Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

VERB is an interdisciplinary print and online journal published and sponsored by the Humanities Center at Lehigh University. Its goals are to encourage, collect, and make available writing from a variety of disciplinary perspectives on topics that lend themselves to socially significant and original academic work. Our audience consists of undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty, and dedicated nonspecialists.

 

Section Policies

VERB Documents

This section is for VERB documentation, which doesn't interest you unless you're involved with VERB. It's not open to general submissions.

Editors
  • Gordon Bearn, Humanities Center, Lehigh University
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
  • Kirk St-Amant, Texas Tech University
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Front Matter

Front matter includes journal announcements, updates to policies, calls for papers, and editorial comments. It is open submissions from Editors, Section Editors, and Layout Editors.

Editors
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
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Lehigh Articles

Lehigh articles contains material pertaining to Lehigh’s academic community – reviews of speakers and presentations, commentary on local academic issues, and the like. Submissions are reviewed and edited by Lehigh faculty and students, and are not indexed for searches in OAI.

Editors
  • Gordon Bearn, Humanities Center, Lehigh University
  • Lauren Cuoco, Lehigh University
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
  • Elizabeth Wiggins, Lehigh University
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Culture

Culture includes peer-reviewed academic articles which examine, describe, or analyze phenomena which are principally cultural or historical. This section is open to general submissions.

Editors
  • Tom Bierowski, Alvernia College
  • Anthony Bleach, East Carolina University
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
  • Chris Robe, Florida Atlantic University
  • Kirk St-Amant, Texas Tech University
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Film

Film includes peer-reviewed academic articles which examine, describe, or analyze films, filmic theory, or are otherwise film-centered.

Editors
  • Anthony Bleach, East Carolina University
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
  • John Lennon, University of Miami
  • Simon Morgan-Russell, Bowling Green University
  • Chris Robe, Florida Atlantic University
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Literature

Literature includes peer-reviewed academic articles which examine, describe, or analyze literature, literary theory, or are otherwise literature-centered. This section is open to general submissions.

Editors
  • Tom Bierowski, Alvernia College
  • Anthony Bleach, East Carolina University
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
  • Erik Grayson, Binghamton University
  • Simon Morgan-Russell, Bowling Green University
  • Chris Robe, Florida Atlantic University
  • Kirk St-Amant, Texas Tech University
  • Patrick West, Griffith University
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Theory

Theory includes peer-reviewed academic articles which principally examine, describe, analyze, or expand cultural or critical theory. This section is open to general submissions.

Editors
  • Anthony Bleach, East Carolina University
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
  • John Lennon, University of Miami
  • Chris Robe, Florida Atlantic University
  • Kirk St-Amant, Texas Tech University
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Philosophy

Philosophy includes peer-reviewed academic articles which principally examine, describe, or analyze matters of philosophy or philosophical history. This section is open to general submissions.

Editors
  • Gordon Bearn, Humanities Center, Lehigh University
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
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Met(a)cademics

Met(a)cademics includes peer-reviewed articles which examine, describe, or analyze phenomena which are principally about the academy, i.e. about academic professional issues. This section is open to general submissions.

Editors
  • Simon Morgan-Russell, Bowling Green University
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Business and Technology

Business and technology includes peer-reviewed academic articles which principally examine, describe, or analyze recent or historical developments in business or technology. This section is open to general submissions.

Editors
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
  • Kirk St-Amant, Texas Tech University
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Articles

Articles includes peer-reviewed academic articles which do not fit neatly into other peer-reviewed categories. Generally, submissions to the articles section will be moved to another, more appropriate, section, or a new section will be created for them. If the submission is moved, it will be governed by the submission guidelines for the section it is moved into; if a new section is created, the Editor will recruit at least two Reviewers and possibly a temporary or permanent Section Editor who will supervise the review, editing, and publication processes. This section is open to general submissions.

Editors
  • Gordon Bearn, Humanities Center, Lehigh University
  • Tom Bierowski, Alvernia College
  • Anthony Bleach, East Carolina University
  • Tara Brabazon, Murdoch University
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
  • Erik Grayson, Binghamton University
  • John Lennon, University of Miami
  • Simon Morgan-Russell, Bowling Green University
  • Chris Robe, Florida Atlantic University
  • Kirk St-Amant, Texas Tech University
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Poetry

Poetry includes creative or original poetic works of any length. The Section Editor reviews each submission to the Poetry section, and may send the submission to other Reviewers at his discretion. This section is open to general submissions.

