Write for Indonesia at Melbourne
The Indonesia at Melbourne blog is a new platform for analysis, research and commentary on contemporary Indonesia by academics and postgraduate students affiliated with the University of Melbourne. Indonesia at Melbourne is a joint initiative of the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts, the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) in the Melbourne Law School, and the University of Melbourne’s Indonesia Forum. It is also supported by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Simon Evans.
The blog’s audience includes academics, journalists, businesspeople, development professionals and students with an interest in Indonesia. The emphasis of the blog is on politics but it also covers law, anthropology, culture, history, economics, architecture and public health, reflecting the diversity of expertise on contemporary Indonesia at this university.
External contributions to Indonesia at Melbourne are welcome at all times, although posts will be published at the discretion of the editor and advisory board. We seek articles between 600-800 words in length. We will only occasionally publish longer pieces. Please contact the editor with a proposal before submitting a longer article. Authors are responsible for guaranteeing that their work is original.
It should be emphasised that the blog is not a venue for the dissemination of research articles, although posts can draw on and promote research. Posts must be accessible to a non-specialist, and written in a manner that will maximise their appeal to a broad audience.
Submitted posts will be edited before publication. The editorial team will work with authors to revise posts if changes are significant but editors reserve the right to make changes without consultation. Where possible, please submit pieces to allow time for the editing process.
Authors are asked to submit at least one high-resolution photo to accompany posts. Photos should be submitted as a separate attachment (preferably in .jpg form), not in Microsoft Office documents. Please provide captions, dates and credits with each image. Please do not submit photos downloaded from the internet. If you wish to use a photo from an external source, please also provide evidence that you have clearance from the publisher.
Notes on style
Aim to write simply, in a clear and lucid style. Long sentences, and long paragraphs, can confuse the reader.
Please translate all Indonesian terms. In some instances where there is no equivalent English term it may be acceptable to use an Indonesian word or phrase. Use the Indonesian phrase first, and then put the English in brackets. Please use italics for translated words.
When referring to Indonesian people, please provide the full name on first reference, then refer to the person by their first name in subsequent mentions (there are exceptions). We follow the spellings that Indonesians use for their own names. For this reason, we use Soeharto, not Suharto; and Soekarno, not Sukarno.
Excessive use of acronyms can appear messy and distracting when scattered throughout a text. You should not need to use more than three different abbreviations in a standard blog post.
Indonesia at Melbourne uses Australian spelling.
Please provide sources as links rather than footnotes or in-text references. If you are using a quote from another source (newspapers, radio, television), you must provide attribution.
Please provide complete information when referring to laws and regulations, for example: Law No. 3 of 1999 on Human Rights. This will help readers (and us) search for the law if required.
Detailed style guidelines can be viewed here.
We encourage readers to engage with our posts, and all readers will have the opportunity to comment on content. All comments are reviewed before publication, so there may be some delay before they are visible on the site.
We encourage lively debate but please be respectful of others. Comments considered inflammatory, offensive or irrelevant will not be published. The editors reserve the right to remove comments or parts of comments if we believe that they have caused, or may cause, offense.
We may also edit comments for grammar and punctuation.