Aiatsis Guidelines For Ethical Research Paper

These guidelines for ethical publishing spring from Aboriginal Studies Press’ lived experience as an award-winning publisher. To date, there have been few rules of engagement for publishing Australia’s Indigenous writers, and much criticism of past practices. The guidelines are signposts that reflect what ASP has experienced as best-practice rather than being overly prescriptive (or proscriptive). Presented accessibly, they are enlivened by practical tips and illuminating case studies.

In this area you may be a cultural novice, however experienced you may be as a publisher. And, in the same way that there’s no one single Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity, there’s no one approach to the many challenges and opportunities that present themselves. The goal is to publish material written by, or about, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors and people in a way that is meaningful for them, while embodying the best qualities of good writing, rigorous scholarship, and the capacity to be saleable.

ASP’s hope is that by using the guidelines, writers and publishers can create new works that reflect the diversity and richness of Australia’s Indigenous histories and cultures.

The guidelines share a philosophical base with the AIATSIS Guidelines for ethical research in Australian Indigenous studies. Both sets of guidelines allow AIATSIS to fulfil its mandated role of encouraging an understanding and appreciation in the wider community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Download the Ethical publishing guidelines (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title

Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title is a multi-disciplinary series of research papers that analyse emerging issues in native title research in a condensed and accessible short form. The series allows practitioners and researchers to provide arguments in the context of well-defined subject areas and research methods. Papers are anonymously peer-reviewed by at least two independent experts and are generally between 3500 and 7000 words in length.

For more information, to subscribe to the Issues Paper series or to submit your completed paper please contact the Native Title Research Unit.

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