Peer review process
To ensure the high scholarly quality of the academic writing published by Colloquy, all articles, review articles and translations are double-blind peer reviewed. Creative writing submissions go through the same review processes. Book reviews are not peer reviewed, but are read by Colloquy editors who determine their suitability and decide whether or not to request revisions.
Submissions in categories subject to peer review are first read by Colloquy editors to determine their suitability for the journal. Material that progresses to the next stage is anonymised and sent to two subject specialists for peer review. For translations, this will include one language expert and one expert in the field(s) of the translated text. When the referee reports have been received by Colloquy, the editors discuss the reviewers’ advice with the submitting authors.
The ultimate decision on whether to publish submissions rests with the Colloquy editors-in-chief. Authors are updated via email at each stage of the review process.
Colloquy is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or author, as long as proper acknowledgement is provided. This is in keeping with the Budapest Open Access Initiative’s definition of open access.
Copyright and licensing
From 2017, Colloquy publishes material under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC). This means that, for non-commercial use, readers are free to share, reproduce, store or use the material published in Colloquy, as long as a proper citation acknowledges the author and the publisher. No part of this publication may be used for commercial purposes without the prior written approval of the Colloquy editors-in-chief.
Authors published in Colloquy retain full copyright over their work, without restrictions, while granting Colloquy rights to publish their work under a CC BY-NC license. Authors may deposit pre- or post-publication copies of their work in repositories, or re-publish them in dissertations, books or websites. The editors ask that if a work is re-published elsewhere, authors acknowledge its first appearance in Colloquy.
The CC BY-NC license does not apply to third-party works, such as images or extracts of texts, which may be included in articles. These third-party works may still be protected by copyright, appearing within Colloquy articles with permission of the rights holder (all rights reserved) or under a fair dealing exception for criticism or review.
Issues of Colloquy are both published and archived through monash.figshare, the Monash University research repository. This facilitates the publication, distribution, sharing and long-term storage of works published in Colloquy, which are provided with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and, through Figshare, indexed by Google and other search engines.
All content from issue 3 onward has now been deposited and indexed in Figshare and can be accessed at monash.figshare.com/colloquy, where article metadata is fully searchable. Issues 1 and 2, initially produced only in print, are in the process of being digitised and archived. Electronic copies of each issue are also deposited with the National Library of Australia.
Colloquy does not levy fees or charges at any stage of the submission, review or publishing process.
Editors and journal management
Colloquy operates on funds provided by the Literary and Cultural Studies Graduate Research Program at Monash University. The journal’s editors are current postgraduate students from across the Faculty of Arts. The journal’s advisory board, comprising academics from the Literary and Cultural Studies program, provides general counsel and guidance to the editors.