Writing and Submitting Entries

Invitation to contribute

Scholars of educational, childhood and youth history are invited to contribute ideas for entries, and entries in accordance with the guidelines below. All entries must relate to the history of education, childhood and youth in Australia and New Zealand.

Guidelines for entries

Entries between 500 and 3000 words are invited that cover significant:

  • events
  • persons
  • themes
  • phenomena
  • institutions
  • historiography
  • historians

in the history of education, childhood and youth in Australia and New Zealand.

Dictionary entries require contextualisation of the topic. They are usually broader in scope than more narrowly focussed research articles.

Entries should be written so that students from senior high school, and readers from that level in the public might readily respond to the texts. If technical language and terms likely to be unfamiliar to such an audience are used, and that is to some degree inevitable, a glossary should be situated at the end of the entry.

The editors encourage the submission of images (photographs, drawings etc.) that support the text. Please note the requirements as outlined below.

Submitting entries

Step 1

Send ideas and topics for one or more entries to the editors of the Dictionary. Very briefly tell them about your expertise and the proposed entries. Use the following addresses:

For Australian topics contact Dorothy Kass:


For New Zealand topics contact Jenny Collins:


Step 2

The editors will reply to you promptly either accepting your proposed entries and/or suggesting development of the proposal.

Step 3

Where proposals are accepted, authors will need to refer to current entries in the dictionary for guidance on their format.

The editors encourage the submission of images (photographs and drawings) that support the text. These should be captured in “jpeg” files. High resolution images are not necessary for web publication.

The images must be sent as separate files. Do not embed them within your text. When submitting an entry, indicate in your entry where you wish particular images to go. Also insert your image caption text at this point.

Please note the following:

  • The author must make every possible effort to track the copyright status of the image.
  • The author is responsible for applying to any owner or guardian of the image for permission to publish, where that is required.
  • The author of the entry is responsible for meeting any conditions required for image publication.
  • Note the requirements of the owner/guardian of an image regarding a ‘source of image’ statement in the caption.

That said, many older images are out of copyright, and it is relatively easy to secure them for publication. A good source of historical images are the picture/image collections of the Australian and New Zealand national libraries, and also in Australia state libraries.

Step 4

Send entries to editors. They may suggest amendments, send entries out for review or checking, accept or decline entries. This should occur quickly.

Step 5

Entries that are accepted will be published on the DEHANZ website expeditiously.