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This slipped past me when first posted. I’ve reached out to some friends with Ph.D.s in mythological studies and/or related fields, and haven’t come up with much, apart from the following suggestions (all are Jungian journals):

Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche

Psychological Perspectives 

The Harvest Journal

A couple of caveats:

Though there can be some overlap, the “hero’s journey” can mean something different to Jungians than the the story arc Joseph Campbell identifies in myth (Campbell sent Jung a copy of The Hero with a Thousand Faces just a few years before the psychiatrist’s death, so when Jung uses the term throughout his work, he’s not specifically referencing Campbell’s analysis).

And then one myth scholar pointed out to me that the problem might not be the Campbell connection so much as the content. The “hero’s journey” concept does not play well throughout much of academia. Indeed, just a few years ago I coordinated a grant writing effort to the National Endowment for the Humanities, applying for one of several “literature & tech” grants available; our idea was to design an interactive program that would help teach the hero’s journey to junior high and high school literature students – but comments from several scholars on the NEH grant review panel criticized the application because they did not recognize the HJ as legitimate.

Indeed, David Miller, Joseph Campbell’s friend, colleague, and a well-respected religious studies scholar, advised us that Campbell’s concept of the hero’s journey “monomyth” has been widely rejected within the field of Humanities scholarship: no matter how strong a case we made, even if one or two evaluators were sympathetic, there would always be a loud voice or two on the panel strenuously objecting.

The pendulum will likely swing back at some point, but for the moment submitting a paper to an academic journal that analyzes academic texts through the lens of a concept widely rejected within academia could be a dicey proposition. (That’s not to discourage you from daring the adventure, but did want you be be aware of this bias.)

Curious what prompted your paper? Is this part of your studies for a post-graduate degree, or perhaps related to work in the field of education?

Whatever the genesis, I wish you the best.