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Aboriginal History Journal: Volume 42

Information for authors

Aboriginal History encourages the submission of papers that reflect the values that have been central to the journal since its establishment in 1977. These emphasise Indigenous voices, experience and sources. They may involve combinations of oral, written and non-textual forms of history-telling. They may make accessible multi-vocal and interdisciplinary approaches to historical research, providing insight into the ethical practices followed in such research. Aboriginal History journal fosters such approaches to historical work, but work based in other approaches to researching Indigenous histories will be considered.

Articles of up to 7,000 words in length (including footnotes and references) are preferred, but submissions of a maximum of 10,000 words (including footnotes and references) will be considered. Book reviews must be 1,000 words or less, and review articles up to 2,500 words in length.

Please submit a Microsoft Word version of your paper to, addressed to the Editor, together with a short abstract and author biography in a separate Word document.

Images, maps and other illustrations

Please do not embed images in the text. Images, maps and other illustrations should be submitted in electronic form as separate jpeg or tiff files, numbered according to their placement in the text. They need to be at least 300 dots per inch (dpi) and at least 10 cm or 1,200 pixels wide at final size. Information on checking your image size and resolution is available at

Image files are to be accompanied by a numbered list of captions along with the image source in a Word document. Indicate the intended placement of illustrations in the text with a number in brackets (e.g. Figure 1) and the caption. Only original photographs, maps or other illustrations can be accepted, not scans or photocopies taken from other publications.

If accepted for publication, authors are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance for any figures and photographic images that are reproduced. Where appropriate, please indicate in the caption or text the consultation and cultural permission from relevant communities given for using images.

Tables and boxes

Tables and boxes should be numbered consecutively and should be referred to in the text in brackets by number (Table 1).

Style guide

Authors should follow the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers, 6th edition, John Wiley & Sons, Canberra, 2002. Note that where the ANU Press style guide differs from the Style Manual, the former will take precedence.


Aboriginal History Inc. understands that submissions may include words and descriptive terms that may be offensive to Indigenous Australians. A caveat is advised in the first footnote advising readers that this work is presented as part of the record of the past and contemporary users should interpret the work within that context.


From 2018, the Aboriginal History journal and monograph series are adopting the Chicago style of referencing.

All works referred are to be included in a reference list at the end of the article, arranged in alphabetical order by author’s last name and include full publication details as given on the title page of the work. Arrange works by the same author in chronological order. Web citations should include full address and date accessed.

Footnotes (not endnotes) are to be used and numbered consecutively throughout the paper. For all published sources that are included in the reference list, use short citation in the footnotes. Use short citations for unpublished sources, with the following exceptions:

  • Newspaper articles – provide full details in every citation, including city (unless it forms part of the newspaper title). In the reference list, give a list of newspapers consulted.
  • Manuscript sources – provide full item and collection details in footnotes and collection details in the reference list.
  • Website content (this refers to non-scholarly sources that are not listed elsewhere) – provide full citation in the footnotes, no bibliography entry.
  • Personal communication – provide full citation in the footnotes, no bibliography entry.

Please see our website for extended examples of formatting for each type of reference:

Digital Object Identifiers

ANU Press is now registered to use Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for its titles. Before submitting your manuscript to your copyeditor, please run your bibliography through the Crossref DOI registration system. See the ANU Press author guide for instructions on looking up DOI at

Sally White – Diane Barwick Award

Aboriginal History Inc. offers an annual Sally White – Diane Barwick Award. The award of $1,000 is awarded annually to a female Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander tertiary student who is about to start or is already studying at honours level.

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