Author's Guide

Updated 12 July, 2005.

Manuscripts should be submitted to: The Managing Editor, Associate Professor Bill Malcolm, The School of Agriculture and Food Systems, Faculty of Land and Food Resources, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010. Phone: 61393445015; Fax: 61393445037; Email:

Please note that the editorial policy of AAR and AAP is to publish work that constitutes an original piece of research. Thus we will only accept articles that are not under review or scheduled for publication by other journals, and that are substantially different from other published work.

Manuscript presentation

Use of Capitals
1. Other than for proper names, use capitals only when lower case would cause ambiguity.

1. Full titles of countries, states, institutions, organisations, etc. should be used at the first reference; subsequent references may be abbreviated.
2. Use a full stop after an abbreviation (Vic., ed.), but not after a contraction (Mr, Mrs, Qld, eds). Symbols for currency and units of measurement have no full stop (5 km, 25 lbs, 3s). Note that this practice differs from that recommended by the Chicago Manual of Style.
3. Do not use any full stop with abbreviations that consist of capitals: (NSW, ALP; also BA, PhD, MA), nor with their capitals.

1. Use single quotation marks for quotations; within a quotation use double quotation marks. Note that this advice reverses the practice recommended by the Chicago Manual of Style.
2. Indent quotations of more than forty words, and double space.
3. Always preserve the spelling, grammar and punctuation of the original. Use [sic] sparingly to indicate aberrant usage.
4. Put any interpolations in square brackets.
5. If omitting material from a quotation, use three ellipsis points (...). Do not use ellipsis points at the beginning of a quotation.
6. Close quotations before a final punctuation mark ('He left him dead'.) This too departs from the recommendations of the Chicago Manual of Style.

1. Within the text, numbers and ordinals up to one hundred are spelled out: twenty- five, fifty-sixth anniversary.
2. Numbers over one hundred are given in figures (276), except for round numbers (five thousand). Use figures with a succession of numbers: 16 frocks, 5 smocks, 102 stockings.
3. For percentages write 91 per cent, not 91%.

1. Use the form 15 January 2000. Avoid beginning a sentence with a date in this form.
2. Months should be spelled out in full.
3. No apostrophe is used in 1870s, 2000s.
4. Show a span of years as 1845-50, not 1845-1850.

1. Underline only if reproducing a specific device in a quotation; emphasis will normally be marked by italics.
2. Use italics for uncommon foreign words; the inclusion of a word or phrase in the Macquarie Concise Dictionary indicates that it is no longer considered uncommon.