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Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture (ESIC) publishes scholarly and scientific articles on every aspect of imaginative culture: literature, film, theater, television, music, ideology, religion, politics, the visual arts, and digital media. Contributors to ESIC also review books from all fields of the evolutionary sciences and humanities. The journal aims to help researchers stay informed about the newest thinking in the broad range of disciplines that converge on imaginative culture. Articles are written in English, but subject matter can include works from any language and any historical period.
The central qualification for contributing to the journal is to regard works of imaginative culture as arising out of human nature—the evolved and adapted character of the human mind. While sharing a common concern with locating cultural products in human nature, contributors can focus on divergent or multiple features of cultural artifacts: their depicted content, emotional qualities, or structural and stylistic features; aesthetic and intellectual traditions; the responses of readers or viewers; the motives and character of authors or other artists; the ecological and sociopolitical context within which imaginative works are produced; or the psychological or social functions the works fulfill.
ESIC welcomes letters from readers, including the authors of books that have been reviewed. Such letters will be published at the editors’ discretion.
ESIC is indexed in Cengage, Ebsco, and the MLA International Bibliography and listed in the Directory of Periodicals. ESIC is also pleased to announce that it will soon be indexed by SCOPUS. The Content Selection & Advisory Board notes that ESIC is a strong and well organized peer reviewed journal which consistently includes articles that are scientifically sound and relevant to an international academic or professional audience in this field, fully meriting inclusion in SCOPUS
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ESIC practices double-blind peer review for research articles. The names of authors of articles are not divulged to peer reviewers, and the names of peer reviewers are not divulged to authors. In most cases, book reviews and review essays are not sent out for peer review. They are commissioned by the editors and receive in-house editing. ESIC also publishes target articles by distinguished senior researchers. Target articles are commissioned and are not peer-reviewed. The editors also commission responses to the target article. The responses to the target articles constitute a kind of public peer review of the target article but are not themselves peer-reviewed.
When articles are submitted to ESIC, one or more of the journal’s editors makes an initial assessment to determine whether the article will be sent out for peer review or, alternatively, returned to its author with an explanation of why it will not be considered further for publication in the journal. The editor or editors might recommend that the author make specific revisions that would put the article into a condition more suitable for it to be sent out for peer review.
If the topic and theoretical orientation of the article are deemed suitable for the journal, and if the article meets an acceptable standard of professional scholarly writing, the editors obtain a minimum of two peer reviews for every article. Most articles sent out for review by ESIC receive more than two evaluations by peer reviewers.
ESIC is an interdisciplinary journal. The editors make a conscientious effort to obtain peer reviews from the most important relevant disciplines. For instance, an article on the social dynamics in a modernist Czech novel might require separate individual peer reviewers with expertise in evolutionary social psychology, literary modernism, Czech literature, and the specific Czech author who is the subject of the article. An article using empirical methods and big data to analyze trends in horror films might require separate individual peer reviewers with expertise in statistical methodology, film history, and horror studies.
When all peer reviews have been obtained, the author receives anonymized versions of the evaluations and an editor’s cover note summarizing the evaluations, reflecting on them, and informing the author about the disposition of the article. An article could be accepted without further revision or accepted provisionally on the condition that certain specific revisions be made. The article could be rejected outright, with no recommendation for resubmission. Or the article could be rejected in its current form but the author invited to consider revising the article and resubmitting it.
If an author chooses to revise and resubmit an article, he or she is requested to specify precisely what revisions have been made in response both to the peer reviews and to the editor’s recommendations for revision. Authors may appeal an editorial decision by writing to the editors and making a case for why the editors should reconsider their decision.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Joseph Carroll, University of Missouri, St. Louis
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Mathias Clasen, Aarhus University
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Emelie Jonsson, University of Gothenburg
David Andrews, Blackburn College
Stephen Asma, Columbia College
David F. Bjorklund, Florida Atlantic University
Brian Boyd, University of Auckland
Mark Collard, Simon Fraser University
Brett Cooke, Texas A&M University
Ellen Dissanayake Independent Scholar
Herbert Gintis, Santa Fe Institute
Jonathan Gottschall, Washington & Jefferson College
Melanie C. Green, University of Buffalo
Geoffrey Harpham, Duke University
Jerry Hoeg, Penn State University
John A. Johnson, Penn State University
John V. Knapp, Northern Illinois University
Dan Kruger, University of Michigan
Raymond Mar, York University
Dan P. McAdams, Northwestern University
Catherine Salmon, University of Redlands
Judith Saunders, Marist College
Yu Shiyi, Tsinghua University
Dirk Vanderbeke, Friedrich Schiller University
David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University