Huntington Library Quarterly 2022 Volume 85

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2022 Volume 85

HLQ 85.3 is now live on Project MUSE!

About Huntington Library Quarterly

The Huntington Library Quarterly invites submissions of research articles concerning the literature, history, and art of Britain and America from the sixteenth century through the long eighteenth century. These need not relate to the Huntington Library’s own collections; the site of research or sources has no influence on the evaluation of submissions.

What We Publish

The HLQ publishes three types of research articles: essays, notes, and documents. Essays are extended original arguments; the journal favors essays based on documentary research over those that are primarily interpretive, theoretical, or synthetic. Notes are short pieces on specific topics—for example, identifying the author of a work. Documents present newly discovered or little-known texts and can include transcriptions or reproductions. Because the HLQ is an interdisciplinary journal, all contributions should be broadly accessible to scholars of early modern studies.

The journal also publishes book reviews and review articles on important work in early modern studies. Contact the editor at if you are interested in reviewing for us.

Finally,the HLQ occasionally publishes special issues; consult the Special Issue Guidelines  for details.


As of December 1, 2022, the Huntington Library Quarterly uses Scholastica browser-based software for submissions and peer review. To submit, please visit You will be required to create a login and password to enter the site. If you have any difficulties submitting via Scholastica, you may find an answer on the Scholastica help site for authors. Please also feel free to contact the editorial staff at


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A Sampling of Recent Essays

Mopsa’s Method: Truth Claims, Ballads, and Print, by Frances E. Dolan [awarded honorable mention, RSA-TCP Article Prize in Digital Renaissance Research 2016]

Revisiting the Causes of the English Civil War, by Tim Harris

The Specimen and the Image: John Woodward, Agostino Scilla, and the Depiction of Fossils, by Paula Findlen 

The Value of Money in Eighteenth-Century England, by Robert D. Hume

Sir Hans Sloane’s Pictures: The Science of Connoisseurship or the Art of Collecting? by Kim Sloan 

The Scribal Circulation of Early Modern Letters, by James Daybell

A Brief History

The Huntington Library opened to the public in 1928. The Huntington Library Quarterly was launched in 1937 as part of the Library’s mission to “disseminate and contribute to the advancement of useful information and knowledge.” It succeeded the Huntington Library Bulletin (which had focused solely on describing the collections). That first issue announced that the journal would be “a medium for the publication of articles based on the researches of scholars at the Library.”
At the time, the Library was known in some academic circles, but the contents and significance of its collections were still being explored. The HLQ and Huntington book publications played a critical role in publicizing which materials the Library held and what they could teach us. The excitement of early researchers’ discoveries drew ever-growing waves of scholars to Southern California. Just four research fellows were at the Library in 1936–37, all from the United States; 80 years later, 1,691 scholars carried out research at the Huntington, 200 of them fellows, of whom 30 percent hailed from other countries.
As knowledge of the Huntington grew, the HLQ’s profile evolved to publish outstanding scholarship of the early modern period in Britain and America, regardless of where it is researched.

The HLQ Today

Today the Huntington Library Quarterly is an important interdisciplinary venue for research in the history, literature, and art history of Britain and America in the early modern period. The journal is still printed but is now also available online on the journal databases JSTOR (archive) and Project MUSE (current issues).
As of 2017, approximately 2,250 institutions worldwide—primarily university and college libraries—subscribe to the journal, either in print form or electronically. Users at these institutions accessed over 140,000 HLQ articles online in 2017. For those interested in metrics: according to Scopus, which assesses the impact of academic journals, as of 2016 the HLQ has a CiteScore of .44, an SJR (Scientific/SCImago Journal Ranking) of .206, and a SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) of .737 (explanations of these terms here). This means it ranks in the 92nd percentile among journals of visual and performing arts, in the 82nd percentile among history journals, and in the 96th percentile among literary journals worldwide.

Back Issues

Back issues prior to 2009 (volume 72) can be ordered through the HLQ’s editorial offices for $20. Please write to inquire. Reprints of out-of-print issues and volumes are also available from Periodicals Service Company, 351 Fairview Avenue, Suite 300, Hudson, NY 12534. Phone: 518-822-9300. Fax: 518-822-9305. Website:
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