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Journal Information

  • ISSN: 2472-9914
  • eISSN: 2472-9906
  • Keywords: antisemitism, anti-Semitism, Judaism, Jewish Studies, humanities, social sciences, critical theory
  • First Issue: Volume 1.1 (Fall 2017)
  • Frequency: Twice Annually

Description

The Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism (JCA) is the leading scholarly publication in the field. It carries original academic research papers of the highest quality: quantitative and qualitative work that pushes boundaries in terms of methodology, in terms of theoretical sophistication, in terms of the questions that are addressed and in terms of the potential for impact that the research demonstrates. It is comfortable with interdisciplinary work that relates to historical, empirical, legal, literary and critical theory traditions. It also values work that is situated within specific disciplines and that relates to the existing concepts and frameworks of those disciplines.

The journal is meticulous in following best academic practice in relation to editorial policy and double blind peer review procedures. But this is more than simply a formal adherence to academic rules and norms. The journal works to realize the values of research, of scholarship, of science and of philosophy in a highly contested and controversial field. The editors, the editorial board and the wider community of peer review is deep and diverse yet it is still conscious of a broad consensus of understanding of the boundaries of anti-antisemitism thinking and practice. The journal is not a space for debates between antisemites and scholars of antisemitism, it is a space for the scholarly, scientific and theoretical analysis of antisemitism from an anti-antisemitism point of view.

Editorial Details

Editor-in-Chief
Lesley Klaff (Sheffield Hallam University, UK; University of Haifa, Israel)

Deputy Editor
Daniel Allington (King’s College London, UK)

Associate Editors
  • Steven Baum (Independent Scholar, US)
  • Eve Garrard (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Neil Kressel (William Paterson University, US)
  • David Seymour (City, University of London, UK)

Editorial Consultant
David Hirsh (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

North American Editorial Consultant 
Mark Goldfeder (Director, National Jewish Advocacy Center)

Book Review Editor
Balázs Berkovits (Comper Center, University of Haifa MEMRI, Jerusalem; London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (LCSCA)

Editorial Board

  • Jonathan Arkush (Past President, Board of Deputies of British Jews, UK)
  • Danny Ben-Moshe (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Daniel Chernilo (School of Government, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile)
  • Ben Cohen (Senior Correspondent, Algemeiner Journal, US)
  • Donna Robinson Divine (Smith College, US; University of Haifa, Israel; President, Association for Israel Studies)
  • Rosa Freedman (University of Reading, UK)
  • Yoav Gelber (Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel)
  • Claudia Globisch (Institute of Employment Research, Germany)
  • Chad Alan Goldberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison, US)
  • Alfredo Hidalgo Lavié (The National Distance Education University, Spain)
  • Rusi Jaspal (Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Exchange), Brighton University, UK)
  • Anthony Julius (University College London, UK; Mishcon de Reya LLP, UK)
  • Efraim Karsh (Kings College, UK; Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
  • James Kirchick (Tablet Magazine Columnist, US)
  • Richard Landes (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
  • Denis MacShane (Former MP, Labour, UK)
  • Lord John Mann (Government Antisemitism Tsar)
  • Kenneth L. Marcus (Louis D Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law; former Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights, US)
  • Fiamma Nirenstein (Interparliamentary Coalition on Combating Antisemitism, Italy)
  • Stephen Norwood (The University of Oklahoma, US)
  • Andrei Oișteanu (University of Bucharest, Romania)
  • Rafal Pankowski (Collegium Civitas, Poland)
  • David Patterson (University of Texas at Dallas, US)
  • Eunice Pollack (University of North Texas, US)
  • Lars Rensmann (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Dave Rich (Community Security Trust, UK)
  • Asaf Romirowsky (Executive Director, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East; University of Haifa, Israel)
  • Samuel Salzborn (University of Giessen, Germany)
  • Monika Schwarz-Friesel (Technical University, Berlin, Germany)
  • Charles Asher Small (Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, US)
  • Philip Spencer (Kingston University, UK; Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, UK)
  • Derek Spitz (Barrister at One Essex Court)
  • Gerald Steinberg (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
  • Shmuel Trigano (University of Paris X-Nanterre, France)
  • Jonathan Turner (Chief Executive, UK Lawyers for Israel, UK)
  • James Vaughan (Aberystwyth University, UK)
  • Leslie Wagner (Former Chancellor, University of Derby, UK; Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Israel)
  • Shalva Weil (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Peer Review Policy

JCA 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. JCA 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 JCA, 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 JCA receive more than two evaluations by peer reviewers.

