The Australian Gemmologist welcomes original contributions covering all aspects of gemmology and related topics not previously published in print or digitally in English.

The Australian Gemmologist is published biannually (June and December) by the Editorial Committee which is elected by the Federal Council of The Gemmological Association of Australia.

Manuscripts should be submitted as email or by mailing a USB stick to:

The Editor/The Australian Gemmologist
PO Box 419, Nedlands WA 6909
Email: ag@gem.org.au

Guidelines for Authors

As a guideline, manuscripts should not exceed 11,000 words (including figure and table captions and references), although this is subject to the Editor’s discretion. Shorter articles of 2,000 words or less are welcomed for the section Gemmological Intelligence.

The manuscript must be accompanied by a signed letter of transmission that states clearly:

  1. the full postal address, telephone or fax number, and/or email address of the corresponding contributor; and,
  2. a clear statement that the manuscript has not been previously published in English in the gemmological or mineralogical literature.

Manuscript may be submitted as a MS-Word document for PC (or compatible). The discrete components of each manuscript or file should include:

  1. A title page that includes:
    • the paper’s title.
    • the name/s and professional qualifications of the author/s.
    • the author/s affiliation/s and/or address/es.
    • acknowledgements.
  2. A brief abstract of 50-100 words (on a separate page).
  3. Text, divided into logical sections by appropriate first level (bold) and second level (italics) headings.
  4. References should be cited in the text using the Harvard system of surname, year, and page number (for quotations). At the end of the paper references should be arranged in appropriate alphabetical order using the following recommended style:

    Journal articleOne author:
    Geach, CL 1986, ‘Diamond exploration in WA’, Geology Today, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 16-20.
    Two Authors:
    Hansen, RF & Rennie, LJ (2019) ‘Australian faceted fluorite specimen from the Natural History Museum, London’, The Australian Gemmologist, vol. 27, no. 1, pp 12-17.
    Three Authors:
    Schulhofer, SJ, Tyler, TR & Huq, AZ 2011,American policing at the crossroads: unsustainable policies and the procedural justice alternative‟, The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 335-374

    O’Donohue, M 2006, Gems, 6th edn, Elsevier, Oxford, United Kingdom.

    Chapter or article in a book or series
    Meagher, EP 1982, ‘Silicate garnets’, in RH Ribbe (ed), Mineralogical Society of America Reviews in Mineralogy, 5, 2nd edn, pp. 25-63.

    Warner, R 2010, ‘Giving feedback on assignment writing to international students – the integration of voice and writing tools’, in WM Chan, KN Chin, M Nagami & T Suthiwan (eds), Media in foreign language teaching and learning, De Gruyter, Boston, pp. 355-382

    Arem, JE, Clark, D 2020, Spessartite Garnet, Value, and Jewelry Information, International Gem Society, viewed 14 May 2020, https://www.gemsociety.org/article/spessartite-garnet/

    Coeenraads, R 1991, ‘Alluvial sapphires and diamonds of the New England Gem Fields’, PhD thesis, Macquarie University, Sydney.

    For citations using other sources including conference publications, newspapers, social media, translations and other reference types (print or online), please contact the Editor.

  5. Tables, numbered consecutively, concisely titled, and with their recommended position in the text indicated by a marginal annotation.
  6. Figures/images, numbered consecutively, with figure captions (including magnification and acknowledged source of illustrations when appropriate). Figure/image quality: Hard copy illustrations should be submitted either as high contrast black and white glossy prints, or clear black line drawings on matt white paper. Digital illustrations should be supplied as .ai or jpg or .tif files between 300-1200 dpi resolution; digital photographs supplied as .jpg or .tif files of at least 300 dpi resolution.

Manuscripts will be anonymously reviewed by selected members of the Editorial Review Board of The Australian Gemmologist at the discretion of the Chair/Editor. Authors also have the option to nominate one or two independent reviewers to be approved by the Editor, with the understanding that additional anonymous reviewers may also be selected by the Editor.

The Editor’s decision is final.

Author/s will receive page proofs for checking. Changes, other than corrections of type setting errors are discouraged. Authors have seven (7) days from the date of receipt of page proofs to return these to the Editor (by airmail, fax, or email).

No payment will be made for papers published in The Australian Gemmologist. However, the author/principal author of each published paper will receive three free copies of the issue in which the paper was published.