INFORMATION FOR CONTRIBUTORS
What we’re looking for
TEXT welcomes submission of research articles on creative and professional writing and processes, the teaching of writing, and related issues. TEXT also welcomes the submission of creative work, book reviews, letters and notices providing that the matter of the creative work concerns exploration of creativity, or the nature and processes of writing, or the nature and processes of the teaching of writing, or investigation of writers’ issues. TEXT occasionally publishes specific-topic collections or longer works in its Special Issue Series.
Scholarly journal articles
All scholarly journal articles are submitted to a double-blind peer review process.
See our Next Issue page for information about submitting scholarly journal articles for TEXT.
Creative works submissions are open all year round. Creative works must concern exploration of creativity, or the nature and processes of writing, or the nature and processes of the teaching of writing, or investigation of writers’ issues.
See our Next Issue page for information about submitting creative works for TEXT.
Reviews are invited and managed by our Book Review Editors and are not peer reviewed.
See our Next Issue page for information about submitting books for review or a book review for TEXT.
Content for Special Issues is handled by the Editors appointed for that edition. For queries about Special Issues, contact our Special Issues Editor.
See our Next Issue page for information about contacting the TEXT Special Issues Editors.
GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS
Before you begin
Familiarise yourself with TEXT Journal policies
Before submitting your work to TEXT, you must familiarise yourself with our policies. We particularly draw your attention to the warrant of originality you are agreeing to when you submit your work for consideration, as well as to our policies on copyright.
See our TEXT Journal Policies page for all the relevant policy information.
Suggested length for scholarly articles
Scholarly article submissions are expected to make a distinctive contribution to knowledge that extends the scholarly literature in the field. This requires the development of a substantial idea or argument, and often includes a comprehensive literature review and/or considerable analysis. Most scholarly articles we publish in our general editions at TEXT are 6-8000 words in length. If you are aiming to publish an article developed out of a conference paper of, say, originally 3000 words, we advise you to develop it considerably before you submit it to our journal editors.
Preparation for submission
This journal operates a double-blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Articles deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scholarly quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final.
Further information about ethical handling of our peer review process is available on our TEXT Journal Policies page.
A blinded manuscript & a separate title page
As this journal uses double-blind review, the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. To facilitate this, please include the following separately:
Title page (with author details): This should include the title, authors’ names, affiliations, acknowledgements and any Declaration of Interest statement, and a complete address for the corresponding author including an email address.
Blinded manuscript (no author details): The main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables and any acknowledgements) should not include any identifying information, such as the authors' names or affiliations.
We require a short biographical note. Please have one prepared (maximum 100 words). Authors submitting via our Scholastica site will be asked to provide this information as part of the online submission form.
Scholarly journal article submissions will require an abstract of up to 200 words. You should have one prepared. Authors submitting via our Scholastica site will be asked to provide the abstract as part of the online submission.
Scholarly journal articles require 3-5 succinct and accurate keywords or phrases that you imagine readers might use if they were searching electronic databases for an article just like yours. Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the discipline should be used. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes. Again, when submitting via our Scholastica site you will be asked to provide these keywords as part of the online submission. Please have them prepared.
Submit in Word
We prefer to do our own coding and request that submissions be sent as a simple Word document.
Including images, video or sound files as part of your submission
TEXT accepts photos, graphs, tables, simple animations or illustrations to support and enhance your articles or creative works. These should generally be submitted or uploaded as separate files, with a clear indication in the body of the text as to where the file should be placed [e.g. Insert Image 2.jpg]. Video and audio files may be better managed as links to external sites.
For referencing, TEXT uses an Author-date system (which the editors adapt to online publication).
Example 1: a citation in the body of TEXT article (Collis & Crawford 2018):
Eades notes that ‘[m]ost linguists who have worked on Aboriginal English have commented on educational implications of dialectal differences’ (Eades 2014: 425).
