About the Journal

Aims and Scope

RSAJournal (Rivista di Studi Americani, ISSN 1592-4467) is the official journal of AISNA. It is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal addressing scholars working in the field of American Studies.  It is published annually. It welcomes articles in all fields of American Studies and invites contributions by both members and non-members. Each issue comprises a general section and a special topic section.

In 2021 ANVUR (the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of University Research) ranked RSAJournal among the top “Fascia A” (A level) scientific journals for the following sectors:

  • 10/F4 (Critica letteraria e letterature comparate)
  • 10/L1 (Lingue, letterature e culture inglese e anglo-americana)
  • 11/A3 (Storia contemporanea)
  • 11/B1 (Geografia)
  • 12/C1 (Diritto costituzionale)
  • 12/E1 (Diritto internazionale e dell’Unione Europea)
  • 12/E2 (Diritto comparato)
  • 14/B2 (Storia delle relazioni internazionali, delle società e delle istituzioni extraeuropee)

 

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. 

 

Article Processing Charges

No fees are required for articles to be processed, published, or read.

 

RSAJournal applies a CC BY-NC-ND license to all its contributions. This license enables reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator. CC BY-NC-ND includes the following elements:

  • BY: credit must be given to the creator.
  • NC: Only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted.
  • ND: No derivatives or adaptations of the work are permitted.

Authors retain the copyright of the works they publish in RSAJournal and are allowed to republish them elsewhere. We kindly ask the authors to acknowledge RSAJournal as the first site of publication.

 

Ethical Code

RSAJournal adheres to the spirit and guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to work ethically for the publication of the journal. The editorial committee has embraced the COPE guidelines to adopt all possible measures against negligence and ensure good ethical practices in the publication process. Publication ethics and good practices are pursued by the editorial team, authors, and peer reviewers.

 

Responsibilities of the Editorial committee

The editorial committee of RSAJournal is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the attention of the journal can be published. The editorial committee is supported in its decisions by anonymous referees, in accordance with its editorial guidelines, and is bound by current legal constraints regarding defamation, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editorial committee adopts a double-blind peer review standard to ensure that the content submitted to the journal remains strictly anonymous during the review process.  Articles are published in Gold Open Access on the OJS platform of the University of Torino. The editorial committee is taking steps toward indexing RSAJournal on several international academic databases.

Fair play
The editorial committee ensures that manuscripts are evaluated solely on their intellectual content and not based on the authors' social affiliations, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic background, or political convictions.

Confidentiality
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the author's express written consent.

Misconduct Complaints

Journal editors should handle misconduct complaints with all due care and attention, allowing authors to respond to any allegation. 

 

Responsibilities of the Authors

Authors must declare that the manuscript submitted has not been published elsewhere, is not under consideration for review elsewhere, and has been submitted in accordance with all parties involved in the creation of the contribution.

Originality and Plagiarism
Authors must ensure that they have written the entire original text; if authors have used the work or words of others, these must be appropriately cited.

Acknowledgment of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of others' work must always be ensured. Authors must cite publications that have significantly influenced the character of the submitted work. Any manuscript that does not meet the requirements of originality will be immediately rejected.

Data Access and Retention
If applicable, authors must provide the raw data relevant to a contribution at the time of first submission. The data must be made publicly available and retained for a reasonable amount of time after publication.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the research data. All those who have contributed significantly should be included as co-authors. The corresponding author (who deals with the editorial process) must ensure that all co-authors are appropriately included, that all co-authors have reviewed and approved the final version of the manuscript, and that they agree to its publication.

Fundamental errors in published works
When authors discover a fundamental error or inaccuracy in the publication, they will collaborate with the editorial team as necessary to retract or correct the manuscript.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Copyright Conditions
Authors will be asked to adhere to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Copyright if their work is published in the journal.

Misconduct Complaints

If the Editorial Board investigates a misconduct complaint and reaches a decision, authors have the right to appeal editorial decisions but should cooperate with the editor or publisher in their investigation.

 

Responsibilities of the reviewers

Confidentiality
Every manuscript received for review must be treated confidentially. Manuscripts must not be shown to or discussed with individuals other than those authorized by the publisher.

Promptness
Any selected referee who believes they are not qualified to review the research reported in the manuscript, are unable to review within the specified time frame, or have already identified the author should inform the editorial team and withdraw from the review process.

Standards of Objectivity
The review should be conducted objectively. Personal criticisms of the author are considered inappropriate. Reviewers must express their opinions through documented arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers are required to identify relevant works reported in the manuscript that have not been cited by the author. Any statement regarding an observation or argument already published must be supported by the appropriate citation. A reviewer must also bring to the attention of the editorial team any similarity or overlap between the manuscript under review and other published works.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Information obtained through the review process must remain confidential and cannot be used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not evaluate manuscripts where conflicts of interest may exist due to competitive or collaborative relationships, or connections with the authors or with companies and institutions linked to the manuscript.

 

Peer review policy

RSAJournal publishes academic essays in a thematic section, "Special Section," edited by Guest Editors with the support of the Editorial Board, and in a miscellaneous section, "Articles," edited by the Editorial Team.  Submission for these two categories are double-blind peer-reviewed; the author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript. Submissions that do not fully comply with these rules will not be taken into consideration. RSAJournal reviews submissions with the understanding that they have not been concurrently submitted to another journal.

RSAJournal also publishes "A Serialized Forum," hosting academic discussions around a given topic, and "Original Works" by novelists, poets, short story writers, and notable historical figures, introduced by an expert of the field. Contributions to "A Serialized Forum" and "Original Work" are rigorously reviewed by the Editorial Board through Open Peer Review.

 

Publication Timeline

RSAJournal is published once a year in September. Contributions are to be submitted at least 8 months before the issue's publication. Authors can expect to receive the peer review outcome in 2-3 months and final acceptance/rejection notification 5-6 months after submission. 

 

Submission process

Submissions must be in English and should not exceed 40.000 characters (including spaces, notes, and works cited). Authors should send their submission through the Submission page. Authors are invited to follow the journal style sheet in preparing their manuscripts.

 

Long-term archiving

RSAJournal relies on PKP Network for long term archiving.