AmeriQuests: Narrative, Law and Society


Focus and Scope

AmeriQuests is a forum for writing and research about real and metaphorical quests towards “America,” defined as either an absolute but an achievable objective, or as some place in the Americas. A peer-reviewed, multi-and inter-disciplinary e-journal, AmeriQuests was founded by Robert Barsky to contribute in original and creative fashions to the humanities, the social sciences, education, law, medicine, business and social justice. Contributions may focus on questions of dislocation, relocation, displacement, homelessness, American dreams and border crossings of all sorts, from the geographical and the social to the psychological. AmeriQuests also features special issues, student issues, book reviews and discussion sections to add to its immediacy, its allure and its relevance. Submissions are accepted on an on-going basis in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

 

Section Policies

Preface

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Introduction

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Manuscript

Work-in-progress, en route to publication as a book. It will be read by the editor and one more member of the Editorial Board

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Articles

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Multi-media

This section is for works that combine visual, media and sound files in ways that exceed ordinary disciplinary, technological or artistic boundaries.

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Commentary

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Reactions

Editors
  • Robert Barsky
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Poetry

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Creative contributions

This section covers any kind of creative work, including original approaches to the scholarly article.

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Review Article

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Book Reviews

Guidelines for Book Reviews in AmeriQuests

A full book review may concern only one book or monograph or several (related) recent works. Its length is about 750-1000 words, but it can be longer (up to around 5,000 words) if the review concerns multiple titles. It should give readers an engaging, informative, and critical discussion of the work.

AmeriQuests readership is broad, international and interdisciplinary, and as such, when writing the review please consider elements such as: the intended audience for the book, who would find it useful, the main ideas and major objectives of the book and how effectively these are accomplished, the soundness of methods and information sources used, a comparison with other works on this subject, constructive comments about the strength and weaknesses of the book. For edited books, please note the dominant themes with reference to specific chapters as appropriate; and implications of the book for research, policy, practice, or theory.

The header of your review should include:
• Author(s) or editor(s) first and last name(s) (please indicate if it is an edited book)
• Title of book
• Year of publication
• Place of publication
• Publisher
• Number of pages
• Price (please indicate paperback or hard cover) if available
• ISBN
At the end of your review, please include:
• Your first and last name
• Institution affiliation

Please note: All references should be made in-text, rather than as footnotes or endnotes. When citing from the book under review, a simple page number is sufficient; if another book is cited by means of comparison or discussion, references should take the following form: (Smith 1999). If it is necessary to cite a particular page number, the reference should be in the following form: (Smith 1999, 27).

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Special Topics

This section will contain invited papers on special topics, conference proceedings, or other items that pertain to the journal's mission but may not fit entirely within the context of the particular issue being published.

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Peer Review Process

AmeriQuests is peer-reviewed by at least two specialists in the field. The purpose of peer review is to ensure that only good research is published. Peer review is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out by all reputable academic journals. Our reviewers play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the Journal.

Initial manuscript evaluation
An Editor first evaluates all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is possible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Manuscripts rejected at this stage are outside the aims and scope of the journal, or are insufficiently original, have serious flaws, or display poor command of the English language. Manuscripts that meet the minimum criteria are normally passed on to at least 2 experts for review, generally from the Board.

The members of the Editorial Board play an important part in the review process, but we also use outside reviewers, and our reviewer database is constantly being updated. Whenever possible, reviewers are matched to the paper according to their expertise. We welcome suggestions for reviewers from the author though these recommendations are not necessarily used.

Reviewers' reports
Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:
- Is original
- Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
- Is methodologically sound
- Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
- Correctly references previous relevant work

Language correction is not part of the peer review process, but reviewers may, if they so wish, suggest corrections to the manuscript.

Final report
A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the reviewers, and may include verbatim comments by the reviewers.

The Editor's decision is final
Reviewers advise the Editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

Special issues
Special issues and/or conference proceedings may have different peer review procedures involving, for example, Guest Editors, conference organizers or scientific committees. Authors contributing to these projects may receive full details of the peer review process on request from the editor.

 

Publication Frequency

Generally, issues appear two times per year, and issues are complete on publication; in certain instances, however, individual items can be published as soon as they are ready, or some will be held back pending final revisions. AmeriQuests also supports a monograph series that produces, sporadically, book-length works on single subjects.

 

Open Access Policy

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.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 


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