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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Instructions for Authors

JoHILA is published three times per year, in the first quarter of the year and approximately every four months thereafter. Submissions will be accepted at any time.


All submissions should follow the APA Style Guide, 7th edition. Note the instructions for the author-date style of referencing.

The Editor is responsible for final decisions regarding whether to publish, and may edit for consistency of grammar, clarity and style.

For scope, word length and structure for different types of articles please see the instructions below:

Research articles

These are assessed by two independent peer reviewers through a double-blinded process.


These cover current research about health library and information practice in the Australasian region on topics that are relevant to JoHILA’s readership.

Word length:

Submissions should be 3,000 to 5,000 words (excluding Author/s information, Acknowledgements, Statement of Conflicts of Interest, Funding Source, Abstract, References, Appendices, Tables, Figures)

  • - Title – no longer than 20 words
  • - Author/s – name, affiliation, contact email, ORCID, short bio (up to 100 words) 
  • - Acknowledgements
  • - Statement of Conflicts of Interest
  • - Funding Source
  • - Abstract – up to 300 words, following the structure of the body of the article
  • - Introduction
  • - Objectives
  • - Methods
  • - Results
  • - Discussion
  • - Conclusion
  • - References
  • - Appendices (where appropriate, survey-based articles should append the measuring instrument used in the research)

Practice-based articles


These focus on issues that are topical and relevant to our readership.

Word length:

Submissions should be up to 3,000 words.


They may be structured as case studies, reports of projects, program evaluations, commentaries, opinion pieces, etc.

  • - Title – no longer than 15 words
  • - Author/s – name, affiliation, contact email, ORCID, short bio (up to 50 words)
  • - Acknowledgements
  • - Statement of Conflicts of Interest
  • - Funding Source
  • - Body of article, with subheadings



Includes books, journals, websites, information resources, products, etc.

Word length:

Submissions should be 1,000 to 1,500 words.


  • - Title – the name of the publication being reviewed, and all the publication details.
  • - Author/s - name, affiliation, contact email, ORCID, Twitter