The Journal of Commonwealth Literature
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The Journal of Commonwealth Literature


Editors
Susan Watkins Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Claire Chambers University of York, UK
Bibliography Editor
Social Media Manager and Editorial Assistant
Edward Powell University of Leeds, UK

eISSN: 17416442| ISSN: 00219894|Current volume: 49|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

"The Journal of Commonwealth Literature has long established itself as an invaluable resource and guide for scholars in the overlapping fields of commonwealth Literature, Postcolonial Literature and New Literatures in English. The journal is an institution, a household word and, most of all, a living, working companion." Edward Baugh

With over forty years of publication, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature is internationally recognized as the leading critical and bibliographic forum in the field of Commonwealth and postcolonial literatures. It provides an essential reference tool for scholars, researchers, and information scientists.

Three of the four issues each year bring together the latest critical comment on all aspects of ‘Commonwealth’ and postcolonial literature and related areas, such as postcolonial theory, translation studies, and colonial discourse. The fourth issue provides a comprehensive bibliography of publications in the field.

In the inaugural issue of JCL in 1965, the editors argued that 'the name of this journal...should on no account be construed as a perverse underwriting of any concept of a single, culturally homogeneous body of writings to be thought of as "Commonwealth Literature"'.

This observation remains true today: JCL welcomes a wide range of critical and theoretical submissions on literatures that have been shaped by the British Empire and its residues. We recognize that colonialism is not safely in the past, and the Journal reflects literature's shifting margins, including critiques of texts that explore diasporas and neocolonialism. We also welcome articles that connect gender and sexuality with colonialism, the Commonwealth, and postcoloniality.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Electronic Access:

The Journal of Commonwealth Literature is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://jcl.sagepub.com/

Editorial Board
Maria Alonso Alonso University of Vigo, Spain
Yousef Awad University of Jordan, Jordan
Elleke Boehmer University of Oxford, UK
Laurence Breiner Boston University, USA
Robert Clark University of East Anglia, UK
Ralph Crane University of Tasmania, Australia
Marta Dvorak Univ of Paris III, Sorbonne-Nouvelle, France
Ziad Elmarsafy York University
Corinne Fowler University of Leicester
Johan Geertsema National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
Faye Hammill Strathclyde University, UK
Caroline Herbert Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Elaine Yee-Lin Ho University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Hugh Hodges Trent University, Ontario, Canada
Coral Ann Howells University of Reading, UK
Graham Huggan University of Leeds, UK
Michelle Kelly University of York, UK
Sue Kossew Monash University, Australia
Malashri Lal University of Delhi, India
Dr Nukhbah Langah Forman Christian College University
Gail Low University of Dundee, UK
Robert McGill University of Toronto, Canada
John McLeod University of Leeds, UK
Lindsey Moore Lancaster University
Bart Moore-Gilbert Goldsmiths College, UK
Peter Morey University of East London, UK
Stephen Morton University of Southampton, UK
Pablo Mukherjee Warwick University
Stephanie Newell Sussex University, UK
Brendon Nicholls University of Leeds, UK
James Ogude University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Ranka Primorac University of Southampton, UK
Gillian Roberts University of Nottingham
Minoli Salgado Sussex University, UK
Paul Sharrad University of Wollongong, Australia
Andrew Teverson Kingston University, UK
Alex Tickell The Open University
Dennis Walder The Open University, UK
Mark Williams University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Amina Yaqin SOAS, University of London, UK
Bibliographic Representatives
Terry Barringer  
Diana Chlebek University of Akron, USA
Sheri-Marie Harrison University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Van Ikin University of Western Australia
Keira McKenzie University of Western Australia, Australia
Kirstine Moffat University of Waikato, New Zealand
Grace Musila University of Stellenbosch
Shyamala A Narayan Jamia Millia Islamia
S. Walter Perera University of Peradeniya
Muneeza Shamsie "A" Street, Defense Housing Project, Karachi, Pakistan
Ismail S. Talib National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.4.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
      11.4 OnlineFirst publication
    12. Further information

    1. Article types

    With over forty years of publication, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature is internationally recognized as the leading critical and bibliographic forum in the field. It provides an essential reference tool for scholars, researchers and information scientists involved in all aspects of Commonwealth and postcolonial literatures.

    Three of the four issues each year bring together the latest critical comment and occasional interviews with authors and theorists, dealing with all aspects of Commonwealth and postcolonial literature, and with related areas, such as postcolonial theory, translation studies and colonial discourse. The fourth issue provides a comprehensive, very popular and widely-read bibliography of publications in the field.

    Articles submitted should be between 6,000-7,000 words in length.

    The Journal of Commonwealth Literature has discontinued its 'Books Received' section and does not carry book reviews. However, the annual Bibliography issue of the Journal includes discussion of critical and creative texts, published in the previous year, from the following Commonwealth regions: Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, East and Central Africa, India, Malaysia and Singapore, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and West Africa. If you would like a book related to one or more of these regions to be included in the listings of the Bibliography issue and to be considered for a brief review within the introduction for a particular region, please contact the bibliography editor, Vassilena Parashkevova, to put you in touch with the author of the appropriate section of the Bibliography.

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    2. Editorial Policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    The Journal of Commonwealth Literature operates a double blind peer review process in nearly all cases, such that the reviewer's name is withheld from the author and the author's name from the reviewer. 
    The only exceptions are in the cases of: 
    1) interviews, which will not necessarily be anonymous because of the conversational format, and often go to one reader because they tend to represent a straightforward decision; 
    2) symposia, which may go to one reader, because the guest editor(s) of the symposium act as the second reader (of course that cannot be anonymous); 
    3) in complex cases, where the two reviewers do not agree, some articles are sent to a third reader.  
    All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is usually reached within 2 months of submission, although authors are told to expect a decision within 3-4 months in their acknowledgement email.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication Ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    All new submissions should be made online at the The Journal of Commonwealth Literature SAGE Track site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tjcl

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    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   
    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor's Publishing Agreement. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor's Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests.The Journal of Commonwealth Literature does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    8. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an 'Acknowledgements' section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), The Journal of Commonwealth Literature additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

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    9. Permissions
    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork and supplemental files below.

    10.2 Journal Style
    The Journal of Commonwealth Literature conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    10.3 Reference Style
    The Journal of Commonwealth Literature has moved to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you've done this, open EndNote and choose 'Select Another Style...' from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    10.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    10.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE's Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    10.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE's Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE's Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    10.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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    11. After acceptance

    11.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    11.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    11.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature with SAGE.

    11.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    A large number of SAGE journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE's electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Drs Claire Chambers and Susan Watkins,
    jcl@york.ac.uk

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