Memoirs of the Queensland Museum


The museum’s peer-reviewed journal, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, celebrated 100 years of scientific publishing in November 2012.  With about 40,000 pages and 1,800 contributing authors, the Memoirs has published over 2,100 peer-reviewed articles and Notes, including the descriptions of approximately 5,500 new species, and has documented the evidence of adaptation and resilience of Queensland's natural and cultural communities in the face of rapid environmental and technological changes. 

In 1998 the Memoirs was split into two series - Nature and Culture - with the latter dedicated to Queensland's Cultural Heritage. The Cultural series was awarded a Silver medal in the Governor's Heritage Award for Volume 5, entitled ‘Behind the Tin Fence: A history of the Ipswich Railway Workshops’

In 2014 the Memoirs Nature went Online First, commencing with Volume 59.  
Memoirs - Culture are print volumes with back issues available online. Institutions wishing to have their work published through the Queensland Museum will be required to contribute to the costs of publication.

Both series are recognised as Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) Journals that are scholarly, peer-reviewed and registered with ISSNs.

  • Memoirs of the Queensland Museum | NATURE   [ISSN 0079-8835 (print), ISSN 2204-1478 (online), ERA Journal ID 2098] Individual articles for Volume 60 are currently published online with the printed volume scheduled for print later in (2017). Check this out now to see our latest publications.
    Volume 59 (published first online), and has now been printed in hard copy this journal is available via the Museum Shop, as well as from this website in individual documents. 
  • Memoirs of the Queensland Museum | CULTURE   [ISSN 1440-4788 (print), ERA Journal ID 34866]
    Goemulgaw Lagal is an ambitions publishing project that brings together a significant range of research and scholarship on the natural and cultural histories of Mabuyag in Torres Strait. The two Goemulgaw Lagal volumes shed rare and unprecedented light on historical records and museum collections (objects and images) spanning the past 160 years, and present the results of recent academic and management-focused research on Mabuyag from the past 40 years. The volumes are a major reference on the history and culture of Mabuyag for current and future generations of Goemulgal.

The Memoirs of the Queensland Museum shares new knowledge from research on the material evidence, traditions and history of the natural, ancient and cultural environments of Queensland and adjacent land and seas, with all communities. All manuscripts published are peer reviewed by experts in their field.

Our publications are sent on exchange or by subscription across the world - and now also available online soon after printing - with earlier issues available either here (see the list of available volumes at the left side of this webpage), or from the Biodiversity Heritage Library (Volumes 47 and earlier).

Technical Reports of the Queensland Museum (ISSN 1837-6568) are available only online in a ‘read only’ format. These Reports may include reproductions (or revisions) of documents that were originally compiled to advise industry, government or academia on specific scientific issues. They are published to ensure that the scientific and technical data they contain are not lost within the vast unpublished scientific ’grey literature’. 

Interested authors

Researchers interested in publishing in the Memoirs of the Queensland Museum can download a copy of our ‘Guide for authors’ (93 KB) pdf document icon. Details for submission to the Memoirs can be found in this document.

To view PDFs you require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader*.

Memoirs of the Queensland Museum - Culture series. This series is already planned through to 2019 and we are prioritising volumes that reflect the Museum's research projects and research being undertaken on the collections. If you are interested in having your manuscript considered for the Culture Series please review the guide for authors and contact Geraldine Mate Series Editor and Tanya Edbrooke, Assistant to the Editor (Culture Series)

Who uses the Memoirs ?

Over 17,000 other authors from around the world have published citations to articles in the Memoirs, spanning the broad range of natural and cultural heritage topics.

See who's citing our papers by following the link to Google Scholar Citations*.

* The content found by using these links is not created, controlled or approved by the Queensland Museum. No responsibility is taken for the consequences of viewing content on this site.

Papers online

Individual articles published in the Memoirs of the Queensland Museum are available online from Volume 48 onwards (Nature series) and all Culture series Volumes. Choose from the list of volumes on the lefthand side of this page to expand the lists of articles available in each Volume. Back issues of Memoirs' articles are available through the Biodiversity Heritage Library (open the Earlier Memoirs tab to the left of this page). 

Purchase a printed copy of the Memoirs

Hard copies of some of the Memoirs of the Queensland Museum are available through the QM Shop. Online purchases of hard copies will be available soon.

Purchase of individual issues

Contact: Queensland Museum Shop
Telephone: +61 (0)7 3840 7729
Facsimile: +61 (0)7 3846 1918

Subscription, Institutional Exchange or Purchase of individual papers

Contact: Queensland Museum Library
Telephone: +61 (0)7 3840 7688
Facsimile: +61 (0)7 3846 1226

 If you can’t find a particular paper, after searching our Earlier issues page, please contact our QM Library for further assistance.