Agora Contributor Guidelines

Themes and deadlines – 2018

(**Please note that the following submission dates refer to the handover of draft articles. For scheduling purposes, please contact Jo Clyne -- the Agora Commissioning Editor -- at least 6-8 weeks before the submission date to discuss your proposed article. Also note that proposed articles do not necessary need to be based on issue themes.)

Issue 1: Digital Learning
Submissions by Monday, 15 January 2018
Distribution: March 2018

Issue 2: Senior History
Submissions by Monday, 16 April 2018
Distribution: July 2018

Issue 3: Teaching History
Submissions by Monday, 13 August 2018
Distribution: November 2018

(Note: There will only be three issues of Agora in 2018)

About Agora

Agora is the journal of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria. Since 1967, Agora has become a leading journal for debate and discourse in the history teaching community in Australia. Our contributors include teachers, academics, curators, freelance writers, public servants and museum and gallery educators. Each edition has a theme relevant to History teaching. As its name suggests, Agora aims to be a marketplace, or meeting point, for teachers and educators around the country. The journal is produced in print and electronic format, the latter available via the members-only section of the HTAV website (see below). Agora is indexed and available electronically – and internationally – via Informit and EBSCO library databases (see below).

Agora contains a refereed section, Sungraphô, for original research articles. Sungraphô items are peer-reviewed by members of an editorial board and may satisfy the C1 classification set by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.


Agora has four sections. These are:

Sungraphô: Peer-reviewed research articles

Thema: Perspectives on the theme

Praktikos: Teaching ideas

Kritikos: Reviews of teaching resources

Contributors may write for different sections at different times.

Your article

With the exception of book reviews, please follow the guidelines below when writing for Agora:


No more than ten words (including sub-title).

Author details

List your name and place of employment. We do not generally state an author’s position within an organisation.

Precede line

In one sentence or question, summarise the focus of your article. i.e. ‘How might historiography shape the practice of teachers?’ or ‘Pollution and degradation have long been a part of the Yarra’s history.’


A Word document sent by email is preferred, with no formatting.

Referencing and citations for Sungraphô and Thema

Agora conforms to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition). If you are referring to published sources, their model should be followed. Please note that Sungraphô articles require endnotes rather than footnotes. A quick guide for citations can be seen below and found online.

Pictures (opt.)

In most cases image research is done by the HTAV, but if you have particular images in mind please advise the editor as early as possible to maximise the chances of securing them in time.

If sending your own photos/images, email them in separate jpeg or tiff files (not imbedded in a Word document) and provide detailed captions. Images, where possible, should be submitted as high resolution JPEG or TIFF files (min. 300 dpi).

If you would like to use photographs of students you must get SPECIFIC permission from parents to publish the photograph in Agora. A general permission form for school-related publications is NOT sufficient.


Wherever possible, please provide links to relevant online resources, such as photos, galleries, videos, sound clips, worksheets and so on. These resources will be available to readers when viewing articles online.


Sungraphô: 4000–6000 words

Thema: 3000–5500 words

Praktikos: 1500–3000 words

Kritikos: 500–1500 words


Agora conforms to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition). If you are referring to published sources, the following model should be followed. A quick guide for citations can also be found online.

Sample footnotes

1. Stuart Macintyre, A History for a Nation: Ernest Scott and the Making of Australian History (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2005), 77-8.

2. Ernst Badian, ‘Thucydides and the Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War: A Historian’s Brief,’ in Conflict, Antithesis and the Ancient Historian, ed. June W. Allison (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1990), 46.

3. Edward Peters and Walter P. Simons, ‘The New Huizinga and the Old Middle Ages,’ Speculum 74 (1999): 588.

4. Macintyre, History for a Nation, 14.

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica: Accessed 12 June 2007.

Please note that Sungraphô articles require endnotes rather than footnotes.

The Chicago Manual of Style can be viewed in full online.

Tone and content

Contributors should seek to ensure that material is appropriate in a general sense to practising history teachers and educators. Tone may vary from a formal, academic style to a more informal style, depending on the nature of the material. Articles submitted must be the original work of the author – where reference is made to the work of others this must be acknowledged. Standard copyright rules apply.

