About the Journal

The American and British Studies Annual (ABSA) is a scholarly peer-reviewed open access journal focused on American and British cultural studies. Our aim is to create a platform for scholarly exchange not only within the Czech Republic but internationally. We seek original articles that explore wide range of issues concerning American and British literature, visual arts, music and other cultural phenomena as well as cultural history. The editors encourage submissions from scholars working in various disciplines with interests in American and British cultures, as well as articles with interdisciplinary perspectives on those cultures. We also devote a portion of the journal to outstanding undergraduate student contributions.

 

METRICS AND INDEXING

In 2010, the American and British Studies Annual was enlisted in the National Index of Peer-reviewed Scholarly Periodicals published in the Czech Republic.

The journal is also listed in the SCOPUS database and in the ERIH Plus list (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences) of the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD).

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PUBLICATION FREQUENCY

The journal is published once a year, usually in December.

 

PEER REVIEW PROCESS 

American & British Studies Annual is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Pardubice. The journal publishes scientific papers and book reviews in English.

Submissions are rejected when they fail to meet:

  • thematic focus of the journal
  • requirements of the original scientific research or review
  • formal requirements of the journal stated in Submission guidelines

All submissions that meet the above are subject to an anonymous blind review procedure by two independent reviewers. The identity of the reviewers remains unknown to the authors throughout the review process.

Reviewers expert in the field evaluate the paper from the perspective of content and form. They provide suggestions for improvement or reasons for rejecting the paper. The reviewers' recommendation to the editor is one of the following options:

  • Recommended for publication with no objections
  • Recommended for publication with some reservations (suggestions for improvement are specified in the review)
  • Not suitable for publication (reasons are specified in the review)

Following the decision to accept the article, the author is expected to make adjustments indicated by the reviewer. Minor corrections of an editorial nature can be made by the editors without the author’s involvement. The journal publishes papers that obtain two positive reviews.

Papers accepted for publication are subject to linguistic proofreading.

The review process is usually complete within three months of submitting the paper.  

 

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING

The American & British Studies Annual is an open access journal, its content is freely available to anyone in obedience to  the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

Authors submitting the paper to the  American & British Studies Annual agree to publish their article under the CC BY-NC 4.0 licence. Authors retain full copyright.

 

PUBLISHING ETHICS

The American and British Studies Annual (ABSA) is an annual peer-reviewed journal. Below are listed the responsibilities of editors, authors, and peer reviewers.

 

Responsibilities - Editors

The editor of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to ABSA should be published. The editor follows the policies discussed by the journal's editorial board and the Copyright Act in force in the Czech Republic. 

  • Fair play: the editor judges a manuscript of a submission without regard to the origin of the author or their institution, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, ethnic origin or political philosophy.
  • Confidentiality: the editor and editorial staff divulge any information about submitted manuscripts to anyone, except the correspondent author, reviewers, potential reviewers and publisher.
  • Disclosure and conflicts of interest: unpublished materials in submitted manuscripts may not be used in an editor's own research and use without express written consent of the relevant author.

 

Responsibilities - Authors

  • Originality: submissions must be original (not published elsewhere) and in English. Plagiarism must be avoided. All contributing authors must be credited.
  • Accuracy: the authors presenting the results of the research express themselves with the maximum possible accuracy and objectivity. The work should contain all the relevant data and information enabling the research to be reproduced. Any misrepresentation or intentional misrepresentation of the results is viewed as unethical and unacceptable.
  • Proofreading: submissions must be proofread thoroughly before submission.
  • Citing Literary Sources: proper acknowledgment of existing works cited or paraphrased must be given. Authors are required to cite any work that has an influence on their submission. 
  • Citation Style: ABSA uses Chicago citation style, which must be followed. A short style sheet available on ABSA website should be read before submission.
  • Conflict of Interest: Authors must divulge any conflict of interest regarding the creation/potential publication of their manuscripts.

 

Responsibilities - Peer reviewers

Reviewers assist the editor in his or her decision making and, through communication between the editor and authors, help increase the quality of the article. ABSA uses a double-blind peer-review process.

  • Promptness: reviewers designated by the editor who feel insufficiently competent and qualified to make an objective assessment of the manuscript or know that they are unable to ensure prompt assessment, should notify the editor.
  • Confidentiality: Every manuscript received for review must be treated as a confidential document. Peer reviewers must not divulge information about received/considered manuscripts to anyone but the editors of ABSA. It must not be shown or discussed with other experts except those authorized by the editor.
  • Objectivity: review reports must be conducted objectively. Any conflict of interest concerning the author, his/her institution, his/her manuscript, must be disclosed. The subjective attitude of the reviewer is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  • Citing Literary Sources: reviewers may identify other relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors. In that case they should make this clear in the review. The reviewer should also draw the editor's attention to the substantial similarity or overlap between the peer-reviewed article and other published works based on their personal knowledge.
  • Conflict of Interest: All information or ideas obtained during peer review must remain confidential and not be used for personal gain. A reviewer must refuse to review manuscripts where there may be a conflict of interest for reasons of competition, cooperation or any other relationship with authors, companies and institutions associated with the article. 

 

This, the American and British Studies Annual – Ethics and Malpractice Statement, follows the guidelines and standards set by COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics).

 

ARCHIVING

For the digital archiving purposes the American & British Studies Annual uses the LOCKSS and CLOCKSS services.

 

PRIVACY STATEMENT

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.