Humanities Journals Confront Identity Crisis

Senior scholars, the A-list of academic publishing, seem to submit fewer unsolicited manuscripts to traditional humanities journals than they used to. "The journal has become, with very few exceptions, the place where junior and midlevel scholars are placing their work," according to Bonnie Wheeler, president of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Her evidence is anecdotal, but the decline is only part of what Ms. Wheeler described as a powerful combination of challenges to the