Bulletin of the John Rylands Library

Edited by Stephen Mossman and Cordelia Warr

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Journal Information

  • ISSN: 2054-9318 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2054-9326 (Online)
  • Frequency: Biannual (Spring and Autumn)


The John Rylands Library houses one of the finest collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives in the world.  The collections span five millennia and cover a wide range of subjects, including art and archaeology; economic, social, political, religious and military history; literature, drama and music; science and medicine; theology and philosophy; travel and exploration. For over a century, the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library has published research that complements the Library’s special collections. The editors invite the submission of articles in these fields and welcome discussion of in-progress projects.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Manuscript and archive studies
  • Textual transmission and bibliographical studies
  • The histories of printing and publishing
  • The transmission and reception of the Bible
  • The history of religion, with particular regard to evangelical Christianity and the Dissenting and Nonconformist traditions
  • Visual culture, including manuscript illumination and the printed image
  • Social and cultural history, and the history of medicine

The editors also invite the submission of descriptive articles or shorter notices pertinent to items in the Library collections and those held in other institutions of the University of Manchester. Further information can be found in the Library’s Guide to Special Collections.

The complete archive of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, from its first issue in 1903 to Volume 80 (1998) is now available to purchase from Manchester University Press. Please see the subscriptions tab for more information.

Visit the archive collection page on the MUP website, here.


Editorial Board

Chair: Andrew Morrison, University of Manchester

Editors: Stephen Mossman, University of Manchester and Cordelia Warr, University of Manchester

Editorial Board

Hannah Barker, Director of the John Rylands Research Institute and Professor of History University of Manchester

Joseph Bergin, IEA de Nantes and University of Manchester

Paul Fouracre, University of Manchester

Roy Gibson, Durham University

John Hodgson, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

David Law, University of Manchester

Phyllis Mack, Rutgers University

David Matthews, University of Manchester

John Morgan, University of Bristol

Walter Pohl, Austrian Historical Research Institut

Lynda Pratt,  University of Nottingham

Julianne Simpson, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Carsten Timmermann, University of Manchester


The editors encourage the submission of cross disciplinary articles that enhance the scholarship and understanding of the collections. Full length articles as well as short review pieces and notes on particular collections, exhibitions and recent acquisitions are welcome. Please see the journal guidelines for preparing and submitting an article. See the journal author resources for more information on how to write and prepare your article and other MUP policies.

Contributors should send their articles to the editors: [email protected] and [email protected]

Requests to reproduce images of material from the John Rylands Library collections should be sent to Library’s imaging office. Please complete this form and return to the Library. Include the granted permission and high resolution image with your final manuscript.

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Complete Archive Purchase

The complete archive of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, from its first issue in 1903 to Volume 80 (1998) is now available to purchase from Manchester University Press. The integration of the archive brings all of the journal’s content together online for the first time, offering the opportunity for the journal’s influential research to be easily discovered and browsed.

The archive complements the current subscription product (1999 to date), and can be purchased on a one-time basis or as an annual subscription. By purchasing or licensing the archive, subscribers to the Bulletin will benefit from access to the complete collection of content back to issue 1.

To obtain pricing information, please contact Shelly Turner at [email protected].

Selected articles from the Bulletin are also available via the University of Manchester Library.


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Abstracting / Indexing

America: History and Life; Arts & Humanities Citation Index; ATLA Religion Database; British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography; Dietrich’s Index Philosophicus; Historical Abstracts; Humanities International Index; IBR Online; IBZ Online; International Bibliography of Art; MLA International Bibliography; New Testament Abstracts; Old Testament Abstracts; Poetry & Short Story Reference Center; Religious & Theological Abstracts; Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies; Scopus; The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature.

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