About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Title: Hungarian Cultural Studies, Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association
ISSN: 2471-965X
URL: http://ahea.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/ahea

Hungarian Cultural Studies, Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association, an annual scholarly journal appearing in the summer, is a double-blind peer-reviewed, no-fee, open-access electronic journal of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, published by Pitt Open Library Publishing on behald of the American Hungarian Educators Association, at http://ahea.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/ahea.

The journal is published by Pitt Open Library Publishing, University of Pittsburgh, as part of its D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program. The ULS utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. The University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, as publisher, is a member of OASPA, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.

Hungarian Cultural Studies is listed in DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals, www.doaj.org, and is indexed in the Humanities International Complete (EBSCO), and the International Bibliography of the Modern Language Association of America (https://www.mla.org/Publications/MLA-International-Bibliography). Hungarian Cultural Studies is also included in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). Journals accepted for coverage in ESCI must be peer reviewed.

Hungarian Cultural Studies aims to be politically neutral, providing a scholarly forum for original research in or related to Hungarian studies--that is, all aspects of Hungarian culture across the humanities and social science disciplines (such as, but not limited to, history, literature, cultural studies, linguistics music, film, folklore, sociology, history of science). Articles related to overseas Hungarian communities as well as Hungarians in the neighboring states of Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine are also of interest. The articles it publishes are based on a wide range of perspectives and utilize a plurality of theories and methodologies, with those of a comparative, multicultural, and multidisciplinary nature particularly encouraged.

As part of its mission to disseminate scholarship relating to Hungarian studies to the broadest possible public worldwide, Hungarian Cultural Studies primarily publishes in English, but articles in Hungarian will also be considered. With the same aim, the journal may occasionally also publish translations of seminal scholarship that has appeared in another language. Hungarian Cultural Studies publishes scholarly articles in regular and thematic issues, scholarly notes, reviews, and review articles on scholarly books and of recent dissertations, and research bibliographies related to Hungarian studies. (Please note that we do not publish poetry or creative writing.)

While membership in AHEA is not required for submission or publication of articles, we urge potential contributors to become members and to consult our website (www.ahea.net) about our yearly conferences. Preliminary inquiries, preferably with an abstract enclosed, about publishing in Hungarian Cultural Studies may be addressed to the editor in chief. For details please see Guidelines for Paper Submission.

Peer Review Process

The journal of the AHEA, Hungarian Cultural Studies, has an open call policy and articles can be sent in throughout the year. Initial screening for Hungarian-related subject matter is done by the editor in chief. If the subject is appropriate, papers are double-blind peer reviewed. Other articles, particularly those in a given year’s thematic cluster, which are normally invited, may be reviewed by an expert on the subject, invited by the editor in chief and the cluster editor. Review articles and reviews are normally invited and are then reviewed in-house by the editors and appropriate members of the board.

The primary purpose of the book review section is to foster a respectful and rigorous scholarly dialogue. Reviews should be addressed to a broad readership of scholars from diverse disciplinary perspectives and who do not necessarily have knowledge of Hungarian. Reviewers have the responsibility to summarize authors’ arguments fairly and accurately, to locate books under review within a broad scholarly context, and to emphasize the theoretical and methodological implications of any given work for future research in Hungarian studies. Book reviews are generally requested by the book review editors in consultation with the editor in chief.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


There are no article processing charges, submissions fees, or any other costs required of authors to submit articles to this journal.

Statement on Publishing Ethics

Adherence to ethical standards for the dissemination of research results is critical to the research process. Hungarian Cultural Studies adheres to the Code of conduct and best practice guidelines of the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), the Code of Conduct of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Journal History

Hungarian Cultural Studies, Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association, an annual scholarly journal, appearing in the summer, is a double-blind peer-reviewed, no fee open access electronic journal of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, produced by the American Hungarian Educators Association at http://ahea.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/ahea.

The first issue (Vol 1) appeared in 2008 under the title e-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association, ISSN: 1936-8879. The title and ISSN changed in 2013 to Hungarian Cultural Studies, Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association, ISSN: 2471-965X.