Published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, ASAP/Journal is the peer-reviewed scholarly publication of ASAP: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, an international arts society that Elias created and launched at a 2009 conference in Knoxville with support from UT
“The committee unanimously commended the journal for filling an important gap by engaging the breadth of the contemporary arts in an international and interdisciplinary context. The overall impression is that of a bold and creative journal publishing on topical issues and drawing on a wide range of formats and a true diversity of genres,” said CELJ President Gordon Huntner, who read a statement from the award commendation.
CELJ is an allied organization of the Modern Language Association and the preeminent organization dedicated to supporting academic journal publishing, boasting a membership of more than 450 editors representing all disciplines. The organization’s Best New Journal award — one of eight it presents annually to recognize scholarly achievement — honors a scholarly humanities journal with a publication history of three or fewer years.
ASAP/Journal published its first issue in 2016 with founding co-editors Elias and Jonathan Eburne, associate professor of comparative literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies at Penn State University. The online companion to the journal, ASAP/J, is edited by Abram Foley, lecturer in literature and the creative industries at the University of Exeter (UK). Having accepted an appointment as UT Humanities Center Director in 2017, Elias will step down from the journal editorship and Eburne will serve as editor-in-chief.