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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 Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • 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., http://pkp.sfu.ca).
  • 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 basic formatting guidelines outlined in Author Guidelines and follows the Chicago Manual of Style for referencing and Macquarie Dictionary for spelling.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.
  • 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.

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 Submitted articles must not be under consideration elsewhere and must be previously unpublished.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: info@dictionaryofsydney.org 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 www.dictionaryofsydney.org 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: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html 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