Frequently Asked Questions

The Journal of Popular Culture is a peer-reviewed journal and the official publication of the Popular Culture Association. The popular culture movement was founded on the principle that the perspectives and experiences of common folk offer compelling insights into the social world.  The fabric of human social life is not merely the art deemed worthy to hang in museums, the books that have won literary prizes or been named “classics,” or the religious and social ceremonies carried out by societies’ elite.  The Journal of Popular Culture continues to break down the barriers between so-called “low” and “high” culture and focuses on filling in the gaps a neglect of popular culture has left in our understanding of the workings of society.

How long will it take to process my article?

Once the journal receives your article, it is usually sent to a member of our editorial board within two days. At this time, we will send you confirmation that your article has been received and sent out for review. Most authors will have a decision regarding their article within three to six months.

Who should I contact if I have a question about my article?

If you have a general question about your article, such as if your article has been received, whether or not a decision has been made regarding your piece, when you might expect your article to be published, etc, please contact a member of our editorial staff at If you have a question for our editor, Ann E. Larabee, please contact us via email at and it will be forwarded to her. Requests for permission to reprint material from the journal should be addressed to:

How do I access the JPC online? 

In order to access the JPC online, you must subscribe to the journal or be a member of the Popular Culture Association (which automatically includes a subscription).  Soon after your subscription request is processed by our publisher, Blackwell, you should receive an access token with a username and password either via mail or email.  Once you have this, visit Blackwell's JPC online database and click View Content Online. At the top right of the screen, enter your user name and password to gain access to the JPC online, which contains every issue of the journal since 1967.  If for some reason you do not receive a user name and password upon subscription, please contact Blackwell directly at 1-800-835-6770.

Where is JPC Indexed?

The Journal of Popular Culture is also indexed/abstracted in:

  • Academic Search Elite
  • Academic Search Premier
  • America: History and Life
  • Communication Abstracts
  • EBSCO MasterFILE Elite
  • EBSCO MasterFILE Premier
  • EBSCO MasterFILE Select
  • Humanities Abstracts
  • Humanities Index
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
  • Modern Language Association Bibliography
  • ProQuest Social Science Plus Text
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • CatchWord
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Wilson OmniFile V
  • Wilson Social Sciences Abstracts
  • Wilson Social Sciences Index

Who Can I Contact Regarding Book Reviews?

The Journal of Popular Culture's Book Review Editor is Tricia Jenkins, and she can be reached by email at