Since 2006, Sheri Spaine Long has had the privilege of being the lead editor of two flagship journals in the field of languages and literatures—Hispania and Foreign Language Annals. She has focused on strengthening the core mission of each journal, as well as taking a critical look at journal content and processes to keep pace with change. Both publications feature articles by established as well as emerging scholars, teachers, and other practitioners in the language profession. Hispania and Foreign Language Annals are known for rigorous peer review. Long transitioned both journals to web-based peer review and tracking systems, and she has been actively engaged in the ongoing evolution from print to digital media.
Long has advocated for academic journals during a period of diminishing resources. She has given presentations to promote a multiplicity of publication venues to support research and development in the language field. She regularly delivers presentations and workshops on the publication process and organizes panels of editors. She has given over 50 related sessions at the annual conferences of local, regional, and national language associations. Among other places, she has been invited to present at the Defense Language Institute (Monterey), University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa).
Long has published over 30 editor’s columns in Hispania and Foreign Language Annals on topics such as peer review, co-authorship, and the value of the special focus issue.
Editor, Hispania, 2010-18
Hispania—A journal devoted to the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese, the official scholarly journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, is widely recognized as the most comprehensive international publication in literary, linguistic and pedagogical matters related to Spanish and Portuguese in the United States. Published since 1917, Hispania is a refereed research journal published four times per year. The journal publishes original, unpublished manuscripts on language, linguistics, literature, literary criticism, film, culture, cultural studies, applied linguistics and pedagogy having to do with Spanish and Portuguese.
Volumes edited by Long to date:
Volume 99, 2016: 1-368 pages
Volume 98, 2015: 1-850 pages
Volume 97, 2014: 1-717 pages
Volume 96, 2013: 1-808 pages
Volume 95, 2012: 1-778 pages
Volume 94, 2011: 1-789 pages
Volume 93, 2010: 1-731 pages
Long has directed the publication of special issues:
The Scholarship of Film and Film Studies 98.3 (2015)
The Scholarship of Community Engagement 96.2 (2013)
Along with Guest Editor, Dr. Frank Nuessel, University of Louisville, she is currently curating a special issue of Hispania to celebrate the centennial of the Association’s founding (1917).
Editor, Foreign Language Annals, 2006-2009
Foreign Language Annals is the journal of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for all languages. FLA is a refereed research journal published four times per year. Dedicated to the advancement of language teaching and learning, the journal seeks to serve the professional interests of classroom instructors, researchers, and administrators concerned with the learning and teaching of languages at all levels of instruction. The journal publishes submissions that report empirical or theoretical research on language learning or teaching, that describe innovative and successful practice and methods, and/or that are relevant to the concerns and issues of the profession.
Long curated fourteen issues of FLA that included the Special Focus Issue on Language Learning and Disabilities, Anxiety, and Special Needs 42.1 (2009).
Foreign Language Annals is available through the Wiley Online Library.
Volumes edited by Long:
Volume 42, 2009: 1-400 pages
Volume 41, 2008: 1-744 pages
Volume 40, 2007: 1-751 pages
Volume 39, 2006: 1-704 pages
Miscellaneous Editorial Experience
Sheri Spaine Long has served/serves as a referee, peer reviewer, and/or editorial board member for a variety of journals over the years. They include the Spanish and Portuguese Review, Dimension, The Grove, and Explorations: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina.
Long’s passion for editing dates to her doctoral studies at the University of California Los Angeles where she was an editorial board member of Mester.