Frequently Asked Questions

1.      Will the quality of LJH not deteriorate on account of the online migration?

No. Papers published in the online editions of the journal will be subjected to the same rigorous quality control process as the traditionally printed issues. In other words, LJH remains a refereed journal that subjects all manuscripts to ethical scrutiny and the double-blind peer review process.

2.      Will manuscripts be checked for plagiarism?

Yes.

3.      Will the list of reviewers be published at the end of each volume?

No, as the journal’s application of the double-blind peer review principle precludes the divulgence, however minimal, of the identity of reviewers.

4.      Will reviews (books/films) and interviews also be subjected to the double-blind procedure?

No. However, they will all be critically evaluated by specialists to determine their suitability for publication.

5.      Can I make simultaneous submissions to Legon Journal of the Humanities (LJH)?

Yes, but should all such papers receive favorable verdicts from reviewers, it is only one that can be published in an issue. Besides, the journal does not publish articles by the same author in back-to-back issues. For these reasons, a contributor’s multiple accepted papers can only be published in interspersed issues of the journal.

6.      Can my article and film review be published in the same issue of LJH?

No, the two can only be published separately in different issues of the journal.  

7.      I have just interviewed an outstanding academic. Can this interview and my paper, already accepted for publication, be published in the same issue of LJH?

No. They can only be published in different issues.

8.      How many articles will be published in an online issue of LJH?

Between eight and fifteen, depending on the number of accepted refereed papers.

9.      Are there deadlines for the submission of papers to LJH?

There is normally no deadline as submissions are always welcome by the journal. However, the editor gives contributors deadlines for the return of revised manuscripts prior to the issuance of letters of acceptance. Further, guest editors of theme-based issues, in the Call for Papers (CFP), set timelines for the submission of abstracts, proposals, contributions, and corrected manuscripts as well as other tasks.

10.  How long does the review process take?

The review process may take between 2 to 6 months. The amount of time it      takes   to provide feedback on submissions is normally determined by   reviewers’ availability and/or the need to seek another opinion in case of  divergent reports from preceding evaluators.

11.  Can I electronically monitor the progress of my paper under review?

Not at the moment.  However, by mid-2016, the journal expects to provide a tracking resource on its website for authors to generate status reports on their contributions.

12.  Does LJH publish papers that incorporate both the humanities and pure science?

Yes. As a matter of fact, sub-branches of many disciplines in the humanities (archaeology, geography, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, etc.) have an exact science component. Further, the interdisciplinary approach is valorized in the conduct of research. 

13.  Does LJH accept co-authored papers?

Yes, since the journal does not discriminate between single-authored and multiple-authored papers.

14.  I am a graduate student. Can I send a manuscript to LJH?

Yes. The journal welcomes humanities-oriented contributions from all aspiring, new, and established members of the academy.

15.  When will LJH be indexed?

LJH has started the process of getting the abstracts and descriptors of its articles to be indexed and cited in electronic databases, such as Scopus, Open Journal Systems (OPS), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), ASA Online (Leiden), CLOCKSS, and CAB Abstracts. By mid-2016, it is anticipated that abstracts and descriptors of LJH articles will be indexed in some of these databases.

16.  Is it truly possible for reviewers to consider a manuscript publishable in its current form?

Yes. Although most reviewers submit reports recommending minor or substantial modifications to manuscripts as a condition for publication, it is still possible for even three reviewers to agree on the impeccability of a submission. In other words, though a very rare occurrence, the “perfect” manuscript is still writable.

17.  Does LJH accept conference proceedings for publication?

Yes, but only as a theme-based, guest-edited, and refereed issue.

18.  Does LJH accept conference papers for publication?

Yes, once a paper has not been submitted and will not be submitted for potential publication in conference proceedings, it can be sent to the journal for review.

19.  How many interviews are publishable in an issue of LJH?

Maximum of three

20.  How many book and film reviews can LJH publish in one issue?

Maximum of ten

21.  Can I use weblogs, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media platforms as sources in a “serious” academic paper submitted to LJH?

Yes. It bears noting that social media provide a credible platform and an increasingly inevitable site for the generation, dissemination, and sharing of knowledge in our Information/Digital Age.

22.  What is the role of the LJH Advisory Board?

Members of the Advisory Board:

  • help the Editorial Board in the formulation of policy and also offer  contributions towards the journal's sustainability, positive transformation, and compliance with international best practices
  •  assist the editorial board in shaping the intellectual direction of the journal

23.  Whom should I contact if I want to coordinate a theme-based issue of the journal?

The journal’s editor: editorljh@ug.edu.gh

24.  Where can I find the journal’s guide for contributors?

On the journal’s webpage: www.coh.ug.edu.gh/ljh

25.  Whom should I contact if I do not find my question on the FAQ list?

The journal’s editor: editorljh@ug.edu.gh