Guidelines for contributors

Submission and style requirements for contributors


Manuscripts should be sent electronically as an e-mail attachment (in Word) to the editor. Feedback will usually be provided within a few weeks. Submissions should not normally exceed 6,000 words (including footnotes). Please include your full postal address on a separate page. All submissions should be accompanied by a 100–150 word abstract. When articles are written in English, spelling should observe Australian norms, which are British rather than North American. We favour ‘ize’ rather than ‘ise’.


Use footnotes rather than endnotes. All bibliographical information must be contained within footnotes.


John Smith, A Brief History of Consciousness (London: Academic Press, 2001), pp. 21–32.

Articles in journals and chapters in books:

Justin Thyme, “Having Your Cake and Eating It: Rereading Proust”, New Journal, 12: 2 (2001), 116–128.

C. Below, “Resisting Interpretation: Puzzles and Epiphanies”, in Bruce Bottomley and Pierre Austral (eds), New Modes of Interpretation (Melbourne: Mystification Press, 2001), pp. 120–135.

For references to a quotation from an article, full page references should be given (unless reference has already been made to the article). Thus:

Justin Thyme, “Having Your Cake and Eating It: Rereading Proust”, New Journal, 12: 2 (2001), 116–128 (p. 120).

For subsequent footnote references to a given publication, simply use the author’s family name and the page reference (for example: Smith, p. 64). If reference is made to two or more works by the same author, use a shortened form of the title rather than ibid. or op. cit. (for example: Below, “Resisting Interpretation”, p. 124).

As indicated above, full expansion is used in page numbering (116–128, not 116–28) and in references to a span of years (for example: 1945–1968).


Use double quotation marks; within a quotation use single quotation marks. Quotations of longer than fifty words should be indented and single-spaced. Always preserve the spelling, punctuation and grammar of the original. All omissions from quotations should be shown as […] to distinguish them from suspension points used by the authors quoted. Check your transcription of quotations carefully.

The sentence following indented quotations should not begin with an indentation unless you are starting a new paragraph.

Footnote numbers normally follow all punctuation. For example:

Derrida states that “there is no genreless text”.(n)
Derrida states that “there is no genreless text”(n).

If a quotation forms a complete sentence, the final full stop will precede the closing quotation marks. For example:

Derrida states: “There is no genreless text.”(n)

Also note that if a quotation forms a complete sentence, the final full stop will precede the closing quotation marks unless a bracketed page reference is given after the quotation.


Use the form 26 February 1950. Months are spelt out in full. Decades are given as: the 1960s or the sixties, not the ’60s.


Cardinal and ordinal numbers up to one hundred are spelt out: eighty-four, nineteenth-century literature; but: 45-year-old woman. Numbers over one hundred are given in figures (789), except with round figures (two thousand). For percentages in text use: 84 per cent.


Use a full stop after an abbreviation (ed.), but not after a contraction (eds, Mr, Mrs, Dr).