Humanity 2012

Editorial Policy


Humanity 2012 online journal will publish papers presented at NewMac 2012 conference, the Newcastle-Macquarie Universities Postgraduate Symposium.

The purpose of Humanity is to provide postgraduate students in Humanities with experience in publishing to help them with their future professional needs to publish in academic journals. The Humanities symposium will give postgraduates experience in presenting papers to an audience of scholars.

Humanity will give those who have presented papers at the Symposium the further experience of writing for publication and going through the process of having a paper published. Another group of postgraduates will be able to gain further insight into the publishing process by acting as editors and referees for the journal.


Postgraduates presenting papers for publication in Humanity are cautioned to think carefully whether this publishing of their paper excludes their paper from being published in another journal that could earn DEST points. It is unlikely that any journal will accept a paper from them that has already appeared in Humanity. This issue should be discussed with your supervisor. Humanity does not require exclusivity on any paper presented to it.


Copyright in any material submitted to Humanity remains with the author.

Content and style writing

Length: Presentations at the symposium are 20 minutes in long. This will usually involve 2500 to 3500 written words. This is also the guideline for papers presented to Humanity. It is unlikely that papers shorter than 2500 words would be accepted, but papers a little longer than 3500 words may be considered providing the content is relevant and interesting, and adheres to the conference theme, Metaphor, Translation and Paradox and also adheres to the content of the paper presented at the Symposium.

Microsoft Word: Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word or a compatible word processing system.

Readability: Humanity editors will require a high level of readability. The most important factors in attaining this are

Headings and sub-headings: Please keep your headings and sub-headings very plain and simple. The journal articles will all need to look the same. Please do not use headers, footers or any pagination, and please justify you work.

Short sentences: Long sentences containing several clauses become hard to understand. Readability is nearly always improved by breaking long sentences into two or more shorter sentences. As a rough guide, sentences over 25 words will tend to lower the readability of your paper. Microsoft Word's spelling checker has a grammar checker as well. Turn this on and it can alert you to many points affecting your readability.

Spelling: Configure your spelling checker to use English (Australian) spelling.

Avoid using jargon: Readers of Humanity come from several different disciplines and may not understand words peculiar to your own discipline. However, sometimes it may be more appropriate to use technical terms. Take care to explain these to the reader. 

Simple words with no jargon: Use the more common, well used word

For example, rather than saying:  ascertain              say           find out 
                                                            aggregate                              total    
                                                            prior to                                    before
                                                            point in time                          time
                                                            endeavour                             try
                                                            commence                            begin or start
                                                            terminate                               finish

Active rather than passive voice: Usually it is better to say: "The surveyor asked the respondent" (active voice) rather than "The respondent was asked by the surveyor" (passive voice). Passive voice is stiff and stilted. Active voice is more direct and lively.

Verb form rather than noun form: Don't kill your verbs by turning them into nouns.

Don't say: "My intention is to perform problem definition and resolution."
Rather say: "I intend to define the problems and resolve them."

Don't say: "We carried out a review of the arrangements in order to effect improvements in the reporting  of complaints."
Rather say: "We reviewed our arrangements to improve how complaints are reported."

Images: We are happy to include illustrations such as photos, charts and diagrams. Where possible these should be reduced to VGA (96dpi) resolution before sending.

Citation style: All citations must be in the MLA style as this is a common referencing style.