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Principles of peer reviewing and publication

 

The two main categories of articles published in MikaEL are refereed and non-refereed scholarly articles within the field of Translation and Interpreting Studies. The publication criteria and processes for them are as follows:

Refereed scholarly articles 

A refereed scholarly article in MikaEL undergoes peer review by two independent and anonymous referees. The article must present previously unpublished results of the authors’ empirical or theoretical research within Translation and Interpreting Studies. The research setting and results constitute a coherent whole. The theoretical framework, previous research, material, method, results and conclusions must be documented in accordance with scholarly principles and with reference to previous research. Refereed scholarly articles in MikaEL meet the criteria for Category A4 (Refereed scientific article in conference proceedings) in the classification of scientific publications formulated by the Finnish Ministry of Education. 

Manuscripts intended for peer review will be reviewed anonymously. The authors are expected to anonymise their manuscripts, and the editors will ensure the anonymity of the manuscripts before they are sent out to be peer-reviewed by two experts on the subject of the manuscript. The referees will not be informed of the author’s identity, nor will the author learn the identities of the referees.

The editors will forward the referees’ comments to the author and recommend further revisions when necessary. The authors are expected to take both the referees’ and the editors’ comments into consideration. If revising the manuscript along the lines recommended by the referees and/or the editors is not feasible or relevant, the authors should explain and justify this when sending the revised manuscript to the editors. The editors may require further revisions before the manuscript can be published, or reject the revised manuscript if it fails to meet the criteria for a refereed scholarly article.

Non-refereed scholarly articles

A non-refereed scholarly article in MikaEL is accepted for publication by the editors. The article reports on some previously unpublished aspects of the authors’ empirical or theoretical research within Translation and Interpreting Studies. These aspects may include, for example, specific questions concerning the theoretical framework, material or method of on-going research, or preliminary results or conclusions of a research project in progress. The article may also be a discussion article aimed at offering new perspectives into a topic of translation and interpreting research or of translator and interpreter training. Non-refereed scholarly articles in MikaEL meet the criteria for Category B3 (Non-refereed scientific article in conference proceedings) in the classification of scientific publications formulated by the Finnish Ministry of Education.

Non-refereed scholarly articles in MikaEL are commented on by the editors who will consult the editorial board when necessary. The authors are to take the editors’ comments into consideration and justify their decisions in cases where revising the manuscript along the lines recommended by the editors is not feasible or relevant. 

Reports on the autumn seminars of the Teachers’ and Researchers’ Section

In addition to the articles described above, MikaEL publishes reports on the annual autumn seminars of the Teachers’ and Researchers’ Section of the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (SKTL). The reports are accepted for publication by the editors, and they are published as non-refereed discussion articles (category B1 in the classification of scientific publications formulated by the Finnish Ministry of Education).

 

Open access

MikaEL is a non-profit scholarly journal that can be openly accessed on the Internet. The articles are published at no expense to the authors, and the authors retain the the right to re-distribute their articles through other open access channels. The authors will receive no remuneration nor royalties, neither. 

In accordance with the principles of Open Access, anyone can openly copy, distribute and display the articles published in MikaEL as long as this happens for nonprofit purposes, and the original author and journal are given due credit. 

A publication agreement will be drawn up between the author(s) of each article and the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (SKTL). 

MikaEL is a foundational member of the Council of Editors of Translation and Interpreting Studies for Open Science (est. 2021). 


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