Authors must submit all manuscripts electronically via Manuscript FastTrack, which is located at http://aar.expressacademic.org. Our documentation style follows the Third Edition of the MLA Style Manual & Guide to Scholarly Publishing. For author purposes, this will contain the same information as found in the Seventh Edition of the MLA Handbook, which authors may find more accessible. These manuals encourage the use of intratextual documentation and mandate the inclusion of Works Cited lists at the manuscript's end. Manuscripts that do not follow MLA style are subject to immediate rejection. Also, manuscripts that are not paginated will be rejected. Authors must remove any identifying information from the submission, including cover pages, headers, bylines, etc. AAR does not consider previously published works or simultaneous submissions.
Critical essays should be no fewer than 6,000 words and no more than 8,500 words, excluding endotes and Works Cited. Authors may submit only one essay at a time.
Fiction writers may submit only one work at a time. Stories should not exceed 3,500 words.
Poets may submit no more than six works at a time; multiple poems should be bundled into a single submission.
Revisions: A requested revision should not be submitted as a new article. Under the heading "My Archived Submissions," click on the hyperlinked submission ID of your original article. On the following page, select "Submit Revised Document."
AAR does not consider unsolicited book reviews. Copies of books to be considered for review should be mailed to:
Dr. Paul Devlin, Fitch Hall
2nd Floor, Humanities Department, United States Merchant Marine Academy
300 Steamboat Road, Kings Point, NY 11024
The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.
African American Review (AAR) does not consider previously published works or simultaneous submissions. AAR does not consider unsolicited book reviews.
Each critical submission (articles, “Forgotten Manuscripts”) is first vetted by Editor Nathan Grant and can be rejected from the desk if deemed unsuitable or poor.
The article and “Forgotten Manuscripts” submissions that are deemed fit for external review are sent to two scholars in a double-blind reading process. Poetry and fiction submissions are immediately sent to our Poetry & Fiction Editorial Collective, comprised of four scholars, for consideration.
Here is a brief list of questions one might consider when reviewing an article submission. This list is simply a rough guideline and should not limit one's approach.
If the peer reviewers recommend revise and resubmit, authors are required to make rewrites within 60 to 90 days. This timetable improves the likelihood that the two original readers are available for a second review.
Nathan L. Grant
Houston A. Baker, Jr.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Aileen M. Keenan
William L. Andrews
Bernard W. Bell
Joanne M. Braxton
Robert James Butler
John F. Callahan
Thadious M. Davis
Frances Smith Foster
Robert E. Fox
Donald B. Gibson
Farah Jasmine Griffin
William J. Harris
James V. Hatch
Karla F. C. Holloway
Missy D. Kubitschek
Deborah E. McDowell
E. Ethelbert Miller
R. Baxter Miller
Sw. Anand Prahlad
Valerie A. Smith
Cheryl A. Wall
Jerry W. Ward, Jr.
Review copies should be mailed to:
Dr. Paul Devlin
Fitch Hall, 2nd Floor
United States Merchant Marine Academy
300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024
Paul Devlin's communications and decisions are not on behalf of the United States Government.
Please send book review copies to the contact above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.
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