JASAL is a fully independent, open access, peer-reviewed journal, published online by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.
JASAL aims to publish the best and most current research on Australian literature. We welcome theoretically engaged and historically informed essays that make a clear scholarly intervention in Australian literary studies and related international fields. The journal alternates general issues with guest edited themed issues on significant authors as well as current theoretical, critical or historical preoccupations. We also have a substantial book review section that reviews recent and reissued publications in Australian literary studies and adjacent fields. If you have a proposal for a special issue or special section on an author or subject please get in touch with the journal editors.
Essay manuscripts must be between 4500 and 6000 words (excluding endnotes and list of works cited), double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt. font, with 1.5 line spacing and should conform to MLA style in regard to quotations, citations, endnotes, and lists of works cited. The JASAL Author Guidelines appear under Guidelines. Manuscripts that do not comply with the Style Guide may be rejected by the editors. Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permission for any illustrations or figures cited in their texts. Allow three months for consideration.
Manuscripts are refereed anonymously by two Reviewers. Reviewers will assess the submission against the criteria of content (originality and thoroughness of research, and understanding of context), structure (well-structured argument and conclusion), and clarity of style.
JASAL is published at least three times each year in numbered issues including at least one general issue and other “themed” issues each year.
JASAL provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and citation levels. JASAL uses open source software, developed by the Public Knowledge Project <http://pkp.ubc.ca> to help make open access economically viable, and to improve the scholarly and public quality of research.
JASAL reviews criticism and scholarly editions of Australian literature, Australian cultural history, and critical/historical works on Australian drama, film and television. JASAL does not review individual creative works, such as novels, books of poems, plays and so on. Anthologies of these works, however, may be considered for review.
Publishers should send appropriate books for review to:
Dr Joseph Cummins
PO Box 15
Brunswick South VIC 3055