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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published in English, nor is it under review with another journal.
  • If you submit an English version of an article previously published in another language, you are required to secure translation/republication rights (or a waiver by the original publisher). Please contact our managing editor before submitting such a piece.
  • Your submission follows the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. The first time a source is referenced, authors are asked to provide a full citation in an endnote; any subsequent citation of the same source should use short citations. Please also include a separate list of works cited, which we need as part of the data package that goes to indizes. You may, of course, submit material that does not follow CMoS, but you will be required to adapt your referencing if your submission is accepted.
  • Please make sure you include the DOIs of all of the journal articles you cite in your submission. If you cite open-access books, please include DOIs, as well.
  • You have reduced ancillary/explanatory notes to an absolute minimum. Important information is in the main text. Notes are not used for explanations, but may only be used for relevant additional information or minimal digressions.
  • The article is a doc, docx, or rtf file. If you submit visuals, please do not embed them into the document; upload them as separate files instead.
  • The text is double-spaced, uses 12-point Times New Roman, employs italics (rather than underlining), has placeholders for images at the appropriate points in the text, and uses little to no formatting (no header styles etc.). Please keep the use of footnotes to an absolute minimum. Please note that images must be high-quality (300dpi or, in the case of screenshots, sourced from HD material) and must be submitted as separate files.
  • As an Austrian journal, JAAAS follows Austrian copyright law when it comes to reproduction permissions. Screenshots and other illustrations sourced from audiovisual media may be used provided they do not solely serve illustrative purposes. The same holds true for individual panels and panel sequences from comics (not for covers, however). For photographs, paintings, and other visual artworks, we require authors to obtain reproduction permissions unless the copyright policy of the cultural artefact in question allows for the use without permission. Please note that photographs of artworks in public domain (which, according to US law, are also in public domain) are not automatically in public domain in Austria--the photographers are generally the copyright holders. Please also note that mottos/epigraphs require reproduction permissions unless the running text refers to the motto/epigraph. Authors may submit articles prior to obtaining permissions, but if the copyrighted material is required for the coherence of the submission, publication will be contingent upon acquiring reproduction permissions. However, please note that we will not collect permission letters; in other words, if authors confirm that they are allowed to use material we have pointed out as potentially problematic, authors--as copyright holders of articles--are liable for any potential copyright infringement claims.
  • Revisions should be accompanied by a "revision letter" that outlines how authors have responded to feedback and what comments authors did not take into account (and why).

Author Guidelines

JAAAS welcomes submissions from new, emerging, and established scholars on various topics related to American culture (literature, film, television, visual arts, etc.). Although scholars working in the broad field of American Studies are the expected primary authors, anyone conducting research on American culture is encouraged to submit a proposal.

Work that meets the following prerequisites is likely to be a good fit for JAAAS:

  1. It is original scholarship, neither previously published in English nor under consideration elsewhere, with a compelling argument;
  2. it discusses some aspect of American culture and/or engages critically with current debates in American studies;
  3. its theoretical framework and research base are in tune with current debates in the field; and
  4. it appeals to an international, interdisciplinary audience.

Types of Submissions

Research Articles are research essays that engage in theoretical, practical, pedagogical, and/or historical analysis. The overall article length—including endnotes and citations—should be between 5,000 and 9,000 words. Research articles submitted to the open track are double-blind peer-reviewed by at least two experts in the field; research articles submitted to special issues are first reviewed by the issue editors and then double-blind peer-reviewed by at least one expert in the field.

Invited Articles are research articles written by experts in a particular field who were (usually) invited to contribute to special issues. Invited articles are not peer-reviewed.

Short Essays discuss a novel and innovative topic, address new and emergent ideas, engage critically with scholarly controversies, and/or introduce emergent approaches in a concise manner. These pieces test new disciplinary trajectories. The word limit for these pieces is 3,000 words. Short essays are reviewed by the editorial board; should the board feel the need to bring in external expertise, short essays will also be double-blind peer-reviewed by experts.

