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Focus and Scope

Orbit is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of contemporary American fiction from the second half of the twentieth century to the present. We publish special and general issues in a rolling format, which brings together a traditional journal article style with the latest publishing technology to ensure faster, yet prestigious, publication for authors.

Publication Frequency

Orbit is a rolling format journal. This means that articles are published, under a Volume and Issue, as soon as they are ready. Volumes are numbered yearly, with up to four issues per year.

Open Access Policy

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.

Works are released under a Creative Commons license, which provides unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons License stipulates that: "You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work)."

The citation of articles published in Orbit must include: the name(s) of the authors, the name of the journal, the full URL of the article (in a hyperlinked format if distributed online) and the DOI number of the article.

All articles published in this journal are available in full-text semantically rich JATS XML with metadata and structured citation data. Open OAI-PMH endpoints are available to crawl the articles at: . We ask that you respect our bandwidth capacity when mass-downloading articles but place no restrictions on this.

Archiving Policy

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Orbit is a not-for-profit publishing venture. The only revenue that we raise is to cover hosting costs. Previous sponsors are listed below. We believe that academic publishing should be a not-for-profit enterprise undertaken for the good of mass dissemination, not predicated upon exclusionary paywalls.

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