The following statements give a clearer picture of how the Journal is run. Potential authors, editors or reviewers are encouraged to read as far as their interest takes them. In accordance with the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and its affiliates, this information will always be freely available and up-to-date. Any questions, reports or suggestions should be addressed to the Managing Editors at [email protected].

  1. Preservation and Library Deposit
  2. Publication Ethics
  3. Copyright, Licensing and Intellectual Property
  4. Peer Review Policy
  5. Charges and Registrations
  6. Beneficial Ownership and Management
  7. Expert Oversight
  8. Advertising Policy
  9. Sponsorship and Revenue Disclosure

Preservation and Library Deposit

Archiving refers to the long-term plan for digital preservation and backup of the journal content which extends beyond cessation of the journal or publisher’s activities. Proper archiving in scholarly publishing ensures that 21st century scholarship is preserved for future generations of researchers. University students have always played an active role in radical politics and critical developments in public thought. Their scholarship and activity in political economy is a crucial part of the formation of political economy as a political movement and academic discipline.

The publisher maintains an agreement that the journal is hosted by the University of Sydney Library on the Open Sydney Journals service. This includes digital archiving services provided by the University Library.

As the journal is managed using Open Journals Systems, its contents are digitally preserved by the Public Knowledge Project’s LOCKSS Preservation Network, which will make the journal contents accessible following notification by the journal manager or a period of inactivity. LOCKSS (Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) is an open-source preservation software developed and supported by Stanford Libraries.

There is both a Commonwealth and State statutory requirement for publishers to provide copies of their publications to particular public libraries. Such a process ensures that the Australian publication record is accurate and preserved. In accordance with the <i>Copyright Act 1968</i> (Cth), an electronic copy of the print publication is deposited and catalogued in the National Library of Australia in Canberra. The <i>Library Act 1939</i> (NSW) requires deposit at the following libraries as well:

  1. University of Sydney Library,
  2. the NSW Parliamentary Library,
  3. the State Library of NSW.

Publication Ethics

Policies on complaints and appeals, allegations of research misconduct, confliucts of interest, data sharing and reproducibility, intellectual property, post-publication discussions and corrections/retractions are outlined here.

Note that other ethical editorial issues, such as authorship and contributorship and expert oversight are maintained as part of other policies.

Peer Review Policy

Whether or not the content is peer reviewed

Who conducts the review

Types of processes used

How decisions about manuscripts are made and who is involved\


Charges and Registrations

Beneficial Ownership and Management

Information about the ownership and management of a journal should be clearly indicated on the journal’s website.

Organisational names should not be used in a way that could mislead potential authors and editors about the nature of the journal’s owner.

If a journal is affiliated with a society, institution, or sponsor, links to their website(s) should be provided where available.

Expert Oversight

Journals should have editorial boards or other advisory bodies whose members are recognised experts in the subject areas stated in the journal’s aims and scope. The full names and affiliations of the members should be provided on the journal’s website. The list should be up to date, and members must agree to serve. To avoid being associated with predatory or deceptive journals, journals should periodically review their board to ensure it is still relevant and appropriate

Advertising Policy

The journal does not rely on advertising revenue or place any ads in its publications or website. Paid partnerships are developed only between related bodies (e.g. student societies) or organisations which render professional services to the journal—these organisations may be credited in the masthead or similar.

The journal does engage in some direct solicitation of manuscripts and student reviewers, usually in the form of editors getting in touch with potential contributors that they know personally or with whom they have mutual friends. Members of societies that have partnered with APESA may receive a call for papers via their society’s channels. We often advertise by asking faculty members in various Australian Universities to include a slide in their lecture decks which informs students of the journal and how to submit.

The journal considers social media to be a primary asset in spreading the word about its activities. Followers of the journal, APESA or its partner societies are understood to have volunteered to receiving calls for papers or similar.

The majority of reviewers for the journal are faculty members who have volunteered to be involved with the project. Where a reviewer recommends a particular individual as a subject matter expert, the editors are to politely contact the individual and ask personally if they would like to be involved.

Because APESA is a registered charity and the journal’s publication is part of its charitable activities, solicitations for authors, editors or reviewers are designated commercial electronic messages for the purposes of the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), which broadly means that statutory limitations on unsolicited commercial messages do not apply.

Sponsorship and Revenue Disclosure

Author fees (no such fees)

Other revenue should be clearly stated

Charitable body reporting