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Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies Scope Statement

 

Focus/Scope Statement

The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies is the only journal dedicated to L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942). One of the world’s most enduring writers, Montgomery is the author of Anne of Green Gables, amongst other works of fiction, as well as poetry, letters, and journals. The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies is a refereed, open access digital space. Its mandate is to publish intriguing, highly original, rigorously researched scholarship on all aspects of L.M. Montgomery’s life, influences, creative work, and legacy. Our scope is interdisciplinary and international. The journal is aimed at Montgomery scholars and at the broad community of Montgomery enthusiasts. The journal is the official scholarly publication of the L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) at the University of Prince Edward Island. The L.M. Montgomery Institute Management Committee establishes the journal's focus and scope, and appoints the editorial board.  The editorial board is responsible for all editorial decisions.

The journal has a continuous publication schedule and accepts submissions year-round. The journal does not review already-published work or simultaneous submissions. Selected articles based on papers presented at the LMMI’s biennial conference will be solicited for peer review. The journal also welcomes articles not presented at the conference for peer review. 

Articles are published online and will be available on our website. Periodically, hard copies of a series of articles, such as those associated with an LMMI biennial conference, will be made available for purchase via print on demand.

Publication Types

The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies includes different publication types. Peer-reviewed scholarship includes scholarly articles, audio/visual art, and creative writing. Non-peer-reviewed scholarship encompasses interviews, presentations, notes, and notices. The journal welcomes submissions of other publication types; with adequate scholarly contextualization, items normally not peer reviewed (e.g., interviews, presentations) could undergo the peer review process at the editors’ discretion.

Articles

Articles are critical pieces (maximum 8000 words in length at submission) that are the result of sustained scholarly engagement with a Montgomery-related topic. The journal is open to peer-reviewed scholarship from a range of methodologies, including, but not limited to, critical, comparative, biographical, and archival approaches. 

The journal strives to take advantage of our digital environment by incorporating multimedia (photography, audio, video) to accompany articles where this would add value. We encourage but certainly do not require accompanying multimedia with article submissions. Articles may be submitted as text-only documents without multimedia (resembling print-based journal articles). Authors are also welcome to submit their own multimedia; however, at the editors’ discretion, an article may be accepted without its accompanying multimedia (in whole or in part) depending on issues like copyright and fit (with both the journal and the content of the individual article). In some cases, the editorial board may work with authors to create a media compilation that best complements their article; journal-led multimedia compilation would take place after an article has undergone the peer-review process and been accepted by the journal. 

Audio/visual art (e.g., photography, drawing, painting, film)

Original, unpublished audio/visual works of art relating to Montgomery’s life, works, and/or legacy are accepted for peer review. The journal accepts up to 6 pieces of still visual art (photography, drawing, painting) at once, or up to one hour of audio or video.  

Creative writing (e.g., fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction)

Original, unpublished creative writing pieces relating to Montgomery’s life, works, and/or legacy are accepted for peer review. Prose (fiction and non-fiction) works are maximum 3000 words at the time of submission, while the journal accepts up to 6 poems at once, or maximum 3 to 5 pages at submission.

Notices: new books and resources 

On an ongoing basis, we publish an online bibliography of the latest Montgomery-related publications and resources. Let us know if you have completed a new book or resource to feature in this section.  

Notes 

Notes are a place to share a short message with the Montgomery community. Information considered for publication as a note could include a short description of an archival discovery or a commentary on an interesting fact or finding. These are pieces that best fit a shorter format than a full-length scholarly article. Notes are maximum 2000 words in length at submission. 

Description of Review Process

Non-peer reviewed items undergo editorial review before being accepted by the journal.

Peer-reviewed items undergo editorial and peer review. Editorial review encompasses an initial screening process during which the submission’s fit with the journal is determined and possible peer reviewers are identified. Peer review for journal articles is conducted by two content experts. Review of audio/visual material and creative writing will be conducted by one content expert and one media expert or by two content experts. 

Authors will also receive an acknowledgement letter upon submission and then (if the review process is successful) an acceptance letter highlighting the particular features of their item (publication type and peer review status). Every year, the journal shares with submitters an analytics report for their published journal item(s) that highlights views and citations. 

Copyright

All material published in the Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studieswill be licensed by an international Creative Common Attribution License (CC BY). For more information, see Creative Common’s description of this license here.When using this license, authors are still protected under copyright—they maintain ownership of their intellectual property and retain all rights to claim authorship of their work. Anyone using materials published in the journalmust give appropriate credit to the original author. However, under this Creative Commons Attribution License users can freely share (“copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format”) and adapt (“remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially”) work appearing in the journal. 

The journal is committed to quality, peer-reviewed open access. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.The full text of all journal content is available for free and is Open Access without delay (i.e., no embargo period). We do NOT require users to register to read full text.

The editorial board of the Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studiesencourages potential journal contributors to make a thoughtful, informed decision to publish under this Creative Common license, particularly if they have a reasonable expectation of monetary gain through their work (the editor and co-editor are happy to discuss this process with individual submitters). Please see the journal’s author contract (which will be available on the journal’s website) for more information about the journal’s approach to copyright, Creative Commons, open access, and other submission issues. 

Even more Montgomery material: KindredSpaces.ca

As well as the journal, the L.M. Montgomery Institute hosts a repository of Montgomery-related material. This non-peer-reviewed forum hosts digital articles, books, poetry, short fiction, and artefacts, including digital versions of rare and first editions. KindredSpaces welcomes suggestions for the inclusion of items in its repository; we are happy to consider donated material for digitization and inclusion in KindredSpaces. 

Contact

Questions about publication types and the submission/review process can be directed to the journal editor, Dr. Kate Scarth (kscarth@upei.ca), and co-editor, Dr. Emily Woster (ewoster@d.umn.edu).