The South Atlantic Quarterly uses an all-special-issue, guest-edited format that precludes the submission of unsolicited manuscripts. It does not use a blinded peer-review process, but its two-tiered review process is roughly equivalent. All issues of the journal are organized by guest editors, who solicit contributions from established scholars whose work they know. Once authors submit their essays, it is the responsibility of the guest editor(s) to review the text and return to the author for revisions. Revised essays are subsequently submitted to the general editor, who again suggests revisions if necessary. At both points in the review process, the
special-issue editor(s) and the general editor must reject essays whose quality is below the standards of the journal.