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Author Guidelines

Articles submitted to Digital Research and Publishing should be 2,500 word academic article, including all references and notes, exploring a relevant theme related to the cultural aspects of digital technologies of research and publishing. Articles more or less than a hundred words off the target word requirement will not be considered.

This article should cover an appropriate combination of some or all of the following elements:

  • a particular recent technology or application of technology (a website feature, a website or a genre of websites; a gadget; or a system);
  • a group of people and/or an institution who are designing, using or discussing that technology (e.g. female Australian bloggers; newspaper proprietors and journalists)
  • a conceptual theme (e.g. new media and identity; workplace change; national policy)
  • an appropriate methodology/methods (textual and/or visual analysis; interpretative argument)
  • a disciplinary and theoretical orientation (Education; Media Studies; Anthropology)

Submissions to Digital Research and Publishing should not be in consideration elsewhere and must be in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF format. They must conform to APA 6th edition style, as noted below. Authors should provide up to date URLs where possible.

Authors should be sure to conform to submission standards to ensure a blind review. Please remove all personal identifiers from submitted manuscripts, including those that may be included in the "Document Properties" section of Microsoft Word.

All manuscripts should include a cover page with a title, abstract, and keywords. DO NOT put identifying information on this page.

All images and other copyrighted materials must be appropriately cleared as required by law.

Digital Research and Publishing does not accept submissions from those who are not enrolled as students in the Digital Research and Publishing unit of the Digital Cultures program at the University of Sydney.

Digital Research and Publishing follows APA 6th edition style. Some examples can be found below, as taken from the University of Sydney library website:

References in the Body of Your Text

NOTE: The APA in text reference is in the format (author, date). When directly quoting from a text you must include a page number in the citation as given in the examples below. Including page numbers in all other circumstances is not required however, it is best practice to do so when referring to part of a work (e.g. a paragraph or chapter in a book). When referring to an entire work that covers a single topic (e.g. a journal article) it is not required.

Referencing an idea

The leading medical cause of Aboriginal mortality is due to circulatory system disease. Other important causes of death include diseases of the respiratory system and injury or poisoning (Anderson, 1999; Saggers & Gray, 1999, p. 100; Thomson, 1995).


Anderson (1999), Thomson (1995) and Saggers and Gray (1999, p. 100) all state that the leading cause of Aboriginal mortality is due to circulatory system disease, and that other important causes of death include diseases of the respiratory system and injury or poisoning.

Referencing a quotation

Indeed, one researcher commented that “technological innovations have saved or extended the lives of many patients” (Lumby, 2001, p. 44).

Citing a source within a source

Where your source quotes or refers to another source, for example Unsworth refers to previous work by Halliday on linguistics, the citation might read thus:

(Halliday, 1987, cited in Unsworth, 2004, p. 15)

Only Unsworth will appear in the Reference list at the end of your assignment

Reference List

Your reference list should be ordered alphabetically by author and then chronologically by year of publication. The APA 6th style requires the references to be indented as illustrated below in the examples.

For instances of multiple articles with the same authors and years of publication, please see the complete guide. If you have the DOI for the journal article, you should include it in the reference, otherwise, it is not necessary.


Lumby, J. (2001). Who cares? The changing health care system. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

Book chapter

McKenzie, H., Boughton, M., Hayes, L., & Forsyth, S. (2008). Explaining the complexities and value of nursing practice and knowledge. In I. Morley & M. Crouch (Eds.), Knowledge as value: Illumination through critical prisms (pp. 209-224). New Jersey: Rodopi.

Journal article

Boughton, M., & Halliday, L. (2008). A challenge to the menopause stereotype: Young Australian women's reflections of 'being diagnosed' as menopausal. Health & Social Care in the Community, 16(6), 565-572.

Webpage with an author

Welch, N. (2000, February 21). Toward an understanding of the determinants of rural health Retrieved from

Webpage with no author

ANCI national competency standards for the Registered Nurse and the Enrolled Nurse (2000)  Retrieved from

Newspaper article

Bagnall, D. (1998, January 27). Private schools: Why they are out in front. The Bulletin, pp. 12-15.

Government publication

The Health Targets and Implementation (Health for All) Committee. (1988). Health for all Australians.  Canberra, ACT: Australian Government Publishing Service.


A full outline of APA Style can be found at the University of Sydney library website:


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, or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-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 copyrights for images and sources have been appropriately cleared as required by law.
  8. I am a student enrolled in the Digital Cultures unit "Digital Research and Publishing" at the University of Sydney.

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.

  3. 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).


Also note that in submitting to this journal, you accept the standards of the University of Sydney plagiarism policy compliance statement. Please read

I certify that:

1. I have read and understood the University of Sydney Student Plagiarism: Coursework Policy and Procedure;

2. I understand that failure to comply with the Student Plagiarism: Coursework Policy and Procedure can lead to the University commencing proceedings against me for potential student misconduct under Chapter 8 of the University of Sydney By-Law 1999 (as amended);

3. This work is substantially my own, and to the extent that any part of this work is not my own by acknowledging the Source of that part of those parts of the work.


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