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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.

  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

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

Public History Review invites authors to submit manuscripts that fall within the ‘Focus and Scope’ of the journal. Acceptance of an article for publication in Public History Review 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 Submitted articles must not be under consideration elsewhere and must be previously unpublished.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 Public History Review 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 Public History Review 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 and logging in at http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/PublicHistoryReview/.

No hard copy submissions will be accepted. Receipt will be automatically acknowledged and registered. After an assessment of the paper’s suitability for publication in Public History Review, the editors will send it electronically to two referees, who will decide whether to recommend publication with or without changes or rejection. 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 Public History Review, 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 will generally be between 4000 and 8000 words in length including references and should use the NOTE SYSTEM of referencing as outlined below.

Articles must be in English. Australian, British or American spelling is acceptable. All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 300 words and a list of up to six key words. Please use the typeface Times New Roman 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 12 pt 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.

Please do NOT submit compressed files. Do not use any word processing options/tools, such as strike through, hidden text, comments and merges.


Use FULL STOPS after abbreviations but NOT in the case of contractions (Dr, Prof) or capitalised abbreviations (NSW, USA). Use CAPITALS only for proper nouns or to avoid ambiguity. If referring more than once to an organization, place etc use FULL TITLE first followed by an abbreviation or contraction in parentheses: eg the United Nations (UN).

Use single QUOTATION MARKS for quotes. ‘Use “double quote marks” within single quotes’ for quotations within quotations. Quotations of more than three lines should be indented. Use three POINTS OF ELLIPSIS (…) for breaks within quotations but not at the beginning of quotes. Use ITALICS sparingly for emphasis or uncommon or foreign words.

DATES should be expressed by day, month and year (1 January 2005) though this form must not be used at the beginning of sentences. Use 1920s NOT 1920’s and 1959-60 NOT 1959-1960. Only use UNDERLINE if used in a quotation. Use [SQUARE BRACKETS] for interpolations.


THE NOTE SYSTEM (endnotes) The following is an example of the journal's endnote style:

1 Peter Read, Returning to Nothing: The Meaning of Lost Places, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1996, p2.

2 Dolores Hayden, The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History, The MIT Press, Cambridge Mass, 1995, pp6-7; 45-6.

3 See, for example, Jon Stratton and Ien Ang, 'Multicultural imagined communities: Cultural difference and national identity in the USA and Australia', in David Bennett (ed), Multicultural States: Rethinking difference and identity, Routledge, London, 1998, pp135-162.

4 K. Anthony Appiah, 'Identity, Authenticity, Survival: Multicultural Societies and Social Reproduction', in Amy Gutmann (ed), Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1994, p159.

5 ibid, p160.

6 Stratton and Ang, op cit, p135.

7 Lyell Davies, 'Republican Murals, identity and communication in Northern Ireland', in Public Culture, vol 13, no 1, 2001, pp155-8 and Susanne Kuchler, 'The Place of Memory', in Adrian Forty and Sussanne Kuchler (eds), The Art of Forgetting, Berg, Oxford, 1999, pp53-72.

Abbreviations in Endnotes et al = and others ed = edition (ed) = editor (eds = editors) vol = volume no = number p = page (pp = pages) f = following page (ff = following pages) ch = chapter par = paragraph nd = no date np = no page ibid = the same reference as immediately above op cit = in the work cited earlier but not in the immediately preceding note.

Please note again:

Do NOT use full stops in abbreviations.


It is the responsibility of the author/s to obtain permission for the use of any illustrations, tables or artwork for which they do not hold copyright.


Web Document

Author Year, Title of document or page (Online). Available: specific path or URL (Access date).

Example: McEldowney, P. 1994, Women in Cinema - A Reference Guide (Online). Available: http://www.people.virginia.edu/~pm9k/libsci/womFilm.html#intro (Accessed 16 Jan. 2002).

Web Document – Undated Author n.d., Title (Online). Available: URL (Access date).

Example: Pritzker, T. n.d., Early Fragment From Central Nepal (Online). Available: http://www.ingress.com/~astanart/pritzker/pritzker.html (Accessed 8 June 1994).

Web document – No Author Title (Online), Year. Available: URL (Access date).

Example: The Grass is Always Greener (Online), 2002. Available: http://www.greener.com (Accessed 20 June 2002).


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 (e.g. 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-optimized 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 (i.e., a .GIF, .PNG or .JPG file).

Audio files must also be submitted in a web-optimized 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 (e.g., “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.

Public History Review takes no responsibility for the functioning of non-Public History Review content of external websites.

Complaints Procedure

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

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