About the Journal

Studies of the Policy process and policy subject-matter of relevance to NZ. This would include a wide range of social science studies with policy relevance.

Timely publication of sound quality studies.

Audience/Author Pool

  • Academic social scientists, especially. in relation to preliminary or NZ specific versions of their material;
  • Social science teachers (e.g. secondary schools, polytechnic);
  • Post-graduate students in the social sciences
  • Government, NGO etc. policy analysts/researchers;
  • Social research consultants;
  • Post-graduate students.


To publish peer-reviewed studies of social issues, the Policy process and policy subject-matter of relevance to Aotearoa New Zealand. Social Issues are broadly defined. And although the journal is relevant to Aotearoa/New Zealand this is broadly conceived.

Given the time-dependence of so many social and policy issues timely publication of sound quality studies is aimed at.

The journal website functions, too, somewhat as a ‘noticeboard’ for the Aotearoa/New Zealand social research community.

Although most of the content is paper-writer-driven there will also be commissioned (or called-for) special issues on particular topics where mobilisation of knowledge might be useful.

Open Access Policy, Copyright and Licensing

This journal provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. All articles are made available using a Creative Commons (CC-BY 4.0) internationally shareable licence (for more details please see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

ANZJSI does not charge any fees for submission, publication or access to articles.

Archiving and Preservation

This journal's content is preserved using the the LOCKSS and CLOCKSS archiving systems.

LOCKSS is a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

CLOCKSS is global archive that preserves content on behalf of all libraries and scholars worldwide. CLOCKSS preserves content in 12 strategically chosen libraries across the globe to optimize the content’s safety against political and environmental threats.

Types of Material/ Journal Sections

See author’s guidelines:

Articles: full contributions 4000 words or above

Research Notes: shorter articles 2000-4000 words

Reviews, Book Reviews: Commissioned by editors, 500-2500 words

Comments/ Letters: up to 2000 words on Issues of the day; reacitonsto published articles etc.

Editorials: presented by an editor.

Material needs to include each of the following sections where possible:

- Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s), Contact information

- Keywords (6)

- Abstract (150 words)

- Discussion of problem significance

- Prior literature

- Theoretical framework

- Methodology esp. limitations

- Results and Interpretation

- Policy relevance.

Indexing (Intended)





Social Policy Abstracts

Sociological Abstracts

ANZJSI: Submission Preparation Checklist[i]

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.

  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • When uploading a final copy of an accepted article for publication, all tables, graphics and illustrations must be supplied as independent high resolution (300 dpi) .tif or .jpg images with file names corresponding to the embedded place holder within the article text.
  • To ensure blind review, when submitting to the journal authors of the document must delete their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

Author Guidelines

Book review guidelines

Style Guide: see below

Plagiarism Policy

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.  Pacific Journalism Review reserves the right to use Turnitin software to screen any article for plagiarism. If evidence of plagiarism is found at any stage, (before or after the publication of the paper) the author will be afforded an opportunity for rebuttal.  If the arguments are found to be unsatisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the author will be restricted from publishing in our Journal in the future.  We accept all terms and conditions of COPE in relation to plagiarism. 

Copyright Notice

Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. By publishing in NZJSI, the author(s) retain copyright without restrictions but agree to the dissemination of their work through NZJSI and on abstracting databases.

By publishing in NZJSI, the authors grant the Journal a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License  for electronic dissemination of the article via the internet, and, a nonexclusive right to license others to reproduce, republish, transmit, and distribute the content of the journal. The authors grant the Journal the right to transfer content (without changing it), to any medium or format necessary for the purpose of preservation.

Authors agree that the Journal will not be liable for any damages, costs, or losses whatsoever arising in any circumstances from its services, including damages arising from the breakdown of technology and difficulties with access. 

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Style Guide

Articles submitted to NZJSI should be original contributions and not under consideration for any other publication at the same time. Exceptions should be clearly indicated. If an article is accepted for publication, authors will need to assign copyright to the ANZJSI.

Articles should be submitted as a “blind” attachment without identifying details.

The metadata should be completed fully with the article title, abstract (maximum 200 words), keywords, author(s)’s name(s), brief biographical notes for publication and contact details (including email).

All articles accepted for consideration by the editors are blind peer-reviewed. Referee comments and reports are sent to contributors uploaded to the author’s Tuwhera account for ANZJSI.

Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance for any illustrations, tables, figures or other material previously published elsewhere. Photographs and images will be accepted for publication where appropriate. Authors must supply all graphs/tables/images as independent jpg, tif or pdf files in high resolution format (minimum of 300 dpi).

Authors sign a waiver enabling a ANZJSI article to be stored on electronic databases and Open Access and receive a complimentary copy of the print edition which includes their published articles.

Common style guide:

References and style follow guidelines provided by the American Psychological Association with some slight variations. Body text uses single quotes as the default style. For questions on references and style, consult the following APA guide at AUT University in the first instance: http://aut.ac.nz.libguides.com/APA6th/referencelist

Other guides: American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: APA. www.apastyle.org
Or The Owl at Purdue APA style guide: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

A custom-designed APA v6 style guide from AUT is helpful as a reference.

In text citations: 
(Dadge, 2005, p. 46) or (Morgan & Thomas, 1996, p. 32)

Articles in journals: 
Hollings, J., Lealand, G., Samson, A., & Tilley, E. (2007). The big NZ journalism survey: Underpaid, under-trained, under-resourced, unsure about the future – but still idealistic. Pacific Journalism Review, 13(2), 175-197.

Chapters in books:
Berkowitz, D. A. (2009). Reporters and their sources. In K. Wahl-Jorgensen and T. Hanitzsch (Eds.), The handbook of journalism studies (pp. 102-115). New York: Routledge.

Price, S. (2007). Media minefield. Wellington: NZ Journalists Training Organisation.

Newspapers and magazines: 
Davis, G. (2008, March 4). Wrong man for the wrong job. The Fiji Times, p. 9.

Online sources: 
Ratuva, S. (2008, October 3). Multiple battle lines – who is winning? Pacific Media Centre Online. Retrieved on 4 October 2008, from http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/postmortem/081003_Fiji-Ratuva.shtml

[i] Adapted from those of the Pacific Journalism Review