Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Kaleidoscope is an interdisciplinary, online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal edited by postgraduates at Durham University. The journal is intended to benefit all postgraduate students in the United Kingdom and internationally. Developed under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced StudyKaleidoscope is designed to foster communication between postgraduates in different disciplines, to promote excellence in interdisciplinary research, and to raise the profile of the IAS within the postgraduate community. Each volume reflects the annual theme of the IAS, and is intended to reflect the latest trends in research across disciplines.

 

Section Policies

Editorial and Acknowledgements

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Interviews

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review Essays

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Kaleidoscope draws on a pool of peer-reviewers from the research postgraduate community at Durham and externally. If you are interested in becoming a peer-reviewer, please email editor.kaleidoscope@durham.ac.uk with a current Curriculum Vitae specifying your research specialisms and interests.

For current peer-reviewers, we have developed an information pack. This includes advice on how to annotate documents, feedback forms, and general guidance on the reviewing process. Please ensure you download and read the Peer Review Guidelines before starting to peer-review any submissions.

 

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.

  1. The design and contents of Kaleidoscope are subject to copyright. Copyright and Reproduction Rights in all submitted contributions remain with the relevant authors, as described in the Author’s Copyright Agreement.
    Copyright and Reproduction Rights of all other material remain with the Kaleidoscope Postgraduate Journal. 
  2. Except under the terms of Fair Dealing (UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988), the user may not modify, copy, reproduce, retransmit or otherwise distribute the site and its contents (whether text, graphics or original research concepts), without express permission in writing from the Editor. Where the above content is directly or indirectly reproduced in an academic context under the terms of Fair Dealing, this must be acknowledged with the appropriate bibliographical citation. 
  3. The Kaleidoscope Journal cannot warrant that use of this site will be uninterrupted or error-free, or that it will be continuously available. The Editorial Board of the Kaleidoscope Journal, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, or staff or students thereof, shall not be responsible for any loss, cost, or damage, including consequential damage, caused by reliance on materials within the website, or publications in any media associated with it. 
  4. The opinions stated in the papers of the Kaleidoscope Journal are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the postgraduate Editorial Board, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, or the staff and students thereof. 
  5. These terms are in addition to the generic Disclaimer that applies to all websites published by Durham University.

 

Editing Timeline

After submission, each full article undergoes the following process (book reviews are reviewed only by the reviews editor).

Week

Action

Details

1

CFP Deadline.

 

Articles to Chief Editor

Chief Editor checks that the article complies with the basic Submission Guidelines, including:  

  • Article submitted in the correct electronic format (Word document or Rich Text Format)
  • Author has signed and returned Author's Copyright Statement
  • Subject matter meets the specifications of the Call for Papers 
  • Meets basic standard of English
  • Authorial identifications removed from papers
  • Article is referenced

If these basic guidelines are not met, the Chief Editor returns the article to the author, who may resubmit within four days. Otherwise the Chief Editor:

  • Acknowledges receipt of article
  • Assigns the article a reference number to preserve authorial anonymity
  • Write Protects the document to ensure peer-reviewers cannot amend document directly
  • Passes article to Sub-Editors

1

Submissions with Sub-Editor from most relevant discipline

Sub-Editors decide on peer reviewers, and disseminate articles plus peer review packs

2-5

Submissions passed to Peer-Reviewers

Peer-reviewers provide a response on rejection or acceptance, and provide detailed feedback for the article author using the Editorial Report Form. Reviewers will recommend one of the following:

  • Accept without revision
  • Accept subject to revisions (marked-up in electronic document)
  • Reject

If rejected by the peer-reviewers, the article returns to the Sub-Editor, who sends an immediate notice of rejection. In the event of a significant discrepancy between the two peer reviewer reports, or between both reports and the opinion of the editor, the Sub-Editor will pass the original article on to a member of the academic advisory board to arbitrate.

5

Sub-Editor contacts author with decision.

 

Reviews Editor contacts reviewers if corrections need to be made.

