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  1. A colleague in Spain suggested this as a great venue for getting in touch with other scholars in Spain, but I have not yet felt up to it. I know nothing about its value as a peer-reviewed (or non-peer reviewed) journal, but I like the idea of being in contact with people in Spain who do what we do.

  2. I submitted an article a couple of years ago, I never got any feed back and when several months later I checked they web page my article was published. I doubt there is any peer review involved.

  3. I’ve published a couple of articles here.
    It’s all right to start publishing while you are still in grad school, other than that, I would advice against it.
    Officially (MLA Directory of Periodicals) it is peer-reviewed, but I have my doubts about it. I also have the feeling they publish everything they get. But again, for grad students it’s not too bad.

  4. Con una notable excepción, todo lo que he leído de esta “revista” me parece una absoluta basura. Es obvio que no arbitran los artículos que reciben y, si me apuran, ni siquiera los autores reflexionan sobre lo que escriben antes de mandar su material a esta página.

    Es evidente que se trata de una página para hacer publicaciones “de bulto” en el CV. Si sus editores tuvieran un mínimo de conciencia profesional, suspenderían la publicación o por lo menos la someterían a un proceso de regeneración muy crítico.

  5. This is not a prestigious place to publish and they do accept more or less everything they get. However, if you have a controversial piece that is rejected everywhere else on purely ideological grounds, this is a good place to disseminate your ideas. Everything you submit there comes up on search engines all the time. So if you really want to be heard and don’t care that much about prestige, this might be a good option.

  6. I sent them an article in May, it’s September and I haven’t heard from them. I did not receive any acknowledgement of their receipt. I recently e-mailed them, but didn’t hear from them either. I had friends who received notice after a month, another one had their article published without any acknowledgement whatsoever. This journal is a black hole.

  7. Conocí al editor de la revista, el profesor Aguirre, hace ya algunos años, justo cuando comenzaba la empresa editorial. Sin juzgar a Aguirre como persona (no es la misión de este blog) lo cierto es que no tiene ningún interés en establecer un proceso peer-reviewed. A él le interesa publicar cuantas más cosas intrascendentes mejor para así engordar CV y seguir escalando en los puestos administrativos de la Complutense. Parece ser que hay estudiantes y profesores de España y América Latina que están dispuestos a publicar aquí a cambio de obtener una línea más en su historial, así que… pues eso.

  8. I submitted work to this journal as a new graduate student, and naively believed it was peer reviewed. They never gave me any feedback, and published my article without even telling me.

  9. This journal is really sub-standard. It has never even attempted to forge a decent, high quality scholarly product. The quality of the articles published there is abysmal.

    I would advise any graduate student to not publish there, as perhaps, with more work and effort, your article could possibly reach the standard required by acceptable, mid-tier journals.

  10. Many scholars in Spain snd Europe utilize this journal as an entry level publication source.

    Perhaps the peer-review process is not completely perfected. Although it does seem that some have received feedback from the review process.

    It certainly is widely disseminated and well kept. I have seen, read, and quoted some solid pieces of research on Especulo.

    Truth be told, there are many junior scholars that have published there. But there are quite a few scholars that are now well-established that had originally published there.

  11. Es una revista chichipata. Por mi propia ignorancia, publiqué en Espéculo hace muchos años porque una profe mía había publicado varios artículos en ese sitio. Ahora omito esa publicación de mi currículo por vergüenza.

  12. How can we get it delisted from the MLA? Other than wasting an article for scholars, it defeats the purpose of training undergraduates in distinguishing quality sources when a publish-all journal is listed in the MLA database as peer-reviewed.

    • I actually contacted the MLA committee in charge of peer review status. Here is the reply, March, 2014:

      I will pass your comments on to the Committee at their next meeting in October to see if they would like to address the peer review issue again. I will let you know if they make any changes to the current policy.

      I am going to contact the editors with those concerns regarding their peer review listing in the Directory. They have not responded in some time so I hope we can get that at least clarified for our users.

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