Aims & Scope

Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal (ISSN 2053-9665) is a scholar-led, peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary, online-only journal dedicated to the publication of high-quality work by researchers in all disciplines. Launched in 2013 with the subtitle The Warwick Research Journal, from 2018 the title embraced a new brand as Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, to reflect the increasing international nature of its Editorial Board and author community. The title particularly attracts innovative research articles from emerging domain experts and early career researchers, but also seeks to publish scholarly work by authors who combine research with academic teaching or other professional employment.

Exchanges fully embraces the tenants of diamond open access (Fuchs & Sandoval, 2013), meaning articles are freely available without any reader subscription or access costs, nor are any article processing charges (APC) publication fees levied on authors. The journal utilises a double-blind, editor-mediated and journal managed peer-review model to ensure quality assurance.

Exchanges is overseen by a Managing Editor-in-Chief, Dr Gareth J Johnson, based at the University of Warwick, UK. Exchange’s international Editorial Board, comprised of early career researchers from Warwick and its global research partners, provide advice and editorial contributions in support of the Editor-in-Chief’s work. Associate editors are recruited to contribute to occasional special themed issues’ production.

Mission

Exchanges’ mission is to encourage intellectual exchange and debate across research communities. The title seeks to contribute to increasing authors’ impact and esteem capital located within disseminating research publications to an explicitly interdisciplinary audience. This is achieved through providing a quality assured platform for publishing articles from all academic disciplines, especially interdisciplinary work, intended for consultation by cross-disciplinary audiences. Exchanges is additionally committed to providing a readily accessible and supportive environment through which both authors and editors can develop superior academic writing and publishing skills. Exchanges usually publishes two issues annually (spring and autumn), although additional special themed issues may be produced where sufficient material becomes available. 

Readership

Given the varied range and subjects of articles published in Exchanges, our anticipated readership is considerably broad. It is likely interview and critical review articles are especially valued by doctoral students and early career researchers, given the guidance and insights into research discourse and literature they provide. Ideally, we encourage authors to pitch their manuscripts towards a readership incorporating researchers drawn from across a spectrum of research traditions, but also the more academically minded public. We anticipate the original research articles kinds we publish will be of most value to readers draw from the author’s disciplines. However, because of our interdisciplinary approach, we anticipate scholars situated within closely related subjects would also find these papers accessible. Regular readers are encouraged to register for publication alerts and updates from the journal.

Selection Policy

A call for papers is released biannually, usually simultaneous with each newly published issue. Typically there is a 6-month period from submission to publication, which can be a distinct advantage for researchers. However, manuscript submissions are accepted throughout the year, and are published in the first possible issue. The journal normally accepts high-quality research and review manuscripts, alongside less formal and shorter interviews and critical reviews. Authors are warmly invited to discuss any proposed submissions with the Editor-in-Chief, but this is not a prerequisite for consideration.

More information about the range and types of manuscript’s Exchanges will consider can be found on the Author Guidance page, along with information on submitting work for consideration.  Additionally, authors are advised to consult Exchanges’ Style Guide, and also may find our Peer Reviewer Guidance worth consulting. Research manuscripts are usually subject to peer-review, and all published articles will be made openly available to readers without the imposition of any fee-based or subscription toll-gate barriers.

As noted above, manuscripts should be written with an expectation they will be read by a broad academic readership, rather than a niche, sectoral subset. Consequently, authors should assume less conceptual familiarity than when writing for audiences within their own disciplinary traditions. Submitted manuscripts adjudged to address topics for too narrow an audience, may be declined.

For more on the benefits of publishing with us, see our flyer Why publish with Exchanges?  or contact the Editor-in-Chief.

Open Access Policy

Exchanges is and has always been a diamond (radical) open access journal title, and does not levy article processing charges or pay-to-access fees on authors or readers respectively. This means it provides immediate free global access to all articles at the point of publication at no cost to authors or readers. The title fully supports the principle of making research freely available to a global readership of scholars and the public alike, to support an unfettered exchange of original thought and advancement of human knowledge. All articles published from November 2018 onwards are made available under the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (CC-BY), in line with best sectoral practice. Articles published before this date were disseminated under the slightly more restrictive, but still REF compliant, conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license (CC-BY-NC-SA). Please refer to individual articles for the details of which license applies.

Articles published with Exchanges are assigned a unique web address (URI) via the DOI (digital object identification) system, allowing a permanent stable citation link to the paper’s homepage. The journal’s content is backed-up by institutional server systems.

Peer Review Policy

All submitted manuscripts undergo an initial originality review and academic scope screening by the Editorial Board before being considered for peer-review. Exchanges uses a double-blind, editor-mediated and journal facilitated peer-review process, informed by sectorial best practices. Review text remain the intellectual property of the reviewer and are not publicly disseminated or published. Currently, reviewers are not publically identified following publication, although future best practice developments may see this policy revised. However, the Editorial Board warmly acknowledges the invaluable contribution reviewers make to its editorial and publication processes.

Research and review manuscripts are typically initially sent to two peer reviewers to gain contrasting submission quality assessments, although more reviewers may be utilised for some works. Critical reflections and interviews are not normally subjected to peer-review but still undergo a detailed editorial scrutinising process before publication acceptance. Exchanges’ detailed Peer Reviewer Guidelines are available for consultation by reviewers and authors alike.

Publisher & Funding Policy

Exchanges operates under a patronage funding model, and has been entirely funded and published by the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), University of Warwick, UK, throughout its existence. Contributions in kind from Editorial Board institutions are represented through the immaterial labour contributions of the editorial staff, to whom Exchanges expresses its grateful thanks. The journal satisfies part of the IAS' mission to advance new research ideas through engendering interdisciplinary scholarly discourse and exchange for new scholars, emerging experts and future research leaders. Exchanges is published via the FOSS Open Journal System (OJS) platform, as part of the Warwick Journals collection, and is operationally supported by the university's library service in this regard. Exchanges does not currently accept nor seek further commercial sponsorship or advertisements from third parties. 

Please contact the Editor-in-Chief for all questions relating to Exchanges publishing, policy and operational activities.

Indexing

Exchanges and its articles are currently indexed in various online information resources including: 

The Editor-in-Chief welcomes approaches from reputable organisations to further increase the visibility of our contents within their indexes.