A: The guest editors of each special issue decide on the individual topic. The general editors select suitable topics for special issues based on submissions from potential guest editors. We allow for topics from the broad range of American literatures, including Canadian and Latinx and South American writing.
A: We are looking for cutting-edge, innovative essays (as well as book reviews) in the wide realm of American literatures. Each article should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long (book reviews: 1,000 words) and will undergo a process of double-blind peer reviewing. Please refer to the Instructions for Contributors for details.
A: For the time being, AmLit will appear biannually (April and October) as an open-access online journal. In the long run, we are considering publications in print form.
A: There are no costs whatsoever for contributors. All costs for editing are covered by the University of Graz.
A: Ca. 15 months from first abstract to publication. Regular editions are planned for April and October. We would need a final version of a special issue approx. 5 months before, to be double-checked with the contributors and polished.
A: For now, AmLit will only appear in English. We are considering a special issue in another or more than one language.
A: The essays to be published with AmLit – American Literatures should be original essays that have not been published before.
A: Yes, if the article has not previously been published.
A: Since AmLit is an open-access journal under the Creative Commons License 4.0 and according to the open access principles of the journal, all rights are retained by the author(s). Therefore, you are free to share your article in any version (we encourage using the published version) at any given time from publication, and may also republish it without asking for permission, as long as you acknowledge the original publication in AmLit (bibliographical citation).
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A: Peer reviewers provide reviews of essays, articles, and books as voluntary service to their discipline and shall receive no financial compensation.
A: AmLit publishes articles under the Creative Commons License 4.0 International (CCBY). The full terms and conditions of the license can be viewed at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode.