Open Access Policy

The Coastal Review is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

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Review Process

The Coastal Review is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal published by the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Georgia Southern University. The Coastal Review invites manuscripts on an open and rolling basis and publishes articles as soon as they are accepted. In addition, presenters at the annual Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures (SECCLL) are encouraged to submit an extended and thoroughly revised manuscript of their presentation for possible inclusion in the Journal. The Coastal Review may also solicit manuscripts and publish special issues from time to time.

Submitted manuscripts cannot have been previously published nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book. Inclusion in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. By submitting material to The Coastal Review, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal, and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Coastal Review. If you have questions or concerns about these terms of submission and review, please contact the Editors.

Following is the Editorial Workflow that every manuscript submitted to The Coastal Review will undergo:

  • Following submission, the manuscript is assigned to a member of the General Editorial Board for initial screening.
  • If the Editor determines that the manuscript is out of scope for the journal or of insufficient quality to undergo further review, the Editor may reject the manuscript.
  • If the Editor accepts the manuscript for further review, he/she assigns the manuscript to an external reviewer for double-blind peer-review.
  • The reviewer submits his/her manuscript report to the General Editorial Board with one of the following recommendations:
    • Accept submission
    • Accept submission with minor revisions
    • Major revisions required for acceptance
    • Reject submission
    • Depending on the reviewers’ feedback, the Editor may either accept or reject the manuscript for revision and publication. Any manuscript deemed to require major revisions for acceptance will be submitted to a second peer review.

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Formatting Requirements

The Coastal Review has general rules about the formatting of articles for initial submission and final submission for publication.

Initial Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for The Coastal Review: An Online Peer-reviewed Journal.

  • Length: between 4000 to 7000 words, or 9 to 15.5 pages, Times New Roman, 12, single-spaced, fully justified.
  • Font for the body text and bibliography: Times New Roman, 12 points. Font for notes: Times New Roman, 10 points.
  • Body text, bibliography, and notes must follow the latest MLA style sheet (8th edition) rules.
  • Body text: All paragraphs single-spaced, indent paragraphs, no space between paragraphs.

Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for The Coastal Review: An Online Peer-reviewed Journal.

See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details.

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Copyright & Licensing Terms

All papers published in The Coastal Review are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Authors retain all copyrights without restrictions, and agree to the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license for their work as a condition of publication.

End users' rights under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license are outlined here. For all other purposes, permission must be obtained from the author.

Copyright and licensing terms for The Coastal Review: An Online Peer-reviewed Journal are registered with Sherpa Romeo.

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Plagiarism Policy

The Coastal Review may use Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative, to selectively screen article submissions for originality. Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. These submitted papers are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked. Read more at Crossref's Similarity Check & Researchers page.

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Charges & Fees

The Coastal Review levies no submission charges, or charges or fees for publication of accepted articles.

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Digital Archiving

The Coastal Review is preserved using CLOCKSS, a leading preservation archive that guarantees persistent access to journal content for the very long term. Articles also receive Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) through Crossref to ensure they can always be found.

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