Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Ideas in History is a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences e-press journal. It publishes outstanding student papers produced as part of the Communications subject "Ideas in History". The best papers from each tutorial group are submitted to the editorial board for consideration and papers deemed to be sufficient quality to warrent publication are invited to publish their paper in the journal.

Students have an open choice as to the topic of their paper within the broad range of modernism, postmodernism and traditional ideas provided by the lecture topics. Papers in the online journal take as their starting point an installation, site or space in Sydney and they are advised by their tutors on whether their proposed article suits the range of topics published by this journal.

To be published all manuscripts need to be consistent with the scope of the journal and high-quality, original scholarly contributions that have not been submitted or published elsewhere. In the context of a first year undergraduate subject , "scholarly contributions" would generally include:

  • An accurate descriptive review of a topic relevant to subject themes
  • Sufficient research to be well informed on the topic
  • Use the specialised theoretical language of the literature
  • References to important relevant publications and past work

Papers should be well reasoned with a clear differentiation between facts and speculation and conclusions that are supported by the presented evidence. This includes references to other published work that are sufficiently detailed to enable verification.

The structure of papers should have a systematic coherence with a clear focus and logical organization. Important points should stand out clearly and have an explanation to their significance to the nominated topic of the paper.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

All papers undergo undergo peer review as well as review by the subject's tutors.

  • All manuscripts submitted for review will be handled by reviewers in a secure and confidential manner;
  • Two reviewers will provide comment on each paper. In cases where legitimate differences in opinion exist the tutor will be the sole arbitrator of opposing views;
  • Tutors and reviewers will perform their functions with speed and diligence to ensure authors meet all minimum requirement submission dates.
  • A log of relevant authors and reviewers will be kept by each tutor
  • Editors may permit authors to modify the published online versions of their papers to correct minor errors and omissions. Any changes to online papers after the date of first publication will be documented in detailed errata sections contained within the updated versions of the papers;
  • Tutors will nominate exceptional papers for publication in the Faculty’s publicly accessible journal “Ideas in History”. Authors of all publicly published papers must approve an open access license agreement.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.