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Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

ISSN 1837-1361

The Australian Journal of Adoption is a free online journal focused on adoption in Australia and New Zealand. It provides an independent and open access forum for people affected by or involved in adoption policy and practice.

Neither pro- nor anti-adoption, the aim is to provide quality information, research findings and reflections about adoption as past and current adoption practices continue to have a profound affect on the people directly impacted.

The Australian Journal of Adoption aims to:
facilitate understanding about adoption and its associated issues, including surrogacy and donor conception;
improve policies to encourage better practice;
facilitate healing for those affected; and
provide information for those working in the field.

The journal welcomes multi- or interdisciplinary submissions on adoption, written in English, that relate to or impact on, Australian or New Zealand policy and practice. Authors need to approach their submissions in a professional and respectful manner acknowledging adoption is a contestable social issue.

The journal acknowledges that some terms, for example birth or natural mother, birth or natural father may be perceived offensive to some readers. These terms are not intentionally aimed at offending, alienating or polarizing; they are simply descriptors to differentiate between sets of parents involved in the adoption. No implied value judgement is attached to these terms.

Please note the journal is not a search facility for finding birth records or other identifying information to trace family. These matters are dealt with by the relevant states and territories.


The Structure of the Journal

The Australian Journal of Adoption contains the following features:


  1. An editorial to introduce each edition, papers, or series of papers, including thematic discussions and where appropriate guest editors may be invited to provide comment.

  2. Original peer-reviewed articles up to 7,000 words in length, exclusive of references and graphics.

  3. Book, movie, blog or website reviews, up to 5,000 words, with adoption or adoption related themes, from around the world with preference given to books, blogs and websites that have a particular Australian or New Zealand flavour.

  4. Shorter case studies of between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length, exclusive of references and graphics.

  5. A policy section to provide a mechanism for evaluating or summarizing current adoption policies or programs through peer reviewed papers of between 3,000 and 7,000 words, exclusive of references and graphics.

  6. Completed university theses or theses being researched with an Australian / New Zealand adoption or related theme.

  7. Papers from Australian adoption conference or workshops. The length of papers to be determined by conference/workshop organisers but not to exceed a maximum of 5,000 words, exclusive of references and graphics.

  8. Organisers of national, state or local adoption conferences, workshops or seminars are encouraged to notify the Journal Manager of their events in advance so that the title, dates, location, nature of event and contact details of the organisers can be listed on the journal. These notifications can be sent directly by email to the Journal Manager.

  9. Original artwork for the homepage, ideally created by people affected by adoption, to introduce each edition.


Potential Journal Content May Include:


  • Ethical and moral issues about adoption

  • Inter-country adoption policy and practices in Australia

  • Research related to sending countries to Australia e.g. China, Korea, India or South American and African countries

  • Adoption healing

  • Adoption policy and practice

  • Legal issues about adoption

  • History of adoption in Australia or New Zealand

  • Indigenous people and adoption

  • Assisted reproductive technologies (including surrogacy, and donor conception)

  • Development of parent-child relationships

  • Child welfare & child protection

  • Mental health

  • Separation, reunion, reconciliation

  • Fostering

  • Therapeutic studies of adopted children

  • Identity construction for adoptees and adoptive parents

  • Inter-cultural and inter-racial considerations in adoption

 

Section Policies

Editorial

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Upcoming Conferences

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Current Research Projects

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Exhibitions and Events

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Original Peer Reviewed Papers

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Book and Movie Reviews

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Research Reports / Case Studies

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Adoption Fiction

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Masters Theses

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Policy or Program Changes (including Evaluation)

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Doctoral Theses

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Conference, Workshop or Forum Papers (Canberra Forum)

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Honours Theses

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Image for Homepage

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Personal Stories and Reflections

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Support Groups

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General Articles

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Senate Inquiry Report on Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices

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ACT Apology

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Research Projects

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10th Australian Adoption Conference, Melbourne

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National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices

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South Australia Apology

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National Apology Reference Group

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Conference Program

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Keynote Address

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Day 1: Concurrent Sessions

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Day 2: Concurrent Sessions

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Day 1: Keynote Address

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Day 2: Keynote Address

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Day 2: Panel Discussion - Use of Social Media

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NSW Apology

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Queensland Apology

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Victorian Apology

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Tasmanian Apology

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National Apology

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Government Response

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Forced Adoption Implementation Working Group

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Bookshop

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Policy Reform Considerations

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Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to the Australian Journal of Adoption in the following categories are peer reviewed:


  • Original papers

  • Case studies

  • Policy/Program evaluations


Editorials, general articles, book, movie, blog and/or website reviews, theses, conference announcements and images for the homepage are not subject to peer review.

Papers submitted to the Australian Journal of Adoption are examined by the Journal Manager and at least two referees nominated by the Editor.

Reviewers are experienced adoption practitioners at Australian universities, government agencies, in private practice and/or relevant non-profit organisations.

A closed review process is normally followed, however, an open review process would occur should an author(s) and reviewers agree to do so.

Reviews are generally completed within 3-6 weeks.

 

Publication Frequency

The intent is to publish new material as frequently as it becomes available.

Content is published at the discretion of the editor as soon as the peer review (if requested) and online administration processes are completed.

Completed papers are then added to the Journal's Table of Contents.

On occasion papers may be published collectively, as part of a special themed issue or as a group of conference or workshop papers.

 

Open Access Policy

The Australian Journal of Adoption provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making information and research about adoption freely available supports greater knowledge and understanding. Open access is associated with increased readership and citation levels.

The Australian Journal of Adoption uses open source software, developed by the Public Knowledge Project to help make open access economically viable, and to improve the scholarly and public quality of the research.

Authors are not paid for their submissions.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Review Panel

Reviewers are experienced adoption practitioners at Australian universities, government agencies, in private practice and/or relevant non-profit organizations. They are approached individually as required.

 

Journal Manager

The Australian Journal of Adoption was created, and is managed, by Thomas Graham, an adopted person who is a product of the 'clean break' theory and 'closed adoption' process, who has embarked on his own journey of self discovery, reunions and healing.

 

Reader Comments

The journal allows readers or authors to post comments about articles. Comments can only be inserted for articles that have Abstracts.

There are two ways of inserting a comment:

1. Go to the article of your choice and click on the Abstract tab. At the bottom of the window is a "Add Comment" tab. Click and complete the details.

2. Open the article of your choice via its Pdf and record your comment in the "Add Comment" tab which is the last item listed in the right hand column.

To view all comments go to the Abstract tab of the relevant article. Readers comments are found at the end of the Abstract window under the heading "Comments on this Article".

The editor reserves the right to remove or edit offensive or derogatory comments. Supportive material is encouraged. If you disagree with a particular viewpoint state your arguement in polite, mature terms.

Posted comments do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the journal or the editor.

The journal is a forum for presenting and debating diverse views on adoption.