A Forum introduces an emerging approach, an issue gaining traction, and/or a topic widely discussed from a variety of perspectives. A forum consists of several interlinked short essays of max. 1,500 words each. Forums are generally guest-edited, and the guest editors recruit authors for their forum. The guest editors may employ outside reviewers; they may, however, also review submissions themselves.

Ongoing Research in American Studies in Austria presents summaries, proposals, research reports, and think pieces about ongoing research in American Studies in Austria (and by Austrians doing American Studies elsewhere). These projects may be Ph.D. project proposals, outlines of professorial theses, book proposals, third-party projects, etc. The word limit is 4,000 words. Submissions are reviewed by the editor in charge of this section (currently: Steve Rabitsch).

Reviews are critical essays that evaluate academic books. Reviews are 1,000 to 2,500 words, including endnotes and citations.

(Re)Use of your Published Piece

JAAAS authors retain copyright of their published work. Authors are welcome (and endorsed) to share their published articles via social media and email and/or upload them to their personal websites, institutional repositories, and/or platforms such as Humanities Commons. Authors may, of course, also upload their JAAAS articles and reviews to ResearchGate and/or, even though we suggest you think twice before supporting (or continuing to support) these money-making machines. Authors may also republish material originally published in JAAAS without asking for permission. In whichever way authors distribute and redistribute their material, they must, however, always acknowledge the original publication in JAAAS, including volume, issue number, year of publication, page numbers, and the DOI.

Ready to become a JAAAS contributor? Go to the registration portal to get started with your submission.

Privacy Statement

This journal is hosted by the University of Graz. Please note that the university's privacy/data policy applies. However, the university's privacy/data policy is only available in English; accordingly, we provide an English translation, as it applies to our journal, here. We also provide additional details on the data processed by our platform. This English translation is provided here for information purposes; the official German-language privacy/data policy of the University of Graz is binding.

I. General Remarks

The University of Graz is very concerned about the protection of personal data and we treat all processed personal data confidentially and in compliance with legal provisions.

The Universtiy of Graz is responsible for personal data which are collected, stored, and processed on this website. The University of Graz processes personal data only inosfar as this is necessary to ensure the functionality of this website and to provide our content and services.

This privacy policy explains how we process personal data as part of this website and provides information on the nature, scope, purpose, and legal basis of the processing of personal data and the related data subjects.

II. Transmission of Your Personal Data

Your personal data will only be processed by the University of Graz; your data will not be transferred to external parties unless explicitly stated.

III. Storage Time

Your personal data will only be stored for as long as it is necessary in view of relevant legal provisions and as long as necessary for the fulfillment of the respective purpose.

IV. Your Rights

You are entitled to request information about the data stored about you, request correction of said data, deletion, restriction, transfer, revocation, and objection. You may assert these rights vis-à-vis the University of Graz or the managing editor, as the representative of JAAAS.

If you believe that the processing of your data violates applicable law or your data protection claims have been violated in any way, you may file a complaint with the Austrian regulatory authority:

Österreichische Datenschutzbehörde
Barichgasse 40-42
1030 Wien
+43 1 52 152-0

V. Contact

Concerning the processing of and/or information about your personal data stored, you may contact the journal's managing editor

Michael Fuchs
University of Oldenburg
Department of English & American Studies

or the university's data security officer

Birgit Strauß-Koscher
Elisabethstraße 27/2
8010 Graz
+43 316 380 2139

or the University (as the party responsible for the content)

University of Graz
Universitätsplatz 3
8010 Graz

VI. Using the University's Website

1. Description and Scope of Data Processing

When accessing the website of the University of Graz, our web servers temporarily store access data in a log file. The following data are collected and stored until automated deletion occurs:

  • the IP address of the device accessing our online offers,
  • date and time of access,
  • URL of the websites visited,
  • amount of data transferred,
  • information whether retrieval of requested data was successful,
  • identification data of the browser and operating system used,
  • website from which user was referred to our websites, and
  • name of your internet access provider.

2. Purpose of Data Collection

The processing of this data is for the purpose of ensuring the proper operation of our websites, ensuring system security, and the technical administration of the network infrastructure. In addition, the data allows us to optimize our internet offerings and services. The IP address is only evaluated if attacks on our network infrastructure take place.

