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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).
  • Your text file is MS Word 2000 or later, saved as .doc or .docx and formatted at A4 size with up to 16cm wide textblock. Text should be 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman 12pt or equivalent.
  • The text adheres to all the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The submission conforms to the journal Ethical Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Ethical Guidelines

The Journal of Pacific Archaeology (JPA) aims to maintain high ethical standards that include a number of expectations for both authors and the Journal editorial team.

  • JPA expects all named authors of a manuscript to have contributed to the research. Variable author contributions will be reflected in the author order in a manner agreed by all authors.
  • JPA will facilitate data-sharing through publication of research data on the Journal website or through a data-repository (e.g., figshare) of the authors’ choosing.
  • JPA expects submitted manuscripts to use data legally obtained (e.g., through permitting processes), including consent of traditional owners where applicable.
  • JPA expects authors to declare conflicts with the above expectations, and other conflicts of interest, to the editor assigned to their submission.
  • The JPA editorial team will address potential conflicts and complaints with authors via the Journal website email system, such that discussions are archived for author and editorial team viewing only. Final decisions on conflicts and complaints will rest with the Editor.
  • The JPA will revise these ethics standards as required.

Contribution Categories

The Journal of Pacific Archaeology invites contributions in the following categories:

Articles on theoretical, methodological or evidential topics: 4000-8000 words,  an abstract of 100-200 words, and 3-5 key words.

Research reports on particular projects, results or issues in research: 1500-3000 words,  an abstract of 50-100 words,  2-3 key words, and maximum of 20 references.

Notes reporting a single important matter, result or conclusion: 500-1000 words, no abstract or key words, and maximum of 5 references. Upon acceptance, notes will appear in the Journal of Pacific Archaeology website, prior to publication in the journal.

Letters to The Editor of up to 300 words.

From time to time, the Journal of Pacific Archaeology will publish several papers on a single theme as a Special Section, or one paper with invited comments and reply as a Forum contribution. Suggestions for these should be addressed to the Editor.


All contributions should be submitted in English, with the exception that a Note may be published in French or Spanish providing it contains a 100-200 word abstract in English within the word count.

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted using this website (filesize limit of 7mb applies). Manuscripts should be in MS Word 2000 or later, saved as .doc or .docx files, and formatted at A4 size with up to 16cm wide textblock. Text should be 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman 12pt or equivalent. The first page should show: author name(s) and address(es) plus email address(es), noting author for correspondence, paper title and category (see above), and abstract and keywords if required. Begin the text, References Cited, Tables and Figures captions on separate pages. Manuscripts may be rejected at submission if the author guidelines, including the preparation of figures, are not followed. You must also complete the author metadata (e.g., affiliation, address) for each author as these data are used to automatically population the website.


Figures should be separate files and not embedded in the text of the submitted manuscript. Do not put captions upon Figures. The maximum block size for Figures is 165mm wide x 220mm high. Indicate the figure number in the metadata associated with the figure upload in the online system.

Figures submitted in colour will be printed at a cost to the contributor of NZ$120 per page. Please ensure that you submit in colour only those figures for which you are willing to pay - all other figures should be greyscale or black and white.

Submit raster or pixel based Figures as TIFF, PSD or High Quality JPEG files. Black and white line-art (1 bit) should be at least 600dpi at reproduction size. All other raster or pixel images (i.e. digital photographs, scanned artwork etc.) should be at least 200dpi if greyscale, and 300dpi if colour, at reproduction size.

Submit vector based illustrations as Macromedia Freehand (FH#), Adobe Illustrator (AI) or Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Journal  Reference Style

The Journal of Pacific Archaeology uses the Harvard referencing style, according to conventions set out below.

Example of citations in-text

Analysis of the archaeological record (Anderson 1989, 1991: 768; Smith & Anderson 2007) has important implications for reconstruction of sociopolitical organisation (Walter et al. 2006).

Examples for References Cited list

Papers in journals

Anderson, A.J. 1991. The chronology of colonization in New Zealand. Antiquity, 65: 767-95.

Walter, R.K., Smith, I.W.G. & Jacomb, C. 2006. Sedentism, subsistence and socio-political organization in prehistoric New Zealand. World Archaeology, 38: 274-90.

