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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.
  • 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, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • The text adheres to the formatting and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • Separate title page with author names and affiliations
  • Authors have read copyright and creative commons licensing and agree with these conditions
  • Authors have declared any conflict of interest associated with the submission.

Author Guidelines


Original Research: Original research with a focus on health in the pacific region (including Asia Pacific, Australia and New Zealand). Word limit 3-5000 words excluding references, tables and images.

Review: Review of health issues and matters within the scope of the Pacific region. Word limit 4000 words.

Short Report: Suitable for discourses on research findings of a specific nature and therefore may be limited in its generalizability or contribution. E.g. case studies, critical analyses of topical issues. World limit 2000 words.

Commentary: Submitted or invited commentaries on matters within the Pacific region. Word limit 1000 words.



Abstracts: Original research, reviews and short reports must be submitted with an abstract. Please use the following headings: Introduction, Methods, Results/Discussion, Conclusion. Abstracts for reviews may be unstructured. Word limit 250 words.

Please provide four keywords after the abstract. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Formatting and Layout

Author names and affiliations:
Please present authors full name below article heading. This is to be presented as a separate page from the article. Indicate all affiliations with a superscript number immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author:
Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.

Page Layout and font:
A4 Portrait, Margins 3cm Left and Right; 2.5cm Top and Bottom, Font: Bookman Old, 12.

Headings and subheadings:
Please follow abstract guidelines (Introduction, Methods, Results/Discussion, Conclusion) for article headings. Divide your article into clearly defined sections. 

Figures are to be placed in the body of the article with clear captions. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Equations should be presented as figures with appropriate captions.

Write out abbreviations in full the first time it appears in the article.


Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references. Acknowledgments can be made for those who have assisted in the preparation of the article or at any staege during the research that was integral in ensuring the article was ready for publication. 

Citations and Reference list:
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). References should follow APA 7th referencing style. For questions on references and style, consult the following APA guide at AUT University in the first instance:

 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 Pacific Health, the author(s) agree to the dissemination of their work through Pacific Health.

By publishing in Pacific Health, the authors grant the Journal a Creative Commons nonexclusive worldwide license (CC-BY-NC 4.0): 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.

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.