Australiana is a 60-page, full colour, perfect bound magazine published quarterly in February, May, August and November, available only by subscription. If you are interested in subscribing or writing, we can send you pdfs of sample articles.
Australiana aims to publish research focusing on Australian art, decorative arts, manufactures and material culture. These objects often display recognisably Australian motifs, are made of Australian materials or otherwise resonate with Australians. Articles should be engaging, well written, well illustrated, authoritative, reliable, accurate, comprehensive and put objects into historical and social context.
The research published in Australiana creates an ever-expanding archive of knowledge. We cover all periods, all of Australia, and subjects that relate to Australia and Australians, although interpreting or rediscovering historic material is the main focus. We aim, over time, to address the gaps in our past research interests or approaches.
Australiana welcomes new contributors. Contact the editor to discuss your proposal or send a brief outline or draft, no matter how rough. You can submit articles at any time, but if you want it in a specific issue then contact the editor to check space availability and deadline.
Write in clear language. Submissions should be original, topical and well-illustrated. While articles can be any length, we need shorter articles (up to 3 000 words) to give each issue variety for our readers. If you are writing about an individual item or a small group of items in your own or other collections, put then into a broader context. Puff pieces, or those overtly promoting items for sale, are not accepted.
We will edit your article constructively. We may ask you to add material, to delete parts or change what you have written. We may suggest other images. The editor refers articles to other authorities for anonymous peer review by acknowledged experts in the field. This is a normal part of the publication process. We cannot change it once it is in print – though we do still make mistakes!.
Material taken from another source must be referenced. Direct quotes should be accurate and in quotation marks.
Typically, you need to submit three things, preferably in digital format:
The editor will help you improve your contribution, as we cannot change it once it is in print. We can be flexible in interpreting the ‘rules’ below, but we try to be consistent.
An abstract of approximately 150-200 words is useful for our website and helps more readers find your article through search engines such as Google.
-ise not -ize
among, while not amongst, whilst
-yse not -yze
program not programme
Acknowledge those who have helped you, for example with typing, research or providing photographs. Fulsome praise or thanking your family is generally unnecessary.
Provide a concise biography that is relevant to Australiana readers, a contact email address so readers can get in touch (they do) and a portrait photograph (optional). Your biography may be edited.
Captions are essential and should include these details, where applicable, in this order:
We email authors successive proofs for checking, as pdf files. Preferably make corrections on the pdf file as post-it notes by using the ‘Edit PDF’ function in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (a free download). Otherwise, print a hard copy and make your suggestions on that and mail or scan it; if there are only a few, send an email with the changes. You will get a new version after each revision. We are used to making numerous changes and improvements, but the editor retains the final say. You will always get the final version.
You retain the copyright to your text so you are free to publish it elsewhere. It is customary to acknowledge Australiana as the original publication.
Revised 10 October 2021