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Author Guidelines

Manuscript requirements

Format: Articles should be submitted as .doc or .rtf formats. Body copy should be 11 or 12 point font, double spaced, and left aligned.  

Length: Articles should be between 5000 and 8000 words in length, including all headings, footnotes, tables, references and appendices.

Title: Your title should clearly indicate the content of the article, in no more than twenty words. See for hints to writing useful, coherent, descriptive titles for your work.

Abstract: Initial abstracts should be submitted for consideration to as directed in the Call for Papers. Final abstracts submitted with the full paper for peer review should be no more than 250 words. Abstracts should be a brief summary of the paper’s findings and conclusions, should be interesting, and succinct. Avoid unnecessary detail and explanation. Do not include references or notes. Please ensure grammar and punctuation are correct.

Keywords: Please provide up to 6 keywords in the appropriate box in the online submission process. These keywords should connect directly with the article under consideration.

Subheadings: Short, unnumbered subheadings are encouraged where their use assists the reader to understand the flow and direction of the article. These should match the size of the body copy, but be presented in bold format.

Notes/Endnotes: Notes or Endnotes are discouraged, but can be used if absolutely necessary. They should be identified by consecutive numbers, appearing at the end of the article.

Research Funding: Authors should declare any external research funding used in the collection of data or the production of the paper in the Acknowledgements section of their article.

Images: Authors must ensure they have the right to use and distribute all images, whether art works, photographs, or digital reproductions. It is the authors responsibility to ensure copyright obligations are met, and must, on request, be able to provide proof of the right to use any and all images included in their article. Where that proof is not available, the image(s) will be removed.


As of 2017, Persona Studies is changing from MLA style referencing to Harvard Referencing, following an Author/Date style. Specifically, we will follow the Deakin University Harvard Style, as Deakin University hosts this journal. A brief guide to the formatting of commonly cited material follows below.

  • Italics: Use for the titles of books, newspapers, magazines, films, television shows, songs, art works, blogs and so forth. Do not use for titles of platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.
  • Spelling: Please use Australian/United Kingdom spelling. Examples include centre rather than centercolour rather than colororganise rather than organize. Quoted material should remain as in the original.
  • Quotations: use double quotation marks for direct quotes, where the quote is under 40 words in length. In the case of quotations over 40 words, use a block quote format (justified, indented left and right).
  • Punctuation comes after the citation or the final quotation mark, whichever comes last.
In-text citations

In the body of the paper, include the author and the date. If a direct quote or specific concept from a numbered source, include the page number:

  • ….” (Author YEAR, p. #).

If a source has more than three authors, use et al.

  • Author et al. (YEAR, p. #) notes “…..”.
Reference list

Include all material referred to in text in a reference list at the end of the article, giving full bibliographic details of all in-text citations. Only material referred to in the text of the article should appear in the reference list.


  • Author, Initials, Author, Initials & Author, Initials year, Title of book, Publisher, City.

Chapter in edited book

  • Author, Initials year, 'Chapter title', in Initials Editor (ed./eds), Title of book, Publisher, City, pp. #-##.


  • Author, Initials year, Title of e-book, Publisher, retrieved day Month Year, <URL>.

Journal article – Print

  • Author, Initials year, 'Title of article', Title of Journal, vol. #, no. #, pp. #-##.

Journal article – DOI

  • Author, Initials year, 'Title of article', Title of Journal, vol. #, no. #, pp. #-##, DOI

Journal article – Database

  • Author, Initials year, 'Title of article', Title of Journal, vol. #, no. #, pp. #-##, retrieved day Month Year, name of database.

Journal article – Online/open access

  • Author, Initials year, 'Title of article', Title of Journal, vol. #, no. #, pp. #-##, retrieved day Month Year, <URL>

Newspaper article

  • Author, Initials year, 'Title of article', Title of Newspaper, day month, page number(s).

Social Media source

  • Author Initials year, 'First few words of post/update', Account Name, Title of website, day month of post/update, retrieved day Month Year, <URL>.


  • Author, Initials year, Title of webpage or document, Organisation responsible for site, retrieved day Month Year, <URL>.


  • Author of post, Initials (or alias) year of post, 'Title of post' (if applicable), Title of blog, weblog post, day month of post, retrieved day Month Year, <URL>.

Podcast or streaming video (including YouTube)

  • Title year, medium, Producer/Publisher/Username, day month, retrieved day Month Year, <URL> or database.

Film, DVD, Video

  • Title year, medium, Producer, City.

Television and Radio

  • Title of program year, medium, Broadcaster, City, day month


For a complete guide to Deakin University Harvard style (designed for students), see

Author Details:  Once your paper has been submitted for peer review, please update your journal profile (see Edit My Profile in User Home) with a short (50 word) biography detailing your institutional affiliation, position, and research interests.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. All articles published in Persona Studies journal are published under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial -  4.0 Licence. By submitting to this journal, you permit your article to come under this licence.

    Additionally, you also grant a non-exclusive licence for your work to be archived in and made available to users of the National Library of Australia's Pandora web archive and appropriate subject based databases.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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