Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The main focus of Postgraduate English is to provide a space for postgraduates and early-career researchers to publish their work and receive feedback from established academics. We seek to give early-stage researchers a supportive and transparent environment in which to gain experience in working with publications.

Postgraduate English is hosted by Durham University, United Kingdom and aims to provide a platform for a diverse range of scholars and scholarship. We have an international outlook, encouraging submissions from all over the world, and are open to research that falls within the broader definition of ‘English studies’, as well as interdisciplinary work.

We invite submissions of academic articles and reviews which show strength of argument and fresh insight. While submissions should be clear and readable, the journal has no set academic style and is open to different approaches to writing. Further information on our editorial practices and submission guidelines can be found below.


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


We invite book reviews for the next issue. Please contact the editors in advance with details of the book you wish to review.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

An Editorial Board of around thirty established academics is in place to advise across a wide range of topics under the broader term of 'English Studies'.

Academic articles will first be considered by the journal editors. If the submission meets the basic criteria of the journal, as outlined in the first two points of the author submission checklist, it will be matched with a suitable reviewer who will provide brief feedback; articles will be double-blind peer reviewed, meaning that neither authors nor reviewers will know one another's identity. If the submission does not meet journal criteria, the editors will offer explanatory feedback as a basis for future submission.

The review process takes a variable amount of time, depending on availability of reviewers; while we cannot promise an exact turnaround time, we aim to maintain regular communication with those who submit to the journal.

Peer review feedback will fall under four categories:

  1. Reject (no feedback or further comment required).
  2. Requires substantial revision: the article may not be published in the current cycle, but may be published in future if substantially improved as per reviewer comments. Articles requiring substantial revision may be returned to the original peer reviewer to confirm appropriate changes have been made.
  3. Acceptable with minor revisions: the article will be sent back to the author with the attached comments and a request to make revisions for the current cycle. The author will then return the revised article to the editors, who will judge it against the reviewer comments and decide whether it is suitable to then accept for publication. The editors may ask for further revisions if they are necessary.
  4. Accept: the article will usually be published in this cycle. The editors will pass on any reviewer comments and request any necessary revisions be made prior to publication.

It is important to note that feedback at any stage without explicit communication of acceptance to the journal is not a guarantee of future publication. The editors have a two-fold role of collating the journal and offering guidance to authors who may not have a significant amount of experience in publishing their work. It is our hope that even those whose work is not accepted will find the process helpful.

Book reviews will be judged by the journal editors; the editors will then communicate feedback and, if the review is accepted, suggest revisions to be made prior to its publication.

Final decisions about publication will be made by the editors.


Publication Frequency

Postgraduate English is usually published twice a year, please see our most recent call for papers for the current submission deadline.


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.