Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Revista de Estudios Hispánicos

http://rll.wustl.edu/reh

35 comments:

  1. Buena revista, publique un articulo ahi hace como 10 anios. Fueron muy profesionales.

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  2. Their publication decisions seem to be based more on approach than on content, so this journal is best for scholars who take a theoretical stance.

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  3. I had an article rejected. The review was a bit unprofessional in its mean spiritedness; the overarching concern was that the article was too theoretical. However, a very fast rejection, and it's a good journal, publishing good work, so I wouldn't hesitate to send something again that I thought might stand a better chance ("less theoretical" or in a different subfield).

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  4. I had a similar to the one above, except I got a R/R and then a pedantic rejection. It was a quick turn-around, however. I just think I had a reviewer with an ax to grind because the next journal I sent my article to accepted it.

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  5. Really good turn around time! I have published two articles with them. They are rigorous about editing (will send you proofs several times). Professional journal with a strong reputation in the field.

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  6. Had an article rejected earlier this year (2011). The turn around time from submission to rejection was pretty short.
    The reader's report was brief, but helpful. I took the recommendations to heart, improved the article, and submitted it elsewhere. It's now forthcoming.

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  7. I submitted an article 3 weeks ago and so have I have not received even an acknowledgement of its arrival. It sounds like this is uncommon for REH.

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    1. This is unusual, as acknowledgements are sent out immediately via email, except during the summer months and holidays when the staff can be out of town. These are times it's best to avoid sending submissinos. It looks like this article was sent in the middle of the summer.

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    2. Good thing I followed up because they lost my submission.

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    3. Or it could have gotten lost in the mail.

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  8. My experience with REH was excellent. Submitted an article, and had a very quick turnaround (I think 3 months), telling me that I was accepted with a few revisions. The editorial staff was very thorough with fact checking and copy editing, and the whole experience felt very professional.

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  9. I have a high estimation of this journal, which does publish articles of the highest academic calibre. However, can anybody tell me why it is not digitalised? Is an exclusively print version considered a sign of prestige in the United States?

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  10. With the next issue, it will be on Project Muse.

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  11. I was surprised to get feedback from 1 reviewer only--unfortunately, not very useful for it was highly misguided.

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    1. They send your manuscript to a second reviewer only if the first reviewer approves it. If the first reviewer rejects your article, they don't send it to a second reviewer.

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  12. I had the same experience - general comments from one reader that were not directly related to my piece.

    My opinion of the journal has diminished somewhat in the recent weeks, especially after I found out that a current colleague and graduate of their PhD program (who hasn't published a book, let alone a handful of serious articles) routinely refereed articles for REH.

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    1. The above is inaccurate, as the REH has a very prestigious Editorial Board, consisting only of top scholars in the profession, who review a large majority of submissions. Reviewers outside of the EB are used only when the specialized nature of the topic calls for it.

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  13. I found the REH to be very rigorous. My submission went through several revisions (the editor was very patient), but by the time it was accepted it had gotten much better than the original version. To me this is a model case of how academic journals should work, but it is only made possible by reviewers and editors who are at the same time both very demanding and very generous. And of course they have to see promise in the piece to offer this.

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  14. While I published in numerous journals of the same caliber, I have never been lucky with REH. What strikes me as odd is that I get rejected within 2-3 days in a categorical fashion without any explanation as to why (I write on Latin America). In fact, now I send them something every year just to see how quickly they write me back with a negative decision and, again, it is never more than within a week.

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    1. In that case, there must be something seriously lacking, perhaps an inadequate bibliography, or an overly narrows critical scope that makes your essay inappropriate for the journal. Editors are unlikely to send the article out for review if, at first glance, it is clearly inappropriate for the journal to which it's submitted (granted that there could be some degree of subjectivity in making that determination). You might want to read through the journal more thoroughly to see if, perhaps, your work might not be a good fit for the venue.

