Who Can Contribute?

Any creative arts staff member of a DDCA member institution. To check if you are a member please refer to our Member Institutions page. Details of DDCA paid memberships are available here

What contributions are invited?

DDCA invites articles responding to special focus topics or on other issues related to learning, teaching and research in creative arts disciplines.

We welcome information on:

  • upcoming conferences and events and calls for papers; 
  • employment, scholarship, internship or project participant opportunities; 
  • suggestions of books, reports or other resources for the research resource section
  • reviews of recent books  and other useful resources for creative arts staff

Templates are provided for submitting this information.

Style and Format for articles

Articles must comply with the standards below and are expected to be around 700 words or less, unless agreed with editor. References and web addresses may be included and must correspond with an accepted referencing format (e.g. APA, Chicago, Harvard).

DDCA will endeavour to include photographs, audio or film files to accompany articles but must be agreed prior to inclusion. The author must confirm that they are the copyright owner or have permission for use from the copyright owner and that we have the authority to publish the images that have been provided.

At this point, unfortunately DDCA does not have the capacity to accept video or audio files, however authors may wish to include web address in their article where this material can be accessed.

How To Submit

Authors wishing to submit articles for inclusion on NiTRO pages can submit their full articles (of up to around 700 words) for editorial review;  or may prefer to discuss content in advance by emailing a short outline of their proposed article.  All correspondence should be emailed to: research@ddca.edu.au .  All final articles accepted for publication must include the institutional affiliation of the author/s and a short biography of up to 100 words.


DDCA Standards

NiTRO is a site for informed and intelligent discussion about tertiary creative arts for the benefit of artists working inside and outside the university sector, research students, policy makers and the public generally.  

We aim to make the site a respected, trusted, independent and authoritative resource and act as a good exemplar for students and staff new to academia. It is important that authors and contributors adhere to the rules and expectations of good research conduct and professional writing.

Truth and Accuracy

We expect authors to comply with professional and ethical requirements in referencing and properly acknowledge contributions of team members where an article highlights project reports.

Fairness and impartiality

We expect authors to be mindful of the impact that their articles may have upon the reputation of others.

Articles that include personal attacks, all forms of discrimination, or identification of individuals without their consent will not be published.

We expect authors to speak independently on issues and not use the article to promote individual universities, political or corporate interests.


We expect all authors to take responsibility for the accuracy, and ethical compliance of the content of their article, in line with the code of conduct for research 

All authors should identify themselves, their institutional affiliations and declare any real or potential conflict of interests whether financial, personal or institutional. 

Originality and Confidentiality

We expect authors to ensure that they do not breach restrictions in relation to confidentiality, culturally sensitive material or copyright.

Authors should ensure that they honestly and accurately cite the work of others.

DDCA reserves the right to refuse any article for publication where it believed these standards have been compromised.


Editorial changes

In submitting an article for inclusion, the author/s agree that DDCA may make typographic or grammatical changes.  Where more extensive changes may be required, DDCA will notify authors and invite resubmission when changes have been made. 

All content on NiTRO is subject to editing. We reserve the right not to publish.

Each article for inclusion must be accompanied by:

  • Disclosure of Conflict of interest

  • Author biography of up to 100 words


License Information

NiTRO articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivates 4.0 International License.

We encourage our contributors and those wishing to republish articles found in NiTRO to familiarise themselves with what the license allows and disallows. Detailed information can be found at this link.

If you wish to republish articles first published by NiTRO you must give appropriate credit. This means linking back to the NiTRO page where the article was originally posted and clearly attributing credit to the author of the article. The article must always be accompanied by a link to the license. If you alter, remix, transform, or build upon the article in any way, you may not republish it. You may of course, reference, cite or respond to our articles. We encourage this discussion.

Please note it is likely that images, videos and sounds accompanying NiTRO articles may not fall under these same licensing terms. It is the responsibility of anyone wishing to republish any of these items to seek permission and licensing from the appropriate parties.

If you have any questions about what you can or can't do with the articles published in NiTRO, please contact us.