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Oxford Research in English (ORE) is an online, MLA-indexed journal run by graduate students at the University of Oxford’s Department of English Language and Literature (ISSN: 2397-2947).  We are supported by our parent organization, English Graduates at Oxford (EGO), as well as by the department more broadly speaking.

The ORE’s fundamental purpose is to offer aspiring academics a friendly forum for their first publication.  As such we accept the work of PhD and MA students as well as the work of researchers who have recently achieved their doctorate, but who are perhaps lacking in publications.

The ORE aims to publish two issues a year: an Autumn issue based on a CFP, and a Spring issue consisting of papers that were presented at the Oxford English Graduate Conference of the previous year.  All issues go through an intensive editorial process that includes double-blind peer review.

The current issue centres on the theme of 'Brevity' and features five papers authored by emerging scholars from universities around the world. The topics range from the expansion of Austen's characteristic brevity by contemporary fanworks, to the compressed power of Bengali children's rhymes, to the razor wit of the 'turn' in Restoration comedy.

Of special interest is an interview with early career researcher Noreen Masud (Linacre), discussing her work on the aphorisms of Stevie Smith and the challenges and opportunities of ever-expanding ideas for doctoral work.

See the new issue here:

If you are interested in contributing to the ORE, our next CFP for Issue 7, 'Craft', is available. In the meantime, Issue 6: Debts will consist of the conference proceedings of the Oxford English Graduate Conference 2017 (see and a number of academic reviews from graduate students in the English Faculty.