Authors' guide

STUDIES / ARTICLES’ SELECTION PROCESS FOR PUBLICATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Irregular. Transylvanian Journal for Research in Visual Arts is an online journal that might also be printed (upon financing). It is a bilingual (Romanian-English) journal. The studies / articles sent for publication may be written in any of the two above-mentioned languages. All studies / articles are subject to a blind peer review process. The authors will send an electronic manuscript of their paper to the address: contact@irregularjournal.ro . Irregular Journal is based on the principle of non-payment, therefore NO fees are asked for the processing and the publishing of the materials submitted by authors.

Irregular Journal covers 4 sections, as following:

1. The thematic section: includes in extenso articles / studies according to the editorial concept of the specific issue of the journal and to the academic standards. These texts should be between 5000-8000 words;

2. Artistic creation and research projects section: includes original contributions / studies that present / analyze artistic creation and research projects, following academic standards and containing between 2000 – 4000 words;

3. PhD students section: includes studies / articles that present / analyze the research of the author within his/her individual PhD program, following academic standards and containing between 2000 – 4000 words;

4. Section for exhibition and book reviews, essays, interviews: includes a larger diversity of original texts that follow academic standards and contain between 1000 – 2000 words (exhibition and book reviews, essays, interviews etc.).

Shortly, the studies / articles’ selection process for publication within Irregular Journal comprises two phases. Phase I (see sub-section Phase I) consists in sending of a proposal / proposals of studies / articles, according to the calendar set for the specific issue and their review by the editorial team. The accepted proposals get into Phase II (see sub-section Phase II) which consists in sending the complete studies / articles (full text) for the blind peer review by the designated reviewers.

Largely, the studies / articles’ selection process for publication within Irregular Journal includes the next steps:

a. Sending the proposal / proposals of studies / articles, according to the calendar set for the specific issue, and their anonymization by the issue coordinator; in case a proposal contains clear evidence of its author within the subject of the study / article – as in the case of artistic creation and research projects – the proposal will not be anonymized;

b. The collective analysis of the proposals by the editorial board and the selection of the proposals that can lead to studies / articles responding to the quality demanded by the journal; the authors will be notified upon the acceptance of their proposals by the issue coordinator;

c. The writing, by the authors, of the studies / articles in full text – according to the submission guidelines – and their submission to the journal before the set deadline;

d. The anonymization of the full text studies / articles received by the issue coordinator and their distribution towards the reviewers; one reviewer is set for each study / article;

e. In case a study / article contains clear evidence of its author within the subject of the study / article – as in the case of artistic creation and research projects – the full text will not be anonymized; instead, for objectivity reasons, the study / article will be reviewed by two reviewers;

f. The individual analysis of the studies / articles in full text by a reviewer – according the peer review guidelines – and their assessment as such: 1. Accepted; 2. Accepted with minor changes; 3. Accepted with major changes; 4. Rejected; in the case above mentioned at point e), the issue coordinator mediates the two reviews and gives the result for the acceptance or rejection of the particular study / article;

g. The author (authors) will be notified by the issue coordinator on the assessment of the study / article in cases 1. and 4. In cases 2. and 3., in order for the author/s to make the necessary changes demanded by the reviewer, the study/ article will be sent back to them. Once the changes made by the author/s, the full text is assessed by the reviewer as accepted;

h. In case the author/s contest the assessment of their study / article as rejected, they should notify the issue coordinator who would send the anonymized study / article to a second reviewer, or a third reviewer (for the point e) cases), but the latter’s review cannot become a subject to another contestation.

i. The accepted texts become an integral part of the specific issue, published either in Romanian (with an English abstract), or in English.


THE PROCESS OF SELECTION FOR PUBLISHING STUDIES / ARTICLES

Phase I

Phase II