Publication Ethics

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found here.

Peer Review Policy

African American Review (AAR) does not consider previously published works or simultaneous submissions. AAR does not consider unsolicited book reviews.

  • Each critical submission (articles, “Forgotten Manuscripts”) is first vetted by Editor Nathan Grant and can be rejected from the desk if deemed unsuitable or poor.
  • The article and “Forgotten Manuscripts” submissions that are deemed fit for external review are sent to two scholars in a double-blind reading process. Poetry and fiction submissions are immediately sent to our Poetry & Fiction Editorial Collective, comprised of four scholars, for consideration.
  • Here is a brief list of questions one might consider when reviewing an article submission. This list is simply a rough guideline and should not limit one's approach.
    • Is the paper’s style readable? Does it read appropriately like an article rather than, say, a dissertation chapter?
    • Do the facts, references, and quotations appear to be accurate?
    • Does the paper demonstrate sufficient awareness of the previous criticism?
    • Is the argument sufficiently contextualized and its major terms clearly and consistently defined?
    • Does the author clarify how her intervention is distinct from existing critical interpretations?
    • Does the current title accurately reflect the contents of the manuscript and the importance of the argument?
    • If you conclude that this submission should be revised and resubmitted, please offer the author specific recommendations?
    • If you recommend revision and the author chooses to revise and resubmit this manuscript, would you be willing to read and assess the revised text?
  • If the peer reviewers recommend revise and resubmit, authors are required to make rewrites within 60 to 90 days. This timetable improves the likelihood that the two original readers are available for a second review.
  • Timetable:
    • Work is vetted from the desk within 4 to 6 weeks of submission.
    • External reader reports are received after 2 to 3 months from internal vetting.
    • Revisions also undergo a 2- to 3-month external review.