HISTORY AND SCOPE
Studia Iberica et Americana (SIBA) is an international, double-blind, peer-reviewed journal hosted by the Latin American Studies Program at California State University-Fullerton. It is published annually (December) in digital format (and in print on demand). Founded in 2013 by Professor Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda, SIBA emerged from the international consortium formed by the following universities: California State University-Fullerton, Center for Medieval Studies-University of São Paulo, University of Girona, Prometeo/ISIC-IVITRA/University of Alicante, the Seu Universitària de la Nucía (Alicante), and Pablo de Olavide University. In addition, the journal is also sponsored by the Center for Catalan Studies (University of California-Santa Barbara).
SIBA seeks to publish original high-quality scholarly articles which may contribute to the advancement of Iberian and Latin American studies, including the Caribbean, while fostering the articulation of new and innovative approaches in these and related fields. It welcomes work in any period from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century and in any of the linguistic and cultural manifestations encompassed by the aforementioned domains. Submissions may be in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan or Galician.
The Executive Editor is responsible for the institutional representation of the journal. As Chair of the Editorial Board, he decides on the appointment and dismissal of the Editors, Editorial Board members, review editor, and editorial assistants. He dictates which are the general guidelines and overall scope of the journal. He also ultimately decides whether a manuscript will be published by the journal.
The journal's Editors are appointed by the Executive Editor based on expertise, dedication and ability. The duties of the Editors include planning the direction of each issue, providing guidelines to authors in terms of style and context, guaranteeing the accuracy of the journal's contents and making sure manuscript revisions and the decision-making process are carried in conformity with the journal's standards.
The function of the Editorial Board Members is to assist the Executive Editor and the Editors in defining the intellectual style of the journal. They will also monitor the correct reception, assessment, and acceptance of manuscripts, along with guiding both the Executive Editor and the Editors in the task of producing high-quality publication.
OPEN ACCESS POLICY
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports faster and more frequent transfers of knowledge and information.
REVIEW AND EVALUATION GUIDELINES
Type of Peer Review
SIBA employs double blind reviewing, where both the referee and author remain anonymous throughout the process.
Internal Manuscript Vetting and Peer Review
The Editors first evaluate all submitted manuscripts. Rejections at this early stage may indicate that a manuscript is insufficiently original, exhibits serious argumentative or methodological flaws, is marred by poor grammar or other language problems, or falls outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those submissions which meet the criteria for suitability are passed on to at least two experts for review. Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will be informed within two weeks of receipt.
Manuscript referees advise the Editors, who collectively make a final decision to accept or reject a submission.
Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is original; is methodologically sound; is cogently argued and arrives at a convincing conclusion; and correctly references previous relevant work. Referees are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer review process.
A final decision to accept or reject a manuscript will be sent to its author along with any recommendations or advice made by the referees, and may include verbatim comments by the referees without disclosing their identities.
The Editor's publication decisions are final.
All submissions that receive a positive evaluation but require further editing by the author (either minor or substantial) will be returned within a maximum of three to six weeks depending on the extent of the revisions and the physical location of the author.
The authors of accepted submissions will receive the printing proofs for correction by e-mail in PDF format before final publication. The corrected versions must be returned to the journal's editorial office by e-mail within one week of their receipt. The Editors will only accept corrections to the proofs that involve errors in spelling, punctuation or citation style. In exceptional cases, inadvertent errors in the presentation of basic data will also be corrected at this late stage in the least intrusive way possible.
CRITERIA FOR THE REVIEW OF MANUSCRIPTS
- Relevance of subject. The topic of the manuscript must be of interest to the international academic community and outlined in the Editorial Statement.
- Originality. The argument presented in the manuscript needs to advance significantly the issues and overall quality described in the abstract and the essay's introduction.
- Writing, structure, and organization. Clarity of expression, conciseness, and attention to the finer points of writing are an essential part of any successful academic exchange. All submissions should include the main elements of a scholarly contribution: summary/abstract, introduction, explanation of argument with sound use of examples, and conclusion. Manuscripts will not be sent for review which lack a scholarly apparatus consisting of notes and a works cited list.
- Citation and style. Without exception, all submissions must conform to the latest MLA citation and referencing style. This provision applies to both print and web sources.
MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION OUTCOMES
- Accepted with no further revisions.
- Conditional acceptance. In this case, reviewers should clearly identify what revisions seem necessary and specify which paragraphs, passages, and arguments require further work.
- Rejection. Reviewers will identify the outstanding deficiencies exhibited by the manuscript so that its author may make an informed decision as to whether it is worth undertaking a thorough rewriting of the piece before submitting it elsewhere.
The earliest version of the main page design was made by Felipe Lube de Bragança and Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda. We thank Mr. Lube de Bragança for his creative ideas and work.
Studia Iberica et Americana does not accept responsibility for views expressed in articles, reviews, and other contributions that appear in its pages.