Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Colloquium is Boston College's political science undergraduate publication. Serving as a forum meant to promote academic dialogue and exchange both within and outside of the University's political science community, Colloquium expands upon the current offerings of the major. Coupled with the discipline's intensive writing and critical thinking nature, this undergraduate journal furthers the means through which students are able to address, ponder and critique the political issues of past and present. Encouraged by Colloquium to rigorously and objectively consider questions of significant importance, undergraduates bring scholarly discussion normally reserved for the confines of the political science classroom into the larger Boston College student body. Without a doubt, contributing students are Colloquium's greatest benefactors, having here the opportunity to receive recognition for their work of the highest quality.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

  • Submissions come in at colloquiumbc@gmail.com.
  • ME/DE removes names from docs, creates uniform format, and saves two documents to the Google Drive: one with name, email address, and date of submission, and one with NO NAME. This is to ensure a blind review process.
  • ME/DE saves doc by ‘Title_Name’, and ‘Title.’
  • The ME/DE will distribute ‘Title’ documents to editors for reading. Depending on the amount and length of submissions, everyone should receive about 10 pages of writing weekly, which could be one or more pieces.
  • Staff submissions should be distributed carefully as to not give the staff member his or her own piece to read. The piece’s anonymity must be maintained throughout the meeting.
  • Editors must give the group a summary of the piece, their opinion on if they think it’s a right fit for the journal, its merits, and its issues. The editor gives us a preliminary vote on the piece. We project each piece on a screen so specific sections can be referenced and so other editors can get a feel of the quality of writing.
  • The E-board discusses the piece and makes a final decision by taking a vote where the majority wins. If a final decision cannot be reached, the piece is sent to all editors who will read the piece and we will discuss it at the next meeting. This should be avoided so as to not saddle editors with too much reading.
  • We discuss and vote on ALL submissions. We treat each submission with respect.
  • The ME/DE will manage a running list of final submissions. The EIC/ME/DE are responsible for reading all submissions.
  • Once all final decisions are made on submissions, the EIC will email all contributors to let them know if we have accepted/rejected their submission, and to thank them for their submission. If the submission has been accepted, contributors must sign a waiver form before publishing that gives us the right to publish their work.


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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