The Journal uses a double-blind peer review system, which means that a manuscript’s author(s) do not know who the reviewers are, and the reviewers do not know the names of the author(s). When yousubmit your article via EM, you will be asked to submit a separate title page which includes the full titleof the manuscript as well as the names and complete contact details of all authors. This page will not beaccessible to the referees. All other files (manuscript, figures, tables, etc.) should not contain anyinformation identifying the author(s), their institutions, etc. The names of these files and the document properties should also be anonymised.
If the editors believe a manuscript accepted for publication needs minor revisions – including minorshortening, correction of errors in punctuation, spelling and style – such changes may be made by theeditors. Manuscripts will not be sent back to you for review if the changes do not alter the meaning orsense of the original text, although you retain the ability to make minor corrections to the proofs.
You may be requested to resubmit a manuscript. (Re)submission of a manuscript does not automatically guarantee publication.
If you wish to have a manuscript previously published in a foreign language considered by the Journal for first publication in English translation, you should state so at the time of submission. You may be asked to provide the relevant approval by the copyright holder, who may be the original publisher.
The Journal is committed to processing submissions as quickly as possible. The editors will normally make a decision as to whether to send a paper to referees within two weeks. Referees will be asked to report within four weeks. However, the time before a final decision can be made will depend on the availability of referees and the nature of their feedback. The editors aim to give a final decision within two months and, whenever possible, to give reasons if they do not accept a paper.
Manuscripts should be written in English. Spelling (American or British) should be consistent throughout. The Oxford English Dictionary, the New Oxford American Dictionary and the Macquarie Dictionary are acceptable sources for spelling.
Quotations may appear in a language other than English if there is no authentic text or official translation. Such quotations should be accompanied by a translation into English.
Gender-inclusive language should be used whenever possible. For example, use ‘person’ or ‘human’ rather than ‘man’ where appropriate. Use ‘he or she’ if needed, but consider plural where possible (for example,‘children receive their education’ instead of ‘a child receives his or her education’). Alternatively, the use of ‘they’ and ‘their’ as singular pronouns is acceptable (for example, ‘a child receives their education’).
The Journal publishes two main categories of papers: articles (8,000–10,000 words) and notes (approximately 4,000 words). The Journal also publishes book reviews (500–1,500 words) and book review essays (2,000–4,000 words).
Please upload manuscript files in Microsoft Word format (.doc, .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) and follow the Journal’s points of style and rules of citation, found below.
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