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

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Introduction

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Monograph

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Miscellany

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Interviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

A list of evaluators involved in the editorial process will be published yearly.

 

Publication Frequency

Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses / Alicante Journal of English Studies is biannual: a miscellaneous issue comes out in January and a monographic issue in July, in both digital and paper versions. To acquire printed issues, please contact the Publication Service.

A call for papers will be published in the Announcements section inviting authors to submit manuscripts for monographic issues. Editorial proposals on monographic issues are also accepted and must be sent to the journal’s contact email address.

Manuscripts for miscellaneous issues can be submitted all year long.

 

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 editor 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.

 

Archiving

ARCHIVING

In addition to usual procedures for creating multiple and versioned backup copies, the contents of the journal are replicated in the University of Alicante institutional repository (RUA), based on Dspace. The journal’s homepage on RUA is: http://rua.ua.es/dspace/handle/10045/1174?locale=en

SELF-ARCHIVING POLICY

Authors cannot archive pre-prints (i.e. pre-refereeing) or post-prints (i.e. final draft post-refereeing) of the works.

Self-archiving of the publisher’s version is allowed in any repository without embargo. In this way the circulation and dissemination of research is promoted.

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

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

 

Code of Conduct and Best Practice

To ensure quality and compliance with ethical standards in all published articles and book reviews, Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses / Alicante Journal of English Studies follows the Code of Conduct and Best Practice issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics [COPE]. Some of the main provisions of the Code are listed below:

  • Manuscripts will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Anonymity of authors and evaluators will be ensured. Evaluators will be experts in the relevant field of knowledge. To guarantee impartiality, there will be no conflict of interest.
  • The decisions made by the Editorial Board will not be influenced by the authors’ nationality, ethnicity, political or religious beliefs, or institutional affiliation.
  • The journal is committed to gender equality and will ensure that non-sexist language is used in all published works.
  • Authors wishing to contact Editorial Board members may do so through the online platform or by email.
  • The Editorial Board will run plagiarism checks on all submitted manuscripts before proceeding with formal review and external assessment. Manuscripts that are not fully original will not be published and the authors will be informed.
  • Manuscripts must be original and anonymous. The authors must state that they will not send them to other publications before the review phase in Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses / Alicante Journal of English Studies is completed.
  • The intellectual property rights in all materials included in their articles are the responsibility of the authors.
  • Authors wishing to publish in this journal must indicate that they will comply with the provisions of the Code of Conduct and Best Practice produced by the Committee on Publication Ethics [COPE] by checking the relevant box before submitting their work.

 

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.