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Journal Style Guide

Authors submitting articles, reports and reviews to the Oral History Australia journal Studies in Oral History are expected to follow the Journal Style Guide, below.

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

Studies in Oral History, the journal of Oral History Australia (OHA), is produced annually online in the final quarter of each calendar year. It is archived through Informit (www.informit.com.au) with copies also available on the OHA website https://old.oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/journal/previous-issues/).

Authors preparing articles for submission to the journal must follow the requirements in this guide. Please refer to the latest Call for Papers for guidance on deadlines and issue themes.

Material which may be considered includes:

A. Peer-reviewed papers: 5,000-8,000 words. Papers of this length are expected to contain substantial consideration of theoretical, and/or ethical and/or methodological issues.
B. Articles and reports describing specific projects and outcomes: no more than 1,500 words.
C. Reviews: up to 800 words.

Note: Word limits do not include footnotes. Copyright in all papers or articles contained in the journal remains with the author(s).

Documents should be produced in Microsoft Word XP or higher and submitted as a file attachment to an email (i.e. NOT in the body of an e-mail message).

Font

  • Times New Roman font, 12 point

Spacing

  • 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

  • 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’ )
  • 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

Spelling and terms

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

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 italicised
  • don’t capitalise generic titles and organisations e.g. Museums Victoria is capitalised but ‘the museum’s staff’ is not

Footnotes

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

Multimedia files including photographs, illustrations and audio should be submitted with the Word document as separate files.

Photographs and illustrations

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 follow the following guidelines for such attachments:

  • scan black/white or colour prints to the highest resolution possible and forward with your submission in one of the accepted formats – JPEG, PNG or TIFF (not PDF)
  • photographs must be in focus
  • captions to be listed separately and follow this format: description of contents, name of creator, acknowledgment of source, reference of source
  • must be accompanied by a declaration signed by you that you have obtained permission to reproduce all the image/s
  • full citation of the source of each image is required.

Audio

Audio will be considered for inclusion if the editors believe it adds value to the contributed article.

To be considered audio files must be:

  • recorded in high quality uncompressed WAV format
  • be no longer than three minutes for an interview excerpt
  • not require any further editing or enhancement.

Any audio longer than three minutes must be canvassed with the editors before submission.

Audio accepted for inclusion with the journal will generally be hosted on OHA’s SoundCloud account (https://soundcloud.com/oralhistoryaustralia).

Multimedia files including photographs, illustrations and audio should be submitted with the Word document as separate files.

Photographs and illustrations

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 follow the following guidelines for such attachments:

  • scan black/white or colour prints to the highest resolution possible and forward with your submission in one of the accepted formats – JPEG, PNG or TIFF (not PDF)
  • photographs must be in focus
  • captions to be listed separately and follow this format: description of contents, name of creator, acknowledgment of source, reference of source
  • must be accompanied by a declaration signed by you that you have obtained permission to reproduce all the image/s
  • full citation of the source of each image is required.

Audio

Audio will be considered for inclusion if the editors believe it adds value to the contributed article.

To be considered audio files must be:

  • recorded in high quality uncompressed WAV format
  • be no longer than three minutes for an interview excerpt
  • not require any further editing or enhancement.

Any audio longer than three minutes must be canvassed with the editors before submission.

Audio accepted for inclusion with the journal will generally be hosted on OHA’s SoundCloud account (https://soundcloud.com/oralhistoryaustralia).

Updated March 2021

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