Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for Publications with ALARA

Submission Guidelines for ALARj Articles

Journal submissions must be original and unpublished work suitable for an international audience and not under review by any other publisher or journal. No payment is associated with submissions. Copyright of published works remains with the author(s) shared with ALARA Inc. Please see the Copyright guidelines below for more information.

While ALARj promotes established practice and related discourse, new and first-time authors are also encouraged to submit articles. ALARj also encourages unconventional approaches to reflecting on practice including poetry, artworks and other forms of creative expression that can in some instances progress the field more appropriately than academic forms of writing. An abstract or article outline (approx. 500 words) can be emailed to the Editor at editor@alara.net.au with a view to developing a full article through a mentoring process. We will invite one of our reviewers to work with you to shape your article.

Journal articles may use either Australian/UK or USA English spelling and should use Harvard style referencing. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_style_(referencing) for more. It is preferred that footnotes not be used unless especially necessary.

Submissions should contain:

  • 1 ½ or double-spacing in all manuscripts, including references, notes, abstracts, quotations, figures and tables
  • double quotation marks within single quotation marks to set off material that in the original source was enclosed in single quotation marks. Do not use quotation marks to enclose block quotations (any quotations of 40 or more words)
  • Harvard style referencing is preferred (APA style will also be accepted)
  • maximum of 8000 words for peer reviewed articles and 3000 words for other journal items (including tables and figures)
  • an abstract of 100-150 words
  • minimal use of headings (up to 3 levels is acceptable)
  • any images or diagrams should only be used to add value to the article and be independent from the document as either jpg or gif files and inserted as image files into the page where possible. If using MS Word drawing tools, please 'group' your diagrams and images and anchor them to the page, or attach at the end of the document with a note in-text as to its position in the article. If you are using photos of others, you must gain the permission of those in the photos before publishing. You should have written permission in these instances and forward such permission to the Editor
  • On a cover sheet, please include contact information including full name, affiliation, email address, small photo (.jpeg) and brief, biographical note of up to 100 words

Peer reviewed submissions

Peer review can be either transparent or blind. A transparent review involves the reviewers knowing the identity of the author/s, and the author/s knowing the identity of the reviewers so that a dialogue can ensue. A blind review preserves the anonymity of both the author/s and reviewers. A blind peer review is the more conventional approach and preferred by academic institutions. Author/s preferring blind peer review must indicate so when emailing their submission. Blind reviews also require the author/s to strip any identifying information about themselves from their text. All contributions for review should fit the following structure (only include those sections that are appropriate to your article):

  • Title (concise and extended as required)
  • Abstract (100-150 words)
  • Body of Article – e.g. introduction, background, literature review, main argument or research question, research methodology, research results, discussion, conclusions and future work (see formatting template)
  • Useful links (if referring to weblinks, include these in full)
  • Acknowledgements (up 100 words)
  • Reference list
  • Appendices (use sparingly)
  • Biographical notes of authors (up to 100 words)
  • Optional small photo image of author(s) (.jpeg/.jpg - no larger than 150 pixels)

The review process is managed through an international panel of established practitioners and scholars. The process can take about 3 months or more depending on the revisions required. All correspondence will be directed to the lead author unless otherwise requested. Please ensure your email address is correct.

Reviewers use the follow criteria, which states that submissions should:

  • be both aimed at and grounded in the world of practice;
  • be explicitly and actively participative: research with, for and by people rather than on people;
  • draw on a wide range of ways of knowing (including intuitive, experiential, presentational as well as conceptual) and link these appropriately to form theory;
  • address questions that are of significance to the flourishing of human community and the more-than-human world;
  • aim to leave some lasting capacity amongst those involved, encompassing first, second and third person perspectives; and
  • critically communicate the inquiry process instead of just presenting its results and some reflections on it.

Please send submissions by email to editor@alara.net.au.

Making your submission

Submissions are uploaded to our Open Journal System (OJS) editing and publication site. Go to http://journal.alara.net.au

At the bottom of the page, you need to "Register" as an "author" then upload your paper. The Chief Editor will be automatically alerted once this is done. The Chief Editor then assigns an ALARA reviewer to your paper, or two reviewers if the voluntary capacity is available.

The reviewers use the OJS system to send you feedback within a 2-3 month period. You will receive emails at each stage of the process with feedback, and if needed, instructions included in the email about how to make revisions and resubmit. On resubmission, your paper is given final approval, then edited and formatted for publication.

The journal is published electronically on the OJS website.

If you or your organisation wants to become an ALARA member, go to http://www.alara.net.au/joinus.

EBSCO and InformIT also publish the journal commercially for worldwide access, and a printed version can be purchased from Sydney University Press.

