ANU Historical Journal II

The ANU Historical Journal II (ANUHJ II) is a peer-reviewed academic history journal of The Australian National University and is edited by undergraduate and postgraduate history students. As a revival of the ANU Historical Journal, which was published between 1964 and 1987, it maintains a special interest in publishing the research of students and recent graduates across Australia. It publishes articles that engage with historical topics from a range of perspectives and geographies. To date, it has published articles that contribute to women’s history, Australian history, Indigenous histories, contemporary history, and more.

The ANUHJ II’s editorial board consists of individuals of a variety of backgrounds, including postgraduate students, honours students and former students of ANU.

The journal’s goal is to create a space for students and academics to publish in conversation with one another. It aims to provide publishing opportunities to a variety of individuals, fostering collaboration and enthusiasm in historical studies. The journal also hopes to create intellectual conversations across disciplines by encouraging the publication of works of an inter- or transdisciplinary nature, focused upon historical material.

Ownership and management

The Australian National University’s College of Arts & Social Sciences and College of Asia & the Pacific provided the initial funding for the ANU Historical Journal II. The College of Arts & Social Sciences has committed future funding to the journal. ANU Press publishes a free electronic version and print-on-demand hard copy of the journal, and all of the journal’s publications are freely available on the ANUHJ II website.

Publishing schedule

The ANUHJ II is published annually.


Fully open-access electronic publication available both through the ANU Press, and on the ANUHJ II website. Print-on-demand hard copy option available through ANU Press.

Copyright and licensing

Published under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

Revenue sources

From 2017 to 2019, the ANUHJ II received funding from the College of Arts & Social Sciences and College of Asia & the Pacific at ANU. From 2020, the ANUHJ II will be funded by the College of Arts & Social Sciences and Research School of Social Sciences.

Author fees

There are no fees charged to authors for publishing work in the ANUHJ II.

Peer review process

All articles submitted to this journal undergo a double-blind peer-review process. The peer-review process is arranged by the Journal Editor, who then decides upon publication, amendment or rejection. Manuscripts that undergo amendment may be subject to further review by the Journal Editor or an external reviewer.

Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct

If the Journal Editor receives a credible allegation of misconduct by an author, reviewer, or editor, then they have a duty to investigate the matter with ANU Press, in consultation with relevant Associate Editors and members of the Editorial Board. If the claim is substantiated, the Editor will follow the guidelines set out by COPE for retracting the article in question.

If the Journal Editor receives convincing evidence that the main substance or conclusions of an article published in the journal are incorrect, then, in consultation with the journal’s Associate Editors and/or Editorial Board and ANU Press, the Journal Editor will ensure the publication of an appropriate notice of correction.

Publication ethics

The journal follows the guidelines set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE):

Duties/responsibilities of authors

Authors are responsible for providing:

  • original submissions of articles, fully referenced according to the journal’s guidelines, which follow Chicago style with Australian spelling. For more details on Chicago style, please see: (incorrect referencing will mean that articles may not be considered for publication)
  • payment for all costs and copyright permissions of all images
  • filling out journal copyright and author’s declaration forms, which will be provided to authors once an article is accepted for publication
  • acknowledgement of any material that has been previously published
  • acknowledging any external research grants/conflicts of interest.

Duties/responsibilities of editors

  • The Editor of the ANUHJ II may reject a submitted manuscript without formal peer review if he/she considers it to be inappropriate for the journal and outside its scope.
  • The Editor reserves the right to have final decisions on the content of all journal issues.
  • The Editor keeps the peer-review process confidential.
  • The Editor will make all reasonable effort to process submissions on time.
  • The Editor will delegate the peer review of any original self-authored research article to a member of the editorial or advisory board as appropriate.

Duties/responsibilities of reviewers

Reviewers are responsible for ensuring:

  • timely production of reviews
  • fair and unbiased assessment
  • they follow the guidelines for review document of the journal, which will be provided to the reviewer once they accept the position.

In addition, reviewers will keep in mind the following guidelines for the review:

Editorial team

Editor: Jessica Urwin, The Australian National University

Associate Editors

  • Tandee Wang, The Australian National University
  • Madalyn Grant, The Australian National University
  • Anthony Merlino, The Australian National University Alumni

Please send article submissions or abstracts to the Editor, Jessica Urwin, Email:

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. Articles should be in the range 5,000 to 8,000 words (including footnotes).

Style and referencing: please use footnotes in Chicago style, and follow Australian spelling. For more details on Chicago style, please see:

The journal also accepts letters and short ‘think pieces’. Please contact the Editor for further information or see the website for details:

ANU Historical Journal II: Number 2 »

Publication date: October 2020
The second issue of the ANU Historical Journal II showcases the research of authors ranging from undergraduate students through to professors, synthesising multiple generations of historical scholarship in the one volume. This issue of the ANUHJ II contributes to a plethora of subjects, with articles considering Australian journalists in China at the turn of the twentieth century; the moral messages of seventeenth-century Dutch Realist art; the characterisation of the ‘modern’ for 1920s women in Home magazine; how we research and teach Western Australian gay history; the production of Robert J. Hawke’s legacy; how Indonesia’s Borobudur temple reflects the country’s nationalism; the ‘housewife syndrome’ in mid-twentieth century America; Anzac and the formation of Australians’ sense of the past; and John Howard’s Indigenous policy portfolio. Further to this, contributors review some recently published books, while leading historians reflect on the past in lecture and essay form.

ANU Historical Journal II: Number 1 »

Publication date: May 2019
The first issue of the revived ANU Historical Journal (ANUHJ) follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, bringing together the writing and research of several generations of Australian historians in a single volume. It begins with seven short memoirs from the editors and contributors of the ANUHJ (1964–87), which together offer an extraordinary window on to the student history of the ANU in the 1960s and 1970s. Following the memoirs, the articles in this issue consider the symbolism of the early Aboriginal Tent Embassy; Louisa Lawson’s involvement in Australia’s suffrage movement through her magazine The Dawn; the changing meanings of barn swallow migration in Europe; how the sexuality of Frederick the Great can shine further light on our understanding of Prussian masculinity; the recent public apologies of two prominent leaders of the Lebanese Civil War: Assad Shaftari and Samir Geagea; evangelical humanitarian discourse in the Australian colonies; and the cultural and religious diversity engraved on one Sicilian tombstone. Elsewhere, contributors contemplate the place of national history amid the rise of transnational and global history, and review some of the leading Australian titles that were published last year.