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Author Guidelines

Authors need to ensure their submissions satisfy the following criteria for their work to be considered for publication:

  • written in English

  • original work

  • submitted online

  • relevant to adoption in Australia or New Zealand

  • exemplify a high degree of original and scholarly research

  • adhere to Australian Journal of Adoption's, editorial policy and author guidelines

  • contain inter-, multi- or trans-disciplinary content with an historic, contemporary or future focus

  • use methodology that is reliable and conceptually sound

  • make a significant contribution to discussion and knowledge about adoption and its policies or practices

  • influence and likely to be used for further research and/or practice

  • flow stylistically and use appropriate language

The First Step: Registration

The first step is to register as a user. If you have not yet done so go to the registration section above and register for a username and password. Ensure you register as an 'author' when you create your account.

Steps for Submitting a Paper Online

There are five steps to follow to submit a paper online. Please note that when you submit online you need to click the 'save/continue' at the bottom of each page in order to proceed to the next step in the submission process.

Step 1

Select a section from the Journal Section menu, complete the information required and check off each item in the Submission Checklist.

Step 2

Provide your personal information e.g. name, email address and the title of your article or media review.

Step 3

Upload a copy of your paper in Word (.doc) or RTF (.rtf) format.

Do not include figures, tables or images within your paper file. Upload each one of these separately as part of Step 4 below.

Step 4

Upload your tables as separate Word (.dco) or RTF (.rtf) files.

Upload figures or images using high quality formats e.g. BMP, TIFF, EPS, JPEG (uncompressed).

Audio and video files should be uploaded using MPEG format (MP3 for audio and MPEG for video).

Step 5

Review your submission to confirm that you have completed all the steps. Complete those which you may have overlooked.

Please note that only papers that are uploaded using the online submission system of the Australian Journal of Adoption will be considered. Papers sent as email attachments to the journal will not be considered for publication.

Submission of Papers or Information

1. Solicited or contributed papers must be written in English and fall into one of the following categories:

  • Original articles with an adoption theme and an Australian or New Zealand connection, up to 7,000 words in length.

  • Book, movie, blog or website reviews about adoption or related theme, up to 3,000 words in length.

  • Case studies about adoption or related theme relevant to Australia, between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length.

  • Evaluation of an adoption policy or program, between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length.

  • Papers from a conference or workshop with an Australian adoption theme. An administration fee may be charged for this service.

  • Completed theses, or theses currently being researched, with an Australian or New Zealand adoption or related theme.

2. Only original articles, case studies, evaluations, conference or workshop papers are peer reviewed.

3. Authors should submit papers online, following the five steps described above, in common word processing format.

4. Papers must be an author(s) original work and ideally not previously published and not currently being considered elsewhere for publication.

5. Authors retain the copyright of all material published in the Australian Journal of Adoption. By submitting a paper the author(s) agree that the right to electronically reproduce and distribute the paper has been given to the Australian Journal of Adoption.

6. Papers should be typed in single spacing using 12 point Arial font (including all quotations, notes and references).

7. Both English and American spellings are acceptable provided the usage is consistent within a paper.

General Layout of Articles

The first page should be a Title Page (centre-justified) and contain the following details:

1. Category (e.g. paper, book or media review, case study, evaluation, thesis abstract).

2. Title of Paper

3. Author(s) details (i.e. each author's name, affiliation, contact details - including email, postal and telephone - and in the case of multiple authors the name of the author to whom all correspondence should be sent).

4. Number of words in the entire paper

5. Date of submission

6. An indication of whether the author(s) prefer an open or closed review.

7. A short (100 word) biography for each author.

In the event of a closed review the title page will be removed by the editor before it is sent for peer review. The rest of the paper should not contain the author's name or hint of identity to facilitate the closed review process. The word 'Author' should appear in the reference list instead of the author's name.

The paper should start on the second page with the title, followed by an abstract of about 200 words and four to six words suitable for indexing (no abstracts or keywords are required for book reviews). The main body of the paper can start immediately thereafter on the same page.

For titles we recommend short, effective titles that contain necessary and relevant information for accurate electronic retrieval of work. Avoid specialist abbreviations if possible and all words in the title should be in bold, lower case font. Headings within the paper should also be in bold, lower case font.

Abstracts and short biographies should be included with the rest of your paper as described above but should also be copied into the appropriate text boxes during the online submission process.


Tables and figures should not be inserted within the main body of the paper but included each on a separate page placed at the end of each article.

Figures (charts, diagrams, images, drawings) and tables (statistics or comparative material) should be numbered in separate sequences so that they can be distinguished from one another e.g. Figure 1 and Table 2. Figures and tables should have a short caption at the bottom.

Each table or figure should be mentioned in the text e.g. "as shown in Figure 1" and location of each table or figure should be indicated i.e. "insert Figure 1 here".

Image for Homepage

The Australian Journal of Adoption may publish an appropriate image or picture on the homepage for each edition. Preference will be given to original artwork created by someone within the adoption triangle. Images for consideration should be sent to the journal manager.

Authors are encouraged to submit their own images or help identify an appropriate for consideration as the principle image for the edition their work features in. Copyright needs to be cleared with the artist prior to submission to the Australian Journal of Adoption.


Papers must be written in the Harvard editorial style, brief details are given below. For more expansive detail of this referencing style refer to the following websites for examples:

References should relate only to material cited within the manuscript and be listed in alphabetical order, including the author's name, complete title of the cited work, title of the source, volume, issue, year of publication and pages cited. For example:

  • Kornitzer, M. 1971. "The adopted adolescent and the sense of identity". Child in Adoption, no. 65, pp. 5-8.

  • Passmore, N., Foulstone, A & Feeney, J. 2007. "Openness and secrecy in adoptive families and possible effects on interpersonal relationships of adult adoptees", Family Relationships Quarterly, issue 3, p. 2.

  • Wold, S.M. (ed.) 1996. Feminism and Bioethics: Beyond Reproduction, Oxford University Press, New York.

Citations in the text should include the author's name and year of publication where you use the source in the text, as in the following examples:

  • In his review of research data, Snarey (1993, p.163), Professor of Human Development and Ethics at Emory University in Atlanta, concludes "fathers who are available provide important experiences and models for children that can help them gain greater competence and maturity."

  • "The severing of that first and most important relationship at the beginning of an adoptee's life has made all ensuing relationships more difficult for him. This is not a reason to blame the birth mother or the adoptive parents or anyone else. It was the way it was and everyone has to move on. Engaging in blame only hinders the healing process" (Verrier 2003, pp.350-351).


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. As an author you acknowledge that you have followed the Australian Journal of Adoption's Author Guidelines and Harvard editorial style and understand your work will not be accepted in any other format.
  2. As an author you accept that submitted material contains nothing defamatory or libelous and where you have used copyright material you can provide written acknowledgement of permission to use it.
  3. If the text is submitted to a peer-reviewed section (e.g., Original Papers), have you removed author names and have you replaced author names cited in the paper with "Author" and year in the references instead of the author name?

Copyright Notice

The copyright for papers in this journal is retained by the author(s), with first publication rights granted to the Australian Journal of Adoption. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, papers are free to use in educational and other non-commercial sectors with proper attribution.

Permission to use original artwork featured on the journal's home page in other media, including all electronic media, needs to be obtained from the artist prior to publication.

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