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The International Journal of Welsh Writing in English is the premier journal for current research on Welsh literature in the English language, Welsh drama and performance in English, translation, cultural studies and related areas. The journal was first published in 1995 as Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays. For a history of the journal, and listings of all previous articles and reviews published in it, please see the information provided on the website of the Association for Welsh Writing in English.
Focus and Scope
The International Journal of Welsh Writing in English is the premier journal for current research on Welsh literature in the English language, Welsh drama/performance in English, translation, cultural studies and related areas. The journal drives research agendas, maps out new fields, demonstrates the use of new methodologies and offers insightful, original readings, placing Welsh writing in English on an international stage.
We are interested in receiving submissions in the fields of:
- Welsh writing in English in all its forms;
- English literature (insofar as it relates to Wales);
- Celtic Studies;
- Welsh Studies;
- Drama and Performance Studies;
- Media and Communication Studies;
- Cultural Studies;
- The Creative Industries, Publishing and Heritage Studies;
- Comparative Literature;
- Translation Studies;
- Digital Humanities;
- History, Philosophy, Politics, Geography, the Visual Arts (etc) and their relationship with Welsh writing in English;
- Science and Literature;
- The intersections between creative writing in Wales and Welsh writing in English.
We are particularly interested in receiving submissions that seek to broaden and develop the field of Welsh Writing in English either thematically and/or methodologically. The primary aim of the journal is to discuss texts, although submissions which analyse performance, for example, are also invited.
We welcome submission of formal ‘Research Articles’ (7,000-10,000 words long, including endnotes) and shorter ‘Notes’ (c. 1,500-3,000 words long). We also publish commissioned ‘Reviews’ of new publications. We do not publish correspondence or creative writing.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal.
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- All DOIs for the references have been provided, when available.
- Tables and figures are all cited in the text. Tables are included within the text document, whilst figure files are uploaded as supplementary files.
- Figures/images have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). Each file is no more than 20MB per file. The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximise quality, the original source file is preferred).
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found under Submissions. Please ensure that your article includes a competing interest statement (for information regarding competing interests, read our guidelines here).
- Every effort has been made to ensure that author names are removed from the manuscript.
- Please indicate in the 'Comments to the Editor' box when submitting if this article is submitted to a forthcoming special collection.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. If you would prefer to publish your work under an alternative Creative Commons License, please indicate this in the Comments for the Editor box below, providing reasons for your request.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
All submissions to IJWWE will be reviewed in a double-blind peer review process. In other words, the identity/ies of author/s will not be disclosed to reviewers; nor will the identities of reviewers be revealed to the author/s. To ensure your article meets our requirements for blind review, read our guidelines here.
Reviews will be conducted by experts in a relevant area of scholarly knowledge.
When we receive your submitted manuscript, it will be assigned to one of the IJWWE editorial team, who will act as a Supervising Editor. The Supervising Editor will make an initial assessment on the suitability of the manuscript for the journal, and will decide whether it is appropriate to send it on for formal review. If the editor decides that it is not appropriate for the journal, or not ready for peer review, we reserve the right to make ‘desk rejections’ – i.e. to reject a submission without engaging in the peer review process.
Submissions that are sent to peer review will go to at least two reviewers – and possibly more if further opinions are deemed necessary. When a Supervising Editor has received the requested reports from reviewers, they will make one of the following decisions:
• Major revisions: there’s quite a lot more work to be done before your submission could be accepted for publication. Usually, your revised submission will need to go back to reviewers as well. You’ll be asked to submit a new file, and then we’ll go through the process of scrutiny by the Supervising Editor and (if deemed necessary) by reviewers as well. These may be the previous reviewers, or if one or more of these reviewers is unavailable, new reviewers.
• Reject: we’re sorry but your submission has not been accepted for publication with IJWWE. This may be because the reviewers decided that ultimately it was not within the journal’s remit, or it may have been deemed not to have reached a high enough quality for publication.
1. If reviewers become aware that they have a conflict of interest as they are assessing a submission (e.g. if they realise that the work is, for example, that of a close colleague), they will be asked to declare this as part of their report.
2. Members of the journal’s editorial team are allowed to submit to IJWWE. However, their submissions will be dealt with by another member of the editorial team, who will be bound by the decision of the peer review process. If the peer review process results in a split decision around publication, an additional review will be sought to provide a deciding judgement.
International Journal of Welsh Writing in English allows the following licences for submission:
- CC BY 4.0
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
This journal is published with support from the Open Library of Humanities. Unlike many open-access publishers, the Open Library of Humanities does not charge any author fees. This does not mean that we do not have costs. Instead, our costs are paid by an international library consortium.
If your institution is not currently supporting the platform, we request that you ask your librarian to sign up. The OLH is extremely cost effective and is a not-for-profit charity. However, while we cannot function without financial support and we encourage universities to sign up, institutional commitment is not required to publish with us.
The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issued throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.
Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.