Notes for AAJ Contributors
The Australian Army Journal (AAJ) Editorial Board offer the following advice for authors contributing to the AAJ:
- Preference will be given to topics that are relevant to the current/future Army or Australian Defence Force (ADF).
- Arguments should be well structured with logical conclusions and/or recommendations for the current/future Army or ADF. Preference will be given to articles that answer the "so what" for Army or the ADF.
- Anecdotal commentary should be minimised and credible, scholarly and referenced research to support arguments is essential.
- Where possible, referenced sources should be diverse to avoid arguments being left open to challenge.
- Submissions should be tailored for the AAJ audience and written for purpose. Re-submitting work that was originally intended for another purpose (a scholarly essay, staff paper, or longer study paper) runs the risk of not being supported by the board for publication without significant rework.
- Avoid articles with too much military or technical "jargon". These are often confusing to the board and AAJ readership. Avoid the widespread use of sub-headings.
- Submissions should not exceed 5000 words. Arguments that can not be made in 5000 words (or less) are unlikely to be suitable for the AAJ.
- Use charts, graphs, or illustrations sparingly. They must support your argument and are not a substitution for well written prose.
All submitted material is subject to a process of assessment and evaluation through the editors and peer review. Please note that we will not accept articles that:
- Have been previously published elsewhere
- Are currently under consideration for publication with another journal
- Are formatted in the 'numbered paragraph' style
Word length (including endnotes)
- Journal articles: 4000-5000 words
- Book reviews: 500-800 words
- Opinion pieces: 1000-2000 words
For quick reference, the most important presentation and submission preferences are below:
- Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf)
- 1.5 line spacing
- 2.5cm margins on all sides
- 12-point Times New Roman
- Automatic word processed endnotes, table and figure captions and cross-references
- Australian spelling (e.g., -ise not -ize)
- Please use endnotes or footnotes rather than Harvard style in-text referencing
General spellings from the Australian Macquarie Dictionary are recommended. Spellings of country and place names and political and other organisation names are taken from current Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The most immediate function of an abstract is to summarise the major aspects of a paper. But an excellent abstract goes further; it will also to encourage a reader to read the entire article. For this reason it should be an engagingly written piece of prose that is not simply a rewrite of the introduction in shorter form. It should be no longer than 200 words and include:
- Purpose of the paper
- Issues or questions that may have arisen during your research/discussion
- Conclusions that you have reached, and if relevant, any recommendations
The biography should be approximately 100 words. It should include:
- Full name and title
- Brief summary of current or previous service history (if applicable)
- Details of educational qualifications
- Institution represented (if applicable)
Contributions can be made by email to dflw.publications [at] defence.gov.au
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