Philament is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal of scholarship in literature, cultural studies, and the arts broadly defined. Founded in 2003 as a conduit for uninhibited academic debate and creative expression, Philament is committed to the publication of high-quality work by postgraduate researchers and early-career academics. Since its inception, Philament has been managed, edited, and produced by postgraduate students and early-career academics in the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Philament invites postgraduate students and early-career academics to submit three kinds of material to the journal: academic articles, short creative works (we call them “Excursions”), and reviews. For more information about submissions, please refer to our Submissions page.

Open Access Policy

Philament aims to provide immediate open access to its content in order to support the free global exchange of knowledge.

Archiving Details and Policy

The following International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSNs) have been assigned to Philament:

ISSN 2652-3299 (Online)
ISSN 1449-0471 (Print)

Philament aims to make its content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Philament and its contents are currently indexed in the EBSCOhost Online Research database.

If Philament is not indexed by your preferred service, please advise us by emailing philament.usyd@gmail.com or, alternatively, make an indexing request directly with the service.

Editorial Collective

Philament involves a number of voluntary assistants who work together to form an editorial collective. Former editors and editorial assistants are listed on the Credits page.

Managing Editor

Chris Rudge

Volume 26 Editor (2020)

Isabelle Wentworth

If you would like to become involved with Philament’s editorial collective, please email us at philament.usyd@gmail.com.

Peer-review Process

All academic articles published in Philament are subject to a process of blind peer review. This involves an assessment of each submission by at least one PhD-holding scholar with substantial knowledge in a field relevant to the submission. This process is designed to ensure Philament publishes original submissions that exhibit a high standard of critical thought and expression. Any dispute or unresolvable debate among editors (or as between editors and authors) relating to the suitability or publishability of a submission will be referred to Philament‘s Editorial Advisory Board. Philament observes the best practice processes of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE). 

Reviews and Excursions are not peer reviewed; however, they are subject to review and editing by the editorial collective.

Editorial Advisory Board

Peter Marks, University of Sydney
Lucas Thompson, University of Sydney
Sarah Gleeson-White, University of Sydney
Laura Ginters, University of Sydney


Copyright in the articles and associated materials published in Philament, including moral rights, are held exclusively by their respective authors or creators. All other rights and copyright in this online journal are held by the University of Sydney. We ask that no portion of the journal is reproduced by any process or technique without the formal consent of Philament’s editor, whose details may be found on the Contact page.

Acknowledgment of funding support

Philament is grateful for the support it has received from SUPRA, the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association. It is with their support that the journal continues to grow, allowing postgraduates and ECRs to refine, develop, and publish their research and ideas.