About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The European Journal of Life Writing is an interdisciplinary journal, published by the European section of the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA Europe). The EJLW aims to provide a forum for work in the field of all forms of life narratives, with contributions ranging from conceptual to practical and creative work. The European Journal of Life Writing consists of volumes, not issues.

Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts are read by two members of the Editorial Board. Only those papers that seem most likely to meet our editorial criteria are sent for formal review. Those papers judged by the editors to be of insufficient general interest or otherwise inappropriate are rejected promptly without external review (although these decisions may be based on informal advice from specialists in the field). The Journal will make every effort to reach a decision on a manuscript within four months from date of submission; if you have not heard from the Journal about your manuscript within that period, please write to the Journal Manager. Manuscripts judged to be of potential interest to our readership are sent for formal review, to one or two external reviewers. The editors then make a decision based on the reviewers' advice.

The editorial board of EJLW has adopted the code of practice as published by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Peer-Review-College/The-review-process/Reviewer-guidance-notes/Pages/Conflicts-of-interest.aspx). 

Authors may indicate the names of reviewers by whom they do not want their articles be reviewed.

Publication Frequency

The European Journal of Life Writing works with volumes instead of issues. Submissions, or propositions for articles, book reviews or clusters on specific themes can be submitted at any time. During the calendar year the editorial board will publish articles as soon as they are ready for publication. 

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. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Articles in this journal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).


The European Journal of Life Writing is indexed in : 

  • BASE search, Bielefeld Academic Search Engine 
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) 
  • Google Scholar
  • OAIster
  • JournalTOCs
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory 
  • Quality Open Acces Market-QOAM
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • WorldCat


We would like to thank the following people and organisations for their generous support:

Dr. Batsheva Ben-Amos (University of Pennsylvania)
Prof. Dr. Timothy Ashplant (King’s College London)
Prof. Dr. Clare Brant (The Centre for Life-Writing Research, King’s College London)
Prof. Dr. Tom Couser (Hofstra University)
Prof. Dr. Isabel Duran Gimenez-Rico (Universidad Complutense Madrid)
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hemecker (Ludwig Bolzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography, Wien)
Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz)
Dr. Marijke Huisman (Utrecht University)
Dr. Leena Kurvet-Käosaar (Tallinn University, Literary Museum of Estonia, University of Tartu)
Prof. Dr. Christian Moser (Universität Bonn)
Dr. Anneke Ribberink (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Prof. Dr. Max Saunders (The Centre for Life-Writing Research, King’s College London)
Prof. Dr. Angelika Schaser (Universität Hamburg)
Dr. Monica Soeting
Dr. Regine Strätling (Universität Bonn)
Dr. Marco de Waard (Amsterdam University College)
Prof. Dr. Julia Watson (Ohio State University)

Sources of Support

The publication of EJLW has also been made possible by a grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), in cooperation with five foreign scientific partners: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Liverpool John Moores University, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Universität Wien and Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum Tartu. From 2015, the EJLW is also funded by King’s College, London.

Journal History

The European Journal of Life Writing (EJLW) was founded by the European Chapter of the International Auto/Biography Association, in 2010. Its first issue was published in the autumn of 2012.