Publication Ethics

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found here.

Peer Review Policy

American Jewish History welcomes submissions of original research on the history and culture of Jews in the Americas.

When a piece is submitted to the journal, the editors read it and make an initial assessment concerning its suitability for the journal. Occasionally, they enlist a member of the editorial board to help them do so. If the article is not appropriate for the journal or if it does not meet the journal’s editorial standards, the article will be rejected. If a piece is suitable for the journal, but the editors feel that it needs revision before passing through the formal review process, they will send it to the author with requests for revisions. Articles that are appropriate for the journal and that meet editorial standards are sent out for a double-blind peer review, generally by two reviewers. Reviewers are asked to assess whether the submission advances our understanding of Jewry in the Americas; is situated in the literature in the field; is sufficiently analytical and original; presents a strong, clear argument that is well supported by primary source material; has appropriate methodology; and is clearly and accessibly written. Reviewers are asked to submit their evaluations within 4 and 6 weeks, and to recommend that the article be “accepted,” “conditionally accepted,” or “rejected.” Reviewers’ and editors’ comments are then shared with authors, with requests for revisions if necessary. AJH does not use a “revise and resubmit” designation, though sometimes revised conditionally-accepted articles are sent back to reviewers to re-evaluate. In any case, the editors make the final judgment as to whether an article is ready to be published. Once all conditions are met, the final version is moved to the copy-editing queue. 

American Jewish History occasionally publishes non-peer-reviewed features. These are generally recruited by the editors, who then make decisions concerning publication, sometimes in consultation with members of the editorial board.