Cordite Scholarly Submissions


Cordite invites submissions of academic essays from Australian and international researchers on topics related to poetry and poetics. Eligible topics include those that file under (but will not necessarily be limited to) research interests noted by each member of the Academic Advisory Board. Research articles are not accepted for any specific issue.

Cordite Editorial will perform an initial assessment of all submissions first (primarily to assess if the research topic is suitable for Cordite Poetry Review) before any progression into a peer-review commences to test its academic rigour. At this time, poetry, other creative works, book reviews, interviews and chapbooks accepted by Cordite editors will not have a peer-review option prior to publication. The decision to accept poetry remains solely with Cordite Editorial and our issues’ guest editors.

All author identification in the research document and from the Properties of Microsoft Word must be removed before submission.

What styling and rights requirements should you follow and be aware of?

As Cordite Poetry Review is an online publication, final essays will be edited according to the Cordite Style Guide. Please review this guide thoroughly before submitting. Accepted peer-reviewed research will be published in html on the Cordite site.

Cordite Style Guide

All footnoting must conform to the Modern Language Association (MLA) documentation style. Any image or copyright material used in the research must be obtained by the author before submission to Cordite Poetry Review. Cordite Editors will take no responsibility for obtaining the right to use such material. Any permissions required as a result of changes in text, presentation, or altered images requested by Cordite must be obtained by the author.

In addition to the MLA documentation style, accepted research must also conform to the Cordite Style Guide, primarily concerned with displaying footnotes accurately online. In applying this, please save your research in a second document to reflect these online publishing requirements so that it does not interfere with what we will publish as PDF. What goes into a PDF (footnoting as you would to a print publisher) and what gets loaded online are different formats.

After editing and formatting for the issue in which it is to appear, accepted research will be sent to the authors as final proofs. Proofs must be responded to within one month with any minor corrections communicated to the Cordite Editorial. No substantive alterations can be made at this stage.

Is publishing peer-reviewed research in Cordite Poetry Review eligible for DIISR points?

Yes. DIISR allows for the confirmation of a journal’s refereed status – ergo potential points at your Australian institution – in a number of ways. These three apply to Cordite Poetry Review:

    1. there is a statement in the journal which shows that contributions are peer reviewed
    2. there is acknowledgement from the journal editor showing that contributions are peer-reviewed
    3. provision of a copy of a reviewer’s assessment relating to the full article

Are we registered in the Thomson Reuters Arts & Humanities Citation Index?

Not yet. But we do intend to be listed on the Arts & Humanities Citation Index in due course.

How long does the peer-review process take?

The process can take some time – at times, a rather considerable period based on your topic and the availability of appropriate members of our Academic Advisory Board – so please be prepared for and flexible with these parameters. Again, depending on your topic, there may be a queue ahead of your research for its peer-review.

One Response to Cordite Scholarly Submissions

  1. dear Cordite editorial

    I would like to submit an essay of 4300 words on the poetry of NZ/international poet Michele Leggott. I hear from Michele that she will have some poetry published in an upcoming issue, I think in July. The thought is that there may be interest in having new work from her alongside a critique of her poetry to date.

    Is it usual to submit a critical essay via the poetry submission page – or is there a separate process to follow?

    John Geraets
    Whangarei, NZ