JCA 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.

Instructions for Authors

Scope and Purpose

The Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism (JCA) focuses on the multiple and changing manifestations of antisemitism in the contemporary world. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, secular and religious antisemitism, antisemitism on the left and the right of the political spectrum, and antizionism.

We invite scholars from disciplines across the social sciences and humanities to submit: 1) original research articles reporting qualitative or quantitative research data; 2) conceptual or theoretical articles; 3) research notes; 4) book reviews; 5) personal perspectives; and 6) accounts of or responses to academic controversies within the field of antisemitism studies. Contributions from activists and independent scholars are very welcome.

The Journal is run by an international team of editors and is rigorously peer-reviewed. Its aim is to provide a forum in which scholars from diverse political and intellectual backgrounds can analyze, debate, and formulate effective responses to the ever-evolving and insidious threat of antisemitism.

Submitting Your Article Manuscript

  • JCA generally publishes articles of 5,000–10,000 words of text, including notes. Research Notes should be between 2,000–5,000 words. Longer submissions are welcome but please contact the editors to discuss this prior to submitting your manuscript.

  • Articles must be submitted as electronic file attachments in Microsoft Word format.

  • As articles are peer-reviewed anonymously, your article should be submitted without any identifying information (your name, institutional affiliation, or references to previous publications (e.g., “see my chapter…”). Only the title should appear on the title page.

  • All articles that are accepted must be revised to conform to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style prior to publication.

  • When you submit a manuscript to JCA we will take it to imply that the manuscript has not already been published or submitted elsewhere. If similar or related work has been published or submitted elsewhere, then you must provide a copy with the submitted manuscript. You may not submit your manuscript elsewhere while it is under consideration at JCA.

  • To submit an article, or ask a question about the submission process, please send a message to jca@academicstudiespress.com.

Submitting Your Book Review Manuscript

  • JCA generally publishes book reviews of approximately 2,500–4,500 words of text. Do NOT include endnotes.

  • Reviews must be submitted as electronic file attachments in Microsoft Word format.

  • All reviews that are accepted must be revised to conform to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style prior to publication, with the following exceptions:

    • Quotations from the book being reviewed should be followed by the page number in brackets. For example: Jane Smith notes in the fourth chapter that “Boston is the largest city in Massachusetts.” (321)

    • In lieu of footnotes or endnotes, internal mentions of other publications should be formatted parenthetically as follows: (see for example, Hannah Johnson, Blood Libel: The Ritual Murder Accusation at the Limit of Jewish History, [University of Michigan Press, 2012])

    • Include bibliographic information about the book at the head of the review as follows: Contemporary Left Antisemitism. By David Hirsh. Routledge, 2017. 176 pages. £16.99.

    • Include your name and institution at the end of the review.

  • To submit a review, or ask a question about the submission process, please send a message to jca@academicstudiespress.com.

Formatting

  • Block quotations should be indented evenly.

  • Make certain that sub-headings within the article are marked clearly.

  • Quotations should be indicated with double, and not single, quotation marks.

  • Spell “antisemitism,” “antisemite,” “antizionism,” and “antizionist” without a hyphen, except when the original spelling in a quote or in a publication title contains a hyphen.

  • Dates should be formatted in month/day/year style, e.g.: April 6, 2015

Preparing Your Accepted Manuscript for Submission

  • For articles only: Along with your revised manuscript that conforms to the style and formatting guidelines below, please include a revised title page that includes your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and mailing address; a 150-word abstract of the article; a 75-word biographical sketch.

  • JCA follows the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (currently, the seventeenth edition). All references should follow Chicago Style’s “Notes and Bibliography” documentation system, with the exception of book reviews (see above). Please consult the Manual for any specific questions (in most cases, you should have free access to the online Manual through your library).

Transliteration

  • JCA asks that you use the Encyclopedia Judaica system for transliterating Hebrew.

  • In transliteration, a straight apostrophe is sometimes used to represent Hebrew Ayin or Aleph. Please make certain that the same symbol is used consistently whenever Ayin/Aleph appear.

  • Above all, please make sure that a single transliteration system is used uniformly in your manuscript.

Permissions

Permissions, for print and digital content, including images, are to be acquired by the author. JCA is happy to provide any necessary documentation required to arrange for permissions. If you need to quote extensively from other works or wish to include other copyrighted material, you should seek permission (in writing) from the copyright holder. In most cases this will be the publisher of the original work; the author or originator of the original material should be asked for permission as well. Authors are responsible for taking care of reproduction fees, if any.

