Swamphen: a Journal of Cultural Ecology (ASLEC–ANZ)

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

  • Fostering scholarly and creative work that explores the relationship between human culture, natural history and global ecologies
  • Sharing information and ideas about how the arts and humanities are responding to global climate change and loss of bio-diversity
  • Encouraging discussion, publications and practices responding to environmental issues and natural history; and
  • Promoting the interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities.


 

Section Policies

Editorial Note

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Keynote Essay

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Memorial for Deborah Bird Rose

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Essays

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Visual Culture

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Nonfiction Niche

For submissions better adapted to occupy this section, being comments on the environment and culture, and being generally of an empirical rather than scholarly aspect. Niche submissions are still subject to peer-review.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Poetry and Poetics

Same as Scholarly Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Narrative Fiction

Same as Scholarly Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Swamphen ensures a blind peer review process. Two reviewers will assess the submission and make suggestions, corrections, and recommendations as they see fit. Reviewers look for a knowledge of the field; confidence in topic and expression; adherence to copyright, referencing, and stylistic guidelines. Once a reviewer has agreed to review a submission, it might take as long as 6 weeks to receive an assessment. Please note that it is considered bad faith for an author to utilise the expertise of the journal team and of the reviewers, and then to publish the annotated submission elsewhere.

Reviewers rate a submission with one of the following:

  • Accept Submission
  • Revisions Required
  • Resubmit for Review
  • Decline Submission

 

Publication Frequency

Swamphen publishes a biennial issue containing items primarily from its ASLEC–ANZ biennial conference. The biennial issue generally will be thematic, following the preceding conference theme. Swamphen may publish special editions, with guest editors; therefore the number of issues can vary per annum. Journal items will be published collectively.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilises the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Swamphen: a Journal of Cultural Ecology

Swamphen: a Journal of Cultural Ecology encourages critically creative responses to the sentient habitats of the world. We publish scholarly articles, lyrical essays, creative works and reviews of relevant scholarship, amplifying work that attends to human encounters with other species. Our journal emerges from the air, lands and seas that formed the first peoples of our region and we attend to these communities’ narratives as a first principle. While the journal primarily offers  literary insights into the unsettled territories many know as Australia and Aotearoa, we also look to other ecologies in formation during this time of critical environmental change. Swamphen, previously known as AJE, is peer reviewed and published biennially, in response to ASLEC-ANZ conferences. We welcome proposals for special issues.