Australian Public Affairs Information Service

Selection Guidelines

Selection of articles for indexing in APAIS will depend on whether the item is a comprehensively or selectively indexed journal, newspaper, monograph or a conference proceeding. Inclusions and exclusions are specified below for each of these categories of material. The selection guidelines that follow are also applicable to Australian Public Affairs-Full Text, APAIS-Health, APAIS-ATSIS and APAIS on ATSI ROM, AUSTROM and AUSThealth.

Comprehensively indexed journals (i.e. journals indexed in depth)

Inclusions

  • All articles, whether they relate to Australia or not, of one page or more in length regardless of subject, unless they are specifically excluded (see below).
  • Editorials and letters, if they constitute substantial articles.
  • Guest editorials
  • Substantial biographies and obituaries if there is discussion or description of the person's work or contribution to their field
  • Lengthy book reviews or book review articles, which include worthwhile discussion of the subject, covered.

Exclusions

  • Articles less than one page in length, except where the item is of considerable value
  • Brief biographical notes
  • Editorials comprising brief comments on the contents of an issue
  • Ephemeral material, administrative reports or institutional matters
  • Articles about committee matters or organisation detail
  • Conference summaries or commentaries about a conference
  • Law case summaries and reports
  • 'News' type articles
  • Press statements
  • Recipes
  • Motoring and travel/leisure columns
  • Short book, film, theatre or exhibition reviews
  • Brief book reviews
  • Extracts from books
  • Poetry, short stories
  • Advertisements

Selectively indexed journals

Inclusions

  • Articles about Australia one or more pages in length, unless they are specifically excluded (see below).
  • Editorials and letters, if they constitute substantial articles.
  • Guest editorials
  • Substantial biographies and obituaries if there is discussion or description of the person's work or contribution to their field
  • Lengthy book reviews or book review articles, which include worthwhile discussion of the subject, covered.

Exclusions

  • Articles indexed by other indexing services such as AGIS, Australian Education Index
  • Articles less than one page in length, except where the item is of considerable value
  • Brief biographical notes
  • Editorials which 'editorialise' and editorial comment
  • Ephemeral material, administrative reports or institutional matters
  • Articles about committee matters or organisation detail
  • Conference summaries or commentaries about a conference
  • Law case summaries and reports
  • 'News' type articles
  • Press statements
  • Recipes
  • Motoring and travel/leisure columns
  • Short book, film, theatre or exhibition reviews
  • Brief book reviews
  • Reprints of articles
  • Extracts from books
  • Poetry, short stories
  • Advertisements

Newspapers

Inclusions

  • Feature articles over half a standard newspaper sized sheet in length, except where the article is of considerable value
  • Feature articles

Exclusions

  • Day to day news articles
  • Articles by columnists
  • Biographical articles

Monographs and conference proceedings

Inclusions

  • Chapters or papers about Australia whose subject and authorship would not be adequately covered by subject headings assigned to the whole book.

Exclusions

  • Post secondary textbooks
  • Chapters wholly written by one author or a set of authors
  • Chapters which are closely related in subject

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