The Australian Rationalist

The Australian Rationalist is the RSA’s flagship journal, printed quarterly almost continuously since 1923, interrupted only by war, financial hardship and internecine strife.  Its aim is to further the RSA’s mission to inform, to educate and generally to promote thoughtful and dispassionate analysis of issues of public contention.

We publish regular articles on Philosophy, Ethics & Religion, Science & Technology, and Law & Politics.  We also include humour, poetry, short fiction and cartoons. In addition to being published in hard copy, the Australian Rationalist is available online.


A subscription to the Australian Rationalist is included in RSA membership and current issues are available at selected newsagencies around Australia.

Past issues of the journal

If you are a paid up Member, click here to see past issues of the journal. (If you are not a paid up Member, join here).


We want your contributions! In addition to the above areas, we also publish excerpts from forthcoming or just released books; as well as previously published material if it has appeared recently in non-competing, low circulation periodicals.

Successful contributors are asked to agree to certain ‘groundrules’ which protect both parties regarding copyright. Suitable material may be submitted for review by the Editor by emailing a final draft in a recent version of Microsoft Word to:

The preferred length for feature articles is 1800 or 2700 words.  Shorter articles may be 900 words.  As we are responsible for the material published, we retain the right to edit or abridge submitted material prior to publication.


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