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Information for Authors

CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture ISSN 1481-4374—the peer-reviewed quarterly of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences—is published by Purdue University Press ©Purdue University online in full text and open access.

CLCWeb publishes new work in regular issues, within the four regular issues of the year, thematic issues, and special issues at the end of the year. The journal is a non-subscription based, open-access, full-text, and no author pay learned journal published online (however, in the case of thematic and special issues, institutional funding may be required.)

Articles are 6000-7000 words; book review articles consist of a minimum review of two books linked thematically and are 3000-4000 words (including the abstract, the works cited, and the author's bioprofile). Articles follow the MLA: Modern Language Association of America parenthetical sources and works cited format. The submission of co-authored papers are welcome; however—unlike publishing scholarship in the sciences—co-authorship is allowed only if each author conducted research and wrote a substantial part of the paper submitted.

Papers for publication in CLCWeb are submitted digitally in Word format by author's registration with name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address and by upload of the paper and its abstract separately. To ensure authors' anonymity following standards of double-blind peer review, the abstract and the text of the paper must not indicate the name and/or institution of the author.

Authors receive from the journal acknowledgment of receipt of submission within 1-2 weeks. Papers submitted for publication are evaluated in double-blind peer review within 3-4 months. In keeping with best practices of scholarship, papers submitted to CLCWeb must be original research not published prior to submission or submitted elsewhere. Prior to the journal's process of evaluation, papers submitted for publication are processed in plagiarism detection software.

On occasion the translation of scholarship published previously can be published, provided copyright release documentation is submitted to the journal and following the journal's double-blind peer review.

Following peer review, authors of accepted papers or papers accepted conditionally receive from the journal readers' comments in a composite evaluation. Authors of papers evaluated by readers against publication do not receive readers' comments. Publication of accepted papers occurs in the next available issue of the journal or no later than within 12 months.

Authors of articles in the journal are required to obtain and provide to the journal an ORCID ID from http://orchid.org; the ID is published with the article. Papers accepted for publication are copyedited in consultation with the editors of the journal.

Prior to publication, authors receive a proof of the paper in Word format with a request for corrections and/or approval to publish. Upon agreement between the author and the journal on the final version of the paper, the edited Word version will be uploaded by the journal and is converted to PDF format in the journal's publishing software. Upon publication, articles are issued a CrossRef Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number. Upon publication, the download count of the article is posted on the abstract page of the article, and the yearly and total download counts of the journal's material are available on the journal's index page.

Guest-edited thematic and special issues may be published within the four issues of the year. Guest editors are responsible for the peer review of papers; however, in addition to the guest editor's evaluation, all papers submitted are processed in the journal's double-blind peer review process; guest-edited issues are thematically cohesive and include an introduction, articles, a thematic bibliography on the topic of the issue, and if relevant, book review articles on the topic of the issue. Final decision to publish a guest-edited issue, including individual articles, rests with the journal.

Authors who publish within the journal are added to CLCWeb News, a listserv that calls for papers and where relevant items are posted.

If the paper submitted is culled from or is a version of a previous or forthcoming publication in full or in parts in a book, an online publication, an edited volume, a dissertation, translation, and so forth, this must be indicated in a Note after the text of the article and above the Works Cited with a full bibliography of the other publication, and the journal must receive the copyright release, without which the article cannot be published. For the re-publication of an article published in the journal in any form including translation, please contact the journal at clcweb@purdue.edu. Images can be published only if the editor of the journal receives copyright release documentation. Purdue University Press does not purchase copyright release. Instead of uploading of published articles to websites such as academia.edu, researchgate.net, and so forth, authors are invited to place the bibliography of published articles with the article's DOI (i.e., URL).

Peer review

Reviewers receive e-mail from the journal requesting evaluation of papers submitted with a link to the journal's page where the journal's template of evaluation to complete and the text of the papers submitted are located.

As is standard in U.S. scholarship, peer review is performed on a voluntary basis as part of a scholar's academic profile. Time allowed for evaluation of papers submitted to CLCWeb is 3-4 months upon receipt by reviewers.

In addition to comments on the paper following the evaluation template, readers are encouraged to suggest current scholarship for the improvement of the paper and to check for potential oversight by authors of papers with regard to the appropriate citation of sources and previous publications of similar topic/theme.

Upon completion of peer-review, comments are uploaded to the journal. Following peer review, authors of accepted papers or papers accepted conditionally receive from the journal reviewers' comments in a composite evaluation. Authors of papers evaluated by reviewers against publication do not receive readers' comments.

Readers' names and/or institutional affiliations are not released to authors of submitted papers or published articles under any circumstances.

Copyright

All material published in CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture is ©Purdue University. Authors of submissions agree to the journal's copyright upon submission of work for publication to the journal at https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb/submit.html. The agreement between the author and CLCWeb is: Whereas the author has written an article—construed to include scholarly papers, book review articles, and any other material of scholarship published in the journal and/or its Library Series—which the author is owner of the contents thereof, it is agreed as follows:

  • The author assigns to Purdue University and CLCWeb the right to publish and distribute the author's article. Consent to publish in CLCWeb entails the author's irrevocable and exclusive authorization of CLCWeb to collect any sums or considerations for copying or reproduction payable by third parties and/or to act in or out of court in connection therewith.
  • The author agrees to hold CLCWeb harmless for any unauthorized use of the article subsequent to its publication in CLCWeb in any media.
  • If the submitted and subsequently published article is culled from or is a version of a previous or forthcoming publication in full or in parts in a book, an online publication, an edited volume, a dissertation, etc., this must be indicated in a Note after the text of the article and above the Works Cited with a full bibliography of the other publication, and the journal must receive the copyright release, without which the article cannot be published.
  • Images can be published in the journal only if the journal receives copyright release documentation: Purdue University Press does not purchase copyright release.
  • In the case of the use of scholarship published in CLCWeb in teaching, online use is welcome without permission by Purdue University Press.
  • In websites such as academia.edu, researchgate.net, and so forth, authors are invited to place the bibliography of published articles with the article's DOI (i.e., URL) and not the PDF of the article itself, because this diminishes the download counts of publications from the journal.
  • For the re-publication of an article published in the journal in any form including translation, please contact the journal at clcweb@purdue.edu
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