Circa: The Journal of Professional Historians is a peer-refereed journal.
Circa aims to publish work that reflects the many styles, themes and formats embraced by professional historians. The journal is professionally designed and heavily illustrated to bring the stories to life.
The journal provides a forum for all Professional Historians Association (PHA) members throughout Australia to publish work that reflects the diverse ways in which professional historians engage with history and practice in areas such as cultural heritage, museums, oral history, commissioned history, the media, education and government. Submissions may discuss pertinent ethical or philosophical questions, exhibitions or historical drama; be a piece of creative or reflective writing; explore the use of common or unusual sources; or examine a topical issue. Reviews of exhibitions, historical drama, books and other publications will also be included.
Initiated by PHA (Vic), Circa is produced by a voluntary Editorial Board. Financial support provided by Professional Historians Australia for the printing and distribution of Circa ensures that all accredited professional historians in Australia receive a copy of the journal. The journal is also distributed to state and territory libraries and a range of archives for public access.
Submissions that complete the refereeing process and are accepted by the Circa Editorial Board for publication will be eligible for the best article prize of $500, or $150 if highly commended, awarded by Professional Historians Australia. Note - two articles per edition will normally be judged as highly commended, but this is at the discretion of the judging panel.