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Scope and policy

1. Description of the journal’s editorial policy:

The main aim of the Hamsa Journal of Judaic and Islamic Studies is to create a virtual multi-disciplinary space in which all perspectives of the History, Language and Literature of Jews and Muslims can converge, as well as themes on Judaism and Islam in general. In this context, Hamsa strives to be a privileged space for the dissemination of studies in these areas, with a special focus on Iberian Muslims and Jews and their Diaspora, entraining a comparative analysis of historiographical, philosophical, anthropological and sociological discourses. This is an international journal with a peer review system.

2. The publication’s specific areas of interest and type of articles and other matters published:

The aim of the journal is to publish articles of high quality in the area of Jewish and Islamic studies, with special focus on the Iberian context, and it welcomes diverse proposals within that scope.

Hamsa comprises the following sections:

"Invited" articles and the publication of talks by guest speakers.
Critical edition of documents.
Critical reviews.
Universities and Research.

3. The Journal’s peer review procedures:

All manuscripts are subject to the following procedures:

a) They are sent to 2 of the journal’s directors (journal’s email: hamsa@hamsa.pt) who decide whether their general framework is in keeping with the Journal’s profile and suggest the names of 2 referees;
b) Following the agreement of these 2 referees, the paper is sent to them (without identifying its author), and they are asked to give their expert opinion on the scientific content. Except it the rare cases where no observations are made in these opinions, they are then sent to the authors for consideration, reformulation or the justification of the respective positions;
c) Once the author’s answer or reformulated text (depending on the case) is received, it is sent to the 2 referees for reappraisal. In the case of a serious discrepancy between the author and one of the referees, it is sent to a 3rd referee or, where justified by the content of the discrepancy, the matter is assessed in conjunction with the directors.
d) After the referees reach agreement on the manuscript, it goes for publication and the final layout is prepared in conjunction with the author;
e) Once the above work is complete, the text is placed on line and made available for the printed version.

4. The Journal’s target public:

Academics and scholars from different countries interested in this field.




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