About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Incredible Nineteenth Century: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fairy Tale (I19) seeks to publish the best scholarship on the century that was, in many ways, the time period in which the modern genres of science fiction and fantasy began, and in which the academic study of fairy tale and folklore has its roots. 

I19 interprets “the nineteenth century” broadly, using the dates of “The Long Nineteenth Century”—roughly, from the beginning of the French Revolution to the end of World War I—but even these dates are just notable historical markers as they approximately coincide with Romanticism and Modernism, respectively. Scholarship on works from the eighteenth century that anticipated or influenced writers in the nineteenth century or ways in which nineteenth-century literature influenced later authors both fall within the interests of this journal. 

I19 also publishes scholarship on Neo-Victorianism, Steam Punk, or any other contemporary genres that react to the time periods contained within The Long Nineteenth Century. Genres such as horror and mystery, though not always strictly within the realms of the fantastic, are also welcome, due to their close affinity with science fiction and fantasy. Scholarship on early film is also welcome.

Additionally, I19 is dedicated to maintaining a scope that is both multicultural and global, and encourages submissions on works from marginalized communities and from around the world.

Copyright, Open Access Policy, Archiving, and Reuse

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 submission or processing charges. Each journal volume is preserved via the Walker Library's three-level preservation methods including local and cloud storage. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Publication Frequency

I19 publishes twice a year in the spring and fall.

Peer Review Process

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. All submissions will go through a double-blind peer review process. Graduate and undergraduate research are also accepted, and they are subject to the same double-blind peer review process.

Ethics Statement

General ethics statements

  • The Incredible Nineteenth Century (I19) works to ensure ethical practices and procedures in the review and publication of its manuscripts. Ethical misconduct is not tolerated. The Incredible Nineteenth Century protects the quality of its publication and deems plagiarism and any copyright infringement unacceptable. Authors, reviewers and editors are expected to understand and abide by the policies and guidelines set forth by I19.
  • I19 adheres to the publication ethics guidelines set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics.
  • I19 conducts submissions, assigns reviewers, receives reviews and announces manuscript decisions online.

Authors are to:

  • avoid copyright infringement.
  • reveal any financial support of the study and conflicts of interest.
  • be listed as such only if valuable contributions are made to the manuscript.
  • ensure the work submitted is original and not concurrently under review at any other publication outlet.
  • report any inadvertent errors to reviewer(s) and editor(s).
  • guarantee accuracy of the work.
  • must properly acknowledge and reference sources as outlined in the author and submission guidelines of I19.

Reviewers must:

  • treat manuscripts as confidential documents.
  • guarantee full objectivity in their reviews.
  • report incidents that will impact anonymity immediately.
  • ensure objectivity regardless of the subject matter of the manuscript.
  • remain anonymous in order to maintain confidentiality.
  • work to improve the quality of manuscripts by providing thorough reviews, comments and feedback to authors and editors.
  • reveal any potential conflicts of interest.
  • abstain from personal attacks against authors.
  • not be held responsible for the accuracy of data and results in the manuscript.

Editors will:

  • make publication decisions based solely on the academic merit of the material.
  • not make publication decisions or attempt to influence manuscripts for commercial or political reasons.
  • investigate if made aware of any research misconduct.
  • make reviewers aware of any publication corrections.


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