Journal of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group
The Australasian Parliamentary Review (APR) is the journal of the Australasian
Study of Parliament Group (ASPG). The APR publishes articles on issues affecting
the operation of Parliaments in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
APR is published twice a year and is committed to encouraging and stimulating
research, writing and teaching about the parliamentary institutions of the
region. Where relevant to the Australasian experience, the Editor also welcomes
manuscripts relating to international events.
All material is subject to an editorial review process and the Editor reserves
the right to accept or decline submissions.
Submissions that are the subject of the double blind review process must
meet academic standards in terms of originality, insight, clarity and rigour.
Referees are asked also to look for and comment on other desirable qualities
such as argument, organisation, scholarship etc.
Articles: These are of between 4000-6000
words in length. In exceptional cases, articles of up to 10,000 words will
be considered. Referees should be aware that longer articles may require
more judicious assessment;
Research reports: Submissions dealing with
current research projects and/or findings of 2500 words. Where a worthy
article does not have the required attributes but is of substantive interest
to the reader, referees may wish to recommend it for publication as a Research
Conference/symposia papers: (for instance
APR has the first right or refusal for papers delivered to the ASPG
Readers' commentaries on published work
of 800-1000 words or in the form of a Letter to the Editor of not more than
400 words in length (not refereed);
Review articles dealing with a significant
book or set of books on emerging themes in the areas of interest to
the APR readership.
APR also publishes material on issues relating to parliament, whether arising
from policy debates, major committee reports, political and electoral matters,
referenda or significant court decisions affecting parliamentary operations.
Material submitted to the APR may be considered more suited to publication
on the website of the ASPG as Occasional Papers and referees are asked to
comment on this suitability.
Papers will not always be sent to a referee whose field is identical to
the subject matter of that paper. You do not have to be precisely qualified
in a field to be a constructive referee. If, however, you do feel unqualified
to judge the merits of a paper, advise the Editor and another referee will
Unless otherwise agreed to by the Editor and the referee, the identity
of APR referees is not known to authors . Also, as referees receive unpublished
work, we ask that you treat the material as confidential until published.
Referees should declare to the Editor any conflict which may affect their
If you have concerns that a paper may breach copyright and/or contains
plagiarism notify the Editor, providing support for your concern.
Principles referees are asked to watch for are that the material:
Is presented in a logical order and informs the reader;
Is of appropriate length and conforms to the APR's manuscript
specifications (see box); and
Is well written.
Manuscripts that are the subject of the double blind process need to be
of high quality, need to make a new or substantial contribution to the general
body of knowledge, need to adequately substantiate assertions and facts
and need to be in a style that is highly readable.
When responding, a referee is asked to indicate clearly whether the article
acceptable without revision;
acceptable after minor revision;
possibly acceptable after major revision;
other, please specify;
should be considered for publication on the ASPG website.
As a referee, you are a valued part of the APR team. Your useful feedback
on this document would be appreciated in order that it may be improved in
support of other referees, authors and, of course, your Editor email@example.com
Contributions should be submitted in Word format using A4 page
setting and double spacing throughout;
The inclusion of references and endnotes is at the discretion
of the author. The Editor's's preference is for these to be available
from the author on request. Otherwise, references should be in endnote
form and kept to a minimum. Avoid the use of footnotes;
Either use the Harvard OR the Classic Oxford system;
The use of abbreviations and acronyms should be kept to a minimum;
Use single quote marks, with double within single quotes;
Use ise (i.e., organise);
Tables — use tabs or cells (insert table mode), not multiple
On notification of formal acceptance, authors may make small
changes to the manuscript in the time specified by the Editor. Major
changes are not accepted, except in response to referee reports.
Capitalisation: Use capitals sparingly and consistently
throughout your manuscript. As a general rule, use upper case
(capitals) for specific organisations/entities and job titles and
lower case for functions or generic terms.
the Treaty of Versailles; the Executive Council, but otherwise
the Minister, the Secretary of State, etc. when naming specific
government ministers, but otherwise minister or secretary
of state, e.g. the Minister for Foreign Affairs, but foreign ministers
of the EU;
Parliament but parliamentary;
government; the Howard Government, otherwise the government,
the Department of Primary Industry, otherwise, the departments.
Reference style for sources:
Note: the word editor abbreviates to ed. (full stop); the word editors
contracts to eds (no full stop). Any abbreviation which ends with
the last letter of the word - e.g. Mr, Dr - is not followed by a full
stop. Where the abbreviation does not end with the last letter of
the word - e.g. Prof. - a full stop is used.
Authored book: Smith, Rodney; Ariadne Vromen; and Ian Cook. 2002. Keywords
in Australian Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Edited book: Brown, Peter, Laurel Green and Jenny Jones (eds). 2002. Civil
Servants and Ministers. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
Chapter in an edited book: Hausner, J, T. Kudlacz and J.J. Szlachta. 1997. 'Regional and
Local Factors in the Restructuring of South-Eastern Poland', in Gernot
Gabher and David Stark (eds), Restructuring Networks in Post-Socialism:
Legacies, Linkages and Localities. Oxford: Oxford University
Press, pp. 115-17.
Journal article: Swieringa, Margaret. 2006. 'Intelligence Oversight and the War
on Terrorism', Australasian Parliamentary Review 21(1), pp.135-42.
(In most cases a department, committee, commission, etc. is listed alphabetically
under its own name as the author - be careful to make style of citations in text
correspond with those in the list - e.g. if you have OECD 2000 in the text, it
should be 'OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). 2000.'
in the reference list).