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Author Guidelines

General guidelines:

  • Submitted manuscripts must be original and not published or under consideration elsewhere
  • Submissions are generally open to those with specialist interest in environmental, rural social justice and indigenous issues. Periodically the journal will publish a special issue on a theme.
  • All articles will be reviewed by the editor and two peers.
  • All correspondence must be carried out via e-mail and should be addressed to:
Jonathan Liljeblad: jonathan.liljeblad@une.edu.au

Specific Guidelines

Manuscripts must be submitted in .doc or .docx format. Any other formats will be returned to the author for reformatting.

An ‘abstract’ of no more than 300 words must precede the body of work.

Include a list of ‘keywords’ at the end of the article.

There is a word limit of 8,000 words for each article, not including footnotes (though footnotes should be limited to citations and directly relevant tangential or extraneous matter) and appendices.

Use Arial style font throughout the text, for headings, body, footnotes, quotes, tables, bibliography, and header and footer.

Black typeface throughout (no colour for body text or headings, footnotes, etc.).

Set left and right margins at 3 cm and right margin at 2.5 cm. Select A4 document size

No more than three levels of headings (capitalise only first letter of first word in headings):

  • Body text (normal): font: Arial, 10 pt, line spacing: double space, paragraph spacing: 6 pt (no indent at the beginning of paragraphs)
  • Heading 1: font: Arial, 14 pt, bold, line spacing: single, space before paragraph 18 pt, space after paragraph 6
  • Heading 2: as for heading 1 but using 13 pt font and space before paragraph 12 pt
  • Heading 3: as for heading 2 but using 11 pt font
  • Headings should not be numbered

Lists should be set at the margin for the first level. Use single spacing within the list (space before list set at 6 pt).

Each table, illustration and figure must have a consecutive number and caption (e.g. Table 1: xyz, Table 2: abc, Figure 1: ghi, Figure 2: jkl). Place tables, figures and illustrations at appropriate place in the body of the article (not at the end).

As a convention, follow Australian English (choose this option 'English (AUS)' for your online word dictionary).

Enclose quotes with less than three lines in single quotation marks (eg, Within the context of the theme; for example, ‘xyz said “abc”.’), but indent quotes of more than thirty words 1cm at left and right of text margins (do not use italics or enclose such quotes in quotation marks) and reduce font size to 9.

Use italics or quote marks to emphasise text (not bold or underlined).

Use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation for referencing. This guide can be found as a .pdf at: http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/mulr/aglc . If using URLs, unlink them.

 

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. All author identification has been removed from the submission to ensure anonymity for the double-blind peer-review process.

  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.

  4. The text uses a 10 point Arial font; is double spaced; employs italics rather than underlining for emphasis; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are consecutively numbered and placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. Use the style specified in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Third Edition) for referencing. This guide can be found at: http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/mulr/aglc .

  6. 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 http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery/ to retrieve all available DOIs to add to the references.

  7. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the 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 Issue: "Occasional Papers" and before, the following copyright applied:

Authors, upon submission, communicate their acceptance of the following conditions:

The work, upon publication, becomes the property of the International Journal of Rural Law and Policy.
Upon publication, the work is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial_No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions for subsequent publication/reprint and/or derivative works must be obtained from the Editors of the Journal of Rural Law and Policy

 

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