Editorial Board and Process
Editorial board and process
Editorial board and process
Our Editorial Process
Our review process is designed to help the journal publish high quality, original Postgraduate research. Our Editorial Board and peer reviewers are integral to maintaining our high standards, which is why all submissions are processed as outlined below.
Once the CFP deadline has passed, each submission is read by each member of the editorial team and discussed collaboratively, before being put to a vote. Submissions rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious flaws in their arguments or content, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal or the edition’s theme. Those that meet the minimum criteria are normally passed on to two peer reviewers- an academic and a PhD student- with relevant expertise. Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will usually be informed within two weeks of the submission deadline.
Exclamat!on employs ‘double blind’ reviewing, in which the reviewers remain anonymous to the author(s) throughout and following the refereeing process, whilst the identity of the author(s) is likewise unknown to the reviewers.
Reviewers from our international database are matched to submissions based on relevant expertise and research interests. Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the submission is:
- Is original and contributes to gaps in the critical field
- Correctly references previous relevant work and developments in the research field
- Clearly adds to the knowledge and development of the field
Language correction is not part of the peer review process, but referees are encouraged to suggest corrections of language and style to the submission. In the final round, the handling Editor will check matters of linguistic and stylistic correctness and may suggest or apply corrections at this point. In rare cases, the manuscript may be returned to the author(s) for a full linguistic and stylistic revision.
The time required for the review process is dependent on the response of the peer reviewers. For Exclamat!on, the typical time for the first round of the review process is approximately 6 weeks, with a maximum of three months. Should the referees’ reports contradict one another, or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion may be sought. In the rare cases when it is extremely difficult to find a second referee to review the manuscript, whilst the one referee’s extant report has thoroughly convinced the handling Editor, a decision to accept, reject or ask the author for a revision may be made, at the handling Editor’s discretion, based on only one referee report. The handling Editor’s decision will be sent to the author with the reviewers’ recommendations.
Once peer reviews have been submitted, all peer reviews are read by the Editorial Board. Each handling editor will then make the case for the inclusion of their submission, which will be voted on by the rest of the board.
A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with the recommendations made by the reviewers, including (if applicable) the latter’s verbatim comments.
Becoming a peer reviewer for Exclamat!on
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Meet the Editorial Team
Chloë Edwards - Co-Editor
Chloë is a third-year PhD English student from Cardiff and recently joined Exclamat!on as an Assistant English Editor. Her thesis examines the role of British pop music during the Thatcher era in confronting existing attitudes towards male homosexuality and masculinity during an unprecedented period of socio-political challenges and tensions.
Her research interests include depictions of post-war Britain in literature and film, cultural studies, and she is particularly interested in contemporary gender and sexuality studies, specifically queer studies. Chloë holds a BA in English and German from the University of Exeter and more recently completed her MA English Literature (Gender and Sexuality) at Cardiff University.
Chloe Chandler - Assistant Editor
Chloe is an MA student in English Literary Studies at the University of Exeter. In 2019, she received her BA with honours in English from the University of Exeter. With a primary focus on the writing of the long nineteenth century, her research pertains to Gothic and Romantic literature. Specific areas of interest include medical history, altered states of consciousness (especially mental disorders and drug experiences), and occultism in literature. She plans to explore the Gothic works of Thomas Lovell Beddoes for her MA dissertation. Additionally, she has been working with the Special Collections team, as one of the English Library Champions and Student Representatives, to increase student awareness and engagement with the university’s archival works. Chloe also currently works part-time as a librarian for the Somerset County Council and hopes to further pursue a career within the library sector.
Kirby Archer - Co-Editor
Kirby Archer is a third-year English PhD student at the University of Exeter. Her thesis concerns representations of environmental activists in contemporary U.S. and Canadian fiction. She has lectured on topics including gender, temporality, and climate change; Indigenous literature and environmental history; and the proliferation of post-apocalyptic climate fiction. Prior to beginning her PhD, Kirby worked in education and California urban wildlands conservation.
Jude Jose, Assistant Editor
Jude is currently pursuing his MA in English Literary Studies. His areas of research interest include – but are not limited to – postcolonial studies, queer theory and Surrealism. When he is not doing any academic reading, he can be found trying to write poetry, watching random YouTube documentaries or geeking out over the photos being released by the James Webb telescope.
