About the Journal

Journal of Latin Cosmopolitanism and European Literatures

The Journal of Latin Cosmopolitanism and European Literatures (JOLCEL) is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes two issues per year in open access. Our format is dialogical and combines three articles with a reaction by a respondent. The journal is closely linked to the activities of the research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identity, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools), which aims to develop a large international network of researchers interested in these themes. RELICS organizes two workshops a year and regular large conferences.

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Latin Cosmopolitanism and European Literatures (JOLCEL) aims to be a platform for research on the dynamic role of Latin as a cosmopolitan language within European literary history. With a dialogical format, the journal seeks to perform the academic discussion on what shapes European literary identity.

Contributions to the Journal treat topics that cross traditional chronological and linguistic boundaries. From the first century AD to roughly the eighteenth century, Latin functioned as the standard equipment of European authors and their readers and remained an undercurrent through European history. Through its constant interactions with other languages with cosmopolitan standing (Greek, Arabic and Hebrew) and with the rapidly changing literary production in the vernaculars, Latin strongly defined Europe’s literary identity.

The dialogical approach to European literary identity is reflected in the journal’s format. Papers are clustered in groups of three based on a common question, but regarded from the viewpoints of  different historical periods and/or literatures. For each group, an established researcher and specialist on the subject reflects upon the papers in an additional contribution. This respondent looks for connections and differences and places the insights in a broader perspective. Hereby, we establish a dialogue between voices that find few platforms to communicate in traditional academic structures. The respondents moderate the ongoing debate and guarantee the journal’s place at the frontiers of research.

Peer Review Process

An article submitted to JOLCEL is first screened by the editor and can be rejected at this stage if it fails to meet the minimum criteria. Articles submitted to JOLCEL must:

  1. not be under review elsewhere,

  2. fall within the scope and theme of the journal,

  3. present original research that has not previously been published and that contributes to the present state of knowledge,

  4. use a clear and correct language.

The editorial board appoints two external referees for a double-blind peer review of the article. Editors and reviewers should disclose any conflicts of interest resulting from direct competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with any of the authors. Submitted manuscripts are treated as confidential documents by the editors and the reviewers. In case of conflicting reviews, editors can seek additional reviews, of which decision the author will be informed. Decisions about publication are made by the editor on the basis of the reviewers’ reports.

The editor’s decision is communicated to the author together with the recommendations of the referees. In case of a request for major changes, the revised manuscript is returned to the referees, who may request another revision. The editor is responsible for the final decision on the article and informs the author of this decision as soon as it is made.

Response articles go through a different editorial process. Authors of response articles are invited by the editorial board, and their articles are reviewed by the editors.

A notification of acceptance or a request for revision may be expected within 6 months of submission of the article. The article will be scheduled in the issue that is up for publication, except when this issue is a thematic one.

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.

Advisory Board

Walter Cohen

Anders Cullhed

Roland Greene

Andrew Laird

William Marx

Ingela Nilsson

Jim Porter

Françoise Waquet

Jan Ziolkowski

Irene Zwiep