Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature is the premier Australasian scholarly journal in children’s literature. It publishes research on all aspects of children’s fiction – canonical and contemporary, and will consider work drawing upon theoretical, analytical or practice-led methodologies.

Papers was originally published in 1990 by Magpies Magazine for a professional and general readership interested in children’s literature. Since then it has evolved into a fully peer-reviewed research journal with a commitment to publishing globally relevant, academically rigorous thinking about all aspects of the study and practice of children’s and young adult writing. It is the official scholarly publication of the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research (ACLAR), and since 2017 has been published by the Centre for Cultural and Creative Research at the University of Canberra.

In 2009, Papers shifted its focus to become a free, open access online journal. Our ethos is to enhance research, and to support the dissemination of knowledge and the free exchange of ideas. Papers is fully-refereed and all submissions undergo a double-blind reviewing process by members of the journal’s international reviewing board.

While the editors welcome articles on Australasian material, we do not limit Papers to articles only on Australasian works, or by Australasian scholars. Articles might include theoretical perspectives, comparative analysis, discussions of texts of historical interest, bibliographical essays that also provide a scholarly overview of the works listed, or practice-led research engaging with the creative practice of writing for children and young adults.

Papers publishes two issues each year, in July and December. Themed issues are announced through a Call for Papers and may be edited by invited guest editors.

Anthony Eaton, Editor