If accepted with revisions, the Sub-Editor collates the comments of the two peer-reviewer and returns the marked-up document, the peer-reviewers' Editorial Report Forms, and a conditional acceptance letter to the author.

 

If rejected, the editor sends a notice of rejection to the author, as well as the Editorial Report Forms

5-8

Authors make required changes

Authors go through marked-up document and Editorial Report Forms and make revisions as necessary

8

Authors and reviewers return corrected article to relevant Sub-Editor

Corrected article returned to Chief Editor.

8

Articles circulated to the All Editors for final proofing

All Editors check final document, correcting any technical errors (e.g. missing line breaks).

9

Technical Editor prepares document for typesetting

Word documents restyled according to Formatting Guidelines available on the Kaleidoscope Dropbox folder.

9

Articles circulated to Proof-reading team

External proof readers check documents, correcting any copy errors

10

Complete issue passed to Technical Editor for typesetting

Technical Editor typesets articles, and converts them to PDFs, taking care to include Editorial and paginate accordingly.

11

Typeset proofs returned to Chief Editor

All Editors check final document, correcting any technical errors (e.g. missing line breaks).

11

Corrected proofs returned to Technical Editor for final amendments

Amendments at this stage must be minimal.

12

Finished issue

Issue ready for publication, subject to final approval from the Academic Advisory Board and Institute of Advanced Study.

13

Publicity

Publicise new issue and issue next Call for Papers

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Kaleidoscope?

Kaleidoscope is an interdisciplinary, online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal edited by postgraduates at Durham University. The journal is intended to benefit all postgraduate students in the United Kingdom and internationally. Developed under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced StudyKaleidoscope is designed to foster communication between postgraduates in different disciplines, to promote excellence in interdisciplinary research, and to raise the profile of the IAS within the postgraduate community. Each volume reflects the annual theme of the IAS, and is intended to reflect the latest trends in research across disciplines.

Who Can Write for Kaleidoscope?

Kaleidoscope welcomes papers from postgraduate students (Masters, PhD or equivalent) both in the United Kingdom and internationally, and we also accept submissions from postdoctoral academics. All papers must be written in the English language.

What Can I Write for Kaleidoscope?

Each volume of Kaleidoscope reflects the broad annual theme of the Institute of Advanced Study; the Call for Papers gives more details about this. We encourage submissions upon the nature of interdisciplinary work, though we allow discipline-specific papers, provided they are accessible to those from fields other than the author’s own. There is a section devoted to book reviews.

Submissions are accepted as per the guidelines in the Call for Papers and must follow Chicago Style (15th edition), the house style of the journal.

Why Should I Publish in Kaleidoscope?

A central aim of the Institute of Advanced Study is to catalyse "frontier knowledge" generated through research across the disciplines.

Kaleidoscope journal fosters the development of high-quality, leading-edge research, and welcomes feedback from, and engagement with, the postgraduate and wider academic community. With this in mind, here are three reasons why Kaleidoscope is a positive place to publish your work:

  1. By following the IAS theme, each volume of the journal reflects the trends of cutting-edge, international research as conducted at the IAS.
  2. By being affiliated to Durham University (though editorially independent), the journal ranks highly in internet search engines.
  3. Through our comprehensive peer-review process you will receive feedback on your work from the postgraduate community,

Can I Publish My Article Elsewhere?

We recognise that articles will often derive from doctoral work, and that scholars will often seek to republish material in monographs or edited collections at a later date. If you publish in Kaleidoscope, the Author's Copyright Agreement that you must sign ensures that you will be free to publish material elsewhere, subject to our legal framework.

You may not submit an article to Kaleidoscope whilst it is under consideration by another journal.

Who Edits Kaleidoscope?

Kaleidoscope is edited and maintained by an editorial board, working under the auspices of Durham's Institute of Advanced Study. It is overseen by an advisory board of academics. Members of the postgraduate group act as managing editors for submissions, and call on a wider group of postgraduates to peer-review work.



               

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