Focus and Scope
Ecozon@ is a journal devoted to the relatively new field of literary and cultural criticism called ecocriticism. Ecocriticism can be broadly defined as the study of the representations of nature in cultural texts, and of the relationship between humans with other earth beings and their environment as seen in cultural manifestations. Ecozon@ is one of the very few academic journals specifically devoted to ecocriticism, an exponentially growing field, akin to the more recently developing area of environmental humanities, and the only one to accept submissions in several languages.
Its principal aim is to further the study, knowledge and public awareness of the connections and relationship between literature, culture and the environment. As a virtual space, it provides a site for dialogue between researchers, theorists, creative writers and artists concerned with and by the environment and its degradation. Its pages are open to contributions on all literatures and cultures, but its special mission is to reflect the cultural, linguistic and natural richness and diversity of the European continent.
Research contributions are subject to double-blind peer review, and are accepted in five languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian), in order to increase visibility and broaden the participation of scholars who are not part of the English-speaking world. Ecozon@, in addition to publishing original research articles, also publishes creative writing, visual arts and book reviews which are reviewed by the editorial board. Publication is open to scholars and creators interested in ecocriticism from around the world. We recommend membership of EASLCE to our contributors and readers, but it is not a requirement for either.
Ecozon@ is currently indexed in MLA, OAI, DOAJ, ERIH PLUS, Latindex, Dialnet and EBUAH, the institutional repository of the University of Alcalá.
Peer Review Process
The articles found in the special focus and general sections are double blind peer reviewed by international external reviewers. Generally each article is submitted to 2 reviews and often, when in doubt, a third review is requested. Reviewers are asked to evaluate the originality of the argument, its strength, coherency and grasp of previous critical literature on the topic, the methodology used and its clarity, as well adequate referencing. The reviewing process can takes around 3-4 months, in addition to a second round of reviews, if needed. Reviewers are acknowledged in the Autumn issue each year.
Detailed Reviewer Guidelines can be found here.
Open Access Policy
Ecozon@ is published according to the Green Open Access scheme, in which both publication and access to full papers is free. We provide immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...
This journal is published twice a year, in Spring (May 1st) and Autumn (November 1st).