Example 2: a block quote in a TEXT article (Gandolfo 2016):
For over 20 years, I resisted the impulse to write about the West Gate Bridge collapse, but it proved to be an impulse impossible to dismiss. For me, it is a kind of haunting:
To be haunted is more than to be affected by what others tell us directly or do to us openly; it is to be influenced by a kind of inner voice that will not stop speaking and cannot be excised, that keeps cropping up to trouble us and stop us going peaceably on our way. It is to harbour a presence that we are aware of sometimes overwhelmed by, that embodies elements of past experience and future anxiety and hope, that that will not let us be. (Frosh 2013: 2-3)
Example 3: A label beneath an image included in a TEXT article (Scott & MacFarlane 2018):
Figure 1. Manka Maru (Santospirito 2013)
Example 4: from the Works Cited section of a TEXT article:
Walker, JR & T Tayler (eds) 1998 The Columbia guide to online style, Columbia University Press, New York
Example 5: from the Works Cited section of a TEXT article:
Dawson, P 2008 ‘Creative writing and postmodern interdisciplinarity’, TEXT 12, 1 (April): http://www.textjournal.com.au/april08/dawson (accessed 21 November 2015)
Requirements for notes
Please note that TEXT does not use footnotes. Instead we run a list of linked notes at the end of the piece. Submissions utilising numbered notes or appendices should have them listed at the end with, of course, clear indication in the body of the text showing where they’ll be linked to. Please don’t use any computerised footnote or endnote devices available in most Word programs. Just make a numbered list of your notes and indicate them with a bracketed number in the body of the text, e.g.  for Note Number 4.
Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field. Such abbreviations as are unavoidable must be defined at their first mention. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.
Reference management software
Please don’t use reference management software products.
Acknowledgement of receipt
You will receive acknowledgement of receipt of your submission. When submitting through our Scholastica site, this acknowledgement will be automated. If you are submitting via email to our Creative Works or Book Reviews editors, you will receive a manual acknowledgement via email. In the latter cases, please allow several working days for our editors to respond.
An initial-read through before referees are assigned
In the case of scholarly journal submissions, the TEXT editor assigned to your submission will do an initial read-through to ascertain the suitability of your submission for our particular journal, and to check that the submission meets our basic requirements. You should allow around 6 weeks for this stage of the process. Once the assigned editor has finished this initial assessment, they will be in contact with you to let you know whether they have decided to progress the article to the referee stage. It is possible that your submission will be rejected at this stage; if so, reasons will be provided.
How we select referees
As our journal has been operating for over twenty years, we have a substantial network of creative and professional writing academics from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, North America, South East Asia and Europe on our list of potential referees. Our editors will invite referees to assess your work based on your article title, the keywords you have used, and your abstract.We always take into account our journal’s ethics and conflict of interest policies at this stage (see our TEXT Journal Policies page).
How our editors and referees assess your work
Scholarly journal articles are assessed on the basis of whether they make a distinctive contribution to knowledge that extends the scholarly literature in the field. Successful refereed articles will draw on a sound framework of methodology and scholarship pertinent to the paper’s topic; this may include personal experience and/or anecdotal evidence where relevant to the argument and Writing disciplines, and usually this will be supported by analysis of recognized primary and secondary literature. Our reviewers will also be asked to assess the quality of the argument, including structure, and the clarity of the conclusions, as well as the quality of the citation and referencing, the writing (including effectiveness and clarity) and the general quality of the article’s presentation.
Creative works are assessed on their distinctive contribution to knowledge in the field and also on artistic merit, originality, and the general quality and success of the writing in light of the intentions outlined.
What happens post the review stage?
Our editors will use the reports and recommendations provided by the chosen reviewers to make a decision about your submission. At this stage, your article may be:
- Accepted for publication; or
- Accepted subject to minor revisions; or
- Accepted subject to major revisions; or
- Rejected outright.
The assigned editor’s decision is considered final.
How to reply to referees’ comments
The vast majority of articles that are published in TEXT have been through a revision process in light of comments and suggestions provided by our referees, and many of our contributors feel very pleased with the final product as a result of the advice of our experienced specialist readers.
If you are required to complete revisions, your assigned editor will help you through this stage of the process, and in some cases articles go back and forth between authors and assigned editors a number of times.
If you are having trouble with moving forward with this stage of the process, or you are new to responding to feedback from referees, we recommend the article “How to reply to peer review comments when submitting papers for publication” by HC Williams (2004), available online here:
Please note that should your assigned editor be unhappy with the revisions you have provided, it is still possible for your article to be rejected at this stage.
Once your article is officially accepted for publication by your assigned editor, the final stage is proof and style editing and formatting the article for online publication. We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. This stage is for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, references, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the assigned editor.
It is important to ensure that all correspondence with us is replied to promptly at this final stage so that we can meet our publication deadlines.
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