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Gothic Studies on the Horror of Things

Gothic Studies on the Horror of Things
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Our opening call to papers initiative, entitled ‘Gothic Studies on the Horror of Things’ is by a necessity of its pervasive, aesthetic nature a broad and all-encapsulating thematic collection, one that will engage the study of horror and the Gothic through literature, film, music, lifestyle, television, architecture, visual arts, and electronic gaming.

We are deeply interested in the dark, the forbidden, the secret. But fundamentally all our submissions should ask, and strive to address (or redress) on their own terms, what is “horror” and what is the “Gothic,” employing in the process individual or multiple methods of theoretical inquiry and myriad disciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches from across the humanities, social sciences, and beyond.

This thematic collection concerns itself with the vocation of exhuming, from the dark recesses of human experience, any number of cultural products from any historical moment or geography that might prove useful in uncovering some of horror’s and the Gothic’s more captivating junctures and profound meanings. Submissions should be scholarly but remain accessible to the advanced student or knowledgeable general reader interested in the subject.


Contributions on the following themes are especially encouraged:

  • Theories of horror and monstrosity;
  • Horror, the Gothic, and pedagogy;
  • National Gothic(s) and horrors;
  • Female Gothic horror histories;
  • Specialised themes in horror and the Gothic;
  • Ethnographic approaches to horror and the Gothic;
  • Horror by the decade;
  • Lost Gothics;
  • Post-millennial horrors and Gothic(s).

How to submit

For detailed information about how to submit to our medium, please view the Submission Guidelines.


Initial submissions

Manuscripts should be submitted through the online submission form. Copies of any papers containing similar or related work that are under consideration or in press at other mediums should be included in the submission as additional supplementary information.

The cover letter of your manuscript should include suggestions for Editorial Board members who might advise on reviewers for your paper. We also urge you to suggest appropriate reviewers we might approach. We do however reserve the right not to contact your suggested reviewers. Manuscripts that are within the scope and seem, on initial assessment, to be technically sound, will be peer-reviewed. At the submission stage, authors may also indicate a limited number of individuals who should not review the paper. Excluded individuals must be identified by name.


Peer review

The corresponding author will be notified by e-mail when we decide whether or not the paper will be peer-reviewed. Papers judged to be of potential interest to our readership are sent for formal review, typically to two reviewers. The journal uses double-blind peer review. A decision is then made, based on the reviewers’ advice, from among several possibilities:

  • Accept
  • Accept after minor revision
  • Probably acceptable after major revision with re-review
  • Unacceptable as is, but worth reconsideration if extensively revised
  • Reject

Decision after review

In cases where the referee has requested well-defined changes to the manuscript that do not appear to require extensive further experiments, we may request a revised manuscript that addresses the referees’ concerns. The decision letter will specify a deadline.

In cases where the referees’ concerns are more wide-ranging, we will typically reject the manuscript. If the consensus is that the manuscript is of potential interest to the medium, however, they may express interest in seeing a future resubmission. The resubmitted manuscript may be sent back to the original referees or new referees. In such cases, revised manuscripts will not retain their earlier submission date.

In either case, the revised manuscript should be supplemented by a cover letter explaining how the manuscript has been changed.

An invited revision should be submitted via the revision link to the online submission system provided in the decision letter, not as a new manuscript.


Final submission and acceptance

When all editorial issues are resolved, the paper is formally accepted. The received date is the date on which we received the original manuscript. The accepted date is when the acceptance letter is sent.

Contributors are sent proofs; however, the production process does not allow minor changes. Only changes in the title, author list or significant scientific or historical errors will be permitted at this stage. The publishing team will approve all corrections. We reserve the right to make the final decision about matters of style and the size of tables and figures.


Appeals

Even in cases where we do not encourage resubmission, some authors may ask that we reconsider a rejection decision. These are considered appeals, which, by policy, must take second place to the standard workload. In practice, this means that decisions on appeals often take several weeks. Only one appeal is sanctioned for each manuscript, and appeals can only take place after peer review. The Publisher will make final decisions on appeals following consultation with appropriate Editorial Board member(s).

Decisions are reversed on appeal only if we become convinced that the original decision was a severe mistake, not merely a borderline call that could have gone either way. Further consideration may be merited if a referee made substantial errors of fact or showed evidence of bias, but only if a reversal of that referee’s opinion would have changed the original decision. Similarly, disputes on factual issues need not be decided unless they were critical to the outcome. Thus, after careful consideration of the authors’ points, most appeals will be rejected.

If an appeal merits further consideration, we reserve the right to send the authors’ response or the revised paper to the original referee(s).


Making an article proposal

Authors who are interested in submitting a paper for any of the collections listed below should send a short abstract-length summary to the Editorial Office outlining the scope of their proposed paper; any general enquiries can also be directed to this address.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions and proposals will be welcome without a deadline, assuring its continuity.