Frequently Asked Questions
Who can I talk to about a potential article?
The Editor, or any member of the Editorial Board.
Where can I find the current Call for Papers (CFP)?
The current call for papers can be found in the editorial of most recently published journal issue, on the IAS’ webpages and via the announcements page. However, non-theme submissions are welcome at anytime.
What are the current submission deadlines?
For themed calls, the current CFP and most recent editorial will contain information on the deadline. Non-themed papers are accepted for consideration throughout the year, although due to the time to pass through our editorial and review processes, ideally should be submitted at least 6 months ahead of the next issue’s publication.
How long does it take to publish with Exchanges?
While, non-peer-reviewed items (interviews and critical reviews) normally have faster editorial transit times, peer-reviewed manuscripts may require multiple reviews and copyediting processes. Typically, this process takes up to 6 months, but may take longer if the review, revision and editing processes are lengthy, or where items have been submitted for a special or themed issue with a particular publication date. Notably however, external human factors (especially reviewer and author responsiveness) are the major component in defining the pre-publication duration.
Can I publish work that I intend to include (or have included already) in my thesis?
The guidelines for Exchanges state that ‘manuscripts will be published on the understanding that they are an original and previously unpublished piece of work’. However, we do not consider material included within a submitted thesis or dissertation to have be formally published, even if it has been made openly accessible. The expectation is that the finalised published manuscript will likely have undergone editorial and authorial revisions, and have incorporated developments from peer-reviewers, from the previously disseminated materials.
Authors, who have yet to submit their research for examination, are strongly advised to seek guidance from within their institution’s guidelines on ‘inclusion of prior published material’ within their thesis or dissertation. This is normally permissible practice by many universities, but there may be some local differences in the examination regulations. Exchanges is not liable for any examination difficulties that may arise because of publishing with us. For example, see guidance at Warwick and Monash. Wherever possible, authors should take steps to clearly acknowledge within, ideally both, the published manuscript and the thesis that they are ‘based on a chapter from the author’s thesis’ or ‘a version of this chapter appeared as an article in…’ respectively. An appropriate citation and reference should also be included.
Are citations and references counted as part of the total word count for a manuscript?
While traditional Harvard referencing would include these, Exchanges does not normally consider abstracts, keywords, references or in-text citations to be included in article word counts.
Can I include references and a bibliography?
Yes, provided the references list contains all works directly cited or quoted from within your manuscript. A bibliography, if used, should contain works which may have in some way inspired your work, but which you have not directly cited in your text. However, there is no requirement on authors to include a bibliography, it is merely an optional extra which some choose. See the Style Guide for more guidance on referencing.
My manuscript’s English language, grammar or spelling is weaker than it should be. Are there any resources which can help me improve them?
While the editorial team will provide some corrective support for manuscripts during copyediting, Exchanges does not provide a proofreading or redrafting service. Where peer-review or editors have highlighted language weaknesses, you are advised to seek out your local academic writing support services. Many universities offer support services to help with proofreading, copyediting or grammar corrections along with learning skills advisers (e.g. Warwick | Monash) who can help improve your manuscript’s language. Your institutional library may provide alternative sources of help and support too.
If my article has been declined for publication, can I resubmit a revised version?
Yes, although you must have taken steps to address any issues the Editorial feedback highlighted with the original piece, especially with respect to satisfying our submission criteria. Note, resubmitted articles will still be subject to further editorial and potentially peer review, and consequently may be declined as with all submissions under consideration.
How do I become a reviewer for Exchanges? [Online Guide]
Go to https://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/user/register and complete the online form, noting on the second screen your wish to be added to our reviewers' register and include your Reviewing Interests. You remove yourself from the register by editing your profile's Roles, or request the deletion of your account by contacting the Editor. Read more about being a reviewer with us, here.
How do I make sure my reviewer interests are recorded correctly? [Online Guide]
You can check, edit or add information to your reviewer profile at any time. Log into your Exchanges’ account (https://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/login) and then click on your user name (top right). Select View Profile from the dropdown options, and then Roles from the tabs offered. You’ll see a box listing the Reviewing Interests you’ve previously noted when creating or amending your profile account. You can add more interests as free text phrases, and while some suggestions will pop up, you don’t have to be limited to these words or phrases. You can enter as many interests as you wish, and then click Save to finish. To delete an interest click on the red X.
Help! I’ve forgotten/lost my password or login ID!
Don’t panic! Go to https://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/login/lostPassword and enter the email associated with your account. You will receive a notification of your ID and a link to reset your password.
Where can I find out more about Exchanges?
This journal site, along with the Institute of Advanced Study’s pages provide further information, but you may also find the Editorial blog and twitter feed of interest as they cover ongoing developments with the title. You can also contact any member of the Editorial Board directly.
I am interested as a conference organiser in potentially publishing papers arising from this event. Would Exchanges be interested in developing a special section or issue to include these?
Exchanges' core mission is to foster quality interdisciplinary discourse from early career researchers. If your conference can match these characteristics, then it is a possibility that we would be happy to discuss with you. However, given our current operating configuration and processes we cannot guarantee we will be able to take on this kind of challenge without potential additional staffing resource and financial support. Hence, you are advised to arrange a meeting with the Managing Editor-in-Chief to discuss the scale, scope and timeframe of any such group submissions as a first step. Nevertheless, are always happy to accept individual manuscript submissions arising from conference papers as part of our normal submission, review and publication processes.