About the Journal

Aims and Scope 

The Motley Undergraduate Journal aims to feature student work that displays excellence in written communication, research, analysis or creative production from any course under the Department of Communications, Media, and Film Studies at the University of Calgary. The Motley Undergraduate Journal is devoted to reflecting the diversity of communication and multimedia studies and will represent a breadth of student work on various topics. We are looking for clarity, effective writing, original research, and insightful analysis.

Peer Review and Ethics Policies

The Motley Undergraduate Journal practices ‘double blind’ reviewing, in which the referees 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. Peer review is designed to assess the validity, quality and often the originality of articles for publication. Its ultimate purpose is to maintain the integrity of academic work and research. As an objective method of guaranteeing excellence in scholarly publishing, it has been adopted by all reputable scholarly journals. Our referees play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of The Motley Undergraduate Journal.

Adherence to ethical standards for the dissemination of research results is critical to the research process. The Motley Undergraduate Journal adheres to the Core Practices of the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), the Code of Conduct of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Open Access Policy 

The Motley Undergraduate Journal is a completely free-to-read, open-access journal. At The Motley, we believe in the importance of freely sharing research with the public to support a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Copyright Policy

The Motley Undergraduate Journal is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Share-Alike License. Under this license, users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution, including for commercial purposes, providing that the original work is properly cited. Under Creative Commons, authors retain copyright in their articles.

Author Self Archiving Policy

Authors are permitted to post their work online in institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites. Pre-print versions posted online should include a citation and link to the final published version in The Motley Undergraduate Journal as soon as the issue is available; post-print versions (including the final publisher's PDF) should include a citation and link to the journal's website.