The editor is guided by the policy that all manuscripts are solely evaluated for their intellectual contribution. Editors, reviewers and the publisher must not disclose any information about a manuscript to any third party.

The practice of double-blind review policy is applied to ensure that excellent research is published. Involvement of two or more experts in the reviewing process helps to maintain high standards of the BJELLC.

Reviewers are selected according to their expertise in the field. All papers are reviewed following the manuscript and reviewer’s guidelines. If the manuscript receives contradictory reviews, another expert is involved in the process.

Authors of the manuscript may be asked to do more than one revision of their paper.

The editors take the final decision whether to accept or reject the paper on the basis of the referees’ opinion.

Typically, the first round of the reviewing process may take up to one to two months depending on the availability of the reviewers.

It is expected that the author(s) will return their improved paper within two weeks after receiving the reviews.

More than one revision of the article might be requested. The second round review, if needed, may take another few months. 

On the basis of the reviews, editors take the final decision whether to accept or reject the manuscript.

If the journal is no longer published, all articles will preserve open access at the publisher’s website. 



The BJELLC is committed to ensuring high quality of the articles. The editors, reviewers and authors of the manuscripts are expected to comply with the publishing ethics outlined in the COPE code of practice (




All BJELLC abstracts or articles are available in open access under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 (CC BY NC 4.0) license. Submission of a manuscript implies that all authors agree to the agreement under which the paper in the Journal is licensed.

Authors who publish their papers in the BJELLC transfer the copyright of their work to the University of Latvia. Authors can deposit their papers in an institutional or other repository of their choices. Authors should always cite the original publication in the BJELLC.

Authors are expected to have met the requirements of the editorial policy and publication ethics.

The journal allows ORCID iDs to be present in article metadata.




Articles in the Baltic Journal of English Language, Literature and Culture  are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 (CC BY NC 4.0) license: ‘This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.’ (About The Licenses - Creative Commons

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Responsibilities of the editor

The editor is responsible for maintaining ethical standards and high scientific quality of the papers admitted for publication in the journal. 

The editor evaluates the manuscripts before sending them to reviewers. The papers which do not correspond to the aims and scope of the journal are already rejected at this stage. The papers which need substantial changes for language and formatting may be rejected as well.

On the bases of the received double-blind peer reviews, the editor together with the editorial board members takes the final decision whether to accept or reject a paper. 

The editor ensures that the reviewers are selected according to their expertise.

In case of being informed about the research misconduct (e.g. plagiarism, citation manipulation, data falsification or fabrication), the editor or the publisher will deal with it according to the COPE’s guidelines in dealing with allegations. The editor and the publisher will ensure that corrections or apologies are published when needed.


Responsibilities of the reviewer

The reviewer assists the editor in decision making about the inclusion of the article in the journal as well as may assist the authors in improving the article.

The reviewer should treat a manuscript as confidential proprietary information and does not use it in any way or disclose it to any third party, except for the editors.

The reviewer is asked to evaluate:

  • the originality of the manuscript and its international significance
  • the selection and analysis of the theories and the appropriate citing of the sources
  • the choice and application of research methods
  • the analysis of the results and relevant conclusions
  • language use and formatting of the paper

See the Review form.

The reviewer provides an objective analysis of the paper and formulates recommendations to the author(s) how to improve the quality of the paper.

The reviewer should notify the editor about any unexpected delay of the review process.

The reviewer should inform the editor about the conflict of interest prior to the reviewing process.


Updated 2021