About the Journal

Te Kaharoa: the e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues

Te Kaharoa is an open access, multi-disciplinary, refereed, electronic journal with a focus on indigenous issues in the Pacific region. It is supported by Te Ara Poutama – the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development – at AUT University. It accepts but is not limited to articles dealing with language, culture, art, history, anthropology, development studies, and other disciplines associated with the indigenous peoples of the Pacific.

The journal’s primary purpose is to provide a forum for the publication of original research which helps to expand the knowledge of the indigenous peoples and cultures of the Pacific.

Te Kaharoa is supported by a diverse and distinguished group of editors with extensive and diverse scholarly and cultural expertise. The editors are particularly dedicated to the support and encouragement of new scholarship through detailed and constructive refereeing.

Te Kaharoa Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Copyright and Open Access policy

Te Kaharoa 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. Authors retain the full copyright over their articles. Authors also retain the right to reuse, distribute, and republish their work after it has been published in Te Kaharoa. All articles are made available using a Creative Commons (CC-BY-NC 4.0) worldwide shareable licence.

Te Kaharoa does not charge any fees (or author processing charges) 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.

Peer Review Process

This is a four-stage process:

  1. Papers are submitted via the journal’s online submission process.
  2. An initial assessment is carried out by an editor to see if the submission complies broadly with stylistic and content requirements of the journal.  If not, the submission is returned to the author.
  3. If the submission complies with the stylistic and content requirements of the journal, two experts in the relevant field are identified and invited to review it within a specified timeframe – usually five weeks.
  4.  Once the reviews have been received by the journal’s editor, they are sent (as blind reviews) to the author(s).  It the submission is not rejected, the author(s) are invited to make the recommended changes to their submission and return the revised work directly to the editor, who then decides if the amendments are adequate to warrant publication.

Screening for plagiarism

Reviewers are selected for their expertise in the field that the submitted article relates to.  If they identify plagiarism in any submission, then the entire submission is assessed through Turnitin, and if plagiarism is identified, the article’s author(s) are advised, and the submission is returned to the author(s).

Time between submission and publication

Approximately twelve weeks