Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Albatross is an undergraduate peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes the exceptional scholarship of undergraduate students at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. We publish undergraduate essays on literary analysis, critical theory, and cultural studies, as well as book reviews and poetry.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to The Albatross are subject to a blind review process. Each submission is first passed through the Communications Directory, who then assigns the essay to the appropriate genre editor. The genre editor will assign a status of ACCEPTED, TO REVISE AND RESUBMIT, or REJECTED. All accepted essays will be reviewed by the editorial board. The typical period of time allowed for the completion of a review is two weeks. Authors will be notified about the status of their submission when the review is complete.


Publication Frequency

The Albatross will be published annually. Our first issue was launched in March 2011.


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.



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Mission Statement

Why we publish:

The mission of The Albatross is to provide University of Victoria undergraduate English students with opportunities to gain valuable editorial experience, and to publish exceptional undergraduate scholarship in a peer-reviewed journal.

Who we are:

The Albatross was launched in September of 2010 by members of the English Literature Course Union (now known as the English Students Association). We aim to publish the work of undergraduate students of English literature from the University of Victoria and to cultivate an audience of all students who study English literature.

What we publish:

We are seeking submissions of original undergraduate works of literary criticism and analysis from across the diverse field of English studies at the University of Victoria.

When we publish:

The Albatross will be published annually. Our first issues was launched in March 2011.

How we publish:

The Albatross is published both in print and online.

When will submissions open? When will the next issue be available?

Submissions usually open in October and close in January. Each new issue will be published in March.


Looking to Review?

As an undergraduate reviewer, you’ll contribute to the production of The Albatross, while gaining valuable experience, working with your fellow English students, and seeing what your peers have been working on. You can also come out to any meeting of the English Students Association, and subscribe to their mailing list here. If you’re interested in becoming a reviewer or a copyeditor, please email us at flight@uvic.ca. We could really use your help, and working on The Albatross provides great experience for your resume. Ideally, reviewers will be upper-level students of English literature.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Albatross - FAQs

Q: Why is the journal called The Albatross?

A: The albatross of Coleridge’s famous poem was no trouble at all until it was shot down by the Mariner. We want to enable our fellow students to develop their scholarship, not shoot down their ideas. In launching The Albatross, we hope to keep fine undergraduate work from the end-of-term recycling bin and to take fresh and exciting ideas to flight.



Q: How many papers will you publish?

A: The number of papers published will depend on the number of papers we receive.


Q: What are your qualifications as editors?

A: The editorial team is a group of undergraduate students elected by members of the English Literature Course Union.


Q: When was the first issue published? When will the next one be released? How much does a journal cost?

A: We publish one issue per year in the spring. Our first issue was released 15 March 2011. Print copies are sold by donation, and the journal is available for free online. Published authors will receive one free copy.


Q: Who can submit?

A: Submissions are open to current undergraduates of the University of Victoria. You do not have to be an English student to submit, but the content of the submission must be related to the Department of English.


Q: What kind of material do you publish?

A: We publish original academic scholarship within the purview of the Department of English (including cultural studies), whether this is expressed through research, criticism, and/or literary and theoretical analysis.


Q. Why do I need a faculty nomination with my submission?

A. We ask that students include the name and email address of a nominating faculty member in order to encourage dialogue and community-building in the Department of English. We also hope that profs will assist submitters with the revision process.


Q: What is your review process?

A: Submissions are subject to a standard peer-review process. Each submission will be read by at least three reviewers (your fellow undergraduates), and essays that are approved by the reviewers will then be reviewed by the editorial team. Reviewers are still able to submit their work for consideration.


Q: What happens if my paper is selected?

A: Following the completion of the review process, selected papers will be formatted for both online and print publication. Selected authors will also be asked to prepare a short paragraph explaining their interest and inspiration for their subject and/or describing their work.

Q: Do you have a website?

A: This site is our main online interface. You can also find us on Facebook


Q: How can I get involved?

A: Please sign up to be a peer reviewer or copyeditor. As a reviewer, you’ll get to contribute to the production The Albatross, gain valuable experience, work with your fellow English students, and see what your peers have been working on. You can also come out to any meeting of the English Literature Course Union (email ecunion@uvic.ca). If you’re interested in copyediting, please email flight@uvic.ca. Your help is appreciated, and working on The Albatross provides some great experience that will help you to build your resume.