Chapters in edited books

Smith, I.W.G. 2004. Archaeologies of identity: historical archaeology for the 21st century, In: L. Furey & S. J. Holdaway (eds.) Change Through Time: 50 Years of New Zealand Archaeology. Auckland: New Zealand Archaeological Association Monograph 26, pp. 251-62.

Books, monographs, and reports in formally published series

Anderson, A. J. 1989. Prodigious Birds: Moas and Moa-hunting in Prehistoric New Zealand. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Furey, L. 2002. Houhora. A Fourteenth Century Maori Village in Northland. Auckland: Bulletin of the Auckland Museum No 19.

Schmidt, M. D. 2000. Radiocarbon Dating New Zealand Prehistory Using Marine Shell. Oxford: BAR International Series No. 842.

Technical reports, working papers and other limited circulation reports

Campbell, M. & Furey, L. 2007. Archaeological Investigations at the Westney Farmstead, Mangere. Auckland: CFG Heritage Ltd.

Smith, I.W.G. & Wernham, M.P. 1976. Survey of Archaeological Sites: Te Awapatiki to Hapupu, Hanson Bay, Chatham Island. Dunedin: Anthropology Department, University of Otago, Working Papers in Chatham Island Archaeology, No.1.

Walter, R., Muth, S. & Jacomb, C. 2004. Excavations at the Heaphy River Mouth, April 2004. Interim Report to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Theses, dissertations etc

Butcher, M. 2008. Fish and Shellfish in the Colonial New Zealand Food System. MA thesis, Anthropology, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Ritchie, N.A. 1986. Archaeology and History of the Chinese in Southern New Zealand during the Nineteenth Century. PhD thesis, Anthropology, University of Otago.

Newspaper articles - use author name when available; Anon. for un-named correspondents; otherwise title of publication.

Anon. 1900. The rubbish heap. Otago Witness, 24 May 1900, p. 55.

Renata, A. 1894. The coast from Otago Heads to Pleasant River Mouth. Otago Witness, 11 January 1894, p. 35.

Southern Cross 1845. Militia. Southern Cross, 19 April 1845, p. 2.


Teviotdale, D.  n.d.a. Notebooks and diaries relating to the excavation of Maori Camp Sites (1922-1952). Ms 500, A/J, Hocken Library, Dunedin, N.Z.

Teviotdale, D.  n.d.b.  Correspondence to Roger Duff, 21/7/1944.  Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, N.Z.

Papers in E-journals

Phillips, C. 2004. GIS and Landscape Analysis, or the Cart before the Horse? Internet Archaeology 16. http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue16/phillips_index.html  [accessed 12 February 2005]

Reports etc accessed online

Smith, I.W.G. & Anderson A.J. 2007. Codfish Island/Whenua Hou Archaeological Project: Preliminary Report. Otago Archaeological Laboratory Report No 4. www.otago.ac.nz/anthropology/anth/publications/OALR/index.html [accessed 6 June 2008]


Fishbase (2009) Thyrsites atun. www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.php?id=489 [accessed 24 October, 2009]

Wikipedia (2009) Lapita. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapita [accessed 24 October, 2009].

Other matters of Style

Spelling: Spelling is according to The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

Numbers in text: words up to nine, then numbers. Use % in tables and figures, per cent in text.

Quotations use single quotation marks, but double within quotations, and quotations over 40 words are indented. Ellipsis within a sentence uses three dots, four dots when the break resumes in a new sentence. Put interpolated matter in square brackets.

Reporting of radiocarbon dates: uncalibrated dates as 1100 ± 60 bp (95% standard error of the mean) with the laboratory code; calibrated dates as 600 calBP, AD 1350, or 1000 BC etc., with the laboratory code reported. Use of calibrated dates is strongly encouraged. Laboratory codes, isotopic data, standard deviations etc. can be reported in tables rather than with each date in the text, or a public source for these data given in the case of already published dates. Calibration programme used should be given as references.

Review of manuscripts

Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least two referees. Referee reports are normally made available to contributors. The Editor will usually make and advise a decision on publication within two months of receiving the manuscript. If a paper is accepted, the senior author may be asked to revise the text, tables and figures to meet all JPA standards for publication. A memorandum of agreement to publish, made between the contributor and the publisher, will also need to be completed.


Journal of Pacific Archaeology does not provide offprints. The corresponding author will have access to a file from which copies of the published paper can be printed.

Book Reviews

Send books for review to: Mr Alex Jorgensen, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, 1142, New Zealand.


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