Focus and Scope
The Journal of Judaic Studies (JJUDS) is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of Jewish studies that promotes research into all aspects of Judaism in context of Christian and Islamic worlds from ancient to modern times, while focusing on mutual perceptions and cultural transfers between the culture of Judaism and its environments. It covers various disciplines including religious studies, theology, history, philology, history, social studies, material culture, literature and the arts.
Additionally, as part of the Tartu Manuscript Project, JJUDS seeks to make relevant archival findings and source materials accessible to wider audience and scholars.
Published twice a year (in spring and fall), JJUDS invites and welcomes contributions in English or German by senior scholars as well as younger scholars at the start of their academic careers who are particularly encouraged to submit the fruits of their studies.
Each issue of the journal comprises the following sections:
- Research papers
- Source materials: annotated publications of archival findings (text with translation and commentary if needed) and reprints of older relevant sources
- Miscellanea: reports and book reviews
The Journal of Judaic Studies was established as part of the Tartu Manuscript Project. It continues the tradition of the journal Acta Seminarii Universitatis Tartuensis Judaici (=Acta seminarii litterarum judaearum Universitatis Tartuensis; 1934–1940).
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
The journal adheres to the following publication ethics and malpractice statement issued by the University of Tartu Press.
1. Publication and authorship
- All submitted papers are subject to strict peer-review process by at least two international reviewers that are experts in the area of the particular paper.
- The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, soundness, significance, originality, readability and language.
- The possible decisions include acceptance, acceptance with revisions, or rejection.
- If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.
- Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed.
- No copyright infringement, plagiarism or presentation of fraudulent data is alllowed.
- No same research can be published in more than one journal
- All papers include a list of references and, if applicable, a list of financial supporters.
2. Authors' responsibilities
- Authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work.
- Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere.
- Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
- Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process.
- Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
- All authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research.
- Authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.
- Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.
- Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
3. Reviewers' responsibilities
- Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
- Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author.
- Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
- Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the author.
- Reviewers should also call to the Editor in Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
- Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
4. Editors' responsibilities
- Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
- Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.
- Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
- Editors should have a clear picture of a research's funding sources.
- Editors should base their decisions solely one the papers' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication's scope.
- Editors should not reverse their decisions nor overturn the ones of previous editors without serious reason.
- Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
- Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines.
- Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain.
- Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.
- Editors should not reject papers based on suspicions, they should have proof of misconduct.
- Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.