Contributors are asked to adopt a respectful and fair-minded approach when discussing the work of others, and this should be evident in the tone of the writing. Writers of reviews are expected to cite specific examples to support judgements made and to discuss the merits of the work as a whole. Contributors with close links to institutions or companies should avoid reviewing work published by these bodies. Reviewers may keep materials once review has been received.


The Sungraphô section of Agora contains articles that follow one or more of the following research categories:

  • Discovery: building new knowledge through exploratory forms of research, for example a study of school staff responses to implementing a new history curriculum development;
  • Interpretation: revising existing scholarly understandings, for example an innovative review of a historiographical topic or of a pedagogical approach;
  • Application: research that takes existing theories and concepts and applies them to problems within teaching to extend disciplinary knowledge, for example assessing student acquisition of historical understandings in the classroom;
  • Teaching: research that develops and improves ways of teaching and learning.

Submissions are accepted from Victoria, interstate and overseas. Preference will be given to articles pertinent to beginning and experienced teachers as well as to other members of the professional history community.

All manuscripts submitted to Sungraphô will be double-blind reviewed by independent experts. Manuscripts, normally between 4000 and 6000 words, must be accompanied by a covering letter and sent to the Sungraphô Editor-in-Chief (Dr Heather Sharp, The University of Newcastle). The name of the author must NOT appear on the submitted manuscript. Submissions may have been presented at a conference but must not have been published elsewhere. Items appearing in Sungraphô may satisfy the C1 classification of the Department of Education and Training's Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) guidelines for research publications which are: journal articles which are characterised by substantial scholarly activity, as evidenced by discussion of the relevant literature; an awareness of the history and antecedents of work described and provided in a format which allows a reader to trace sources of the work including through citations and footnotes; originality (i.e. not a compilation of existing works); veracity/validity through a peer review process; increasing the stock of knowledge; and being in a form that enables the dissemination of knowledge.

Sungraphô Editor-in-Chief

Heather Sharp, The University of Newcastle​

Sungraphô Editorial Board

Carmel Fahey, The University of Sydney
Trudie Fraser, The University of Melbourne
Robert Guyver, The Historical Association
Catherine Hart, Australian Catholic University
Deborah Henderson, Queensland University of Technology
Adrian Jones, La Trobe University
Robert Parkes, The University of Newcastle
Ronald Ridley, The University of Melbourne
Heather Sharp, The University of Newcastle
Ruth Sandwell, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Tony Taylor, Monash University
Rosalie Triolo, Monash University
Joseph Zajda, Australian Catholic University

For queries about Sungraphô, please contact Heather Sharp.


Agora is available to HTAV members in hard-copy format and via the members-only section of our website. In addition, at the request of the Copyright Agency, the HTAV has granted permission for RMIT University to publish editions of Agora via its Informit site. Under this arrangement the following databases can access Agora articles:

  • RMIT’s E-Library Service
  • Australian Public Affairs Information Service (APA-FT)
  • Attorney-General’s Information Service (AGIS)
  • Meditext (medical index)
  • A+ Education (Aust. Educ. Index)
  • ACER’s Complete Article Service.

Agora is also made available to overseas libraries via EBSCO.

Copyright and copyright royalties

Contributors hold copyright over their Agora articles, and are permitted to write on similar topics elsewhere. Please seek permission if you wish to reproduce an Agora article in its entirety.

In the event that an item is photocopied/reproduced by a third party, the contributor (unless otherwise agreed) permits the HTAV to retain any payments to which he or she would otherwise be entitled from the Copyright Agency. Legally speaking this means that, in relation to Agora, the contributor assigns his or her member rights for journal and digital publication to HTAV under his or her membership agreement with the Copyright Agency.

Citations and permissions

Contributors are expected to produce original work and, where necessary, give full citations for sources used. They should inform the editor of any copyright material they wish to use (such as images and quotes) so that the appropriate permissions may be secured well before publication. Unless otherwise agreed the HTAV will seek permissions and pay for images.

Editorial discretion

The HTAV will edit materials and make layout decisions in the best interests of the edition. The editor will seek approval from contributors before making substantial changes to text. The editor may hold an item over until an appropriate edition becomes available.

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