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Author Guidelines

This journal does not charge any type of article processing charge (APC) or any type of article submission charge. 

Gateways invites authors to submit manuscripts that fall within the ‘Focus and Scope’ of the journal. Acceptance of an article for publication in Gateways is made on condition that authors accept the parameters described in 'About the Journal'. Submitted articles must not be under consideration elsewhere and must be previously unpublished. Copyright for articles published in Gateways is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.

The names and email addresses entered in the Gateways site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Authors should post their submissions online after registering (for free) and logging in at No hard copy submissions will be accepted. Receipt will be automatically acknowledged and registered. Authors need to carefully consider the appropriate category for their article: Research (Refereed), Practice-based (Non-refereed) or Snapshots (Non-refereed). After an assessment of the paper’s suitability for publication in Gateways, the editors will send research articles electronically to two referees, who will decide whether to recommend rejection or publication with or without changes. The process is tracked electronically, including any communication with the author. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous. Authors should not identify themselves in any way in their article. Accepted articles, when in final form, are assigned to an issue of Gateways, copy edited and formatted for publication. On the date of publication, the issue will be announced and subscribers notified. Subscribers can read articles as published or retrieve them later through searches.

Articles must be between 4500 and 8000 words in length including references and should use the Harvard style of referencing as outlined below. Articles must be in English. Australian, British or American spelling is acceptable. Accepted articles will be edited to journal style. As an international journal with a broad, multilingual readership, clear, accessible language is strongly encouraged. All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 300 words and a list of up to six key words.

Submission Format

Please use the typeface Arial or Times throughout your article. The main text of submissions should be typed in 1.5 spacing in a font size of 12pt. The text should be justified on the left margin only (not justified on the right). Use a single (not a double) space after full stops and other punctuation. Do not put a space in front of a question mark, or in front of any other closing quotation mark. The beginning of a new paragraph should be indicated by a space made by a double carriage return (not an indent). Insert page numbers on the bottom right hand corner of each page.

Limit headings to three levels. The first level (for the title of the paper) should be 16pt bold. The second level (for subheadings) should be 12pt bold, and if a third level is necessary use 12pt underlined text. Capitalize the first letters of words in titles and headings. Subheadings should be separated from the preceding paragraph by a space, but do not put a space before the paragraph immediately following the subheading. Footnotes, endnotes and appendices are to be avoided. Please do NOT submit compressed files. Do not use any word processing options/tools, such as strike through, hidden text, comments and merges.


All tables must be embedded in the manuscript near the first reference to the corresponding table. Tables MUST be no wider than 13.5 cm.

Multimedia files

Any graphics that go in the paper must be submitted as separate files. The highest quality master (for example, TIF) is preferred. Additionally, the graphics must also be embedded in the correct locations within the document. Please note that any graphics created in Microsoft Word must also be submitted as separate files. Filenames for figures must be clearly labelled as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc., at the bottom of the figure, left justified, numbered in sequence, and must be referenced within the text of the article. ALT tags will be applied to all graphics. The default tag will be the figure caption supplied by the author. Authors should provide tag text for any graphics used as links to audio or videos. All videos must be submitted in a web-optimised format as to allow for progressive download. The preferred format is Windows Media. Videos should be identified in the text as Video 1, Video 2, etc., and video filenames should include the corresponding video numbers. Authors must clearly indicate the location of the link to the video within the article. This link could be a text link (e.g. 'Video 1') or a still frame from the video (that is, a .GIF, .PNG or .JPG file). Audio files must also be submitted in a web-optimised format in either Windows Media, Real or Quicktime formats. Audio files should be identified in the text as Audio 1, Audio 2, etc., and audio filenames should include the corresponding audio numbers. Authors must clearly indicate the location of the link to the audio within the article. This link could be a text link (for example, 'Audio 1') or a related graphic. 2.5 MB is the recommended maximum multimedia file size. If it is essential to have files that are larger than this, two different versions of files must be made. One version, less than 2.5 MB in size, will serve as a low-resolution or truncated version. The other version can be up to 15 MB in size. If a multimedia file has both a smaller and larger version associated with it, the smaller version will be the standard option and the larger version will be available from a link in the e-journal. Gateways takes no responsibility for the functioning of non-Gateways content of external websites.

Referencing Style (Harvard)

In the Harvard or author-date system, a textual citation requires only the name of the author/s and the year of the publication (with no punctuation between the two items):

The reasons for women’s homelessness are as diverse as the women experiencing it (Nunan 1996).

Alternatively, the author’s surname may be integrated into the text, followed immediately by the year of publication in parentheses:

Nunan (1996) argues that the reasons for women’s homelessness are as diverse as the women experiencing it.

Relevant page numbers may be included in the textual reference, with a comma between the year and ‘p.’ or ‘pp.’. This may appear at the end of a sentence before the full stop.

The reasons for women’s homelessness are as diverse as the women experiencing it (Nunan 1996, p. 24).

