About the Journal

Focus and Scope | Review Process | Publication Frequency | Copyright | Open Access | Publication Ethics | Journal Archiving

Focus and Scope

SAHJ is a no-strings-attached open access platform and aims to be all-encompassing in terms of subject, contribution and readership in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The main objective of SAHJ is to facilitate a challenging yet accessible intellectual platform for a diverse range and lively mix of critical analysis and informed opinion.

Although academic content will form a significant and important part, SAHJ aims to reach out to and embrace a wider audience in a broader manner. We subscribe to the belief that divisions between academic disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences are increasingly blurred. We welcome cutting-edge papers in the form of literature reviews, original research and exploratory studies, as well as academic reflections written within the frameworks of: drama, film, media studies, photography, journalism, literary and cultural studies, cultural geography, Irish studies, European studies, gender studies, history, economics, social science, sociology, discourse analysis, psychoanalysis, psychology and philosophy.

SAHJ will be a particularly useful resource for educators and researchers, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Review Process

All submissions are initially assessed by an editor, who decides whether articles are suitable for academic review and/or publication. Suitability is assessed in relation to SAHJ's focus and scope and the article type.

Suitable articles are assigned to reviewers including guest reviewers. Submissions are assessed for their clarity, methodology and validity. Academic review can either be blind or open, meaning that reviewers are either not known or known to authors and vice versa. SAHJ checks for plagiarism.

Publication Frequency

SAHJ usually publishes one or two issues per year. Formal submission deadlines do not exist.


Authors who publish with SAHJ agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain the copyright in their work under a Creative Commons Share-and-Enjoy License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Authors grant SAHJ the right of first publication (including print and digital media) with the work simultaneously licensed under Creative Commons. Creative Commons allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in SAHJ.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of SAHJ’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in SAHJ.

Open Access

SAHJ provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public facilitates a greater exchange of global knowledge.

Publication Ethics

The editorial and review team follows vigorous academic review guidelines and copy editing standards. SAHJ abides by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct. COPE guidelines are followed where appropriate.

SAH is a not-for-profit publishing collective. Editorial decisions are not influenced by outside commercial interests.

Journal Archiving

SAHJ deposits the digital version of its publications with the British Library for safekeeping. This is to create a permanent archive of SAHJ for the purposes of continuous access, preservation and restoration.