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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.
  • 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). The work is the original work of the Author.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • The text is between 4500 and 6000 words in length (TICK FOR BOOK REVIEWS--not required). It 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • TICK FOR BOOK REVIEWS--not required. The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (e.g., Articles), has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, 'Author' and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.
  • TICK FOR BOOK REVIEWS--not required. An abstract summarising the contents and argument of the article has been completed in the space provided.
  • The Author asserts that to their knowledge the Work contains nothing defamatory or libellous. Where the Author has used copyright material in the Work, the Author can provide written acknowledgement of permission to use it.
  • Is this for a special issue? Please note when submitting.

Author Guidelines

Style Sheet for JASAL

Papers submitted to JASAL should conform to the MLA citation and referencing style set out in the Ninth Edition (2021) of the MLA Handbook. Spelling and hyphenation should follow the Macquarie Concise Dictionary, Eighth Edition (2020). Please use s, not z for word endings—for example, realise, not realize.


Papers should be 4500 words and not exceed 6000 words in length, excluding references.


Illustrations, such as photographs, maps, graphs and pictures, should be labelled as Figure 1., Figure 2., Figure 3. below the illustration.  A title/ caption should be placed after the figure number, beginning with a capital letter and ending with a full stop (do not use all capital letters).  The source of the illustration should be indicated either in the text or beneath the caption to enable the reader to locate the work from which the illustration is taken in the Works Cited.  Illustrations must all be attributed correctly and copyright must be sought if necessary.


Tables should be labelled Table 1, Table 2, Table 3, and so on, above the table with no full stop after the numeral.  There should be a caption or title directly below the table heading, beginning with a capital letter and ending with a full stop (do not use all capital letters).  If the source has not been given in the text, give it below the table.  Notice that there is no full stop after the caption, but there is a full stop after the source.


No footnotes are to be included in submissions.


In-text parenthetical citations mean that there is rarely a need to use footnotes or endnotes for bibliographic references.  Endnotes should only be used to expand on some point made in the text or to add necessary commentary to the text.  There should be no bibliographic endnotes and few, if any, explanatory endnotes.  

Number notes consecutively, starting from 1.  Use Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3), not Roman numerals or any other symbols.  Format note numbers as raised slightly above the line (for example:1), and do not follow the numbers with full stops or any other punctuation marks.  The numbers must be placed after the punctuation marks in a sentence, except for dashes.  Often it is best to position note numbers at the end of a sentence, so as not to disrupt the flow of the sentence.

Special Keynote

This section is for un-named keynote addresses at the annual ASAL Conference

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