Full references must be listed in the bibliography at the end of the article. Examples of the main reference formats are as follows. For more information, please refer to: Commonwealth Department of Finance and Administration 2002, Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

Book/Book chapter

The information required should be presented in the following order: - author’s surname and initials or given name - year of publication - title of publication - editor, reviser, compiler or translator, if other than the author - publisher - place of publication - page number or numbers, if applicable.

All elements of the citation following the year of publication are separated by commas, and the citation concludes with a full stop. The title is italicised and minimal capitalisation is recommended.


One author

Robinson, C 2003, Understanding iterative homelessness, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Victoria.

Two or more authors

Kennett, P & Marsh, A 1999, Homelessness: Exploring the new terrain, The Policy Press, Bristol.

Wisner, B, Blaikie, P, Cameron, T & Davis, I 2004, At risk: Natural hazards, people's vulnerability and disasters, 2nd edn, Routledge, New York.

Sponsored by an institution, corporation or other organization

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AHW) 2002, Australia’s Welfare, 2003, AHW, Canberra.

Chapter in edited book

Thorn, C 2001, ‘(In-)visibility and shame: The stigma of being a woman and homeless in Sweden’, in B Edgar & J Dohery (eds), Women and homelessness in Europe: Pathways, Services and Experiences, The Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 493–526.


The information required should be presented in the following order: - author’s surname and initials or given name - year of publication - title of article - title of periodical - title of series, if applicable - issue details - page reference


Journal Article

Skeat, H 1999, ‘Women with disabilities and homelessness’, Parity, vol. 12, no. 1, p. 17.

Newspaper article

Hudson, A 2007, ‘Serbia not guilty in genocide trial’, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 February, p. 11.

Published conference paper

Morris, M 2005, ‘Organisation, social change and the United Arab Emirates’, Social Change in the 21st Century 2005 conference proceedings, Centre for Social Change Research, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, pp. 23–44.

Unpublished paper

Morris, M 2005, ‘Organisation, social change and the United Arab Emirates’, paper presented at the 2005 Social Change in the 21st Century conference, Centre for Social Change Research, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 28 October.

Electronic Material

To cite a website in the bibliography, the information required should be presented in the following order: - author - site date (date site was created or last revised) - name and place of the sponsor of the source - date of viewing the source - URL

For example:

UTS Shopfront 2005, UTS Shopfront, Sydney, viewed 7 August 2006,

To cite a document within a website, the information required should be presented in the following order: - author, editor or compiler - date of document (date of creation or most recent revision) - title of document - description of document (if applicable) - name of the sponsor of the source - date of viewing - URL

For example:

Robinson, C & Searby R 2006, Accommodation in Crisis: Forgotten Women in Western Sydney, monograph, UTS Shopfront, Sydney, viewed 7 August 2006,

Complaints Procedure

Authors who wish to submit a complaint related to the peer review process or other editorial decisions should contact the Journal Manager or the Managing Editor as a first point of contact. Issues which cannot be resolved satisfactorily by either the Journal Manager or Managing Editor may be escalated to the Editorial Advisory Board or to the Publisher, UTS ePress by contacting

For further information, please see the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors and Publishers.




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 adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in 'About the Journal'.
  4. All URL addresses in the text (for example, are activated and ready to click.
  5. The text, if submitted to the peer-reviewed section (Research articles), has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, 'Author' and year only are used in the bibliography, instead of author's name, year, title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.
  6. The submission includes an abstract of up to 300 words.
  7. Six key words have been provided in the submission.
  8. The text provides all available DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to each source used as a reference. For assistance on locating the DOIs, please go to the free service to retrieve all available DOIs to add to the references.
  9. Consideration is given to serving as a reviewer on a future issue of Gateways. The Editorial Committee appreciates the important role played by reviewers in helping to maintain the quality of our journal.

Copyright Notice

Authors who submit articles to this journal from 31st March 2014 for publication, agree to the following terms:

a) Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share and adapt the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

b) 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.

c) 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). Where authors include such a work in an institutional repository or on their website (ie. a copy of a work which has been published in a UTS ePRESS journal, or a pre-print or post-print version of that work), we request that they include a statement that acknowledges the UTS ePRESS publication including the name of the journal, the volume number and a web-link to the journal item.

d) Authors should be aware that the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License permits readers to share (copy and redistribute the work in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the work) for any purpose, even commercially, provided they also give appropriate credit to the work, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. They may do these things in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests you or your publisher endorses their use.

For Volume 6 (2013) and before, the following copyright applied:

Articles published by UTSePress are protected by copyright which is retained by the authors who assert their moral rights. Authors control translation and reproduction rights to their works published by UTSePress. UTSePress publications are copyright and all rights are reserved worldwide. Downloads of specific portions of them are permitted for personal use only, not for commercial use or resale. Permissions to reprint or use any materials should be directed to UTSePress.


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