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Writer’s Guidelines is a global online resource for community engagement practitioners that publishes features, opinions, reviews and news articles on aspects of public and civic engagement, public participation and community development. is a reimagined publishing space for open-ended exchange between researchers and practitionners to support the flow of ideas and information among a community of planners, policy makers, researchers, analysts and community specialists across the globe. It is a magazine style format that aims to provide a better understanding of community engagement issues internationally.

We invite articles and academic inspired reportage and research, special issues and series pitches. An informed, strong opinion is encouraged as is evidence-based research. All submissions must be original, and not published elsewhere. We will not consider articles that have already been published, in any form, in print or online.

Referencing does not use footnotes, bibliographies or numbered referenced. Links to source material should be provided in the body of the text. BangtheTable encourages references to [primary source] material.

Fact checking

Dates, names and spelling of names are the care of the author.


Bang the Table claims only first publication rights, copyright of all work published on remains with authors. Submissions must be original and sole work of author(s) and not involve third party claim to copyright.


Please do not embed images but send as a separate attachment. With images provided by authors, permission to reproduce photos, illustrations and images is a responsibility of authors.


Articles can be emailed as attachments and should not exceed 1500 words; reviews and conference articles should not exceed one thousand words.

Please send abstract of no more than 200 words in the body of an email to and include brief bio, background and qualifications with links to URL of representative sampling of your work (no more than three thanks)

We read all submissions and will contact you if we are interested in publishing your material. If your article is accepted for publication, you will be contacted to complete a Letter of Agreement allowing your work to be published in online format.

Bang the Table will provide links to research profiles but no advertising.

For any further information contact:

Sally Hussey

Managing Editor

Bang the Table

+61 3 90208628


Style notes prefers word documents that are:

  • jargon free
  • single spaced
  • use ‘single quotation’ marks, “double quotation” within quotes
  • titles in italics
  • quotes from text should appear exactly as in the original, retaining spelling punctuation, style, etc.
  • use numeric numbers from 10; spell out numbers from one to nine
  • use symbol % not ‘per cent’ or ‘percent’
  • retains spelling relevant to country of author
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