Main Guidelines

 

  1. TYPES OF TEXTS

 

Manuscripts submitted to the journal should be original articles in the field of language, cultural and literary studies, comparative literature, and other interdisciplinary research. Accepted manuscripts should be:

 

  • theoretical-practical contributions to the above-mentioned fields;
  • essays, interviews and articles on the main topics of interest;
  • reviews that synthesize findings and disseminate opinions on current topics;
  • reviews of the most influential works in the fields explored by the journal.

 

  1. CRITERIA FOR PUBLICATION

 

Meridian critic is financed by Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava. No publication costs are charged for article processing.

 

Accepted articles are published on account of scientific value only.  Editorial decisions are based on the relevance of a manuscript to the journal and on the manuscript’s originality, quality, and contribution to its specific field of knowledge. The criteria for publication of scientific papers in Meridian critic are:

 

  • the outstanding importance of the subject matter;
  • the impact of scientific investigation and the quality of writing;
  • the contribution to the field, encompassing the current state of knowledge;
  • the originality of proposed analyses;
  • compliance with scientific principles of research, analysis and interpretation correlated with bibliographic and reference accuracy;
  • the quality of the conception and elaboration of the paper, the construction of the scientific approach, the accuracy of presentations and the quality of argumentation.

 

  1. PEER-REVIEW PROCESS

 

The Meridian critic Journal employs a single-blind review process. This means the identities of the peer reviewers remain anonymous but the authors’ identities are known to the reviewers. Reviewers are not allowed to contact the authors directly before, during, or after the peer review process to discuss any information that is presented in the manuscript. After receipt of manuscripts by the editors of Meridian critic, they all go through a peer-review process that enables authors to improve their manuscripts and aids editors in making decision on manuscripts.

 

The Associate Editor sends the manuscript to an appropriate number of reviewers (usually two, depending on the type of manuscript). All reviewers remain unknown to the authors. Every manuscript is treated individually by the Editors and reviewers and viewed as privileged information. Reviewers have different affiliations and locations. Comments from reviewers are examined by the Editor-in-Chief and/or Associate Editors, who make the final decision. If the two reviewers have significantly different opinions about the same manuscripts, the manuscript is re-sent to a third reviewer.  

 

The final decision is transmitted to the author by e-mail. Using the reviewers’ comments, authors make corrections to the manuscript and submit a revised manuscript.

 

Upon receipt of the revised submission, the manuscript undergoes the third and final stage of the review process. The original manuscript, the revised manuscript and all the reviewers’ comments are sent to the editors of the journal. The editors review the manuscript and make one the following decisions:

 

  • Accept without any changes: The journal will publish the paper in its original form.
  • Accept with minor revisions: The journal will publish the paper after making minor corrections suggested by reviewers.
  • Revise and resubmit: The journal will publish the paper provided the authors make the changes suggested by the reviewers and/or editors.
  • Reject: The journal will not publish the paper or reconsider it even if the authors make major revisions.

 

Manuscripts accepted without corrections are scheduled for publication. Manuscripts that require corrections are sent to the author(s) to make the corrections suggested by the editors. After the corrections are made, the editors review the manuscripts again before accepting them for publication.

 

The total time taken to complete the second stage of the manuscript review depends on the availability of reviewers. However, it is usually completed between one to six weeks.

 

The editorial staff is responsible for the quality and selection for publication of the manuscripts while authors are fully and solely responsible for the contents of their work.