Focus and Scope

Focus on German Studies is a scholarly journal, which is run and published exclusively by graduate students at the University of Cincinnati. We publish only writing submitted by other graduate students. Our format includes articles on all aspects of German Studies including German literature, interviews with German-speaking authors, artists and directors, and reviews of contemporary literature and film.

There is only one other student-run journal for Germanistik in the country, so we regard Focus as an important asset not only to graduate students, but also to German scholarship as a whole. Our highest priority is to publish quality articles which demonstrate original scholarship. To ensure that we maintain high standards, all submissions are refereed by professors who preferably have published in the areas explored in the articles.

Our book reviews present primary works of contemporary literature and offer important introductory information on many Neuerscheinungen.Since it is often difficult for those outside of Europe to keep abreast of the newest releases in the German literary scene, Focus on German Studies provides an important resource. We encourage all students interested in being potential reviewers to contact us.

Peer Review Process

We require approval from a minimum of two reviewers. Criteria for review are:

  1. Validity of the argument and originality of the scholarship
  2. Clarity of thesis statement
  3. Thoroughness of research
  4. Organization and style
  5. Suggestions for improvement.

Pooled from both the professional world and university faculty, reviewers are experts in the relevant field of study.


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.

Journal History

Focus has changed over the years, and continues to develop today. First published in Spring of 1994, and originally titled Focus on Literatur, the journal was initially published biannually. With the new millennium came annual publication and our current title, and in 2008, Editor-in-Chief Marie Buesch began the process of digitizing Focus issues to ensure the worldwide accessibility of the journal. As of 2014, Focus has transitioned to fully online publication.