About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The New North Star is a peer-reviewed, annual, open-access online journal, published by the Institute for American Thought. The journal features new scholarship on the activities and ideas of the nineteenth century African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass and the world with which he interacted. Articles that assess Douglass’s impact on events following his lifetime, including current events, are also desired. The New North Star publishes articles from a diversity of disciplines, ranging from history to literature, and communications to anthropology. Likewise, in the spirit of Douglass’s own varied interests, works of fiction and poetry on topics pertinent to his life and times are also considered for publication. The journal also features interviews with authors of new scholarship on Douglass as well as reviews of that recently published literature. The New North Star is intended to help bridge the gap between new scholarship and the classroom, and articles describing new techniques on teaching Douglass and his world are also welcome.


The New North Star is published by the IUPUI Institute for American Thought. The journal is hosted and supported by the IUPUI University Library.

Peer Review Process

The editors of the New North Star are committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editors, it will then be double blind peer-reviewed by expert referees.

Publication Frequency

This journal is published annually.

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. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal, or use them for any other lawful purpose.

Archival Policy

The New North Star is digitally preserved using the PKP Private LOCKSS Network (PLN). For more information about the PKP PLN, see https://pkp.sfu.ca/pkp-lockss/.

Article Processing/Submission Charges

The New North Star does not use article processing charges (APCs) or other submission charges.