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Editorial Information

YLS is the sole journal devoted to Piers Plowman studies. Since 1987, YLS has significantly shaped the expanding critical attention to the poem and its contexts. Each volume -- including essays, debate, reviews, and annual annotated bibliography -- offers access to the most significant and up-to-date scholarship on the poem and its literary, historical, codicological, and critical contexts.

The ISSN is 0890-2917.

The editors are Rebecca Davis, University of California at Irvine, and Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania. Submissions should be sent as attachments to All identifying features should be removed, and submissions should follow the guidelines laid out below.

Editorial Board

  • Stephen A. Barney, Emeritus, University of California, Irvine
  • John A. Burrow, Emeritus, University of Bristol
  • Andrew Cole, Princeton University
  • Andrew Galloway, Cornell University
  • Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto
  • Simon Horobin, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • Traugott Lawler, Yale University
  • Jill Mann, University of Notre Dame and Girton College, University of Cambridge
  • Anne Middleton, University of California, Berkeley
  • Linne R. Mooney, University of York
  • W. Mark Ormrod, University of York
  • Ad Putter, University of Bristol
  • Elizabeth Robertson, University of Glasgow
  • Wendy Scase, University of Birmingham
  • D. Vance Smith, Princeton University
  • Fiona Somerset, University of Connecticut
  • Thorlac Turville-Petre, University of Nottingham
  • Nicholas Watson, Harvard University
  • Nicolette Zeeman, King’s College, University of Cambridge


YLS seeks articles and notes that deal with Piers Plowman and related poetry and prose in the traditions of didactic and allegorical alliterative writing, or with the historical, religious, intellectual, codicological, and critical contexts of these works.

Authors should submit manuscripts electronically, in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or .rtf, to Where electronic submission is impracticable for authors, we gladly accept hard copy; in this case please send two copies to Emily Steiner, English Department, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104. As per Brepols policy, articles should conform to the Modern Humanities Research Association style guide, available as a .pdf download here. Authors should also adhere to the journal-specific guidelines available in this document. Submissions should be prepared for double-blind peer-review, with all information in notes, headers, and file properties that may identify the author removed.

Accepted essays must in their final form be accompanied by a brief (60-150 word) abstract, to be published with the essay; a longer (250-400 word) abstract, for publication in the following volume's bibliography and in the online bibliography on this website; and ten keywords, also to be published with the essay. From 2013 essays should also include a list of works cited at the end.

All books for review should be sent to any of the editors.

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