About the Journal

REDEN (Revista Española de Estudios Norteamericanos, ISSN: 2695-4168) is an open access interdisciplinary, academic, double blind peer-reviewed journal focusing on the study of the US popular culture manifestations and the representations of the United States in popular culture.

The journal was first published between 1989 and 2002 as biannual academic publication of the Instituto Franklin–UAH (ISSN: 1131-9674), dedicated to American Studies with a general scope, including social science and international relations. You can find its publication history and all the issues here. Its publication was reprised in 2019 and in 2021 it was relaunched on the OJS platform of the Universidad de Alcalá with a fully refounded editorial team, new appearance, refreshed author guidelines, and specific focus on US popular culture.

The journal accepts both regular and special dossier submissions, as well as book reviews. Deadlines are: April 15 (for the November issue), October 15 (for the May issue).

REDEN welcomes research papers written in English from any academic perspective and field, encouraging multidisciplinary and intersectional analysis of popular culture texts and multimodal cultural expressions—as well as their publics and reception—conveyed by means such as film, comics and graphic novels, TV and web series, videogames, music, genre fiction, and so forth.
Book reviews must refer to monographs and edited volumes focused on topics fitting with the journal's scope, published in the past three years (or less recent books if put in perspective critically).

We believe that to thoroughly understand the diversity inherent to American culture it is fundamental to study popular culture imaginaries referring to contemporary and historical issues, spanning across political contexts, uses of new media, identity definition, racial discrimination, environmental preoccupations, and public debates regarding gender and sexuality.

The journal is based at the Instituto Franklin–UAH (published by the Publishing Service of the Universidad de Alcalá) and promoted by the PopMeC Association for US Popular Culture Studies, with the aim of fostering academic research in the fields of  American and Popular Culture studies.

The journal provides open access to its content and does not ask for any Article Publication Charge. Publishing is free for authors and the published texts are licensed under the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). You are free to share, copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, with an acknowledgement of the authorship of the work and the initial publication in this journal and editorial publisher. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.


The journal is indexed in

MLA Directory of Periodicals


DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journal

MIAR - Matriz de Información para el Análisis de Revistas

ERIH PLUS European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences