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Author Guidelines

Manuscript requirements, submission and assessment

The Journal of the Polynesian Society (JPS) is published quarterly and includes Main Articles, Shorter Communications (4000 words or less) and Book Reviews. There is no set word limit for main articles, although manuscripts of 7000 to 10,000 words are typical and preferred. Book reviews are solicited by the Book Review Editor. We welcome papers from a wide range of social, cultural, indigenous and historical disciplines on topics related to the past and present lives and cultures of peoples of Pacific/Oceanic heritage, including those of the traditional cultural areas of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. We ask that authors be cognisant of this broad inter-disciplinary audience as they prepare their manuscripts for submission, taking care to: 1) make clear the broader significance of their work and 2) define disciplinary-specific and/or indigenous concepts and terms.

Only original material not previously published will be considered for publication. Submitted manuscripts must not be under consideration elsewhere. Submitted manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the JPS style and formatting instructions (see below). The Journal is published four times a year (March, June, September, December).

Ideally manuscripts should be submitted through the JPS web page: The Editor also accept direct submissions to Melinda Allen ( If an email submission cannot be arranged, a manuscript may be posted to: The Hon. Editor, Journal of Polynesian Society, Anthropology, School of Social Science, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand.

Each manuscript is assessed by at least two qualified referees in the case of Main Articles and one in the case of Shorter Communications. Assessment is usually completed within three months after receipt of a manuscript, but may take longer in some circumstances. Unsuitable manuscripts will not be returned to the author, except on request.

Please click here for PDF of instructions on manuscript preparation.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. The authors have made an effort to follow the Instructions on Manuscript Preparation

Copyright Notice

Copyright © 2016 by the Polynesian Society (Inc.)

Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism, or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part of this publication may be reproduced by any process without written permission.

Inquiries should be made to:

Hon. Secretary
The Polynesian Society
c/- Māori Studies
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019, Auckland


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