Bulletin of the John Rylands Library

Edited by Paul Fouracre

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Journal Information

  • ISSN: 2054-9318 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2054-9326 (Online)
  • Frequency: Biannual (Spring and Autumn)


We are delighted to announce that the Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester will be published by Manchester University Press from 2014. As part of this move, the journal’s title has been changed to Bulletin of the John Rylands Library.

Established in 1903, the journal publishes peer-reviewed articles that showcase the Special Collections of The John Rylands Library, one of the finest collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives in the world. The manuscript and printed collections span five millennia and cover a wide range of subjects in more than fifty languages, including theology and philosophy; literature, drama and music; art and archaeology; science and medicine; economic, social, political, religious and military history; travel and exploration. The collections also contain the archives of companies, business associations, trade unions, charities, social organizations and religious institutions, as well as landed families. Articles are broad ranging and multi-disciplinary, enhancing the scholarship and understanding of the collections. Full length articles as well as short review pieces and notes on particular collections, exhibitions and recent acquisitions are welcome. Articles not focused directly on the collections but of general relevance to the John Rylands Library as well as themed issues that situate research on the collections within different humanities disciplines will be published occasionally.

Special collections of the John Rylands Library

Editorial Board

Editor: Paul Fouracre, University of Manchester

Deputy Editor: Sasha Handley, University of Manchester

Editorial Board
Rachel Beckett, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Joseph Bergin, IEA de Nantes and University of Manchester
George Brooke, University of Manchester
Jeremy Gregory, University of Manchester
John Hodgson, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Phyllis Mack, Rutgers University
David Matthews, University of Manchester
Walter Pohl, Austrian Historical Research Institute
Peter Pormann, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester
Julianne Simpson, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Miles Taylor, Institute of Historical Research


The editors encourage the submission of cross disciplinary articles that enhance the scholarship and understanding of the collections. Full length articles as well as short review pieces and notes on particular collections, exhibitions and recent acquisitions are welcome. Please see the journal’s guidelines for preparing and submitting an article. See the journal author resources for more information on how to write and prepare your article and other MUP policies.

Contributors should send their articles to Sasha Handley.

Requests to reproduce images of material from the John Rylands Library collections should be sent to Library’s imaging office. Please complete this form and return to the Library. Include the granted permission and high resolution image with your final manuscript.

Open Access
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For all subscription queries related to Volume 89, 2012-2013, including new subscriptions, catch-ups and claims, please contact Judith Kent.

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Abstracting / Indexing

America: History and Life; Arts & Humanities Citation Index; ATLA Religion Database; British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography; Dietrich’s Index Philosophicus; Historical Abstracts; Humanities International Index; IBR Online; IBZ Online; International Bibliography of Art; MLA International Bibliography; New Testament Abstracts; Old Testament Abstracts; Poetry & Short Story Reference Center; Religious & Theological Abstracts; Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies; Scopus; The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature.

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