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Writing and formatting information for editors and authors

TEXT is an ERA A-ranked journal and all papers will be vetted for final acceptance by the journal’s editors to meet this standard.

If you are unfamiliar with TEXT’s current work, please read the General and Special Issue articles from at least the last 2 years to familiarise yourself with the current type of work and scholarly standards of papers in TEXT. Please see latest TEXT Special Issues http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss for examples of writing and formatting style, but please follow the below in formatting your work.

Your work will be peer reviewed. The peer reviewing process is double blind, with neither author nor reviewers knowing of the others’ identities at any time during the process.

  • Please note that refereed articles make a distinctive contribution to knowledge that extends the current 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 Creative Arts disciplines, and usually this will be supported by analysis of recognized primary and secondary sources.
  • Creative work will be accepted for refereeing if it makes a distinctive contribution to knowledge that extends the current scholarly literature in the field and is accompanied by a 2000-character Research Statement for publication. The research statement will indicate the research significance of the creative piece and will draw on a sound framework of methodology and scholarship relevant to the work’s topic (see ARC: ‘ERA 2010 submission guidelines’ p. 77 in the pdf: http://www.arc.gov.au/pdf/ERA2010_sub_guide.pdf)
  • Final revised articles (including endnotes) will be a minimum of 3,500 and a maximum of 6,000 words in length.
  • Work will be refereed according to the following aspects
    • relevance for the theme of the Special Issue
    • contribution to knowledge: level to which article extends the current scholarly literature in the field
    • engagement with scholarly literature / quality of evidence
    • soundness of the methodology
    • originality
    • quality of the argument, including structure, and the clarity of conclusions
    • quality of citation and referencing
    • quality of the writing, including effectiveness and clarity
    • quality of presentation

Referencing Style:

  • Author-date system in-text, with Works Cited listing
  • Endnotes, not footnotes (please use minimally and count in word count)

DeLillo, Don 2003 Cosmopolis, London: Picador

Book chapters
Derrida, Jacques 1991 ‘Différance’, in P Kamuf (ed) A Derrida reader: Between the blinds, New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf: 61-79

Print journal article
Houen, Alex 2004 ‘Novel spaces and taking place(s) in the wake of September 11’, Studies in the Novel 36 (3) Fall, 419-37

Magazine article
DeLillo, Don 2001 ‘In the ruins of the future’, Harper’s magazine, December, 33-40

Online sources
Kulikowski, Mick 2007 ‘Mayday 23: World population becomes more urban than rural’, NC State University News Services, 22 May, at http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/2007/may/104.html (accessed 4 October 2007)

McEwan, Ian 2001 ‘Only love and then oblivion’, The Guardian Special report: Terrorism in the US, at www.guardian.co.uk/usterrorism, 15 September (accessed 17 September 2001)

Zizek, Slavoj 2001 ‘Welcome to the desert of the real!’ at
http://web.mit.edu/cms/reconstructions/interpretations/desertreal.html, 15 September (accessed 17 September 2001)
Formatting Instructions
Please see latest TEXT Special Issue http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss for examples of current writing and formatting style

General layout instructions:

  • Select whole document
    Word document
    Check Page layout is A4 (20.99 x 29.70 cm)
    Keep/set margins as standard for A4 (right and left margins at 3.17 cm, top and bottom at 2.54 cm)
  • Paragraph format
    Justified margins
    Line space ‘At Least 15’
    0 before break
    6 after break
    Font for all: Times New Roman, 12pt

Set header: centred, Times New Roman, 9 pt
Surname     Abridged title [5 spaces between]

Set footer: centred, Times New Roman, 9 pt
Special issue: title as per special issue title

  • Front matter
    University name          Times New Roman, 12 pt bold
    <1 line space>
    Author name               Times New Roman, 12pt bold
    <Two line spaces>
    Title                             Times New Roman, 12pt bold
    <Two line spaces>
    Indent, Times New Roman 11pt, underline – Abstract:
    Abstract directly below, indent 11pt justified
    <One line break>
    Indent, 11pt, underline – Biographical note:
    Bio note immediately below, indent 11pt justified
    <One line break>
    Indent, 11pt, underline – Keywords:
    Words immediately below – initial caps, spaced en-dashes, 11pt, justify
    Add <PAGE BREAK>
  • Body text
    No paragraph spacing or indent (the ‘At least 15 pt’ line space will set automatic line spacing)
    Endnote references set as superscript
    Single quotation marks throughout
    Minimal capitalization
    Indented quotes (3 lines or more) set at 11pt
  • End matter
    Endnotes: Times New Roman 12pt bold   (Endnotes)
    Notes themselves: left aligned, Times New Roman 10pt (Notes)
  • References
    Times New Roman 12pt bold (List of works cited)
    References themselves: left aligned, Times New Roman 10pt (References)
    Set Line space ‘At Least 12 point’
    0 before break
    6 after break
  • When completed
    Save as word document author surname.doc
    For example: Smith.doc or Webb&Williamson.doc return to top


Expression of Interest to edit a special issue of TEXT

TEXT welcomes expressions of interest from individuals or editorial teams who wish to edit a Special Issue of TEXT.
To submit an Expression of Interest to guest edit a special issue of TEXT, please submit the following information:

  • Proposed title of your special issue
  • Your proposed Call For Papers (no more than one page)
  • Where you will advertise and circulate this Call for Papers
  • A clear outline of the relationship of this special issue to TEXT's brief and audience, and particularly its relationship to current scholarship on writing
  • The approximate predicted size of the issue, i.e. number of papers involved and the length of papers
  • A list of your editorial team, including brief CVs outlining editorial experience (1-3 guest editors per special issue is usual, beyond 3 usually becomes unmanageable)
  • The main contact person for the team and their email details
  • Acknowledgment that the guest editors understand their role, i.e. in handling the collection of papers, double blind review and revision processes, and the editorial development of the works to publication copy standard, formatted as per TEXT’s requirements, submitted in Word and, ultimately, PDF form. You will also need to submit a list of the reviewers used and their titles and institutional affiliations, and your record of how writers have responded to reviewers’ comments (authors need to submit to you a statement of how they have addressed the reviewers’ comments).
  • A statement that you understand that the TEXT Editors will read the Special Issue and have the right to reject any articles, reviews, or the entire issue, if it does not reach TEXT’s standard (TEXT is an ERA A-ranked journal) 
  • Where you will draw your reviewers from (national and international university departments in which areas, for instance), and if you have already contacted any reviewers. List any reviewers who have already agreed to review for you, and their institutional affiliation.
  • A proposed timeline for the processes involved and an indication of the edition of TEXT being targeted for publication


Please submit this EOI as a Word document to TEXT Special Issues Editors Dr Dallas Baker Dallas.Baker@usq.edu.au and Dr Ross Watkins rwatkins@usc.edu.au and cc it to text@textjournal.com.au

While every effort will be made to respond to you as soon as possible, please allow 4-6 weeks for a response. return to top