(Rev. October 2015)
Speculum, published quarterly since
1926, was the first scholarly journal in North America devoted exclusively to
the Middle Ages. It is open to contributions in all fields studying the Middle Ages, a period ranging from approximately 500 to 1500. The primary emphasis is on Western Europe, but Arabic, Byzantine, Hebrew, and Slavic studies are also included. The language of
publication is English.
Articles may be submitted on any medieval topic. All disciplines,
methodologies, and approaches are welcome. In keeping with the
Academy's goal of representing all fields of medieval studies,
individual issues usually include articles on a variety of subjects,
in a variety of disciplines.
Articles on interdisciplinary topics or articles that tackle
large interpretative questions, undertake the synthetic analysis
of major methodologies, or consider newer theoretical approaches
to medieval studies are encouraged. Highly focused studies are
welcome, but preference will be given to articles of interest
to readers in more than one discipline and beyond the specialty
in question. Authors should consider the multidisciplinary audience
of Speculum, should craft their material to appeal to a
large audience of medievalists, and should provide sufficient
context for readers who are not already experts in the subject
matter of their articles.
Translations and editions of medieval texts will be considered
for publication when they are an essential part of a larger study;
in such cases, the edition or translation may be included as an
Articles should present original scholarship of the highest quality.
Preliminary notes on research still in progress are not acceptable,
since Speculum articles should be mature pieces of work,
likely to be of long-term value. Work that will soon be published
in essentially the same form as part of a book or that is already
available on the Internet should not be submitted. Articles are
considered for publication on the assumption that they are not
being considered for publication by another journal.
The current average decision time for article submissions is three months.
After the Editor's initial determination of the appropriateness
of a submission for publication in this journal, Speculum
follows a policy of double-blind peer review.
The author's identity is not known to the reader evaluating the
submission, and the author does not know the identity of the reader.
The article should include only its title, not the name of its
author. An author should avoid self-identification in the argument
or documentation of the article. The author's name should not
appear as an element in running heads of the typescript.
Manuscripts must use 12-point type with double spacing throughout, including notes. Italics should be employed as needed, but boldface should be avoided. Ample margins (at least one inch on all sides) should be provided. Additional space should not be inserted routinely between paragraphs or between notes; use subheads when necessary to signal a division between sections of the text. The parts of the manuscript should be printed in the following order: text, appendices, notes. The manuscript should be paginated consecutively from start to finish. Notes should be printed as endnotes, not footnotes. Captions and illustrations should be placed at the very end.
Authors should consult the Speculum Style Sheet before submitting their articles.
Articles should be submitted online at www.editorialmanager.com/speculum as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file
Speculum provides representative review coverage of the
work published in all fields, methodologies, periods, and geographical
regions of medieval studies. Collections of essays and digital works may be reviewed in the journal in addition to books and monographs.
Reviewers are chosen by the Book Review Editors for
their expertise in the subject matter. The ideal reviewer is sympathetic
but critical, without overweening prejudice for or against the
author, the subject, or the methodology. Personal conflicts of
interest are especially to be avoided. The length of the review
is determined by the appropriate Book Review Editor. Deadlines
are normally four months from the date of assignment.
The Editor and Book Review Editors do their best to ensure that
reviews are fair to the author and to the work. Although reviewers
speak for themselves, and their judgments should not be understood
to be sanctioned by the editors, the Editor of Speculum
reserves the right to reject reviews that do not meet the expected
criteria and standards of competence and fairness.
The first criterion by which a review is judged is that it provides
a clear description of the content of the book and of the author's
method and purpose. Thereafter the Editor looks for honest and
fair critical judgment, applied to an assessment of the book's
strengths and weaknesses, and for an indication of the importance
of the book in the context of other scholarship.
Elaborate scholarly apparatus (footnotes, charts, illustrations)
is normally to be avoided. Long lists of errata are rarely permitted--a
summary statement and a few examples are usually adequate.
Reviews are assigned by the Book Review Editors, and unsolicited
reviews will not be considered. Anyone who reviews a book in Speculum should not review the same book elsewhere. If you are invited to submit a review for Speculum, we ask that you keep your role as reviewer confidential until the review has been published. Scholars who wish to review for
Speculum should contact the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Agreement Form
All accepted submissions to Speculum must be accompanied
by a completed publication agreement form, downloadable here. Instructions for completing the Speculum publication agreement form may be downloaded from here.