Skip to content
IUScholarWorks Journals

About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Since 1993, The Medieval Review (TMR; formerly the Bryn Mawr Medieval Review) has been publishing reviews of current work in all areas of Medieval Studies, a field it interprets as broadly as possible. The electronic medium allows for very rapid publication of reviews, and provides a computer searchable archive of past reviews, both of which are of great utility to scholars and students around the world.  ISSN 1096-746X.

Editorial Process

When books are received in our office, they first go on a list to our Board of Review Editors, who make recommendations for potential reviewers. If reviewers are not found from that process, books are then placed on our postlist, a quarterly list of books sent out to subscribers (who are able nominate themselves to review a title). Once reviews are received by our office they are carefully edited and formatted by an Editor before distribution.

Editorial Policy

TMR does not endorse or oppose any review. We instead see our function as providing a forum for academic discourse. While our Editors reject reviews that offer ad hominem attacks or cross ethical lines, we are not otherwise prescriptive in our editing: we do not tell reviewers how to review books. As part of our commitment to public discourse, however, we do allow authors to respond to reviews.

Publication Frequency

TMR operates as a moderated distribution list. Subscribers receive reviews as e-mail; TMR posts each review as soon as the editors have received and edited it. There is no paper TMR. Once posted, reviews are archived and available for viewing, searching, printing, etc. on this website (

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.


TMR's bylaws (adopted by the Executive Editor and the Editors, January, 2008)


A board of distinguished review editors assists the editors in finding reviewers for books. The editors welcome expressions of interest from authors and publishers wishing to submit review copies of books directly to TMR. Note that TMR does not publish reviews that were not solicited by ourselves.

Please address any questions about TMR to the editors at, or at the address below:

The Medieval Review
The Medieval Studies Institute
Sycamore Hall 0025
1033 E. Third St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7104

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with The Medieval Review (TMR) agree to the following terms:

  1. By submitting to TMR, the author grants to TMR the non-exclusive right to reproduce, translate (as defined below), and/or distribute your submission worldwide in print and electronic format and in any medium, including but not limited to audio or video.
  2. The author agrees that TMR may, without changing the content, translate the submission to any medium or format for the purpose of preservation.
  3. The author agrees that TMR may keep more than one copy of this submission for purposes of security, back-up and preservation.
  4. The author represents that the submission is his/her original work, and that s/he has the right to grant the rights contained in this agreement. The author also represents that his/her submission does not, to the best of his/her knowledge, infringe upon anyone's copyright.
  5. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of TMR's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in TMR.

Journal History

From 1993-1995, the Bryn Mawr Medieval Review was published at the University of Washington. From May, 1995-August, 2007, it was published at Western Michigan University, thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Medieval Institute, the Department of History, and the College of Arts and Sciences.  In 1996, the journal's name was changed to The Medieval Review. From August 2007 to the present it has been published at Indiana University, Bloomington, thanks to the generous support of the Medieval Studies Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The BMMR archive was initially hosted at the University of Virginia Libraries' gopher (!) site. In 1996, the archive was moved to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under the auspices of what was eventually named the Scholarly Publishing Office at the University Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since January, 2010, the archive has been hosted by IUScholarWorks at Indiana University.

Archiving Policy

As part of Indiana University’s participation in the CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) program, a distributed global archiving system, this journal’s contents are part of a secure and permanent archive.