Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses / Alicante Journal of English Studies (RAEI) is primarily aimed at specialists in any area of English studies. Its main goal is to publish research works that contribute to advancing humanistic knowledge. The journal is open to original studies resulting from cutting-edge research. Only manuscripts in English are accepted. The journal has been published in print since its foundation, and an open-access online version is also available on its website for free.

Manuscripts submitted can be:

  • Articles on linguistics, language teaching, literature, literary theory and critique, history and other cultural aspects of English-speaking countries.
  • Reviews of recently published books in the field of English studies (the book must have appeared within the two years preceding the submission of the review).

This publication has exchange agreements in place with similar journals in the same field of study. All such proposals must be made in writing and sent to the journal’s email address.

 

Section Policies

Introduction

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Special Issue

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Miscellany

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Interviews

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Reviews

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Peer Review Process

After sending the manuscripts through the platform, the authors will be automatically notified by email that their files have been successfully received.

1 INITIAL ASSESSMENT

The manuscript will first be reviewed by the Editorial Board, assisted by the Advisory Board. Editors determine if the works submitted fall within the remit of the journal, they do not contain plagiarism and ensure compliance with scientific quality standards and, above all, with the guidelines for authors available on the website, which all works must meet. If the initial assessment outcome is negative, the authors may be required to make all necessary changes within two weeks. Please note that manuscripts may also be rejected; in that case, the grounds for rejection will be duly explained to the authors by email. If the authors do not receive a notification from the Editorial Board within two weeks, it will mean that the initial assessment outcome has been positive.

2 PEER REVIEW

Next, the articles will be double-blind peer-reviewed by two external evaluators, chosen by the Editorial Board from among experts in the relevant fields of study. The evaluators will be required to review the manuscript within four weeks and draft a report by completing a form (PDF) available on the website. If they disagree on their assessment, a third evaluator will be sent the manuscript, which will be anonymous throughout the whole process. A list of evaluators involved in the editorial process will be published yearly.

After receiving the assessment reports, the general editors will inform the author that one of the following statuses has been assigned to the manuscript:

  • Accepted.
  • Accepted with modifications. The manuscript will be published only if the authors introduce the changes proposed by the evaluators within two weeks.
  • New assessment required. The manuscript is not yet suitable for publication, but the Editorial Board will allow the authors to rewrite it and make any proposed changes in approach within four weeks. Upon receipt of the revised article, the Editorial Board will decide whether the new version can be published or should be assessed again by external evaluators.
  • Not accepted.

Book reviews will not be peer-reviewed by external evaluators. The journal’s editors, assisted by the Advisory Board, will decide whether the book review is accepted or not and inform the author of all changes needed, if any.

The decision is made within the next three months after receipt of the manuscript.

3 REVIEW OF THE PROOF OF THE ACCEPTED ARTICLE

After the assessment process a proof of the article will be sent to the author, who may propose non-content-related changes within seven days. Once the final version is ready, the article (and/or book review) will be available on the journal’s website.

4 ACTING AS A REVIEWER

Those interested in collaborating with the journal in the review of papers may apply to the journal's e-mail address. They may also request a certificate of their participation in the same way. The registration of reviewers is not enabled on the platform.

Reviewers will follow the publication policies and ethics and their collaboration will not entitle them to receive financial compensation.

 

Publication Frequency

Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses / Alicante Journal of English Studies (RAEI) is biannual: a miscellaneous issue comes out in January and a monographic issue in July.

 

Open Access Policy

This is an open-access journal, i.e. all content is available free of charge for users or their institutions. Users may read, download, copy, distribute, print, search for or add links to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other legal purpose, without prior consent from the publisher or author, in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

All contents of the journal are immediately available upon publication. No previous registration is required.

Open Access

 

Archiving

1 DIGITAL PRESERVATION

This journal uses the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system, to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. The LOOKSS publisher manifest may be found at: https://raei.ua.es/gateway/lockss

2 INTEROPERABILITY PROTOCOLS

The journal implements the OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) protocol, as can be seen in the following request: https://raei.ua.es/oai

 

Publication Policies and Ethics

Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses (RAEI) is committed to the principles of ethics, transparency and good editorial practices established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), in order to ensure compliance with ethical standards and the quality of the work it publishes. The journal applies the above principles, together with the following set of derived editorial ethics policies and the anti-plagiarism policy.