Images

  • Line art (e.g. line drawings, maps, and diagrams) should be submitted either in TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi or in EPS format. Photographs should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and should be submitted in TIFF or JPEG format.

  • Include a list of captions to illustrations, diagrams, maps etc. Numbers should clearly indicate to which photograph each caption belongs. Credit and permissions information should be included in the captions.

  • Tables and figures should be submitted with the manuscript as separate files.

Copyediting and Proofreading

  • Once you receive your copyedited manuscript, you will have ten working days to review and return your article. You will also have ten working days to review and return your proofs.

  • If you have any questions about submitting or revising any part of your manuscript, please contact jca@academicstudiespress.com.

Open Access

Academic Studies Press is committed to helping researchers publish, distribute, and advertise their work in digital format for a broad readership. Articles published in Open Access undergo rigorous peer-review and appear alongside other articles in the print edition of the journal.

Academic Studies Press publishes articles Open Access under the terms of Creative Commons Licenses. Our standard license, the CC BY-NC, allows readers to excerpt and share your work for non-commercial purposes (such as a lecture or blog-post) so long as you are properly cited. Other licenses forbid any derivatives from being made of your work (e.g., CC BY-NC-ND), while others allow substantive changes and commercial reuse (e.g., CC BY). We are happy to help you select the license that is most appropriate for your article and meets the requirements of your institution or funding agency.

Learn more about Open Access costs and the institutions and agencies that fund Open Access publishing here.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. When you submit a manuscript to JCA we will take it to imply that the manuscript has not already been published or submitted elsewhere. If similar or related work has been published or submitted elsewhere, then you must provide a copy with the submitted manuscript. You may not submit your manuscript elsewhere while it is under consideration at JCA.

  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Open Access

Academic Studies Press is committed to helping researchers publish, distribute, and advertise their work in digital format for a broad readership. Articles published in Open Access undergo rigorous peer review and appear alongside other articles in the print edition of the journal. Academic Studies Press publishes articles Open Access under the terms of Creative Commons Licenses. Our standard license, the CC BY-NC, allows readers to excerpt and share your work for non-commercial purposes (such as a lecture or blog-post) so long as you are properly cited. Other licenses forbid any derivatives from being made of your work (e.g., CC BY-NC-ND), while others allow substantive changes and commercial reuse (e.g., CC BY). We are happy to help you select the license that is most appropriate for your article and meets the requirements of your institution or funding agency.

To learn more about Open Access costs and the institutions and agencies that fund Open Access publishing, please visit the ASP Open webpage.

JCA charges a $975.00 USD article processing fee for open access articles. This fee only applies if the author wishes to have an article published Open Access.

Previous Issue

Volume 5.2 (Fall 2022)

Editor’s Introduction

Editorial | OPEN ACCESS
Lesley Klaff

Articles

The Generalized Antisemitism (GeAs) Scale: Validity and Factor Structure | OPEN ACCESS
Daniel Allington, David Hirsh, and Louise Katz

Addressing Antisemitism in Germany: Challenges and Possibilities in Society, School, and Civic Education | OPEN ACCESS
Julia Bernstein, Marc Grimm, and Stefan Muller

In Defense of the IHRA Definition (Despite Its Defects as a Definition)
Bernard Harrison

The Central Political Role of German Left Actors in the Campaign to Replace the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism
Gerald M Steinberg

Research Notes

Antisemitic Terror in the Federal Republic of Germany: Verbal Threats and Physical Terror against the Founder of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, Anetta Kahane
Martin Jander

Exclusion, Isolation, and Rejection: Emerging Anecdotal Reports of Jews Studying Social Work. Preliminary Findings | OPEN ACCESS
Annette Poizner with Stacey Love and contributions by Andria Spindel, Jesse Primerano, Elisa Alloul, Rebecca Katzman, and Robert Walker

Book Reviews

Antisemitism on the Rise: The 1930s and Today
Shane Burley

Never Forget Your Name: The Children of Auschwitz
Karolina Placzynta

Israel’s Moment: International Support for and Opposition to Establishing the Jewish State
Colin Shindler

Confronting Antisemitism on the Left—Arguments for Socialists
Derek Spitz

Letters to Camondo
Shalva Weil

The Lie That Wouldn’t Die: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Mark Weizman

Blaming the Jews: Politics and Delusion
Elhanan Yakira