Contributing to APR

Contributing to APR2017-09-05T04:07:13+00:00

 The Australasian Parliamentary Review is the journal of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group.

The APR focuses on issues affecting the operation of Parliaments in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and is committed to encouraging and stimulating research, writing and teaching about the parliamentary institutions of the region. Where relevant to the Australasian experience, articles are published relating to international events. The APR is published twice a year.

All material submitted for inclusion in the APR is subject to an editorial review process and the APR Editor decides which submissions are accepted for publication.

Submissions, which are the subject of the double blind review process, must meet academic standards in terms of originality, insight, clarity and rigour. 

Specifically, the APR aims to publish:

  • Articles of between 4000-6000 words. In exceptional cases, articles of up to 10,000 words will be considered. 
  • Research reports dealing with current research projects and/or findings of 2500 words in length. 
  • ASPG conference papers, where the APR has the first right of refusal for papers delivered to the ASPG annual conference.
  • Readers’ commentaries on published work of 800-1000 words, or in the form of a Letter to the Editor of not more than 400 words in length (not refereed).
  • Review articles dealing with a significant book or set of books on emerging themes in the areas of interest to the APR readership.

The APR also publishes material on issues relating to parliament, whether arising from policy debates, major committee reports, political and electoral matters, referenda or significant court decisions affecting parliamentary operations.

Occasional and research papers

Material submitted to the APR may be considered more suited to publication as an occasional paper, or as a research paper, where a worthy article does not have the required attributes, but is of substantive interest to the APR reader.