Humboldt Journal of Social Relations

Policies and Submission Details


Philosophy of Humboldt Journal of Social Relations

For more information, please see Humboldt Journal of Social Relations Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article (3,000-6,000 words) to be considered for publication in Humboldt Journal of Social Relations as long as the authors own the copyright to the work being submitted, or are authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Humboldt Journal of Social Relations. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, please contact the editors.

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Peer Review Process

All accepted articles will undergo a process of editorial review prior to a blind peer review. The editors may require, at their discretion, edits to be made to a manuscript prior to approval for peer review. Once the editors approve the article for peer review, then a minimum of two (2) peer reviewers per article will be recruited. If an editor is an expert in the given field of an article, then that editor may take on the responsibility of a peer reviewer. We ask but do not require all submitting authors to suggest peer reviewers for their articles. These suggestions are accepted at the discretion of the editors. The peer reviewers we recruit will be scholars and/or experts in the same field as the article and not affiliated with submitting author(s)s or their institution(s). In order to avoid a conflict of interest, we will not request peer review from a person whose own original work is cited within the article.

Upon acceptance of peer review obligations, reviewers are provided access to the article manuscript with all identifying information removed, along with specific review guidelines and a peer review rubric. Reviewers are given a deadline to return the rubric along with any additional comments to the author(s) or editors (typically three (3) weeks). All reviewers must provide a recommendation to accept or reject the article or request either major or minor revisions.

Peer reviewers are expected to conduct their duties in a manner that is both fair and balanced toward article authors. Critiques and feedback are expected to be constructive, analytical, and justified. All information and resources provided to peer reviewers are expected to be held in strict confidentiality.

The editors review all peer reviews upon return. The editors will compile the reviews into a single document, along with any editorial commentary, recommendations, priorities, and/or revision instructions, to be returned to article authors.

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Formatting Requirements

Humboldt Journal of Social Relations requires all manuscripts to use the ASA citation style. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to submit a high-quality electronic version of the article in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) file.

All files will be published in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). It is understood that the current state of technology is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and Digital Commons @ Cal Poly Humboldt

Authors retain copyright over their works and grant to Humboldt Journal of Social Relations (HJSR) first publishing rights and non-exclusive rights to reproduce, display, and distribute the works in perpetuity in print, online, or other media platforms, including but not limited to Digital Commons @ Cal Poly Humboldt, JSTOR, and the HJSR website. Works posted through Digital Commons @ Cal Poly Humboldt will be published with a (CC BY-NC 4.0) Creative Commons License and all works will be published with author attribution. Third party publication outside of the Creative Commons license (i.e. commercial publication) requires the approval of one of the authors or copyright holders. Humboldt Journal of Social Relations is exempt from this requirement and reserves the right to republish articles commercially or through any other manner or means in perpetuity.

Prior to publication in Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, authors agree they will not publish or distribute any version of their work except what is required to finish the work for publication with the Journal. Questions or permission requests regarding the pre-publication posting or presentation of works should be directed to hjsr@humboldt.edu.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Digital Commons @ Cal Poly Humboldt website and/or software agree not to misuse the Digital Commons @ Cal Poly Humboldt service or software in any way.

The failure of Digital Commons @ Cal Poly Humboldt to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Digital Commons @ Cal Poly Humboldt and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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