Metacritic Journal

for Comparative Studies and Theory

ISSN 2457 – 8827
Support contact:
Main contact:
Mihaela Ursa,
Editor-in-chief MJCST
Faculty of Letters, UBB
Horea str. 31, room 211
200202 - Cluj
Editorial Team
Marius CONKAN, Daiana GÂRDAN, Emanuel MODOC, Adriana STAN
Associate Editors
Assistant Editors
Ana-Maria DELIU, Adrian TĂTĂRAN
Editorial board
Advisory board
Peter ARNDS (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)
Philip FEDCHIN (St. Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Till KUHNLE (University of Limoges, Limoges, France)
Liviu LUȚAȘ (Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden)
Norman MANEA (Bard College, New York, USA)
Călin-Andrei MIHĂILESCU (University of Western Ontario, London, Canada)
Christian MORARU (University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA)
Thomas PAVEL (University of Chicago, USA)
Doru POP (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania)
Mads ROSENDAHL THOMSEN (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Monica SPIRIDON (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Bogdan ŞTEFĂNESCU (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Steven TÖTÖSY de ZEPETNEK (Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea)
Olga VORONINA (Bard College, New York, USA)
Copy editors
Krisztina KOCSIS, Ioana PAVEL, Iulia SCRIDON
Layout editors
Focus and scope
Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory (MJCST) is an open-access, peer-review, online publication for academic research, published twice a year by the Faculty of Letters, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj, Romania. It promotes free-access for academic work and it welcomes authors who want to share their research and resources with their peers. It encourages, recognizes and rewards intellectual excellence in interdisciplinary and intermedial approaches of literary culture, visual culture and theory. The journal welcomes papers in English (or, for regionally oriented topics, Romanian) from the following domains: comparative studies, including digital and posthuman studies; literary studies, cultural studies, including social and gender studies; media and film studies, literary criticism and theory, cultural poetics. All articles must explore metacritic, reflexive dimensions of the issues covered, whether aiming for theoretical or methodological conclusions, or focused on pragmatic, applicative or analytic issues. The journal discourages unsystematic work, lacking in argumentative cohesion and conceptual clarity. No publication fees are requested.
Peer Review and Selection Process
All texts published in the journal are double-blind peer reviewed. All texts are reviewed by two experts and the review process is expected to take 2-4 months at most. We ask authors not to submit their articles elsewhere during this time, and to notify us should they subsequently decide to withdraw their work owing to unavoidable delays on our part. Please see the Author Guidelines in the For authors section and format your paper accordingly, prior to submitting them. Articles submitted to Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory  go through a two-step selection process: Step 1: Editorial Board review. Submissions to Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory  are first assessed internally by the Editorial Board. To be recommended for Step 2, articles must: fall within Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory’s designated research fields; meet the academic standards for articles published in Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory; be written in clear and grammatically correct standard academic English; be unpublished and not currently under consideration by any other publisher. Following the Editorial Board’s assessment, contributors are notified by email of the Editorial Board’s decision. Step 2: External peer review. Submissions that meet the Editorial Board’s requirements are then sent for double-blind peer review. The editors may ask for revisions and may send feedback, request reformatting of accepted manuscripts and decide whether or not the manuscript is accepted for publication. The Editorial Board reserves the right not to publish any content submitted, and its decision is final. The responsibility for the content of any contribution published by Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory rests with the author. The Board also reserves the right to make editorial or stylistic changes wherever deemed appropriate.
Ethics and Malpractice
The journal has no tolerance for any violation of publication ethics and it will sanction any form of malpractice. The authors are expected to submit entirely original works and to give full acknowledgement of their sources and of previous work by other authors. Identification of plagiarism attempts will automatically lead to the rejection of manuscript and to permanent banning of the author from publication in the journal, as well as to official information of the institution where the author is affiliated and to public exposure of the malpractice. The journal follows the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, and its principles of transparency and best practice in scholarly publication, as detailed here.
Open Access Policy
The journal is available online, and is free to anyone who wishes to use its articles and resources. The journal aspires to the same standards as established print journals, and sees the internet as a valuable medium for the dissemination of high-quality rigorous work. The authors have copyright of their own work. Articles can accordingly be translated or reprinted in another format such as a book, providing full reference is made to Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory as the original place of publication.