Circa: The Journal of Professional Historians Australia is a peer-referred 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 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.

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. In addition, the journal is distributed to state and territory libraries and a range of archives for public access.

Submissions that are accepted by the Circa Editorial Board for publication will be eligible for a prize of $500 for best article or $150 if highly commended. This is awarded by Professional Historians Australia. 

Print copies of Circa can be purchased for $25.00 including postage by contacting

PDF copies of back issues of Circa are available online.