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


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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.

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 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




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:


The journal implements the OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) protocol, as can be seen in the following request:


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.


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 society. This commitment is reflected in a number of key actions.


he journal will take measures to ensure balanced gender representation, both on the journal's different boards and among manuscript reviewers.


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, avoid references to the subject or, if none of the above is possible, make reference to both women and men in the text.

For further details and recommendations, see the University of Alicante's inclusive language guide (PDF) (available in Spanish and Catalan).


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 practical guide for the inclusion of the gender perspective in research contents (PDF) (available in Spanish).