Rights and Permissions


Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Studies in Scottish Literature provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Copyright in an unpublished article belongs to the author (though exceptions might exist if an author is working as parr of a grant-funded project or if in the non-academic world the author has as a condition of employment agreed to transfer copyright to his or her employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in a journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Studies in Scottish Literature, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Studies in Scottish Literature. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Studies in Scottish Literature, please contact the Editors. .

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Formatting Requirements

Articles for Studies in Scottish Literature should be submitted by regular email to one of the editors, with a copy to the other. Articles may be submitted and considered for publication in any standard scholarly format (Chicago, MLA, MHRA etc), but on acceptance the author will be responsible for adapting it to SSL's format before final copyediting can begin. Articles are currently paged, transferred to pdf format, and mounted by the journal, not by contributors. References and citations in Studies in Scottish Literature are given in a modified footnote form, i.e. with a full footnote for the first reference to a source and parenthetical references in the text for repeated citations from a single text where that will be clear to a reader. Shorter quotations given in the text should be in double quote marks (U.S. style), rather than single quotes. Longer quotations should be given as indented single-spaced blocks. In footnote references, the name of the publisher should be given, as well as place of publication. As a general guide, refer to the Chicago Manual of Style. Note that SSL uses only footnote references, without adding a bibliography. but this short on-line guide to Chicago style should answer most questions: : https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html .

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and Scholar Commons

In consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Studies in Scottish Literature all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions for authors described below.

Author's Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Studies in Scottish Literature or Scholar Commons provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article (or preferably a link to the journal version) on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article (or preferably a link to the journal version) on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article (or preferably a link to the journal version) on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

In addition, the editors normally approve the reuse by the author of the article or content from the article, in another, subsequent book publication or special volume, without fee, provided that the acknowledgements credit prior publication and copyright to Studies in Scottish Literature.

Permissions and Agreements for Third-Party Usage

Third parties (that is, anyone other than the author or the journal) require written agreement from the editor(s) of Studies in Scottish Literature to reproduce or otherwise reuse any article or substantial part of an article or other contribution, in any format, other than within the limits of normal fair-use. Inquiries about terms and conditions for third-party reuse, whether commercial or otherwise, should be addressed to the Editors, Studies in Scottish Literature.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium, whether permitted by a personal-use exemption or approved by written agreement of Scholar Commons, requires credit to Studies in Scottish Literature as copyright holder (e.g., Studies in Scottish Literature © 2024).

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of Studies in Scottish Literature and/or of the Scholar Commons website and/or software agree not to misuse the Scholar Commons service or software in any way.

The failure of Studies in Scottish Literature and/or Scholar Commons to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies constitute the entire agreement between Studies in Scottish Literature and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Publication Ethics & Malpractice Statement

For information on the aims and scope of the journal, the kinds and preferred length of articles considered, and the assignment of rights on publication/copyright policy, including the expanded permissions retained by authors, see the Aims & Scope and Rights & Permissions pages, linked from the left of the home page. Editorial contact information is given on the page About this Journal. There is a separate link from the home page listing editorial board members.

Studies in Scottish Literature has been published under its present title since 1963; it is not affiliated with any other journal of similar-sounding title.

Full articles are assessed following double-blind peer review by specialists in the field. We aim to get articles through this process within three months, often sooner, but review depends on the availability of relevant reviewers. Shorter notes, invited reviews, and invited contributions to symposia and special topic issues, may be sent for specialist peer review when specialist advice is needed, if they fall outside the expertise of the editors or if there is no consensus between the editors and a guest-editor.

Since 2012, Studies in Scottish Literature has been owned by the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation, which also holds the journal's endowment funds. It continues to be published under its own name, with its address of record being the Irvin Department of Rare Books, University of South Carolina Libraries. The journal is managed by the Editors, with the advice of a distinguished Editorial Advisory Board; the University Libraries' interest in the journal, the administration of funding, and its digital platform, are managed through the Associate Dean for Special Collections/Director of the Irvin Department in cooperation with the Editors.

The journal does not charge authors any page charges or submission fees, and it does not currently charge authors or their home institutions any fees for an article to be open-access. Authors may choose to purchase the the print issue in which their article appears, but are in no way obligated to do; such purchases can only be made through Amazon, not direct from the journal or library. The journal no longer supplies offprints of articles.

Since 2012, the journal has been accessible on-line, open-access, without subscription, from the journal's own web-site; issues and articles are often also discoverable through major search-engines or library catalogues. The journal does not currently handles subscription for print issues, all print issues of the journal since 2012 are only vailable for purchase through Amazon, Amazon UK, or other online vendors. The journal is not affiliated with any subscription-based membership organization.

The digital journal (1963 to date) is currently archived by University of South Carolina Libraries and bepress; a number of major libraries also hold a print run.

The journal does not derive revenue from publication fees, and it does not currently accept advertisements. The journal's endowment and current spendable accounts have been built up since 2012 through royalties on sale of print copies and related publications, donations, permissions fees for commercial reprinting, and occasional speaking fees.

The Editors or guest-editors for a symposium or special issue sometimes invite relevant submissions through appropriate organizations or targeted social media. The journal has never used mass e-mail to solicit contributions.

The journal takes seriously any allegations made to them about plagiarism, data fabrication, or other scholarly misconduct. Any issues relating to this should be directed in the first instance to the Editors. If a past contributor or someone considering submitting an article to the journal has questions about any of the journal's other policies or management, they should also contact the journal's Editors. Any remaining unresolved issues may be referred to the Associate Dean for Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries.

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