Exemplaria, an academic journal dedicated to medieval and Renaissance studies from Maney Publishing, has received the 2011 Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ).
The CELJ is an organisation made up of editors of scholarly journals covering a range of subjects, and in 1987 it established the Phoenix Award to give recognition to the most improved journal, regardless of its state at the time renovations began.
Judges noted “significant development for this already excellent journal” over the past three years.
The quarterly journal provides a forum for those interested in medieval and Renaissance studies, with an expansive scope covering European literature; literary theory; film; rhetoric; historicism; and old and Middle English.
The journal is edited by four academics from the US, Noah Guynn (University of California, Davis), Patricia Clare Ingham (Indiana University, USA), Tison Pugh (University of Central Florida, USA), and Elizabeth Scala (University of Texas-Austin, USA).
Patricia Ingham, is very pleased with the news. She says, “We are immensely gratified to have been honoured in this way. All the editors, working alongside the publishing team at Maney, have worked hard to build upon the excellent reputation that Exemplaria has long held in the field. It is especially pleasing that such an honour came during this, our 25th year!”
In judging the Phoenix Award for, this year’s judges selected Exemplaria with President of CELJ, Dr Joycelyn Moody, commenting on its recent transformation: she praised the new look, noting “Exemplaria merits commendation, its editorial team has taken a journal that was already well regarded, and built on its strengths in a thoughtful and productive manner.
“Its editorial reorganization, increased attention to book reviews and reimagining of its key visuals all contribute to a substantial improvement to an already-excellent publication. The changes they have made demonstrate both their mastery of the field and their vision for impacting their discipline in strong and important ways. Congratulations to Patricia Ingham, Elizabeth Scala, Tison Pugh, and Noah Guynn, Editors of Exemplaria, on this outstanding work!”