St Anne’s Academic Review: General Information

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Open Access

The St Anne’s Academic Review (STAAR) is an open access journal. All content is freely available without charge to the users or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.


Quality Control

Review process: Open review.
Average time between submission and publication: 6 months.

Our review process:

Our articles undergo a quality check in the form of open review. This means that the online version of the article is published along with its reviews, and that reviewers’ names are publicly visible. During the review period, which typically lasts between 2 and 6 weeks, the articles are displayed on our website as pre-prints and are shared on social media to encourage comments and feedback. We invite selected reviewers directly via email, and also accept spontaneous reviews, as long as the reviewer fulfils the criteria below.

Criteria for reviewers:

1) Reviewers need to have academic (Master’s degree or above) or professional experience in the article’s field of study

2) A reviewer cannot have published or closely collaborated with the author of the article in the last 3 years

Guidelines for reviewers:

Conflicts of interest: having publications with the author, or closely collaborating with the author in such roles as supervisor, co-researcher, funding provider, or in any other condition that might influence your judgement of the article. If you have a conflict of interest you are still welcome to review the piece, as long as you declare it in the review form.

Recommendations are defined as:
Accept: The article is ready for publication, no changes are needed.
Minor: Small changes which can be addressed in 2-3 weeks, for example amending citations, changing sentences, adding in a small section.
Major: Larger as well as smaller changes which may need 3-6 weeks to complete. For example, rewriting a whole section or restructuring the whole article.
Reject: The article is not scholarly accurate and should not be considered for publication. When rejecting a piece, please explain your reasoning to the editors in the ‘Reviewers’ comments to editors’ box. Suggestions of rejection that are not justified will not be taken into consideration.

For any doubt or question, please contact the Editor-in-chief.



As members of an academic community, we uphold intellectual honesty and treat the authors’ work with scholarly respect.


The content of each article published in STAAR – facts, arguments and opinions – represent the views of its author alone, and the author is uniquely and fully responsible.


The use of someone else’s work, data, ideas or material without proper acknowledgement, whether intentionally or unintentionally done, constitutes plagiarism. Authors pledge to submit their original work, with all borrowings and citations accurately referenced. The editors of St Anne’s Academic Review, the MCR or the college cannot be held responsible for any plagiarism or copyright violation committed by the authors.


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