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Instructions for authors

Human Ecology Review is a semi-annual journal that publishes peer-reviewed interdisciplinary research on all aspects of human–environment interactions (Research in Human Ecology). The journal also publishes essays, discussion papers, dialogue, and commentary on special topics relevant to human ecology (Human Ecology Forum), book reviews (Contemporary Human Ecology), and letters, announcements, and other items of interest (Human Ecology Bulletin). As of volume 20(2) Human Ecology Review will also publish an occasional paper series in Philosophy of Human Ecology and Social–environmental Sustainability.

Human Ecology Review is the official journal of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE) and is published in open access online format by ANU Press ( It is also available to member and institutional subscribers in hard copy format. Human Ecology Review is indexed or abstracted in Environment Abstracts, Environmental Knowledgebase, Environmental Periodicals Bibliography, Linguistic and Language Behavior Abstracts, Social Planning and Policy Abstracts, and Sociological Abstracts. Archived back issues are available from the SHE website and via ProQuest. Issues earlier than 2012 are at and will shortly become available through JSTOR.

Author Instructions

Manuscripts should be submitted online via Please attend to the instructions below.

Title Page, Abstract and Authorship

You will be asked to enter the title of your manuscript and an abstract (which you can cut and paste). The abstract should be 150 words or less and include 3 to 5 key words. This information will be used when soliciting for reviewers and so should not contain any author identification. On a separate form you will be asked to submit author information.


On your cover letter, please provide the names and contact information of 2 or 3 suggested reviewers for your manuscript.


Word Count

The manuscript should be about 6,500 words. Please limit references to 50 or less. The manuscript should contain no author information.

The manuscript should be in the form of a single Word document file that includes tables and figures rather than sending multiple files. It should be double-spaced, 12 point font with 1 inch margins. Page numbers should be in the upper right corner. The entire manuscript should be free of any underlining or boldface type; use italics only for emphasis and in references (see below). Headings should be centered with initial capitalization only, subheadings should be flush left.

Tables and Figures

Tables should be clear and concise, and should be able to “stand alone” i.e., complete headings and footnotes should be used to clarify entries. Figures must be black and white; they should be of professional quality and ready for publication. All tables and figures should be referred to in the text and notation should be made in the manuscript indicating approximately where each should be placed. Authors must obtain copyright permission to reproduce any material that is not their own.


References should conform to APA style. See below; also see

Citation of references in the text should follow this format: Henry (1998) or (Henry & Wright, 1997) or (Henry et al., 1996, 22-24) or (Henry, 1995, 1998; Wright, 1994). The list of references should be arranged alphabetically by author. All authors of a work must be listed. Multiple citations by the same author[s] in the reference list should be listed by name.

Sample References

Schoenfeld, A. C., Meier, R., & Griffin, R.J. (1979). Constructing a social problem: The press and the environment. Social Problems, 27, 38-61.

Cohen, J. (1995). How Many People Can the Earth Support? New York: W. W. North.

Altman, I. & Low, S. (Eds.). (1992). Place Attachment. New York: Plenum.

Varner, G. (1995). Can animal rights activists be environmentalists? In C. Pierce and D. VanDeVeer (Eds.), People, Penguins, and Plastic Trees, 2nd Edition (pp. 254-273). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Other topics

Please avoid gender bias by, e.g., restricting the use of masculine nouns and pronouns to occasions in which men are the specific topic. When making comments about people in general, ‘he or she’ and ‘humanity’ are preferred to ‘he’ or ‘mankind’.

Send submissions to

Human Ecology Review
is published by ANU Press
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200, Australia
This title is available online at
ISSN 1322-1833 (print)
ISSN 1447-4735 (online)


For questions or comments on the HER web site or about Human Ecology Review, email © 2014 Society for Human Ecology


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