Pankhuri Singh, Assistant Editor
Pankhuri is a second year PhD student in the Department of English and Creative Writing. Her research focuses on how Shakespeare’s plays are adapted in the Indian setting. Her research straddles between the dual disciplines of Shakespeare Studies and Film Studies. Her primary focus is the analysis of how Shakespeare’s plays are transculturally adapted into a different region. Pankhuri teaches the Module Adaptation: Text, Image and Culture to Undergraduates. She is originally from India and has joined the Exclamation magazine as an Assistant Editor. She loves to write blogs and has a passion for photography.
Jacob Miller, Assistant Editor
Jacob is an MA student in English Literary Studies at the University of Exeter. In 2022, Jacob completed his BA in English Literature at Bath Spa University, writing his dissertation upon the significance of water in the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Aside from Shelley, his research interests lie in ecocritical interpretations of the Romantic period, and the way “Nature” as a concept is complicated and challenged by the poetry of this period. After finishing his MA, Jacob plans to continue his studies and complete a PhD.
Emma McInnes, Assistant Editor
Emma is an MA Publishing student and holds a BA in Joint Honours English and History from the University of Bristol. Her research interests include the Vietnam War and multi-ethnic writing in 20th century America. Her dissertation focused on how the form of jazz poetry created a distinct and authentic voice for African American poets. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary subjects, and likes to blend music, history, politics, literature, art, and other topics in her research. Currently, Emma designs spreads for The Publishing Post as a typesetter and creates online content to promote University events.
Will Moran, Assistant Editor
Will is an MA Publishing student at the University of Exeter. They graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2022 with a BA (Hons) in English and Creative Writing. His research interests centre on the intersections of queer, trans and neurodiverse representations in the field of cultural studies. Prior to beginning their MA, Will worked as a Creative Writing Intern at the Winterbourne House and Garden, publishing poems inspired by the museum’s history intertwined with social and housing reform in Birmingham. You can find him on Twitter @will_meringue.
Manon Martini, Assistant Editor
Manon Martini is an MA English Literature student at the University of Exeter. In 2022, she received a first class BA with honours in English from the University of Brighton and was awarded the Walker May Literature Prize. Her research interests include feminist literary theory, racial studies and ecology in literature, particularly across contemporary Irish and Japanese novels. Her undergraduate dissertation ‘The Sally Rooney Phenomenon’: A Feminine Distillation of the Emotional Perplexities of the Twenty-First Century, focused on the Irish author to understand how and if writers can distill a 'feminine experience’ through contemporary literature. Manon also enjoys seventeenth-century drama as a lens through which to observe modern patriarchal and racial structures. Her recent research on contemporary Shakespearean drama questions how and if certain plays can be made palatable for the twenty-first century audience.
Rebeca Bernat Lliberós, Copyeditor
Rebeca Bernat Lliberós is an MA Publishing student. She graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA in English Literature. Her research interests are related to 19th century reprints and modern contemporary translated fiction, specifically from Japan and Korea. Her dissertation focused on the use of the grotesque as a representation of minorities and holds a deep interest in the gothic genre. Rebeca also has her own podcast and is intent to continue developing her skills and expanding her interests through this project.
Maia Beswarick, Assistant Editor
Maia Beswarick is an MA English Literature student at the University of Exeter. In 2022, she received her undergraduate degree in English literature from Keele University. Her research interests include – but are not limited to – Gothic theory, Victorian studies, and Children’s Literature. Her undergraduate dissertation ‘Roald Dahl: the Misunderstanding of Children’ explored how Dahl’s literature for children can be used for psychological and sociological purposes in today’s society, specifically on understanding relationships between adults and children, findings of which she presented at Keele Conference of Undergraduate Research 2022. Maia hopes to further her research on Gothic theory in relation to popular children’s novels and popular culture throughout her MA. In her spare time, she’s an avid squash player and enjoys exploring the Devon countryside.
Laura Warner, Assistant Editor
I am currently in the second year of my Creative Writing PhD. My research project, Menstrual Poetics, uses poetry to examine the impact of menstrual politics on lived experience of endometriosis. Some poems I have written about endometriosis and menstruation have been published in magazines and journals including The Moth and Poetry Wales. I love creative writing of many forms and genre, and especially hybrid forms. I am currently reading and enjoying lyric essays and formally experimental poetry.