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Welcome to the Electronic Sixteenth Century Journal

In publication since 1969, the Sixteenth Century Journal (SCJ) prints twenty to twenty-five articles and over four hundred book reviews a year. The SCJ is dedicated to providing readers with thought-provoking research and inquiry into the sixteenth century broadly defined (i.e., 1450-1648). Our articles all maintain a strong historical core and cover subjects from around the world.

Covid-19 Update Posted on 04/06/2020

The SCJ continues production work from home! In interest of safety, we have decided to hold all print copies at our main office until it is safe to mail them. All users will be able to access the electronic version on http://escj.org


50/3 Available Online Posted on 03/16/2020

50-3 is available online! Due to university closure because of COVID-19, we are not sure when the print copies will be mailed to subscribers.

49/4 International mailing Posted on 08/02/2019

We have spent the last several weeks interpreting the contradictory information we were getting from our various contacts at the USPS and then buying new equipment required to run the software it was determined we need to employ to send our journals internationally in the quarterly bulk mailing. But we are almost there. Today Kathryn and Rachel ran the first set of labels and scanned the majority of the mailing into the Global Shipping Software, and we hope to finish up all the final details Monday. If all goes well, 49/4 will be in the mail to international customers by Tuesday. Of course, there is no need to wait to read the issue if you are desperate since it is available in electronic format through this website.


49-4 finally available Posted on 07/15/2019

49-4 is finally available online! Thank you everyone for your patience!

US subscribers should have received their copy or it is on the way. Unfortunately, we have had some customs issues with the foreign mailing so that copy has been delayed. We are working with the USPS and will send out 49-4 to foreign subscribers as soon as possible.

50th Anniversary of SCSC and SCJ Posted on 01/22/2019

The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of both the Sixteenth Century Journal and the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. SCJ will mark the anniversary with a special issue, “Taking the Temperature of Early Modern Studies,” in which fifty scholars from different generations, fields of study, and geographic locations consider the impact of trends in scholarship, culture, society, and politics on the past, present, and future of the field. SCSC will mark the anniversary at the 2019 conference in St. Louis, for which they invite submissions (including individual papers, panels, posters, and roundtables) that celebrate the last half-­century and that consider the future of early modern studies in the next quinquagenary. A formal call for papers will be out early in 2019, and meanwhile please send inquiries to conference@sixteenthcentury.org.