Between 1955 and 1975 (up to volume 6 issue 5), A&M was published by the Archives section of the Library Association of Australia (LAA). From 1976 (volume 6 issue 6), A&M has been published by the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA). Volumes 1-10 (1955-1982) have also been reproduced on microfilm by the ASA. Council clarified copyright in ASA publications in early 1999 and again in 2000. 

As of 2022, Archives & Manuscripts is published Open Access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. Authors retain full copyright. For more information see the Copyright & Licensing section below, as well as the journal's Copyright Takedown Policy.

Copyright & Licencing

From 2022 (Volume 50) authors contributing to Archives & Manuscripts agree to publish their work under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. Authors retain copyright of their work, with first publication rights granted to A&M

Copyright Takedown Policy

From November 2017 to June 2018 the ASA undertook a search to locate and contact all A&M authors of articles and book reviews from 1955 - 2011. Authors were asked to grant the ASA a non-exclusive right to share their published contributions in digital form, while retaining the right to be attributed as the author of the work and to distribute their work in any way they chose. While many A&M authors were able to be contacted and agreed to the undertaking, a small proportion remain who have not been located.  

ALIA also assented to the 1955 – 1975 A&M issues being made available digitally.

In making A&M available online the ASA acts in good faith. The ASA does, however, recognise that despite best efforts there may be occasions when material made available online may be considered to breach copyright. In that event, the ASA has agreed to the following process.

If you find A&M material that you believe infringes your rights, you may submit a takedown request.

When you submit your request please contact the ASA in writing, including the following:

  • your email and phone number
  • full description and details of the material, including title, date and issue number
  • if you are an author’s authorised representative, proof that you are the rights holder 

Please note that the content of any published A&M material will not be changed. 

Responding to takedown requests

The ASA will acknowledge your request and make an initial assessment within 10 working days. The ASA may decide to temporarily remove access to the material until a final decision is reached.

Takedown requests will be assessed on the following principles:

  • Consideration of the nature of the relationship of the requestor to the material.
  • A commitment to meeting relevant legislative requirements.

The ASA will make efforts to resolve requests quickly, with the following possible outcomes:

  • Access remains unchanged.
  • Access to the material is modified. The ASA reserves the right to explain publicly why material has been removed from online access.

The ASA will communicate the decision and reasons to you.