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Author Guidelines

About the Journal

Archives and Manuscripts is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research. Please see the journal's Aims & Scope for information about its focus and peer-review policy.

Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English.

Archives and Manuscripts accepts the following types of article: original articles, reflection articles, book reviews.

Preparing Your Paper

Author Guidelines

Formatting and Templates

Papers may be submitted in Word format. Figures should be saved separately from the text. 

Submitting Your Paper

Please note that Archives and Manuscripts uses Crossref™ to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to Archives and Manuscripts you are agreeing to originality checks during the peer-review and production processes.

On acceptance, we recommend that you keep a copy of your Accepted Manuscript. 

All research articles appearing in Archives and Manuscripts undergo a rigorous peer review process, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by two anonymous referees. All other written contributions in this journal (including reflections and reviews) undergo editorial screening and review and may be sent for peer review.

An article may be rejected on the grounds that it does not meet the intended scope of the journal (see the journal’s Aims & Scope statement), that it does not add significantly to the discussion of the topic, that the author does not wish to revise it on the advice of referees, or on legal grounds, such as defamation or plagiarism.

Publication Charges

There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this journal.

Colour figures will be reproduced in colour in your online article free of charge. If it is necessary for the figures to be reproduced in colour in the print version, a charge will apply.

Updated 27-06-2022


A typical peer-reviewed article will be between 7,000 and 10,000  wordds excluding tables, references, captions, footnotes and endnotes. Manuscripts that greatly exceed this will be critically reviewed with respect to length. Authors should include a word count with their manuscript.

All research articles appearing in Archives and Manuscripts undergo a rigorous peer review process, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by two anonymous referees.

Please ensure you have followed the guidelines for anonymising your submission.

Author Guidelines

Reflection articles

Reflection articles undergo editorial review and potential authors are encouraged to contact the editor in the first instance to discuss their ideas (journaleditor@archivists.org.au).

Reflection articles should be no longer than 3000 words in length.

Manuscripts can be more reflective and/or speculative in tone than usually permitted for peer-reviewed articles.

Reflections articles can be written in less formal language using the first person. However, they should be of publication standard and intended for a professional audience.

The purpose of reflections is to record and further ideas of general interest to the archival profession. It is expected that some reflections will also be of interest to the scholarly community. Reflections can also develop case studies in archival practice, or report on and discuss developments of importance to the archival profession or sector in Australia. Conference papers may be published as reflection articles (peer-review papers will also be considered).

For reflections, endnotes are still encouraged, however fewer references are required than for peer-reviewed articles.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in the Archives & Manuscripts journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. The journal’s editorial team collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the journal. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content and it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here. Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.