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  15. I write on Latin America as well, but usually have to wait 3-4 months for the same generic rejection. I routinely send a piece every year to see if things change

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  16. De tan lamentable, casi es gracioso lo que sucede con Revista de estudios hispánicos.
    Aquí va mi consejo: ¡Paren de sufrir! Manden sus manuscritos a otras revistas. Mejores, iguales o peores, pero otras.

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  17. Estanislao PlasiniMay 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    In light of the last few comments, how about a survey for those who have published in REH: How many lances did you break before you managed to penetrate the journal's thick hide?
    Me: twice.
    And for those who haven't yet gotten one through, how many lances lie broken at your feet?

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    1. twice as well. happy to have had something just accepted.

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  18. I submitted an article about a year ago and they responded within 4 months. The response was mean-spirited and dealt not at all with the substance of my article. The reviewer seemed strangely preoccupied with minor details of my piece. I am taking the article elsewhere.

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  19. I review for them, am on editorial board. It is a tough journal to get into, but it does provide rigorous feedback. At least I try to! You have to expect to try a few times to break into a top-tier journal. If your article is sent back after a week, it means it is not good enough even to be sent out to a reviewer. It probably doesn't even have an adequate bibliography.

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    1. Oh, really? Back after a week is not good enough...? Thanks for letting everyone know... we must all be stupid we hadnt realize that... Oh, you have to try a few times?... So does that mean they publish depending on how many pieces you have submitted and not the actual quality of the submitted piece...? Thanks very much for your post, I won't be submitting anything there -- if all their reviewers are like you, that must be a pretty bad journal. By the way, very little known in Europe and in Spain.

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    2. I think you have misunderstood. Each submission is evaluated on its own merits, regardless of whether it is your first or 10th submission. All submissions are refereed anonymously, so there is no way the reviewer is able to know whether this is your first submission or otherwise. Publishing in a top-tier journal is not unlike applying for a major grant like the NEH; if you aren't successful the first time, take what's useful from the evaluation and revise your work accordingly. Or, perhaps, the particular article was not a good "fit" for the journal, so you can always try another piece at a later date. Again, the reviewer will not know your identity, so the article will be evaluated on its own merits, regardless of how many times you have submitted.

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    3. My comment was on the previously comment. Obviously. From REH staff another paternalistic comment as if we were all stupid. I have never submitted anything to REH and very much doubt I ever will. Little known or unknown in Europe and Spain.
      By the way, my first submissions to journals like BHS, Hispanic Review. MLN, MLR or Symposium, amongst others, were all accepted. Bottom line, by the sound of the above member of the scientific cmtee and of REH staff, the journal must be rather bad. Again, only commenting as the posts by people who claim to be associated to the journal are unbelievable

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  20. I have sent two articles; the first was rejected almost immediately and the second was published after some revision. The feedback was useful in both cases. The first piece was unconventional; I published it quickly in another journal and it is now very often cited in subsequent criticism, more so than the piece that REH actually accepted.

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  21. I received a very brief and mean-spirited rejection from them that included several comments that did not pertain to my article.

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  22. I also received mean-spirited comments and a rejection from REH (turnaround time of about 3 months). After stripping the vitriol to get to the useful bits, I was able to revise and submit elsewhere, and the piece was accepted with only minor revisions requested.

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  23. REH has a very rigorous review process. The reviewers of my article knew the material intimately and provided excellent feedback, even line-editing my prose. The editor has been professional and firm. REH is quite concerned with bibliography, so make sure it is exhaustive and up to date.

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  24. I had a wonderful experience with REH. By the far the best experience I've had with any journal. Like others have said they have a very rigorous review process and are very professional. When I first contacted them about my piece they had said it would take 4-6 months for a response; and they kept to it -- I think that got back to me at 4 months. They were also very quick to respond to all emails. I only wish other journals were as rigorous and professional.

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  25. The first time I submitted an article to the this journal it was accepted with minor revisions, helpful comments, and a quick turnaround. I found them extremely professional. I recommend them without hesitation.

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