Author’s Guide


Author’s Guide for the Australian Agribusiness Journals

Updated May, 2018

The new Business Office of the Australasian Agribusiness Review, the Australasian Agribusiness Perspectives and the Australian Farm Business Management is

Centre for Agribusiness
UNE Business School
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351

The Managing Editor is Professor Garry Griffith (phone: +61 2 6773 3053 or +61 402 332 249; email:, and the Administrative Assistant is Amanda Rose (phone: +61 2 6773 2201; email:

All manuscripts for consideration for publication in any of these journals should be submitted as an email attachment directly to the Managing Editor. Please use only Microsoft Word.

Please note that the editorial policy of each of the journals is to publish work that constitutes an original piece of research. Thus, we will only accept articles that are not under review or scheduled for publication by other journals, and that are substantially different from other published work. Authors must certify that their manuscript meets these conditions in their covering email.

Manuscript Presentation

  • Authors’ identification. The journals operate a single blind refereeing system, thus author’s names are known to referees but not vice versa. A list of author(s) and their affiliation(s) should be included on the front page of the submission as shown on the attached example. All correspondence will be conducted with the author who submits the manuscript. Please be sure to include email address and phone/fax numbers for this author.
  • Copyright. Unless otherwise agreed, the copyright for material published in the Journals is held by the University of New England.
  • Style. The font style for all papers is Calabri. The text in all papers should be 11pt, within “normal” 2.54cm margins, full justification, single column and single space. Headings are not numbered. Font sizes for paper titles, author’s names, different levels of headings, acknowledgements and headers and footers are as shown in the accompanying front page template. This is available for you to download for your use.
  • Abstract. A short abstract is required, up to 500 words
  • References and citations should follow the standard Harvard system, or see recent examples of articles published on the journal’s web site
  • Mathematical notations should be kept as simple as possible. Use fractional exponents to avoid root signs.
  • Tables and Figures should be numbered and cited sequentially and inserted into the text where they are referred to. All tables and figures are centred. Titles for tables and headings are in bold. Photos and other images should be regarded as figures. Please keep tables and figures within the standard margin area. Table content and labelling of figures should be 10pt. Tables may have horizontal dividing lines but not vertical lines. The use of shading and tints should be avoided, or if necessary, be able to be distinguished in black and white printing.
  • Page numbers. Use sequential numbering beginning at page 1. These will be changed at publication as will the paper number.

Use of Capitals

  1. Other than for proper names, use capitals only when lower case would cause ambiguity.


  1. Full titles of countries, states, institutions, organisations, etc. should be used at the first reference; subsequent references may be abbreviated.
  2. Use a full stop after an abbreviation (Vic., ed.), but not after a contraction (Mr, Mrs, Qld, eds). Symbols for currency and units of measurement have no full stop (5 km, 25 kgs, 3s).
  3. Do not use any full stop with abbreviations that consist of capitals: (NSW, ALP; also BA, PhD, MA).


  1. Use double quotation marks for quotations and single marks within quotations.
  2. Indent long quotations.
  3. Always preserve the spelling, grammar and punctuation of the original. Use [sic] sparingly to indicate aberrant usage.
  4. Put any interpolations in square brackets.
  5. If omitting material from a quotation, use three ellipsis points (…). Do not use ellipsis points at the beginning of a quotation.
  6. Close quotations before a final punctuation mark (‘He left him dead’.)


  1. Within the text, numbers and ordinals up to ten are spelled out.
  2. Numbers over ten are given in figures (276). Use figures with a succession of numbers: 16 frocks, 5 smocks, 102 stockings.
  3. For percentages in the text, write 91 per cent, not 91%. In tables, % is used.


  1. Use the form 15 January 2000. Avoid beginning a sentence with a date in this form.
  2. Months should be spelled out in full.
  3. No apostrophe is used in 1870s, 2000s.


  1. Underline only if reproducing a specific device in a quotation; emphasis will normally be marked by italics.