AJRS Guide for Contributors

The Australasian Journal of Regional Studies (AJRS) is a refereed journal published by the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International Inc. This non-profit organisation is dedicated to improving our understanding of regional economic and social conditions and development processes in both the Australasian region and the world at large through research and the discussion of ideas. We welcome contributed articles falling within the broad disciplinary scope of economics, geography, urban and regional planning, demography, environmental resource management, and related public policy.

Articles may be theoretical, philosophical, or empirical in spirit. For example, AJRS regularly publishes (a) cutting edge theoretical and empirical articles on the processes shaping regional economies; (b) analyses of current and emerging regional economic and social conditions often employing innovative data sets and statistical techniques; (c) analyses of short to medium term prognoses for regional development resulting from globalisation, changing macro- and micro-economic settings, or emergent technologies – among other things, and (d) penetrating conceptual, philosophical or ideological articles on the capacities of various tiers of government or communities to develop strategies to remedy or ameliorate regional problems identified through (a) to (c).

Manuscripts should be sent electronically to The Editors at journal@anzrsai.org 

Articles of up to about 6,000 words and length should be single spaced.  They should also follow the formatting guidelines found below.

(1)           A cover page with the title of the paper; authors’ names, postal and email addresses; and organisational affiliation. If there is more than one author, please specify the corresponding author to whom acknowledgement, queries or reports should be sent. Referees will not receive this page.

(2)           Page two must be headed by the article’s title and an abstract of between 100-150 words. The latter will be self-contained and not use undefined abbreviations or references. After the abstract, please provide (i) not more than 5 key words, and (ii) any acknowledgements of, for example, research grants on which the article depends. Authors’ names should not appear (the refereeing process is double-blind). The article’s text immediately follows these preliminaries.

(3)           Tables and figures must be supplied on separate sheets and not be integrated into the main text. They can be attached to the end of the text or submitted as a separate document. All tables and figures should be mentioned in the text and numbered using Arabic numerals. Captions and legends should be grouped together in a list. Figures and line drawings should be of a quality suitable for printing and will not normally be redrawn by the publisher. Since the journal is published electronically, we can, however, accept colour figures. Please make sure that sources are given for tables and figures.

(4)           Footnotes should be avoided if possible.

(5)           Textual references should give the author’s name, with year of publication in parentheses. Multiple publications by the same author in the same year should have (a), (b), etc. Appended

Page size A4 Portrait
Page Margins

Left:                                                    4.75 cm          

Right:                                                  4.75 cm

Top edge to top of header:                   5.0 cm

Top edge to top of text:                       6.0 cm

Bottom edge to bottom of text:           5.4 cm

Title of Article  On first page of article:

16 pt Times, BLOCK CAPITALS, bold, NOT justified, top of text area

Author(s) Name(s)  Miss a line below title:

12 pt Times, Upper and Lower Case, bold, NOT justified

Next line, 10 pt Times font, NOT bold, NOT justified

Position (e.g. Senior Lecturer), Department or School, University or Business or Government Department, City, State, Postcode, Country.

Abstract  Text .... (10 pt Times font, ABSTRACT: bolded, text starts after tab, text justified to left and right margins, single line spacing).
Quotations, if any, after Abstract  11 pt Times font, centred (quote), author of quote centred below, NOT bolded, 1-line gap from abstract text.
Major Headings  Miss one line after Abstract or quotations, section number, section description, blocked text, bold, Times 11 pt font, left margin.

        1.  INTRODUCTION

 Minor (Sub-)Headings   Times 11 pt font, bold, Title Case, italicised and NOT numbered

        Input-Output Analysis

 Text  Miss one line after heading. Text is single line spacing in 11 pt Times font; left and right justified; paragraphs start indented three characters; no space between paragraphs within sections
 Tables, Diagrams and Maps

 Titles: 11 pt Times font, Table and table number (or Figure number) followed by a full-stop bolded (Table 1.); name of Table (or Figure) follows after one space, NOT bolded, key words start with capital letter; line spaces before title and after table or figure. 

Authors should indicate sources of Tables, Diagrams and Maps; for self-created items use: Source: the Author (or Authors) as appropriate.

 Tables, Diagrams and Maps should be of good quality for immediate reproduction. Items may be in colour since the Journal is published on-line.

 References (heading)  REFERENCES  11 pt Times, Block Capitals, bolded, use alphabetical order.
 Individual References  11 pt Times, NOT bolded, see specific examples below for different classes of publication
Journal Article   Baker, R. G. V. (1994) On travel behaviour relative general place utility field. Environment and Planning A, 26, pp. 1455-1474.
 Journal Article with Additional DOI Information Hořava, P. (2009) Quantum gravity at a Lifshitz point. Physical Review D, 79(8), DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.79.084008.
 Book  Becker, G. S. (1976) The Economic Approach to Human Behavior, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
 Chapter in a Book  Arthur, B., Durlauf, S. and Lane, D. A. (1997) Introduction: Process and emergence in the economy. In B. Arthur, S. Durlauf and D. A. Lane (Eds) The Economy as an Evolving Complex System II, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass.
 Conference Proceedings  Juniper, J. (2008) A critique of Dopfer and Potts‟ evolutionary realism. Proceedings of the 32nd ANZRSAI Conference, Adelaide, pp. 149-165.
 Web Materials  Horn, R. E. and Weber, R. P. (2007) New tools for resolving wicked problems: Mess mapping and resolution mapping processes. Strategy Kinetics L.L.C. Online version accessed 25 October 2010,  http://designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/fall/wicked-problems.html-0.
 Translation of a Classic Work  Plato (1965) Timaeus (translated with an introduction by H. D. P. Lee). Penguin, Harmondsworth.
Original Edition of a Classic Work   Kondratieff, N. (1924) On the Notion of Economic Statics, Dynamics and Fluctuations, published originally in the Soviet Union in Russian.


Proofs will be sent to authors (if there is sufficient time to do so). They should be corrected and returned to the publisher as soon as possible (within three days).