Publication Ethics

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found here.

Peer Review Policy

Victorian Review welcome articles on all aspects of Victorian literature, history, science, arts, and culture. All submissions must be double spaced and must conform to MLA Handbook guidelines, with parenthetical documentation and a list of works cited. Submissions should be 5,000-8,000 words in length and must not have been previously published, in whole or in part, either in print or online. Submissions under consideration at another journal are not accepted.

Preliminary Review

Submissions to Victorian Review are reviewed by our Submissions Editor who determines whether the topic is suitable for the journal and meets basic academic standards regarding length, use of secondary sources, and style. In some instances, the Submissions Editor may consult with other members of the Editorial Committee or experts in the field before determining whether or not the essay should be put forward for double-blind peer review. In such instances, an essay that is determined not to be suitable for the journal may be returned with the comments (if any) that result from this preliminary consultation process.                                                        


All essays considered for publication are sent for blind-review to two readers who are experts in the relevant field. Readers are asked to assess the essay according to the following criteria: Significance; Originality; Authority (i.e. awareness and use of relevant scholarship); Presentation (style, grammar, spelling, citation); and Contribution to Victorian studies. Readers make one of the following recommendations:

I highly recommend acceptance

I recommend acceptance

I recommend acceptance with revisions indicated

I recommend revise and resubmit

I recommend rejection

Once the Submissions Editor has received both reports, the essay and the reports are circulated to the five-person Editorial Committee which determines one of the following outcomes: to accept, to accept with revisions, to invite the author to revise and resubmit, or to reject. In all cases, the author receives, together with this decision, those parts of the readers’ reports considered helpful in revising the essay.

The review process typically takes three months.


Essays that are accepted with revisions or invited to revise and resubmit are expected to reply to the suggestions in the readers’ reports, and/or the additional comments made by the Editorial Committee, and to provide a cover letter summarizing these changes. In the case of a recommendation of revise and resubmit, the revised essays are sent back to at least one of the previous readers for comment and assessment.

Informal Pieces

In addition to articles, Victorian Review publishes two other kinds of writing: Forum essays, short, op-ed style opinion pieces on a topic of interest to the discipline, and Book Reviews. These informal pieces are commissioned by their respective Editors, who review them for grammar, style, factual accuracy, and suitability for publication. They are not sent out for blind review.