Submission Guidelines for ALARA Monographs

Monographs must be original and unpublished work suitable for an international audience and not under review by any other publisher or journal. No payment is associated with monographs. Copyright of published works remains with the author(s) shared with ALARA Inc. Please see the Copyright guidelines below for more information.

Typical monographs would include rationale, background, a topic literature review, research methodology and methods, ethical considerations, action research phases and findings, interventions, discussion of findings and their implications, references and appendices. They should contribute new knowledge. We encourage dual and multiple authorships.

Submissions should contain:

  • a title page
  • table of contents (including figures and tables)
  • an abstract of approximately 500 words
  • up to 10 key search words
  • an executive summary preceding the monograph
  • range from 8,000 to 16,000 words
  • a brief author biography of up to 500 words
  • and be gender and culture sensitive.

Please submit Monographs by email to the Editor at editor@alara.net.au for review. Copy (e-copy only) must be in Word format, 12 point Times New Roman font, 2.5 cm margins, and APA style. Subsections must be indicated by the following heading levels:

  • Level 1 - lower case and bold (14 pt)
  • Level 2 - lower case (12 pt)
  • Level 3 - italic.

No numbering of headings or subsections is to be used. Please keep footnotes to a bare minimum.

Careful proofreading must have occurred prior to submission. All identifying names must be removed. A separate file should be submitted outlining monograph title, author name(s), address, email address, phone and fax numbers.

The review process normally takes up to three months and authors can anticipate extension beyond this if revision is required. All correspondence will be directed to the lead author unless otherwise requested. Please ensure your email address is correct.

Evaluation of suitability of monographs will be based on a monograph:

  • offering new ideas,
  • making a significant contribution to the field,
  • arousing interest and stimulating debate, and
  • showing sound scholarship and rigorous research design.

Reviewers may recommend:

  • Acceptance of monograph following minor revisions,
  • Revision of monograph and resubmission for further review, or
  • Rejection of monograph.

Submission Guidelines for Other ALARA Publications

In general, the submission guidelines for other publications follow the ALARj submission guidelines, except that the communication may not be via the OJS site. Other publications include publications of conference or Congress papers, for example.

Where ALARA members and their associates wish to produce publications from ALARA conferences or workshops interested parties must first contact the Editor. In many instances pre-existing agreements regarding publication rights exist and cannot be ignored in the event of other interested parties wishing to publish. In the event of there being an interest to produce a publication outside of ALARA’s publication responsibilities, the opportunities will be discussed at ALARA Management Committee level and the decision communicated to the interested parties.

Copyright information and ALARA Inc publication terms and conditions

In submitting and having your work accepted for publication in ALARA publications, you agree to these copyright and publication terms and conditions.

Background and rationale. ALARA Inc. publishes works via a bi-annual journal, an occasional monograph series, occasional other publications and its website. ALARA Inc. retains copyright of published works, to ensure that

  1. authors' works are protected, and
  2. authors can benefit from the administration of copyright fees by ALARA Inc., as a registered member of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL).

ALARA Inc. does not retain these rights exclusively, and authors are entitled to republish the Article in a printed or electronic collection without charge as long as they ensure that the original ALARA publication is properly credited, and they notify the ALARA Editor of their intent to do so. We like to keep in touch with authors to continue building the AR/AL network of researchers, practitioners and writers, existing and new.

Copyright and authors' works. If you are a current financial member of ALARA Inc., you are entitled, as the author, to 50% of any copyright monies collected as a result of the identified reprint and/or redistribution of your work in the following circumstances.

  1. The published work is an original work submitted to and published in an ALARA Inc. publication
  2. The copyright monies are directly attributed to your works and are not general copyright monies for a publication with several works by several authors.

ALARA Inc. will

  • manage the communication and referral of any requests for reprinting and/or redistribution of your work,
  • endorse the copyright process herein through its Executive Committee,
  • administer the copyright licensing and fees or monies associated with it,
  • notify you, the author, of any monies to which you are entitled, as a result of reprinting and/or redistribution requests, at 50% of the total amount, shared with ALARA Inc.

Further reading: Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), Australia

All ALARA publications are registered with the National Library of Australia.

Author copies

ALARA is a voluntary professional organisation. All costs associated with maintaining services are met solely through voluntary member contributions, membership fees and earnings from ALARA-sponsored events.

As a general rule, ALARA does not have the resources to subsidise complementary copies of its publications for authors.

With regard to the journal, however, whether you are an ALARA member or not, authors have access to this issue free of charge, via this website for a period of 6 months following publication. When the next issue is due, if you have become an ALARA member, your access will continue; if not, you will no longer have access to the issue free of charge.

Authors of monographs receive a complimentary copy of the monograph publication (electronic and printed).

Authors of books or collections of conference or congress papers do not receive complementary copies but can purchase the publication at special discount rates for an agreed period of time, as arranged at the time of the publication by the ALARA management committee.