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LITTERARIA PRAGENSIA

Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture is a peer-reviewed international academic journal listed in EBSCO, the ERIH PLUS Database, the MLA Directory of Periodicals, and the Carhus Plus+ database. It is published twice a year and numbered continuously.

AIMS AND SCOPE

Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture publishes thematic issues focused on interdisciplinary critical debates about diverse phenomena in modern and contemporary literatures and cultures, from major movements and genres to the problems of cultural history, identity and communication, text, intertextuality, performativity and reception. Major methodologies range from Structuralism, Post-structuralism and New Historicism to Gender, Postcolonial and Appropriation Studies. An important objective of the journal is to stimulate and develop multi- and transdisciplinary cooperation within and among research projects and networks world-wide.

Litteraria Pragensia welcomes proposals of thematic issues including:

  • a title and a brief description of the theme(s) and scope of the issue
  • the names and bio-notes of the editor(s) and contributors with the tentative titles and abstracts of individual articles
  • an estimated range of the issue (typically 8 articles and editorial introduction; 45-60,000 words)

Reviews of academic books in the above areas are also welcome.

Individual articles outside thematic issues are published only provided that they are of exceptional importance and standard, and that the range of a given thematic issue allows it.

HISTORY

The journal emerged from the discussions about the directions in comparative literature, cultural studies and critical theory after the fall of the Iron Curtain. An important predecessor was the Časopis pro moderní filologii (Journal for Modern Philology), a major publication venue of the Prague Structuralist School (Prague Linguistic Circle) in the 1920s and 1930s. The principal aim of the new journal has been to establish and develop links between the legacy of Prague Structuralism and current poststructuralist trends.

The first issue, “The Variety of Historicisms”, was published in cooperation with scholars from the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) at Irvine and the University of California at Berkeley. A full list of topics discussed in the 25+ years of the journal’s existence is available under the ARCHIVE tab above.

Our distinguished contributors have included Neil Ascherson, Aleida Assmann, Susan Bassnett, Sacvan Bercovitch, Christoph Bode, Rui Carvalho Homem, Natalie Zemon Davis, Augusto de Campos, David Duff, S.E. Gontarski, Stephen Greenblatt, Nicholas Grene, Ton Hoenselaars, Steve McCaffery, Jerome McGann, Tom Nairn, Michael Neill, Marjorie Perloff, Murray Pittock, Marc Porée, Annie Proulx, Alain Vaillant, Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin, and Timothy Webb.

EDITORS
Martin Procházka (Chief Editor), Zdeněk Hrbata, Ondřej Pilný, Louis Armand

EDITORIAL BOARD
Jan Čermák (Charles University, Prague), Milan Exner (Technical University, Liberec), Anna Housková (Charles University, Prague), Andrew J. Mitchell (Emory University, Atlanta), Jiří Pelán (Charles University, Prague), Miroslav Petříček (Charles University, Prague), Sam Slote (Trinity College, Dublin), Clare Wallace (Charles University, Prague)

ADVISORY BOARD
Ellen Berry (Emerita, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio), Christoph Bode (Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München), Arthur Bradley (University of Lancaster), Rui Carvalho Homem (University of Porto), Charles Crow (Emeritus, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio), Malcolm Kelsall (Emeritus, University of Wales, Cardiff), Mária Kurdi (Emerita, University of Pécs), Randolph Starn (Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley), Timothy Webb (Emeritus, University of Bristol)

Executive Editor Ondřej Pilný

Editorial Assistant Petra Johana Poncarová

PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

The Editors of Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture are constantly striving to meet the needs of the readers and authors and to improve the academic standard of the journal, while recognising the diversity of aims of individual journal sections and thematic issues. They propose topics of thematic issues, which open up new research issues or areas or reassess currently discussed ones, and attract renowned academics as guest editors or co-editors of individual issues. For this purpose they use existing research networks, international research projects, conferences, symposia and seminars. Publication projects arising from the last mentioned events always require substantial development of general conclusions as well as individual papers in terms of theoretical and material research. The Editors also support reviewing of topical academic books by international academics.

The general principles of editorial practice are:

