The internet is a wonderful way to promote your work to a much wider audience however poorly written posts can give readers a bad impression of your work. We want this blog to reflect the high standard of scholarly work undertaken by people associated with the Department of Archaeology and we also want to ensure that it adheres to the highest ethical standards. To help ensure high academic and ethical standards we have developed the following editorial guidelines. Please ensure you read these before posting your first blog post.
Please note that all blog posts need to be approved by an Editor before they will go live on the web.
- Write in whatever style you prefer. In most cases, blog posts will receive wider readership if they contain minimal jargon or technical language, are less than 500 words in length and are written for an audience with minimal technical knowledge. We do acknowledge that not all posts may be able to be written in this way. If you’re not sure, then contact an editor!
- Be creative. Contributors should feel free to design and layout their posts as they see fit. We encourage the use of additional media including video, images and audio. Where possible, we encourage the use of media that is released under a Creative Commons License. You can find out more about Creative Commons here. This is a useful resource for discovering Creative Commons media.
- Acknowledge your sources. If you are referring to scholarly sources please ensure that you include appropriate citations in the body of your blog post along with a full reference at the end of your post. A web link is also nice if you can find one. If you are using or referring to web sources (including images) please provide a link to the source and make sure it’s ok to use it in your post.
- Use inclusive language. Do not use terms or language that excludes or discriminates against any group or section of the community. Posts should be gender neutral and non-racist in tone, and show respect for people who are disabled, older, younger of from other language backgrounds. The terms ‘Indigenous’, ‘Indigenous Australians’ and ‘Indigenous people’ are now gaining increasing currency as inclusive terms where referring to Indigenous people. In some contexts in Australia, the terms ‘Aboriginal Australians’ or ‘Aboriginal People’ are more appropriate.
- Write nicely. This is the internet: who know who will be reading your work. As such, all contributions should be well structured with careful attention to grammar, spelling, syntax and punctuation. Please proof read your work several times before submitting a post. Student posts that are written as part of the assessment requirements for a topic will only be posted here if they are approved by the topic coordinator.
This is a moderated blog which means that you will need approval before you can publish a post. You can read more about getting your post published here.