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Author Guidelines

Authors should follow the guidelines below before submitting their article, book review, or dissertation abstract.

Article Title: 14 point, sentence case, and no more than 20 words (including sub-title).

Author Details: Do not list your name or institutional affiliation on the manuscript itself.

Abstract: For articles that require it, the abstract should not exceed 400 words.

Format: Preference is for a single-spaced, justified, Microsoft Word or RTF document.

Font: All text in Times New Roman or Arial font.

Text: 12 point Normal.

Section Heading: 12 point BOLD, sentence case.

Section Sub-Heading: 12 point Italic, sentence case. 

Long Quotes: 10 point font, Normal, Indented 1.5 cm on both sides, no quotation marks.

Figures and Tables: Should be centred, labelled numerically (ie. Figure 1) in 10 point font, and inserted into text at point you want them to appear.

Referencing: Articles submitted must be the original work of the author – where reference is made to the work of others this must be acknowledged. Historical Encounters conforms to the APA Manual of Style (6th Edition). If you are referring to published sources, the following models should be followed:

  • [ BOOK ]: Macintyre, S., & Clark, A. (2003). The history wars. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • [ EDITED BOOK ]: Seixas, P. (Ed.). (2004). Theorizing historical consciousness. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

  • [ BOOK CHAPTER ]: VanSledright, B. A. (1996). Closing the gap between school and disciplinary history? Historian as high school history teacher. In J. Brophy (Ed.), Advances in Research on Teaching (Vol. 6, pp. 257-289). Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press.
  • [ JOURNAL ARTICLE ]: Rüsen, J. (1996). Some theoretical approaches to intercultural comparative historiography. History and Theory, 35(4), 5-22.
  • [ CONFERENCE PAPER ]: Wineburg, S. (2001). Historical thinking and other unnatural acts. Paper presented at the Canadian Historical Consciousness in an International Context: Theoretical Frameworks conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
  • [ TRANSLATED WORK ]: Foucault, M. (1971/1977). Nietzsche, genealogy, history (D. F. Bouchard & S. Simon, Trans.). In D. F. Bouchard (Ed.), Language, counter-memory, practice: Selected essays and interviews (pp. 139-164). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
  • [ GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT ]: Board of Studies NSW. (1992). History Years 7-10 Syllabus. Sydney, NSW.

  • [ NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ]: Howard, J. (2006, 26th January). Unity vital in battle against terrorism. The Sydney Morning Herald,p. 11.

Please note that if articles require notes, they should be used sparringly, and as endnotes rather than footnotes.

Responsibilities of Authors: Please read and familiarise yourself with the journal's Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement.

Tone and content: Contributors should seek to ensure that material is appropriate for an international audience. Tone may vary from a formal, academic style to a more informal style, depending on the nature of the material. Contributors are asked to adopt a respectful and fair-minded approach when discussing the work of others, and this should be evident in the tone of the writing. Writers of reviews are expected to cite specific examples to support judgements made and to discuss the merits of the work as a whole. Contributors with close links to institutions or companies should avoid reviewing work published by these bodies. Reviewers may keep materials once review has been received.

Permissions: Contributors are expected to produce original work and, where necessary, give full citations for sources used. They should inform the editor of any copyright material they wish to use (such as images and quotes) so that the appropriate permissions may be secured well before publication.

Editorial Discretion: The editor reserves the right to edit materials and make layout decisions in the best interests of the journal. The editor will seek approval from contributors before publishing any changes to text. The editor reserves the right to hold an item over until an appropriate edition becomes available.

Review Criteria: Before you finalise your submission, it is worth noting that reviewers are asked to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of submissions using the following criteria:

  • Scholarliness: The conceptual, theoretical, or methodological depth and rigor of the manuscript; and the appropriateness of its claims.
  • Significance: The degree to which the manuscript contributes to new knowledge or new perspectives within the field of study.
  • Style and Quality: The style and quality of the writing itself.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  4. The text adheres to the bibliographic style of the American Psychology Association (APA), outlined on the APA Style website, and set out in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Libraries, Reviewers, & Readers are permitted to read, download, copy, store, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of articles published in Historical Encounters, as per the terms of the journal's Creative Commons Attribution License

Current Archive and Indexing Agreements: Historical Encounters is indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Google Scholar, and is archived periodically in the Australian National Library's PANDORA Archive.



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