Publication Ethics

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found here.

Peer Review Policy

The Children’s Literature Association Quarterly’s policies on submission are as follows: The journal accepts original work only (no reprints) and asks submitters to confirm that the essay in question is not under consideration at any other venue, although revised versions of portions of dissertation chapters are acceptable if the piece has not been published elsewhere. Normally the journal publishes only scholarly articles rather than interviews, short pieces, etc.; any exceptions to this policy are generated by the editors rather than by contributors sending unsolicited work.

All submissions are read by the editor and associate editors and assessed for suitability. Weak or unsuitable submissions receive an editorial report as part of the rejection email. Potentially publishable submissions undergo a double-blind peer review process with two outside reviewers. Articles are assessed for originality, value of contribution to the field, and quality of writing. Reviewers are asked to recommend either acceptance, acceptance with revisions, revision and resubmission, or rejection. “Acceptance with revisions” typically involves a clearance read from one or both of the original readers. “Revision and resubmission” involves sending out the revised manuscript to two readers, possibly but not necessarily the original ones. In all cases, the journal asks reviewers to complete their reports within four weeks of their receipt of the manuscript, with the aim being to advise the contributor of the editors’ decision within three months from the date of submission. Typically, an accepted article would see print between twelve and eighteen months from submission or resubmission.

Accepted articles undergo final approval and initial copy editing at the hands of the editor, with a second round of editing done by JHUP’s professional copy editor. Authors review both rounds of edits and the first proofs; revised proofs are reviewed by the editors only.