About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Barnboken: Journal of Children's Literature Research/Tidskrift för barnlitteraturforskning is a peer reviewed Open Access online-only journal published by the Swedish Institute for Children's Books with financial support from Vetenskapsrådet, the Swedish Research Council. Since a few years back the journal is also awarded annual support from NOS/HS. Barnboken was founded in 1977 and has been an online-only journal since 2010.

Barnboken is the only scholarly journal in its field published in Sweden and the oldest Nordic journal of its kind. We publish articles in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and English. All articles accepted for publication have been subject to a double-blind peer review process by at least two external peers.

We especially welcome articles with Swedish/Nordic connections. We strive to publish articles that apply new approaches while integrating previous research in an innovative and creative way. The journal is also open to interdisciplinary studies from closely related fields.

Barnboken also welcomes reviews of recent theoretical literature within the field, such as anthologies, dissertations, and other scholarly monographs.


Barnboken is indexed by numerous large international databases, for instance DOAJ, Google Scholar, MLA International Bibliography, Scopus, Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory and ERIH (The European Reference Index for the Humanities).


Open Access Policy and Copyright

Barnboken is published under an Open Access model and is free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational purposes. When posted online, articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier), which gives the article a permanent identifier to be used for citation purposes.

Under the Open Access model used by this journal authors retain the non-commercial copyright to their articles published in Barnboken.