About the Journal
Focus and Scope
- Fostering scholarly and creative work that explores the relationship between human culture, natural history and global ecologies
- Sharing information and ideas about how the arts and humanities are responding to global climate change and loss of bio-diversity
- Encouraging discussion, publications and practices responding to environmental issues and natural history; and
- Promoting the interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities.
Peer Review Process
Swamphen ensures a blind peer review process. Two reviewers will assess the submission and make suggestions, corrections, and recommendations as they see fit. Reviewers look for a knowledge of the field; confidence in topic and expression; adherence to copyright, referencing, and stylistic guidelines. Once a reviewer has agreed to review a submission, it might take as long as 6 weeks to receive an assessment. Please note that it is considered bad faith for an author to utilise the expertise of the journal team and of the reviewers, and then to publish the annotated submission elsewhere.
Reviewers rate a submission with one of the following:
- Accept Submission
- Revisions Required
- Resubmit for Review
- Decline Submission
Swamphen publishes a biennial issue containing items primarily from its ASLEC–ANZ biennial conference. The biennial issue generally will be thematic, following the preceding conference theme. Swamphen may publish special editions, with guest editors; therefore the number of issues can vary per annum. Journal items will be published collectively.
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.
Swamphen: a Journal of Cultural Ecology
Swamphen came into being in 2019, following the biennial conference "Grounding Story", under the expanded editorship of Kate Middleton, Alanna Myers, Christine Owen, Robyn Maree Pickens, Susan Pyke and Hayley Singer. Our refreshed name refers to the Australasian swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus), known as the pūkeko in Māori language and the kwilom in Noongar language. Under its previous name, AJE: the Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology, the founding editors were CA. Cranston, with Barbara Holloway, and Lorraine Shannon. CA. Cranston also took on the Journal Manager role. The contents of that first issue of AJE (2011) were papers from the 'Sounding the Earth' Conference, Launceston, Tasmania (2010). Prior to April 2016, AJE was hosted by the National Library of Australia. It now resides at the University of Sydney Library.