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Journal overview

The Journal of Pacific History  is a leading refereed journal dedicated to research concerning the Pacific Islands, their peoples and their pasts. Its remit is broad: from prehistory to the present. It publishes articles in social, cultural, religious, political, economic, geographical, and environmental history; analysis of contemporary developments; critical surveys; and comments. It also publishes primary documents, notes on source materials, reviews and review essays on books, exhibitions and other media. Contributions are welcome that address Oceania more widely, or comparative or theoretical questions of significance to the Pacific. Please feel free to get in touch with our editorial team at jph@anu.edu.au.

The Journal of Pacific History accepts the following types of submission:
· Research Articles including articles submitted for Pacific Currents
· Narratives and Documents
· Special Issues
· Reviews

Pacific Currents publishes papers that deal with contemporary developments, but from a historical perspective. It suits submissions that, among other things, identify and explore new Pacific regional trends, or investigate important elections, significant constitutional developments or political crises in specific Island countries or territories. We encourage comparative papers, and/or papers that deal with the interactions of Island countries with countries outside the region. We prefer papers that place specific events in wider, enduring frameworks, i.e. those that will offer readers in 10 or 20 years’ time a solid historical account of contemporary developments. We do not normally accept papers with a largely speculative orientation or advocacy pieces. By ‘contemporary’, we mean the period since independence. Our view of the Pacific region is broad.

Narratives and Documents is concerned with the primary sources of Pacific History: Pacific archives and manuscripts, photographs, audio-visual records, and material culture. The ‘From the archives’ series describes a body of archival material or other archival endeavour or achievement. The ‘Manuscript’ series introduces and reproduces a primary source, particularly a vernacular source with translation. The section also features articles that usually share information about a particular event, episode, or body of primary material. Although some specialist articles are solicited, all submissions are welcome.

Special Issues. Special Issues may address thematic concerns or adopt a regional focus and should present a coherent argument for the reappraisal of a historical theme or field, a place, a historiographical issue, or a major methodological shift. Special Issue proposals should contain: a tentative title for the Special Issue; a rationale (of at least 3,000 words excluding notes), that summarizes the objectives of the proposed Special Issue and outlines its justification, approach, contents, and the relationships of individual papers to the overarching theme; this may include a short critical survey of the relevant literature; working titles and abstracts for each contribution; a tentative date for the initial submission of the contributions. The proposal should be submitted to the JPH editors by email ( jph@anu.edu.au). JPH may request further information. For further information on Special Issues and the role of the guest editor(s) please contact the JPH editors.

Reviews. JPH publishes reviews of books (monographs and edited collections), exhibitions, films and other media relating to Pacific History. Publishers, authors, curators and film-makers are invited to submit notices of works for review to the relevant Editor for consideration. JPH does not accept unsolicited reviews.

Peer Review Policy :

All research articles published in this journal have undergone rigorous double-anonymized peer review. After initial editor screening, submissions are circulated anonymously to the full membership of the board and, at the editor's discretion, to other referees.

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Volume 59, Issue 2, 2024

Special issue title: From Broken Waves to the Levelling Wind: Brij V. Lal and the Contemporary Politics of Fiji

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Volume 59, Issue 1, 2024

Resistance and Survival – The Nuclear Era in the Pacific. GUEST EDITOR: Nic Maclellan

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