GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS
What is the scope of the journal?
Any kind of study of wells, where 'well' is defined as a place where a living spring flows or used to flow. Most often these will be springs, although occasionally shaft-wells may be included: it is difficult to be too prescriptive in this field. All aspects of the study of these wells are of interest: history, folklore, religious beliefs, geology, hydrology, conservation etc. Our criterion for publication depends less on the subject angle of the study and more on the quality of submission: is it logical, well-written and well-argued? Does it contribute to understanding of the field? Will it enhance people's appreciation of living springs?
The scope of the journal is intentionally wide-ranging as we hope to reflect the interests of the very broad spectrum of people who have an interest in wells. If you are uncertain whether your particular piece of work is suitable for inclusion, send in a summary and let the editors consider it.
What type of document is suitable for publication?
We will take all kinds of document:-
What is the best format for submitting the text?
We will take your text in any of the following forms - which we list in order of preference:-
And what about the illustrations?
One of the major advantages of electronic publishing is that there are no financial limits governing the size of the document or the number of illustrations that can be used. The editors welcome the submission of drawings and particularly photographs which can be used to support the text visually. However, all illustrations should be relevant to the narrative or argument being developed. Illustrations which do not 'improve' the text will be edited out.
Remember that colour illustrations are no more costly than monochrome when published electronically. So be lavish, be creative.
The editors would prefer to be supplied with illustrations already scanned and ready for publication. Please scan to a resolution of 400 dpi and save the file in either .gif or .jpg format, (.gif is better for monochrome, whilst .jpg is better suited to colour illustrations). If this is not possible then good quality photographs (prints or transparencies), drawings (photocopies are acceptable) or photocopies of out-of-copyright illustrations can be forwarded to the editorial address.
N.B. If you post us your text and/or illustrations and want them to be returned to you, please include an SAE.
I've never published online before. Should I write differently for the electronic medium?
The answer is yes and no. Write in the way that you feel most comfortable with. Do not compromise your individual style. The most important thing is to communicate your information and argument clearly to other readers. So do not feel that you have to write differently - if you are happiest writing a traditionally-structured article then go ahead.
However, there are a few points that you may wish to bear in mind when writing in order to make full use of the unique opportunities offered by electronic publishing:-
What other types of document can I submit?
One of the main advantages of electronic publishing is the opportunity to publish information in a format which is not achievable in paper publishing (see our Initial Proposal). It is envisaged that, in time, LSJ will be publishing the following types of document alongside the more traditional text-based articles:-
Essentially the only limit is your imagination. The technology for these ventures is available and anyone interested should contact the editors if they need any help in compiling and presenting non-traditional documents.
How should I cite any works I quote or refer to in my text? And why is this necessary?
We use the Harvard referencing system. You can find full details of this online in our recommended web publication.
The fundamental aims of the journal are to facilitate the study of holy wells and to raise its profile as a field of enquiry. Clear referencing will not only guide people to background reading based on your article, but it will demonstrate a scholarly approach to your work and add immeasurably to the validity of your assertions by showing how you arrived at them. Basically, you can say what you like provided you can back it up! So the editors (and for peer-reviewed articles, the referees) will be checking for thorough and accurate referencing where applicable.
Please note that there is even a form of referencing for web pages - if you cite or quote from one of these please use one of the approved formats detailed in the recommended web publication.
If you have any difficulty sorting out references and citation don't hesitate to contact the editors for advice.
How do I submit my document for publication?
By one of the following methods (in preferred order):-
Check the Contact the Editors section for more details.
How do I submit my document for peer review?
Send the editors a summary of your text by one of the methods outlined above, stating clearly that you wish your text to be subject to peer review. The editors will then seek out a suitable referee and if one can be found, they will then contact you to confirm that you can submit your article for the review process and subsequent publication.
How does the peer review process work?
The editors will approach a referee who has direct experience of the subject you are writing about, and ask them to say whether your article is of a sufficiently high quality to warrant its publication as a peer-reviewed article in LSJ. In addition, a second person will be approached to review the article from a non-specialist point of view, again to assess its suitability for publication.
A list of guidelines provided for referees can be seen in here. In particular the referees will be asked to judge whether the article contributes sufficiently to our knowledge and/or understanding of wells as defined above.
When they receive the referees' comments the editors will then make a decision concerning the best way to proceed. The following outcomes are possible:-
Where relevant, and with the author's agreement, referees' comments will be published in the journal in order to stimulate discussion and debate.
How long will I have to wait before my article is published online?
As long as your text does not need lengthy editing and/or rewriting, publication will take place within 3 months of the date of submission. Very often this will take place much sooner. You will be informed by email when your article is published online. If you want to be informed by post, please make this clear at the time you submit the article, and include an SAE.
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