Editors
  • R. Atkinson, Lehigh University
  • Tom Bierowski, Alvernia College
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
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Fiction

Fiction includes creative or original works of any length, such as flash fiction, short stories, narratives, or letter sequences. This section is open to general submissions, which will be reviewed by the Section Editor, who may send the submission to other Reviewers at his discretion.

Editors
  • R. Atkinson, Lehigh University
  • Tom Bierowski, Alvernia College
  • Nate Eastman, Lehigh University
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Peer Review Process

Process

All submitted manuscripts will be screened by in-house staff (Editors, Section Editors, or Reviewers) to determine whether the article fits VERB’s scope and focus and whether the authors have provided all required items and information. If the submission is clearly outside VERB’s scope or focus the article will normally be rejected outright without in-depth peer review. If it is unclear whether the article fits, the Editor or Section Editor will consult with a suitably qualified Reviewer.

All not-immediately-rejected articles in peer-reviewed sections are submitted for formal peer-review, and will be assigned to at least two Reviewers, of which one may be the Section Editor and of which at least one will be a suitably qualified expert in the appropriate field. Publication decisions will be made by the Section Editor. There are several types of possible decisions ranging from acceptance without revision to unconditional rejection – typically because the article does not in the judgment of several Reviewers or Editors adhere to one or more of the Criteria for Publication (see below).

If a submitted article is accepted it will be published in the online journal and, as a matter of editorial decision, may be published in the print journal; article length and layout constraints, rather than matters of academic worth, decide publication in VERB's print journal. All articles published in VERB, regardless of whether they appear in print or online, are subject to the same review and editorial policies.

Confidentiality

The review process is strictly confidential and should be treated as such by Reviewers. Because the author may have chosen to exclude some people from this process, those not directly involved with the manuscript, including colleagues or other experts in the field, should be consulted by the reviewer unless such consultations have first been discussed with the Editor.

Editing Reviewers’ Reports

VERB will not edit any comments made by reviewers that have been intended to be read by the authors. We encourage reviewers to be honest and courteous in their language.

Competing Interests

As far as possible we respect requests by authors to exclude reviewers whom they consider to be unsuitable. We also, as much as possible, try to rule out those Reviewers who may have an obvious competing interest, such as those who may have been collaborators on other projects with the authors, those who may be direct competitors (for instance for teaching or research positions), those who have a known history of antipathy with the author(s), or those who might profit financially from the publication of the article under review. We request that Reviewers who recognize a potential competing interest inform the Section Editor and recuse themselves if they feel that are unable to offer an impartial review.

Criteria for Publication

As a rule, publications in VERB should meet the following criteria:

Relevance: The manuscript should focus on VERB’s topic (e.g. waste); the connection of the manuscript's content to the theme for each issue of VERB should be immediate and clear.

Significance: The manuscript should address an issue or several issues of social or academic significance, broadly defined.

Originality: The manuscript should make a contribution to the academic discipline or disciplines in which it works.

Perceptiveness: The manuscript’s treatment of its subject or subjects should be non-trivial and non-obvious to an expert in the field.

Accessibility: The manuscript’s style, tone, and subject should be accessible to our readers: discipline-specific theory and jargon should be avoided or explained; discipline-specific understandings of subjects and events should be broadened to fit an audience of intellectually able and academically interested nonspecialists.

 

Publication Frequency

VERB is published quarterly, in a newspaper format and online; the print edition contains selections from the peer-reviewed online journal as well as information pertaining to related events at the Lehigh University Humanities Center and articles of local interest.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal's content is free to readers; authors are free to archive their work published in this journal in institutional or personal repositories and e-print archives, and to submit their work published here to other publications. The only rights we reserve with respect to authors is the right to print their submitted work in our paper journal and online archive and to provide their work to readers without charge.

 

Becoming a Reviewer

As an interdisciplinary journal, VERB is always looking for reviewers. If you are interested in being a reviewer, please send a CV and a brief description of your reviewing interests via email.