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The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies

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The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies
Social Theory
Social Science
Edited byChris Matthew Sciabarra
Stephen D. Cox
Roderick Long
Robert L. Campbell
Publication details
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4J. Ayn Rand Stud.
ISSN1526-1018 (print)
2169-7132 (web)
OCLC no.41986207

The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (JARS) was an academic journal devoted to studying "Rand and her times". Established in 1999, its founding co-editors were R. W. Bradford, Stephen D. Cox, and Chris Matthew Sciabarra. Since 2013, the journal had been published by Penn State University Press.


In 1999, R. W. Bradford, Stephen D. Cox, and Chris Matthew Sciabarra co-founded the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies.[1] Founding co-editor Sciabarra called the journal "the only nonpartisan, interdisciplinary, double-blind, peer-reviewed, biannual periodical devoted to the study of Ayn Rand and her times".[2] Rand was a twentieth-century author who developed a system of thought she called Objectivism.[3]

In 2000, the Village Voice reported that Mimi Reisel Gladstein was another editor for the journal.[4] In 2005, the journal dedicated its issues to commemorating the centenary of Rand's birth and featured scholarship on her legacy and influence.[5] Starting in 2013, the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies was published by Penn State University Press.[2]

The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies ceased publication in 2023, concluding a twenty-three-year run.[6]


The journal published on Rand studies from a variety of perspectives.[7] Mainstream intellectuals and academics from prestigious universities worldwide, writing without hagiography, contributed scholarship to the journal.[8] This caused friction with the Ayn Rand Institute; journalist David Glenn reports that institute leaders considered "many of" the journal's publications "false and offensive".[9] When Andrew Bernstein (a philosopher intellectually affiliated with the Ayn Rand Institute and a candidate for a visiting faculty position at Texas State University that would have been funded by the Anthem Foundation) contributed a brief reply to a negative review of his CliffsNotes for Ayn Rand's novels in 2002, he subsequently issued a statement apologizing for having contributed to the journal, behavior that Texas State senior philosophy lecturer Rebecca Raphael considered "a red flag", in the words of journalist Glenn, and believed departments should be cautious about accepting Anthem grants; ultimately, Texas State's philosophy department did not go forward with establishing a position with Anthem Foundation funding.[10]


  1. ^ Sciabarra (2003, pp. 10–11); Shea (2005); Young (2005).
  2. ^ a b Sciabarra (2022).
  3. ^ Young (2005).
  4. ^ Vincent (2000).
  5. ^ Shea (2005).
  6. ^ Sciabarra (2023).
  7. ^ Glenn 2007, pp. A6–A8, A10–A13.
  8. ^ Young (2005); Cohen (2001).
  9. ^ Glenn 2007, pp. A6–A8, A10–A13.
  10. ^ Glenn (2007, pp. A6–8, A10–A13).


  • Bernstein, Andrew (Spring 2002). "Reply to Kirsti Minsaas: On the Ayn Rand CliffsNotes". Journal of Ayn Rand Studies. 3 (2): 349. JSTOR 41560193.
  • Cohen, David (December 7, 2001). "A growing concern". The Guardian. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  • Glenn, David (July 13, 2007). "Advocates of Objectivism Make New Inroads". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Vol. 53, no. 45. pp. A6–A8, A10–A13. ISSN 0009-5982.
  • Sciabarra, Chris (July–August 2003). "The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies: Four Years and Counting". The Free Radical. Vol. 57. pp. 10–11. Archived from the original on January 18, 2023.
  • Sciabarra, Chris Matthew (September 6, 2022). "JARS: Toward a 2023 Grand Finale". Notablog.
  • Sciabarra, Chris Matthew (March 14, 2023). "JARS: The 2023 Grand Finale Arrives!". Notablog.
  • Shea, Christopher (February 13, 2005). "Ayn Rand's Campus Radicals". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on March 15, 2005. Retrieved September 24, 2023.
  • Vincent, Norah (March 14, 2000). "Gettin' Randy". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2009-08-19. Retrieved September 24, 2023.
  • Young, Cathy (March 1, 2005). "Ayn Rand at 100". Reason. Retrieved October 14, 2013.

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