Although there are different opinions regarding the institution of the “blind peer review” within the academic community, the Editorial Board of Literary history believes that expert blind peer review significantly contributes to the improvement of the scientific papers’ quality, and therefore, we thank all our present and future reviewers for the effort they invest
In order to preserve the principle of anonymity and a high standard of reviewing in the future as well, we kindly ask the reviewers not to discuss the topic and the reviewed paper with other associates, colleagues or authors, to carefully support their evaluations (whether positive or negative) with clear argumentation, paying particular attention to scholarly rigor, methodological profile and theoretical foundation, and finally to respect the arranged deadlines or to contact us timely and ask for a deadline extension for the submission of their reviews.
There are several crucial quality criteria in the reviewing of scientific papers, and therefore, we ask the reviewers to pay particular attention to the following:
Structure of the paper — Aside from the elements which every paper needs to contain (abstract, keywords, summary, works cited, sources, etc), it is of the utmost importance that these elements should be in keeping with the title of the paper, as well as that the inner organization of the text and the argumentation should be consistent and related to the defined problem or theme. In addition, it is particularly important that the basic point and aims of the paper should be clearly defined from the very beginning in the abstract.
Subject relevance — The paper’s subject should be scientifically relevant, topical, problematically or synthetically formulated, i.e. it should offer new readings of existing literary materials or the discovery of new materials.
Scientific relevance of the problem — The research of a problem/theme defined in the abstract of the paper should not only contribute to enriching the knowledge of a certain literary phenomenon, as indicated in the title, but also offer interpretation models that can serve as a foundation for scholarly research in other thematic fields, or expand the boundaries in understanding and application of previous theoretical and methodological paradigms.
Relevance of cited references — It is of the utmost importance that every paper should be grounded on relevant reference works, regardless of their date of publication, since the cited references demonstrate the author’s acquaintance with the current situation and results in their field of research. Therefore, we kindly ask the reviewers to include into their evaluations, where necessary, suggestions in regard to the reference works and sources the author has not included in his/her paper and which would improve the quality of the paper or indicate the topicality and innovativeness of the theme.