Profession carries articles that focus on the fields of modern languages and literatures as a profession. The editor invites essays of 1,800 to 5,000 words on current intellectual, curricular, and institutional trends and issues and on relevant public policy debates, essays that can be read with interest and profit by many, if not all, MLA members. The editor seeks articles covering a range of topics and giving a voice to MLA members working in diverse subject areas and situations. Letters to the editor and short comments on articles in the previous year’s Profession will also be considered for publication. Such letters and comments should not exceed 800 words. Profession does not carry articles by the same author two years in a row.
Only members of the association may submit material to Profession. At the discretion of the editor, waivers of the membership requirement may be granted for nonscholars and for scholars who work in disciplines other than language and literature. Waiver requests should be addressed to the managing editor.
At least two members of the Profession Advisory Committee will read and evaluate each article submission. Taking into account these advisory readings and additional comments from the directors of the MLA offices of programs and research, the editor will make final decisions on publication.
Profession is published annually, in December. The submission deadline for each issue is 15 March. (In years when that date falls over a weekend, the submission deadline will be the following Monday.) Authors should submit only one copy of their manuscripts; a return envelope is not necessary. The surface address is Profession, MLA, 26 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10004-1789. Submission by e-mail is also possible; MS Word is the preferred file format. Documentation should conform to the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, third edition (2008). Editorial inquiries should be addressed to email@example.com.
The 2011 issue of Profession is available for free to current members in e-reader formats. Click here for more details.