  • freedom of expression not only in the discussion of academic problems but always when these or their implications concern current political, cultural, social, ethical or gender issues.
  • maintenance of the integrity of academic record. This is ensured by strict editorial and peer-reviewing policies (see below) and by constant cooperation with academics on the Advisory and Editorial Boards and guest-editors (co-editors) of thematic issues. The Editors are committed to revealing and pursuing any cases of academic misconduct and retracting fraudulent articles, procedures and items of information. Revealed acts of misconduct and malpractice are reported to the author’s employer and/or research-funding institution.
  • priority of intellectual and academic standards before business needs. This is achieved and maintained by financing the journal from available research grants and constant search for new grant resources. Neither editorial decisions, nor peer-reviewing process are influenced by the business needs of the journal. The funding sources of the journal and individual articles are publicized in the specific issues as well as on the journal’s website.
  • constant cooperation with readers. This involves the encouragement of academic debate, acceptance, assessment and implementation of their proposals for thematic issues, academic book reviews, etc. and publication of corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies. All authors and issue editors are obliged to respond to reader’s questions and comments (their e-mail addresses are listed – with their informed consent – in the Contributors section of each issue). The Editors are ready to encourage academic debate by providing space for cogent criticism of published articles and answers of their authors.
  • obligation to respond to authors’ complaints against editorial or peer-reviewing procedures and to follow the Code of Conduct publicized by The Committee on Publication Ethics.
  • rules for managing conflicts of interest. Any existing or potential conflict of interest on the part of authors, peer-reviewers or members of the Editorial or Advisory Board must be declared to the journal Editors, who are responsible for its resolution. The responsibility for the resolution of any conflicts of interest on the part of the Editors pertains to the statutory representative of the publisher, i.e. the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University.

EDITORIAL AND PEER-REVIEWING PROCEDURE

The Editors of the journal are responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles should be published. They evaluate manuscripts solely for their intellectual content, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnicity, or citizenship. Their decision to accept an article is based on its importance, originality, clarity and the relevance to the academic aims and standards pursued by the journal. They are committed to handling all submissions in a fair and timely manner.

Procedure

Manuscripts are treated as confidential and peer-reviewers’ identities are protected.

First stage: Articles are evaluated by the journal’s Chief Editor and at least one of the Editors. If they fail to meet the academic standards of the journal or if they do not comply with the formal requirements specified in the Submission Guidelines, they are returned to authors either for resubmission or with a statement of reasons for rejection.

Second stage: Anonymized articles are evaluated by two peer-reviewers who are specialists in the field, are affiliated with an internationally recognized university or other research institution and are not members of the publishing institution or of the Editorial/Advisory Boards of the journal. Their identity is never disclosed to the authors and readers. In case of a significant discrepancy in the peer-reviewers’ evaluation a third reviewer is invited. Evaluation results are anonymized and communicated to authors who are asked to make required changes. The efficiency of this process and the adequacy of changes are judged by the Editors, who may consult peer-reviewers if they are in doubt. Submissions classified as unpublishable even after substantial rewriting are rejected.

The decision to accept an article cannot be reversed by the present Editors or their successors, unless serious problems (academic misconduct, erroneous information or interpretation) are discovered in the process of editing. If they are revealed after the publication, the Editors are obliged to publish corrections or retractions.

Peer-reviewers

Peer-reviewers should do their best to improve the quality of articles by evaluating them carefully, objectively, and timely. It is their duty to inform the Editors of any suspected plagiarism. They are asked to declare any existing or potential conflicts of interest related to a particular article or author. Confidentiality should be respected during all stages of the review process. Guidance to peer-reviewers is provided by the Editors and constantly updated.

Authors
By submitting an article, the authors declare that it is an original piece of work and that content quoted or paraphrased from other sources is cited appropriately to avoid plagiarism. They must declare any existing or potential conflicts of interest. It is their duty to ensure that the submitted article is not being considered for another publication. Authors have the right to appeal against editorial decisions to the Editors.

GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS

Submissions are welcome in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese. Prior to submission, authors are advised to consult the journal Editors, as Litteraria Pragensia publishes thematic issues only.

Articles should be in the range of 4,000-7,000 words. They must be preceded by a 200-word abstract in English, and supplemented with a 200-word biographical note (including the author’s e-mail address).

References should be formatted as MLA-style footnotes. The first reference to a source must include its full bibliographical information; repeated references to a source are made in a shortened form.

Examples of footnotes:

First reference (book):

William Wordsworth, The Borderers, ed. Robert Osborn (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1982) 813.

Repeated reference (book):


Wordsworth, The Borderers 815.

First reference (article):

Alexander G. Gonzalez, “The Novels of Brinsley MacNamara’s Later Period,” Irish University Review, 19.2 (Autumn 1989): 273.

Repeated reference (article):

Gonzalez, “The Novels of Brinsley MacNamara’s Later Period” 275.

Bibliographies are not required. For other details of formatting, please consult the MLA guidelines.

Clearing permission to reproduce or quote from material that is under copyright is the sole responsibility of the author of the article.

Submissions are made in electronic form as an MS Word document, supplemented with a pdf of the manuscript.

Images submitted for publication must have a resolution of 300 dpi at the minimum, and should be sent in .jpg, .tiff or .bmp format. Captions to images must be sent in a separate file or be included in the manuscript, together with an indication where the images are to be placed. Copyright clearance pertaining to images is the sole responsibility of the author of the article, and must be made prior to submission. The exact wording of the relevant acknowledgment must be forwarded to the Editors together with the manuscript.

Submissions that do not comply with these guidelines will NOT be considered for publication.

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