Are there any places that regularly publish anime or manga related academic papers?

I'd be interested in reading them and possibly submitting one myself.

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Mechademia is an annual publication published by Minnesota Press. It also covers fan practices and other surrounding activities and media of anime/manga

There is currently a call for papers for a conference on Asian Pop Culture, but none for the next edition. The last volume was published in 2014 and they are still active.

Larger conventions occasionally have calls for papers and a good source of finding them is on the Fan Studies Network site. They hold their own conference with cfps annually also. Arguably the largest of these is at Anime Expo

Other resources for finding articles on anime & manga can be found here:


Some of my thoughts on this topic are at https://animemangastudies.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/where-do-we-publish-on-animemanga-a-select-list. Basically, just some of the journals that regularly publish articles on anime/manga, organized by subject, include:


  • Animation Journal
  • Animation Studies
  • Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal


  • The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
  • Image [&] Narrative
  • ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies
  • International Journal of Comic Art
  • Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
  • Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art
  • Studies in Comics

/Film Studies

  • Cinephile: The University of British Columbia's Film Journal
  • Journal of Japanese & Korean Cinema
  • Journal of Religion and Film
  • Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities
  • Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies

/Japanese, East Asian, Asian Studies

  • The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
  • Asian Studies Review
  • Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies
  • Japan Forum
  • Japanese Studies
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
  • The Journal of Japanese Studies
  • Intersections: Gender, History & Culture in the Asian Context
  • Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique

/Media and Popular Culture

  • East Asian Journal of Popular Culture
  • Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media
  • Journal of Fandom Studies
  • Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
  • M/C Journal
  • The Phoenix Papers
  • Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media
  • The Journal of Popular Culture
  • Transformative Works and Cultures

/Science Fiction

  • Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
  • Science Fiction Film and Television
  • Science Fiction Studies

Hope this helps!

  • 1
    This is a fascinating list! Thank you for compiling it.
    – senshin
    Aug 24, 2016 at 1:37

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