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Manuscript Policies and Timeline
We receive approximately 100 unsolicited manuscripts each
year (as opposed to invited manuscripts for thematic issues and for state-of-the-art
articles). These are acknowledged (usually via e-mail), and files are made for each
submission. Double submissions will be rejected.
The inhouse committee consists of the editor and the two editorial
assistants. The committee discusses the paper in terms of content, methodology, and
appropriateness. If the paper seems suitable for external evaluation, readers are
selected. If the paper does not merit external evaluation, the committee discusses the
content of the rejection letter.
Rejection after inhouse
evaluation: If the paper is to be rejected at this point, a
rejection letter is sent out and the file is closed.
evaluation: If the paper is to be sent out, we
generally select 4 or 5 external
reviewers from the list of readers. It usually takes from 6 to 8 weeks before all the
evaluations have been received. However, sometimes the process takes longer if, for
instance, evaluators do not respond in a timely manner.
Rejection after external
evaluation: If the majority of the evaluations are negative,
the paper is generally rejected. We always send copies of the evaluations to the author,
and we send each external evaluator copies of the other reviewers' comments as well.
extensive revisions: If the evaluations are mixed,
we often ask the authors
to thoroughly revise the manuscript and resubmit it. In these cases, the revision is
sent out for a second round of evaluation, with one previous evaluator and at least one
new evaluator reading the manuscript.
Rejection after 2nd round of
evaluation: If the revised version still receives negative
or mixed evaluations, it will most likely be rejected.
Acceptance after external
evaluation: If all of the evaluations (or at least the vast
majority) are positive, we usually accept the paper contingent upon completion of a
final revised version based on the comments provided by the evaluators.
corrections: After the manuscript has been accepted,
and after it has been
scheduled to appear in a particular future issue, the editorial assistants go through the
paper and make corrections in terms of (a) APA editorial guidelines, (b) reference
accuracy, (c) overall organization, and (d) overall readability. The corrected
manuscript is then sent back to the author for corrections and final submission of a hard
copy and a diskette.
Submission to Cambridge
University Press: When an issue has been compiled
(articles, book reviews, book notices, publications received),we submit it to the
Production Controller at CUP. Submission is 6 months before publication (i.e., the
September issue is submitted in March). The manuscripts go through further
proofreading at this stage and are then sent to the typesetters.
Author proofs: About 3
months after submission to CUP, author proofs are sent out.
Each author is required to read through the proofs, answer queries provided by the
typesetters, and return them to the Bloomington office. The editorial assistants transfer
all modifications to a master set of proofs and return them to the production
Second proofs: About 3
or 4 weeks after the proofs are returned, second proofs are
sent to the Bloomington office (but not to authors). These are checked, final changes are
requested, and they are returned to Cambridge University Press.
Publication: SSLA is
published four times a year (March, June, September, and
December). The June issue is usually a thematic issue. Authors receive offprints of
their published articles from Cambridge University Press.