1 AUTHORSHIP AND CONTRIBUTION IN THE MANUSCRIPTS

Only persons who have made substantial contributions in all of the following areas should be listed as authors or co-authors:

  • Research: conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Article: drafting or critical revision in terms of important intellectual content.
  • Approval: of the final version of the article before submission for publication.

The number of authors of the paper should be justified by the subject, its complexity and its length. However, it will be limited to a maximum of 6 persons. The order of signature, which will be agreed upon by all authors, will be that of the degree of contribution.

2 CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICIES

Authors must expressly state any personal or economic ties that may be susceptible to influence the conclusions of an original, or otherwise declare the non-existence of a conflict of interest. The Editorial Board will evaluate the information provided and will decide on the acceptance of the manuscript.

The persons in charge of the evaluation must reject proposals for review of articles if there is a conflict of interest due to any type of affinity, contractual or direct collaboration relationship. During the evaluation procedure, they must expressly declare the non-existence of conflict of interest.

3 REPORTS OF MALPRACTICE, RETRACTIONS AND CORRECTIONS

Any person may contact the journal to report possible cases of malpractice, plagiarism, falsification of data, etc., of articles published in Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses (RAEI). The editorial team will investigate the matter, give the authors a period of 10 days to present their allegations and decide on the matter. If malpractice is found, the PDF file of the article will be removed from the issue in which it has been published, and this circumstance will be expressly stated. The Editorial Board will at all times facilitate the publication of retractions for any of the above reasons or for unintentional errors.

In the event that serious errors are discovered in articles already published by those responsible for them, they shall inform the Editorial Board, which may consider the publication of an erratum to accompany the article. Errata will not be considered serious and, therefore, will not be published in the case of spelling or grammatical errors.

4 COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Any person may submit a complaint or suggestion by e-mail to the main contact person of the journal, who will forward it to the Editorial Board for study and resolution, and the person involved will be informed.

 

Anti-plagiarism policy

Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses / Alicante Journal of English Studies has an anti-plagiarism policy in place to guarantee the originality of all manuscripts using specialised anti-plagiarism software Turnitin. This tool detects coincidences and similarities between texts submitted for publication and those previously published in other sources. Before proceeding with formal review and external assessment, the Editorial Board will run plagiarism checks on submitted manuscripts. If suspected cases of plagiarism are detected, the manuscript will not be published and authors will be informed.

 

Editorial practices regarding gender equality

Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses is committed to implementing gender policies that lead to real equality between women and men in our society. This commitment is reflected in a number of key actions.

1 Editorial participation

The journal will take measures to ensure a balanced gender representation, both on the journal’s different boards and among referees.

2 Use of inclusive language

Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses recommends using inclusive language in scientific articles, in order to take into account the presence and situation of women in society and in accordance with the principle of gender equality. In this sense, authors are encouraged to use gender-neutral rather than masculine terms to refer to classes or groups of individuals, whether male or female. It is also advisable to add explanatory phrases or, when none of the above is possible, make explicit reference to both women and men in the text.

For further details about alternatives and recommendations, see the United Nations website ("Gender-inclusive language").

3 Sex and gender in research

When writing research works, authors must avoid gender stereotypes and biases whereby men are regarded as the universal point of reference, biological differences are exacerbated or socially constructed differences are seen as natural. They must also consider the sex variable in research of any kind concerning persons, animals, tissues or cells, which involves:

  1. Reflecting and making well-founded decisions on sample composition by sex and providing information about the sex of the subjects analysed.
  2. Analysing existing differences within each sex and presenting results disaggregated by sex.

For more information, see the "Gender in EU-funded research" toolkit.

 

Fees payable by authors

Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses does not charge authors for the submission, processing or publication of manuscripts. All procedures are available to authors free of charge.

 

Print issues

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