"Without community, there can be no consensus to resist the greedy, the envious, the power-mad narcissists who seize control and turn the institutions of civilization into a series of doom machines." – Dean Koontz
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Submission Guidelines


Thanks for your interest in writing for New Community! Here are some details that will give you more of an idea of the type of articles we accept and the style that NC commonly uses. We publish material relating to the community development theory and practice with a particular emphasis on: (a) articles that reflect new paradigms in our work to improve society and the human condition. (b) articles that encourage the effective and productive interaction between theorists and practitioners of community development. (c) articles that reflect the myriad forms in which the principles of community development are expressed across the full spectrum of Australian and overseas societies.


We look for articles that are focused on community empowerment, with a structure that is reader friendly. Generally, a clear, concise, straight-forward writing style, using direct language with a minimum of specialised jargon. Articles must appeal to and be readily understood by the general NC reader rather than only specialists in academic circles. All articles will conform to the Australian Style Manual (5th Edition) and authors are encouraged to consult and use this guide on matters of style and referencing. See http://australia.gov.au/publications/style-manual.


We have two main sections for articles: 'Thematic' and 'Refereed' -


Articles for the THEMATIC section are up to 2000 words with an abstract of 100 -150 words featuring the main aims and highlights of the article. Abstracts may be used for publication of the NC website. Articles pages will be numbered. Diagrams, tables and photographs or cartoons should be used sparingly and must be succinct, accessible and are to be produced on separate sheets and numbered sequentially.

Articles for the REFEREED section will be refereed by a panel with experience and knowledge of the proposed topic and will normally be 3000 - 4000 words. Get these articles in very early to allow refereeing time. Articles will deal with issues and themes in a substantial, engaging and accessible way. The title of the article, while reflecting the scope of content, will be as concise as possible. An abstract of 100-150 words, featuring the main aims and highlights of the paper is to be supplied. On a separate cover sheet, authors are encouraged to supply their full name, highest qualifications, current position and name of organisation if applicable. Succinct headings throughout that guide the reader are appreciated; generally, these will comprise not more than two grades. Footnotes and appendices are not encouraged. The Harvard referencing style is recommended.

And just a note about copyright: Copyright of published articles will be held by New Community Quarterly Assoc. Inc., but authors are free to copy of use any part of their own material in subsequent papers. There is no payment for authors. NC is a 99% volunteer run non-profit organisation.

Also welcome are review essays, book reviews, letters, and comments. These will comment on important current texts in the community development area, outlining the content of the text and their value to the NC readership. Review articles will address a number of texts. Reviews are limited to 1000 words.  

Poems, cartoons, photographs and drawing, especially if relevant to the proposed issue of NC are most welcome.

Please submit electronically as an unformatted MS Word attachment. Forward on separate pages or file attachments all tables and photos whilst indicating the location within the article.

Please forward to the editor Jacques Boulet at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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