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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 undergone peer-review in Ideas in History but 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, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

You have an open choice as to the topic of your paper within the broad range of modernism, postmodernism and traditional ideas provided by the lecture topics. Papers in the online journal need to take as their starting point an installation, site or space in Sydney.

Prior to submission, prospective authors are required to contact their tutor who is the Managing Editor for their journals. Your tutor will advise you whether your proposed article suits the range of topics for publication.

Published papers will be PDF manuscripts with links to author-supplied supporting data including the author’s name and a two-sentence summary that will accompany each published paper on the journal’s contents page.

2. Standards for Papers
All manuscripts need to be consistent with the scope of the journal and will need to be high-quality, original scholarly contributions that have not been submitted or published elsewhere. In this context, "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.

4. How To Submit A Draft Paper for Peer Review
You submit your paper for review in your tutorial in Week 6. All draft papers must include the “Peer Review Cover Sheet” available in the Peer Review section of UTSOnline course area. Print two copies of your draft and bring them to class on 1 September 2009. Make sure you do not put your name or any identifying details on the cover sheet or in your draft article. In this tutorial you will be provided with a unique paper number that will be used to track the review of your paper. You will receive your two reviews back in your tutorial on Week 8. You need to rate the quality of your two reviews by Week 9.

5. Publication Workflow
The publication workflow for a typical paper is outlined in the table below. The publication process has been made as streamlined as possible. Submission and return of reviews takes place in your tutorial. To ensure that he timing performance of the journal from submission to publication will be closely monitored.

6. Author Template
All papers will be double-blind refereed. That is, there should be no identifying information on the paper you submit for review. The document “Peer Review Cover Sheet” should be downloaded for the UTSOnline Peer Review area as the template for your draft manuscript. It is your responsibility to ensure that this document can be opened by Microsoft Word that runs in either Windows or MacOS or Open Office.

7. Formatting template for PDFs
An author template with the style guide for the final version of your full paper is available online.