1. The submitted materials that do not meet the journal’s subject scope or journal’s formal requirements may be rejected or returned to the author for revision based on the decision of the Editorial Board. The author will be informed about refusal and its reasons.

2. Manuscripts that are relevant to the journal's subject scope and meet the journal’s formal requirements will be sent to two independent reviewers in the field.

3. The essay undergoes a double “blind” review process, e.g. when any of the reviewers knows the author’s name nor the author knows the names of the reviewers.

4. The invited reviewers may be members of the Editorial Board, Editorial Council, or any other highly qualified experts from Russia and abroad. Reviewers must follow the principles of Publishing Ethics accepted by the journal.

5. Reviews are written in a free form or according to the scheme developed by the Editorial Board.

6. It takes the maximum of six months to have the manuscript reviewed. At the end of this period or earlier, the author will receive a letter with the results of the peer-reviewing:

- acceptance for publication;

- acceptance with minor revisions;

- recommendation to revise and resubmit (if substantial revisions are required);

- rejection.

7. The review is sent to the author on his or her request without indicating the reviewer’s name, job title, and place of work. If the reviewer recommends that the author revises/makes minor revisions and resubmits the manuscript, he or she will be sent a partial review with suggestions without indicating the reviewer’s name, job title, and place of work. In case of rejection, the author will receive a motivated refusal.

8. The essay rejected by both reviewers shall not be resubmitted or considered at the Editorial Board meeting.

9. Manuscripts that received positive reviews of both or at least one of the reviewers will be considered at the Editorial Board meeting. The Editorial Board recommends articles for publishing makes a decision which of the submitted essays should be published based on the results of the peer reviewing and the discussion at the Editorial Board’s meeting. The final decision about the essay’s acceptance or rejection shall be made by the journal’s Editor-in-chief. If the article is accepted for publishing, the letter is forwarded to the author that informs him about the results of the reviewing and indicates the possible date of publication.

10. The Editorial Board reserves the right to edit the accepted materials’ content and style, to abridge them if necessary in agreement with the author. 

11. The original copies of reviews are kept in the publishing office of the journal Literature of the Americas for 5 years.

12. Materials submitted by the Members of the Editorial Board and the  International Editorial Council are reviewed and accepted for publication on a common basis.