3. Legal Foundation

The processing of the data is carried out in according with the university's legitimate interest to secure and maintain its internet services (see Art. 6, Abs. 1, lit f DS-GVO).

VII. Contact

1. Description and Scope

If you contact us (via email, phone, or contact form), we will process any information you provide in order to process and respond to your request. These data usually include:

  • name,
  • address,
  • phone number, and
  • email address.

2. Purpose of Data Processing

The processing of these data is for the purpose of processing and answering your request. The data will be stored up to six months (in case of follow-up questions/requests) or the period we need to provide the services you ask for.

3. Legal Basis

See VI.3.


1. Description and Scope of Data Processing

For the administration and publication of JAAAS, we will process the following personal data:

  • salutation,
  • first name,
  • middle name,
  • last name,
  • suffix,
  • user name,
  • gender,
  • password (encrypted),
  • email address,
  • ORCiD ID,
  • website,
  • mailing address,
  • country,
  • phone no.,
  • fax no.,
  • affiliation,
  • biography,
  • registration date,
  • last login date,
  • locality,
  • reviewing interests, and
  • roles.

Only the user name, first name, last name, email, and password fields are required. Registration date, last login date, and locality are automatically generated when you register with or log on to our journal.

In addition, OJS tracks workflow information, including

  • all actions taken on a submission, and by whom;
  • all notifications sent concerning a submission (including who sent and received the information);
  • all reviewer recommendations;
  • all editorial decisions;
  • all files uploaded as part of the submission process (which may contain personally identifying information--if users didn't properly delete this information prior to submission).

2. Purpose of Data Processing

The data are processed to publish and administer our journal, including peer review and publication. As is usual, your name and affiliation will be included alongside your submission if it is accepted for publication.

3. Storage

Your information is stored in a database hosted by the University of Graz. Only the user password is encrypted. Files uploaded as part of the submission process are stored directly on the university's web server.

4. Availability and Access

The information stored about users (other than the information automatically generated) is accessible through their user profiles. System administrators and journal editors can also access and edit this data and may also download the data in XML format. Issue editors can access the information of users who submitted material to the issue in question.

Concerning submsissions, participants in the submission process have different levels of data access; system administrators and journal editors have access to all submission data; issue editors only to submissions to their respective issues; authors have limited access to their own submissions and may only see data they have supplied or which editorial staff have made available to them.

5. General Visitor Information

OJS also collects general visitor usage data (i.e., information by users not logged into the platform), including:

  • cookie information, to manage session history (cookies are required to maintain a login session),
  • detailed usage log data, including IP address, pages visited, date visited, browser information (in anonymized fashion), and
  • country, region, and city information.

6. Cookies

Our journal webpage uses cookies to manage user sessions (for which they are required). Our platform does not use cookies if you simply visit the site and read content.

7. Legal Basis

See VI.3.

IX. External Indizes

1. Description and Scope of Data Processing

JAAAS submits the following data about authors of published pieces to Crossref and Google Scholar:

  • first name,
  • middle name,
  • last name,
  • ORCiD ID,
  • mailing address,
  • country,
  • affiliation, and 
  • email address.

Only the user name, first name, last name, email, and password fields are required, however.

In addition, we submit metadata about your published piece to Google Scholar and Crossref, including

  • submission title,
  • submission subtitle,
  • abstract,
  • keywords,
  • subjects,
  • volume published in,
  • issue published in,
  • year of publication,
  • pages,
  • DOI,
  • references, and
  • funding acknowledgments.

2. Purpose of Data Processing

The data are processed to index the articles published in our journal and thus make the articles and other submissions published more easily discoverable on the internet and through various indexes. As such, we believe that the circulation of this information is also in the authors' best interest.

3. Availability and Access

The information we submit about published pieces will be stored by the respective systems. Note that all of this information is also freely available on the JAAAS platform.

4. Legal Basis

See VI.3.

Last updated on July 27, 2020.