Journal Style Guide

Please refer to the latest Call for Papers for guidance on the categories of submissions, word limits and themes.


  • Times New Roman font, 12 point


  • single spacing
  • no indentation of paragraphs
  • one blank line space between paragraphs
  • one space between sentences
  • no space before ellipses

Margins and text alignment

  • justified left hand margin, ragged right-hand margin
  • internal sub-headings: justified left, in bold, sentence case


  • quotations to be set within single quotation marks within paragraph
  • closing quotation mark to be inside sentence’s final punctuation mark
  • no quotation marks required for indented quotes
  • quotes to be properly referenced (See ‘Notes & Citations’ below)
  • non-verbal elements within interview quotations can be included in square brackets, such as [laughter]
  • square brackets used when what is inside the brackets is the author’s interpretation of a quote which is difficult to decipher

Numbers and punctuation

  • numbers smaller than 10 to be spelt in words
  • an en dash (not a hyphen) to separate years (1879‒1901) and page numbers (1‒19)
  • dates to be date month year (19 October 2019)
  • foreign words should be placed in italics
  • don’t capitalise generic titles and organisations e.g. Museums Victoria is capitalised but ‘the museum’s staff’ is not

Spelling and terms

  • spell-check dictionary set to Australian English
  • use World War One not First World War or World War I


  • footnote to be outside sentence’s final punctuation mark
  • no ibid or op cit – use author, abbreviated title and page number

Articles, reports and reviews –  submit as a single, Microsoft Word document, following the document formatting guidelines below

Images, drawings and illustrations –  high resolution – accepted formats JPEG, PNG, TIFF

Audio – WAV or MP3

Video – MP4


Take care to avoid plagiarism and acknowledge all sources.


  • Notes are to be formatted as footnotes
  • Numbering of notes: ordinal, not Roman (i.e. 1, 2, 3 etc., not i, ii, iii etc.)
  • Use an en dash and not a hyphen for page numbers (1‒3, not 1-3)

Book cited in footnote

Author’s first name(s), surname, title (in italics), bracket, publisher, place and date of publication, bracket, page reference (without p. or pp.). NB no comma between title and bracket.

Thus: David Lowenthal, The Past is a Foreign Country (London: Cambridge University Press, 1985), 54.

Article cited in footnote

Author’s first name(s), surname, title of article (in single quotes, title case), name of journal (in italics) volume, issue, year (in brackets), colon, page numbers. NB no comma between journal title and volume no.

Thus: Alison Turtle, ‘The Short-Lived Appointment of the First New South Wales Government Psychologist, Dr Lorna Hodgkinson’, Australian Historical Studies 25, no. 101 (October 1993): 569.

If no issue number or month, no comma between journal title and issue number or year.

Thus: Stan Grant, ‘My Grandfather’s Equality: Confronting the Cosmopolitan Frontier’, Griffith Review 60 (2018): 135.

Chapter cited in collection

Author’s first name (or, if unknown, initial), surname, title of chapter (in single quotes), editor(s) name(s), ed. or eds in brackets, then as for books above. Note that ‘ed.’ is an abbreviation but ‘eds’ is a contraction and is therefore not followed by a stop.

Thus: Tim Rowse, ‘A Short and Simple Provisional Code: The Pastoralist as Protector’, in Samuel Furphy and Amanda Nettelbeck (eds), Aboriginal Protection and Its Intermediaries in Britain’s Antipodean Colonies (Routledge: New York and London, 2019), 175‒93.

Newspaper articles

Author (if known), title, name of newspaper in italics, day month year.

Thus: ‘The Murder of Mr John Dowling’, Wallaroo Times and Mining Journal, 9 September 1865.

Page numbers

Between page numbers, insert an en dash and not a hyphen (e.g. pp. 2‒23).


Dates for newspapers and interviews, and accessing URLs, 21 August 2019 (not August 21st, 2019).


Oral sources should be cited as follows: interviewee’s name, interviewer’s name, month and year of interview, location of tape/file and/or transcript (with a reference number if held in a library).

Thus: Jill Smith, interviewed by author, 4 July 1989, tape and transcript held by author.

For oral sources accessed and stored by a collecting institution:

Rhonda King, interviewed by Mary Hutchison in Canberra on 11 and 19 May 2013, Australian Generations Oral History Project (AGOHP), National Library of Australia (NLA), TRC 6300/182,



Images, photos, drawings etc. are particularly welcome. If required, you may indicate where you would like them to be placed within the text, however selection and actual placement will depend on editorial requirements.


  • please scan black & white or colour prints to the highest resolution possible
  • captions to be listed separately
  • image/illustration files must be accompanied by a declaration signed that you have obtained permission to reproduce all the image/s
  • full citation of the source of each image is required.

Submission by email

Contributions for the journal should be submitted as an email attachment (NOT in the body of an email message). Any images or illustrations incorporated into the Word document should also be sent as separate image files.

Details required from contributors

In a separate file, please provide details of the following:

  • Full name, address and contact details
  • An abstract of the article’s content (up to 200 words)
  • Biographical details/notes on contributor/s (no more than 100 words) required for all contributions
  • If sending images etc., include all details as required (see above)
  • Indicate whether or not you are a financial member of a State Oral History Association, and if so, which state. (Note: contributors are not required to be members of Oral History Australia.)


Copyright in all papers or articles contained in the Oral History Australia Journal remains with the author/s. If authors do not have copyright in photographs or images that are submitted for publication with a contribution, the author must provide a signed declaration that permission to reproduce all the image/s has been obtained from copyright holder/s.


Material for peer-review must be de-identified for anonymous review and submitted to the OHA journal Editorial Board, which will first assess its suitability. Authors will be advised of the outcome.

Non-peer-reviewed articles do not need to be de-identified.

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