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 or future Army or Australian Defence Force (ADF). Read previous editions before you write!
- Arguments should be well structured with logical conclusions and/or recommendations for the current or future Army or ADF. Preference will be given to articles that answer the "so what?" question.
- Anecdotal commentary should be minimised but credible, scholarly and referenced research to support arguments is essential.
- Where possible, referenced sources should be diverse and accessible by readers of your article.
- Submissions should be tailored for the AAJ audience and written for purpose. Re-submitting work that has been written for another reason (a university assignment, staff paper, or longer study paper) will not be accepted without significant rework.
- Avoid articles with too much military or technical jargon. These are often confusing to the board and AAJ readership. Avoid the overuse 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: 3000-5000 words
- Book reviews: 500-800 words
- Opinion pieces: 1000-2000 words
- Letters to the Editor are welcome
For quick reference, the most important presentation and submission preferences are below:
- Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx)
- 1.5 line spacing
- 2.5cm margins on all sides
- 12-point Times New Roman
- References are to be in automated endnotes with Arabic numerals. Please refer to previous editions for endnote style.
- Footnotes may be used for elaboration and supplementary information if necessary
- Australian spelling (e.g., -ise not -ize)
- Minimum use of abbreviations
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 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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