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  1. Editorial Committee lists three members affiliated with the same institution that hosts the journal (Austin Peay), and at least one graduate student from another institution. Without question, this will draw scrutiny from any college-wide T&P committee doing its homework. And with the proliferation of e-journals over the past 10 years, the assessment of journal quality has become even more itense, and the composition of an editorial board is one indicator of such quality…

  2. I have to correct the previous comments. The journal does not have a graduate student listed as member of the editorial board. Moreover, the new call for papers lists reputable contributors as editors such as:
    Invited Editors for the Gothic Issue:
    Lola López Martín, University of Barcelona
    Expert in Latin American Horror Literature from the XIX century and editor of R.I.P. Antología del cuento de terror hospanoamericano del siglo XIX, 2010
    Antonio Alcalá González
    Organizer of the University of Mexico (UNAM) Gothic International Conference since 2008

    As far as having three members from Austin Peay State University, the journal is a collaborative effort from the faculty of that institution and I do not see that it would diminish the reputation of this peer-reviewed journal.

  3. I politely disagree with the previous entry. If a journal has multiple of the hosting institution’s own employees/professors on its Editorial Board–not to mention that the Managing Editor is ALSO from the same institution–no serious tenure and promotion evaluation panel at any college or university is going to ignore the obvious appearance of “amiguismo,” which indeed diminishes a journal’s reputation in the eyes of most. It’s one thing for the Managing Editor to be affiliated with the hosting institution, but he/she has a responsibility to appoint a diverse editorial board of seasoned, recognized and accomplished scholars from OTHER institutions if there is a desire to establish a solid reputation. And identifying two temporary “invited editors” is not convincing…

  4. The previous comment makes sense. If Polifonia wants to get more credibility it has to have a more diverse editorial board.

  5. They look to be diversifying. Latest editorial board on the site is more diverse, reflecting some of the comments posted on this page.

  6. In light of the previous comment, the question still remains: would/will our peers consider all the current ed board members “seasoned” and “accomplished” scholars in their respective fields? If not, then this is a critically important issue for all colleagues to consider if they plan to apply for tenure and/or promotion down the line…

  7. I knew no one there, sent something in cold, and got the article accepted with great and timely feedback. I can’t speak to tenure committees, but they were a pleasure to work with.

  8. I got no comments or feedback on the article that I sent to them- just a formulaic “Lamento comunicarle…” rejection from the editor with no explanation.

  9. quick review and response

    quality of journal: decent. some grad students, MANY from abroad (not necessarily tenure track, a system which seldom exists), some R2 profs (BYU, TTU), some R1 profs (U. Delaware)

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