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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. 

The Sydney Journal invites authors to submit manuscripts that fall within the focus and scope of the journal.

Acceptance of an article for publication in the Sydney Journal 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 Submitted articles must not be under consideration elsewhere and must be previously unpublished.

Authors should email their submissions attention to: Please do not email compressed files. No hard copy submissions will be accepted. Receipt will be acknowledged via email.


Copyright for articles published in the Sydney Journal is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. Articles may also be published in the Dictionary of Sydney online at Where necessary, articles may be reformatted for presentation on that site.

By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to be used, with proper attribution, in educational and other settings.

Peer review

After an assessment of the paper’s suitability for publication in the Sydney Journal, the paper will be sent electronically to two referees who will decide whether to recommend rejection or publication with or without changes. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous. Authors should not identify themselves in any way in their article.

When finalised, accepted articles are assigned to an issue of the Sydney Journal, copyedited 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.


Papers must be in English, using Australian spelling.


Papers must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 300 words and up to six key words


Please submit text using the basic formatting guidelines outlined below. Please note, the Sydney Journal has adopted the Chicago Manual of Style for referencing. Please refer to the Chicago Style Citation Quick Guide online for details: For spelling, please refer to the Macquarie Dictionary.

Papers must be formatted:

  • in 12pt Times New Roman
  • left justified text
  • without indented paragraphs
  • use three levels of heading only - bold (heading 1 and heading 2) and italic (heading 3)
  • use sentence case (initial capital followed by lowercase except for proper nouns)


  • use single (not double) space after full stops and other punctuation
  • please don't use strike through text, hidden text, comments and merges
  • insert page numbers on the bottom right hand corner of each page


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. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the basic formatting guidelines outlined in Author Guidelines and follows the Chicago Manual of Style for referencing and Macquarie Dictionary for spelling.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.
  7. 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.

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 Open Access Citation Advantage Service). 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 Vol 4 No 1 (2013) and before, the following copyright applied:

This material is published under an ‘Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 License’ under the Creative Commons framework.


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