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About Provenance

Aims and scope: what does the journal publish?
Provenance is a free journal published online by Public Record Office Victoria (PROV). The journal will publish peer-reviewed articles, as well as other written contributions, that contain research drawing on records in PROV’s holdings.

The purpose of the journal is to foster access to PROV’s archival holdings and broaden its relevance to the wider Victorian community.

The records held by PROV contain a wealth of information regarding Victorian people, places, communities, events, policies, institutions, infrastructure, governance, and law. Provenance provides a forum for scholarly publication drawing on the full diversity of these records.

Provenance brochure (PDF 1,500 MB)

Contact the Editor
Please direct any queries, comments and submissions regarding Provenance to the Editor, Sebastian Gurciullo, who can be contacted by email at or by telephone on (03) 9348 5600, or by post to:

The Editor, Provenance
Public Record Office Victoria
PO Box 2100
North Melbourne Victoria 3051

Editorial Board
The editorial board includes representatives of:

  • Public Record Office Victoria access services;
  • the peak bodies of PROV’s major user and stakeholder groups;
  • and the archives, records and information management professions.

An editor is appointed to the board to co-ordinate production of the journal and the activities of the editorial board. The current editor is Sebastian Gurciullo. All board members are appointed to the board by the PROV Director and Keeper of Public Records for a period of two years.

  • Tsari Anderson, Co-Editor, Provenance; Coordinator, Koorie Records Unit, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Dr David ‘Fred’ Cahir, Senior Lecturer, Federation University Australia, Ballarat
  • Dr Sebastian Gurciullo, Co-Editor, Provenance; Community Archives Officer, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Dr Adrian Jones, Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University
  • Dr Antonina Lewis, Senior Project Archivist, eScholarship Research Centre, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Seamus O’Hanlon, Associate Professor, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University
  • Dr Dianne Reilly, Fellow, School of Historical Studies, The University of Melbourne
  • Katherine Sheedy, Professional Historians Association (Vic) Inc.
  • Dr Judith Smart, Royal Historical Society of Victoria; Adjunct Professor, RMIT University; Principal Fellow, The Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Rachel Standfield, Monash Indigenous Centre

The current editor of the journal is Dr Sebastian Gurciullo. All dealings between authors, referees and the editorial board should be directed to the journal editor in the first instance.

Assessment of submitted articles
Assessment of all submitted articles is overseen by the editor in consultation with the editorial board. All articles intended for the peer-reviewed section of the journal undergo double-blind peer review by at least two referees with expertise relevant to the submitted article. The editorial board also makes recommendations regarding the publication of informal articles in the Forum Section. For guidelines and information for authors interested in submitting an article to Provenance, see the Author Guidelines.

Open access statement
All of the Provenance’s articles are free to access immediately from the date of publication. There are no author charges (commonly known as APCs) prior to publication, and no charge for any reader to download articles for their own use. Provenance does not, therefore, operate either a Gold or Green model of open access, but is free to all at any time and in perpetuity. To facilitate this Provenance depends upon the goodwill of its editorial board and the continuing support of its network of peer reviewers.

Archiving of journal
Provenance is archived regularly in PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive, which is a growing collection of Australian online publications, established initially by the National Library of Australia in 1996, and now built in collaboration with nine other Australian libraries and cultural collecting organisations.

The name, PANDORA, is an acronym that encapsulates our mission: Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia.

The authors who contribute to Provenance must undertake to clear any copyright for material and images in their articles before their articles are published. It is the responsibility of the author to supply copies of images or other material that will be published in the article.

Copyright in each article remains with the author of the relevant article. Authors have the right to publish their articles elsewhere subject to acknowledgment of prior publication in Provenance.

Users of the Provenance website may have rights to reproduce material from this site under provisions of the Commonwealth of Australia’s Copyright Act 1968. In addition to any such rights, unless there is a statement to the contrary, the author of each article has given permission for physical or electronic copies of the text and graphics in that article to be made for classroom or research use, provided:

  • Copies are distributed at or below cost;
  • The author and Provenance are attributed on each copy;
  • Notice of relevant copyright ownership is attached to each copy; and
  • The Editor, Provenance, is notified of the use within one calendar month of use.

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