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JTAS Policies

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts will be considered for publication on the basis of their contributions to important and current discussions in transnational American Studies, and their scholarly competence and originality.

There are 5 major steps to the peer review process:

  1. Upon receipt, each manuscript will be read by the Managing Editors to determine its suitability for publication prior to in-depth review. Manuscripts that are poorly prepared, of low technical quality, or otherwise inappropriate will be returned to the author(s) without additional review.
  2. All manuscripts initially approved by the Managing Editors will be reviewed anonymously by at least two scholars selected from a list of potential reviewers and/or members of the Advisory Board.
  3. The Managing Editors will review the reader reports and determine whether the manuscript should be (1) rejected, (2) returned to the author to be revised and resubmitted, or (3) sent to the Editorial Board for the final decision.
         * Articles sent back to authors to be revised and resubmitted should be revised in a timely manner.
  4. The Editorial Board will make the final decision as to (1) whether or not a manuscript is ready for publication, and (2) if yes, which issue is the best fit for the manuscript.
  5. In rare cases, when the topic is important, the Editorial Board may provide suggestions as to how a rejected manuscript might be improved to warrant subsequent consideration. In such cases, the revised manuscript will be subject to the full review process.

No Author or Reader Charges

JTAS is non-fee, non-commercial, free to authors and to readers. We have no submission charges or article processing charges (APC), and all published articles are immediately and freely available to readers.

Rights for Authors

Authors retain copyright for all content published in Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS). However, authors grant to the journal the right to publish the article under a Creative Commons Attribution ( CC BY) license and to make available such content, in any format, in perpetuity. Authors may reproduce, in other contexts, content to which they possess the copyright, although in any subsequent publications JTAS should be acknowledged as the original publisher.

Rights for the Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS)

The Journal of Transnational American Studies retains the non- exclusive right to make content available in any format in perpetuity. While authors may reproduce their work in other contexts, content published in the journal will not be removed from the website even if later published elsewhere. Authors must agree to the terms of publishing in the journal listed in the author agreement.

Rights of California Digital Library

The California Digital Library has the right to view and display, store and copy (for preservation purposes), and distribute all eScholarship Repository content. All eScholarship Repository content may be browsed and downloaded at no cost and with no access restrictions. Once an article is published in an eScholarship Repository journal or peer-reviewed series, it may not be removed or changed.