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Author Guidelines

How to send a submission to Snapshot journal

All contributions should be submitted online in accordance with the submission guidelines. Authors should read and understand the selection process, as well as the terms and conditions outlined below.

Publication of work is at the discretion of the editors.

The first step is to register as an author. If you have already registered you can log in and begin the simple five step process. (Follow these useful instructions). Please read through all the guidelines below before you submit, and make sure you have all elements ready to submit (incluidng a short paragraph about you and your university journey).

Learn more about submitting to Snapshot through the OJS system.

If you have any questions about submitting to Snapshot, please email the editors

What to submit

  • The assignment your lecturer recommended you submit.
  • A short paragraph (up to 60 words) to tell us a little bit about you. We'd like to know what motivated you to study at uni, what you enjoy about uni, or perhaps what you want to study next. This may be submitted as a supplementary (additional) file, or it can be included at the end of your essay/short story/poem, critical piece.
Any images, illustration, photographs, figures, or tables embedded in the document should also be submitted separately as jpeg files. Images, illustrations, photographs, figures or tables must be your own - not somebody else's.

If you wish to use somebody else's photo/illustration/figure/table you MUST get copyright clearance; either a Creative Commons licence or written permission from the creator/copyright holder. Submit the permission statement as a supplementary file.

Contribution length

Length of contributions is determined by the lecturer when setting the assessment task that is designed to develop contributions for the journal.


Use the Harvard referencing style (author date, page), as is standard for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; unless a different referencing style is required for a particular discipline. If you are submitting artwork or multimedia, or proposing any other unusual or complex submissions, please contact the editors.    

Snapshot journal prefers in-text citations and a bibliography (if appropriate) at the end of the piece, rather than using footnotes.


In-text citation: (White 1993, p. 81)

Book: White, E 1993, Genet: A Biography. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Book chapter: Wittig, M 2005, ‘Point of View: Universal or Particular?' In The Straight Mind and Other Essays. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf.

Print journal article: Butler, J 2007, ‘Wittig's Material Practice: Universalising a Minority Point of View' In GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 13, no.4, pp. 519-533.

Online journal article: McAndrew, P, Scanlon, E, and Chow, D (2010) 'An Open Future for Higher Education' Educause Quarterly. Retrieved from Educause Review Online <> on 1 July 2014.

Web page: Irvine, M 2013, ‘Postmodernity vs. Postmodern vs. Postmodernism' Georgetown University. Viewed 6 May 2014. <>. 


Contributions should be written in Australian English. Refer to the Macquarie Australian English Dictionary or the Oxford Australian English Dictionary for spelling and grammar.

Also include

  • a copy of the brief/description of the assessment task
  • three to five keywords or phrases for search terms and to help us compile the index.

Copyright in Snapshot

Snapshot is published under a Creative Commons Attribution licence 4.0. Our publishing terms and conditions can be found here.

Submissions must be the sole work of the author(s) and not involve third parties with a claim to copyright. Permission to reproduce photographs and illustrations is the responsibility of the author(s), as is permission to reprint previously published work.

Legal advice

You may wish to contact the student union legal service for indepdendent legal advice regarding copyright or defamation issues.

Unsolicited submissions

Students who wish to submit assessed work for consideration in Snapshot are required to provide the following supporting information:

  1. The assignment brief/requirements/essay question.
  2. The assessment rubric and feedback from their lecturer. Such information will only be available to the journal editor for the express purpose of judging the suitability of the work for publication in Snapshot.

The suitability of the work for publication will be discussed with the assessor.

Cover art submissions

Students wishing to contribute artwork for consideration for cover imagery should register as an author and follow standard author submission process, uploading their submission in JPG or GIF format.

The first step is to register as an author. If you have already registered you can log in and begin the simple five step process. (Follow these useful instructions). Please read through all the guidelines below before you submit, and make sure you have all elements ready to submit.


Any queries regarding the submission or publication process can be directed to


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. The work is the creation of the author(s) listed. The work of others (e.g. quotations, paraphrasing) has been referenced according to academic practice at La Trobe University.
  2. The submission DOES NOT contain images created by and copyrighted by others.

    Any images included have written permission to republish, or come with a Creative Commons licence.

  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF file format (text submissions).

    Cover art: The submission file is in JPEG format.

    Supplementary image files will be uploaded as JPEG files (upload to supplementary files option).

  4. The text is in Australian English and sources are referenced using the Author (Date) method (also known as Harvard method), as outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. Contribution of this assessment piece has been discussed with the lecturer participating in the journal project (or has been discussed with the Journal Editor).

Copyright Notice

Submission terms

Words in bold are explained in the 'further information' section.

Snapshot is an open access journal published by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University.

By submitting your work you agree to the following submission terms. As outlined in Author Guidelines, publication is at the discretion of the editors.


1. You grant La Trobe University a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, non-exclusive licence to publish, reproduce and communicate the work in Snapshot, in any form associated with the reproduction or communication of Snapshot, and to modify the work with your approval. Subject to paragraph 6 (below), this licence includes the right for La Trobe University to make the work available to others under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence.

2. Subject to paragraph 6, you assert your right to be acknowledged as the original author of the work.

3. If you publish the work elsewhere, you agree to acknowledge in that publication that the work was first published in Snapshot.

4. You warrant to La Trobe University that:

  • the work is original (your own work) and that La Trobe University's use of the work as outlined in these terms and conditions will not infringe any third-party rights; and
  • the work is not defamatory.

5. You understand that these terms are a binding legal agreement, and you have either obtained independent legal advice prior to agreeing to these terms or have chosen not to obtain independent legal advice. You confirm that you have agreed to these terms of your own free will.

6. If requested by you:

Please include this request in the ‘Comments for the Editor' box below.

Further information

Open access means that:

  • Snapshot is available for free to anybody;
  • Snapshot's content can be shared, distributed, printed and modified according to the Creative Commons Attribution licence conditions;
  • Authors retain copyright in their work;
  • Authors are not paid for their contributions, nor are they required to pay to be published; and
  • Journal content is housed on La Trobe University's servers, as facilitated by the library.

A non-exclusive licence means that you can enter into a non-exclusive arrangement with another publisher to publish the work, but you cannot enter into an exclusive arrangement with another publisher to publish the work.

The work means any written work, images or other material provided by you to Snapshot.

The terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence are further described on the Creative Commons website. However some key points are:

  • anybody can share the work, without seeking permission from you; and
  • anybody can adapt the work before sharing it, but they must acknowledge that you were the original author, and note what changes they made.

The terms of the Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives 4.0 licence are further described on the Creative Commons website. However the key difference between it and the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence is that it restricts others from making changes to your work and then sharing it.

The warranty given by you that no third-party rights will be infringed means that you confirm that you have not plagiarised somebody else's work (reproduced somebody else's words, ideas or findings, or presented them as your own without acknowledging them). Plagiarism includes:

  • direct copying or paraphrasing from somebody else's work without acknowledging the source;
  • using facts, information and ideas derived from a source without acknowledgement; and
  • producing work in collaboration with other people without acknowledging their input.

The warranty given by you that the work is not defamatory means that you confirm that the work does not contain material about a person that lowers the person's reputation in the eyes of ordinary reasonable members of the community.

For further information about these terms or how to obtain independent legal advice please contact La Trobe University's Student Union Student Legal Service.


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