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Editorial Policies

Peer Review Process

All submissions are initially assessed by an Editor, who decides whether or not the article is suitable for peer review. Submissions considered suitable for peer review are assigned to two or more reviewers, who assess the article for clarity, validity, and sound methodology.

The journal operates a double-blind peer review process, meaning that authors and reviewers remain anonymous for the review process. The review period is expected to take around two to four weeks, although this can vary depending on reviewer availability. Reviewers are asked, if applicable, to provide formative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for publication in the journal. Please note that, due to staff numbers, reviewers will almost certainly be editors of the journal. However, we strive to ensure that the reviewers for a submission do not also edit said submission.

Based on the reviewer reports the editor will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revisions, or acceptance. Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

Members of the editorial team are permitted to submit their own papers to the journal. In cases where an author is associated with the journal, they will be removed from all editorial tasks for that paper and another member of the team will be assigned responsibility for overseeing peer review. A competing interest must also be declared within the submission and any resulting publication.

The journal is happy to accept submissions of papers that have been loaded onto preprint servers or personal websites, have been presented at conferences, or other informal communication channels. These formats will not be deemed prior publication. Authors must retain copyright to such postings. Authors are encouraged to link any prior posting of their paper to the final published version within the journal, if it is editorially accepted.

Reviewers are asked to provide comment on the below topics and guidelines:

  • Content: Does the article fit within the scope of the journal? Is the submission original, relevant and rigorous? Is the author’s depth of understanding of the issues researched adequate? Are the sources and references adequate? Has the existing knowledge base been explored and built upon? Does the conclusion reflect the argument in the main body text?
  • Structure and argument: Does the abstract summarise the arguments in a succinct and accurate way? Is the manuscript logically structured and do the arguments flow coherently? Does the introduction signpost the arguments in the logical way and does the conclusion adequately summarise them?
  • Figures/tables: If present, does the author’s use of tables, charts, figures or maps illustrate the arguments and support the evidential base? Is the quality of the formatting and presentation adequate?
  • Formatting: Does the submitted file adhere to the general author guidelines listed for the journal? Are the citations and references formatted to house-style?
  • Language: Is the text well written? Please comment on the quality of English and need for grammatical improvement.

Take Down Policy

Houghton St Press adheres to UK copyright law and respects intellectual property rights. If you an author, rights holder or are authorised to act on behalf of an author/rights holder, and you are concerned at you have found material published in Rerum Cause for which you have not given permission that infringes your copyright, you have the right to request its removal. For more information to help you understand whether an infringement has occurred and guidance on how to gather evidence to back up your request, see this Factsheet from the UK Copyright Service.

If you wish to request the removal of material, please contact us stating the following:

  • Your contact details: this should include your full name, title if acting on behalf of an organisation, telephone number, email and postal address.
  • The full bibliographic details of the material.
  • The exact and full URL where you found the material.
  • Proof that you are the rights holder and a statement that, under penalty of perjury, you are the rights holder or are an authorised representative.

Upon receipt of a request, the Rerum Causae team will remove any alleged infringing content while an investigation is carried out. If it is concluded that the material is in breach of intellectual property rights, the material will be permanently withdrawn from the Rerum Causae website.

Contact details:

Rerum Causae

Houghton St Press

LSE Library

10 Portugal Street

London

WC2A 2HD

lsererumcausae@gmail.com

 

Section Policies

Research

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Commentary

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Review

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  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Editorial

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Essays

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Book reviews

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  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Fiction

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Interview

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Papers

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Conference

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  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

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