The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) has named Public Culture the 2013 co-winner of its Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement, given to journals that have launched an overall effort of revitalization or transformation within the previous three years. The other co-winner was Translation Review, published by Routledge.
The Award was presented on January 11, 2014, at the Modern Language Association conference in Chicago. In their comments at the ceremony, the CELJ jurors had this to say:
Public Culture was already a respected and pathbreaking journal before its major revamp. Starting from a strong base, the new editor has clearly identified a set of changes with a clear and appropriate rationale which provide development upon existing practice rather than a radical departure from it. These new developments are successfully carried out, with a marked emphasis on accessibility and broader relevance. The interviews involve prominent scholars and reflect the broad, interdisciplinary focus of the journal. The style/design of both the print version and the website are excellent and there is a clear intention to reach out to a new audience. The editors show real passion for their mission. Overall, an impressive journal very clearly pitched towars a broad, interdisciplinary, and topical audience.
Read more about the award and Public Culture's response here.