Australian Journal of Politics & History

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Edited By: Matt McDonald and Andrew Bonnell

Impact Factor: 0.316

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 38/87 (History); 130/163 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1467-8497

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submission

Thank you for your interest in Australian Journal of Politics and History. Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted via

Editorial and Content Considerations

Aims and scope

Articles in the Australian Journal of Politics and History explore the politics and history of Australia and modern Europe, intellectual history, political history, and the history of political thought. The journal also publishes articles in the fields of international politics, Australian foreign policy, and Australia's relations with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The editors welcome the contribution of shorter critical notices and research notes, and will endeavour to publish controversies and symposia. The journal invites expressions of interest in producing a single issue on a particular theme or topic of contemporary political and historical interest.

Editorial Review and Acceptance

The refereeing policy for articles requires that two reports be furnished whereby the anonymity of the author of the article is preserved. The anonymity of referees, whose comments are forwarded to the authors, is likewise preserved. The editors are responsible for the selection and acceptance of articles; the opinions expressed in articles published and the accuracy of statements made therein are solely the responsibility of the individual authors. The editors disclaim responsibility for statements, either of fact or opinion, made by the contributors. The editors retain the right to condense articles and reviews. The “Issues of Australian Foreign Policy”, Chronicles and Review Articles will be internally refereed by members of the Editorial Committee.

Articles returned to contributors for revisions will be held on file for twelve months, beyond which time they will be regarded as new submissions.

Special Issues

From time to time the journal publishes thematic issues on special topics. Correspondence about potential topics for future special issues should be directed to either the Political Editor, Associate Professor Matt McDonald, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland, or the History Editor, Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland.

Preparation of the Manuscript

Optimising Your Article for Search Engines

Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.

Word length

Recommended word length is 6-8,000 words, including fully referenced notes. An abstract of no more than 200 words should accompany the submission.


Full compliance with AJPH house style is not required for initial submission and review. Final acceptance of articles for publication, however, is contingent upon full compliance with the AJPH house style.

Long quotations should be inset; short quotations should be in double quotation marks.
Spelling should follow the Oxford English Dictionary.
Use italics for book and film titles, also for foreign words including Latin phrases.
Enclose ellipses in square brackets […].
Use m-dashes with space before and after.

Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, noting the following examples:

Samuel Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (New York, 1996).

Subsequently, Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations.

Do not include publishers unless such omission would render the source particularly difficult to find.

Journal Articles
John Lewis Gaddis, “International Relations Theory and the End of the Cold War”, International Security, Vol. 19, 3 (Winter 1992-93), pp.5-58.

Subsequently, Gaddis, “International Relations Theory”, p.8.

Government Publication
The Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, MP, “Drought Assistance: Ministerial Statement”, (Commonwealth Parliamentary Debates (CPD), House of Representatives, 7 December 1965), p. 3647.

Subsequently, (CPD, House, 7 December 1965).

Sydney Morning Herald, 5 March 1999, p.4.

Books for Review

Books for review should be sent to:

Review Editor
Australian Journal of Politics and History
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
The University of Queensland, QLD, 4072

The journal advises publishers that books which are not reviewed cannot be returned, but will be donated to The University of Queensland Library. The Australian Journal of Politics and History reviews high profile books in modern history, politics and international relations, economic affairs, and the history of science and culture. Potential reviewers are invited to send a curriculum vitae to the Review Editor.


Authors publishing in the Journal will be asked to sign an Exclusive Licence Form. In signing the form it is assumed that authors have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or previously published material. All authors must read and agree to the conditions outlined in the form, and must sign the form or agree that the corresponding author can sign on their behalf. Articles cannot be published until a signed form has been received. Authors can download the form from here.

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Offprints and journal copies for authors

Contributors receive one free copy of the issue of the journal and twenty free offprints of their article.

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Editorial Office Contact Details

The Editor
Australian Journal of Politics and History
School of Political Science and International Studies
University of Queensland, QLD 4072

Author Guidelines updated 9 November 2015