Publication Ethics

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found here.

Peer Review Policy

Submission Policy. All submissions to Studies in American Fiction (SAF) must be original work, and may not be under consideration elsewhere. We print essays that are in the range of 8,000-10,000 words, excluding footnotes (we do not consider longer work). We do not consider book reviews, translations, reprints, or any work that is not a scholarly essay devoted to works of American fiction, broadly defined.

Type of preliminary review. Upon receipt, the editorial group at SAF carefully screens submitted work for suitability. “Suitability” covers a wide range of considerations and does not always reflect negatively on the caliber of the submission. In general, if we sent out an essay for review, we believe that the essay has the potential to appear in the journal. The preliminary review period is generally 2-3 weeks.

Type of review. We have a blind review process, meaning that any and all identifying marks are removed from the essay prior to its being sent to readers. In general, we specify a two-month period for the completion of the review. We ask readers to submit a report of approximately 400-500 words, though suggested revisions may run longer. The criteria for review include: 1) original contribution to the field of study; 2) engagement with critical debates in the field, or in the study author and/or literary work; 3) coherence and development of the essay’s argument; 4) supporting evidence for the essay’s claims. Readers generally recommend reject, revise/resubmit; accept without revisions. The latter recommendation is rare.

Revisions/Re-review. In the majority of cases, readers recommend revisions. The essay is returned to the author with two reports, and the time for revisions is at the author’s discretion, though in ordinary circumstances we recommend a minimum of 6 weeks. If the requested revisions are minor, the essay is then reviewed by the editorial group. If the requested revisions are more ambitious, the essay is returned to the readers. After acceptance the essay is assigned a publication date. By design, essays accepted to SAF go into print fairly quickly—ordinarily within one year of acceptance.