American Journal of Play

American Journal of PlayA peer-reviewed interdisciplinary publication of The Strong, the American Journal of Play® is a forum for discussing the history, science, and culture of play. The Journal aims to increase awareness and understanding of the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates cultural history.

The American Journal of Play includes material that synthesizes and puts into perspective major themes of play scholarship; summarizes emerging areas of play research; presents significant new research about play; illuminates the important role of play in learning and human development throughout the life cycle; examines the interrelationship of play to other aspects of human endeavor; explicates social, cultural, educational, and public policy issues related to play; and explores cultural history through the world of play.

The American Journal of Play is published three times each year and written in a straightforward style for a wide readership of educators, psychologists, play therapists, sociologists, anthropologists, folklorists, historians, museum professionals, toy and game designers, policy makers, and others who consider play for a variety of reasons and from various perspectives.

Free Online Access

Current and past issues of the American Journal of Play are available free online. Sign up for new issue alerts to be notified via email when new issues become available.

Institutions may point their catalogs to http://www.journalofplay.org to access issue content. There is no need to use a proxy server or any authentication to access article content in PDF format.

Print Subscription Rates

Printed editions are available for subscription and single copy purchase.

  • Individuals: 1 year, $54 ($84 Non-U.S.)
  • Institutions: 1 year, $139 ($169 Non-U.S.)
  • Students: 1 year, $35 ($65 Non-U.S.)

Print subscriptions begin with the next published issue. New and renewal orders can be submitted online, by calling 585-410-6348, or by completing the order form.

Subscription inquiries may be directed to subscriptions@journalofplay.org.

Information for Authors and Book Publishers

The American Journal of Play seeks articles that present significant new research about the nature of play; synthesize and put into perspective major themes of play scholarship; summarize emerging areas of research regarding play; illuminate the important role of play in learning and human development throughout the life cycle; examine the interrelationship of play to other aspects of endeavor; explicate social, cultural, educational, and public policy issues related to play; and explore American cultural history through the window of play. Please visit journalofplay.org for manuscript submission information and writing style guidelines.

Publishers interested in having books reviewed in the Journal should send at least two copies to:

Jeremy K. Saucier
Book Review Editor
American Journal of Play
The Strong
One Manhattan Square
Rochester, NY 14607
jsaucier@museumofplay.org