Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature


Victoria Kuttainen

Robert Clarke


Sub-editors for three new journal strands

Worlding Australian Literature – Geoff Rodoreda

Writing Australian Literature – Jessica White

Teaching Australian Literature – Claire Jones


Cheryl Taylor

[email protected]

Elizabeth Smyth

[email protected]

Layout Editor

Dr Angela Rockel

Copyeditors and proofreaders

Dr Angela Rockel

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Focus and Scope

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.

We have been really pleased that the three streams of sub-editorial roles we envisioned for the journal have been filled by Jessica White (creating Australian literature), Geoff Rodoreda (worlding Australian literature), and Claire Jones (teaching Australian literature).

Peer Review Process

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.

Publication Frequency

JASAL is published at least three times each year in numbered issues including at least one general issue and other “themed” issues each year.

Open Access Policy

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.

Books for Review

JASAL reviews criticism and scholarly editions of Australian literature, Australian cultural history, and critical/historical works on Australian drama, film and television.

Publishers should contact the reviews editor with appropriate books for review:

Elizabeth Smyth:

[email protected]

Cheryl Taylor:

[email protected]

Editorial Advisory Committee

  • Bill Ashcroft, University of New South Wales
  • Delys Bird, University of Western Australia
  • Nicholas Birns, The New School for Social Research, New York
  • Vilashini Cooppan, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Robert Dixon, University of Sydney
  • Carole Ferrier, University of Queensland
  • Terry Goldie, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Sneja Gunew, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Dennis Haskell, University of Western Australia
  • Ian Henderson, University College, London
  • Christopher Lee, University of Southern Queensland
  • Jeanine Leane, Australian National University
  • Susan Lever, University of Sydney
  • Elizabeth McMahon, University of New South Wales
  • Susan K. Martin, La Trobe University
  • Lyn McCredden, Deakin University
  • Philip Mead, University of Western Australia
  • Barbara H. Milech, Curtin University of Technology
  • Nicole Moore, University of New South Wales – Canberra
  • Suvendrini Perera, Curtin University of Technology
  • Brigid Rooney, University of Sydney
  • Susan Sheridan, Flinders University
  • Elizabeth Webby, University of Sydney