Cover image for Vol. 87 Issue 1

Edited By: Dr Jadran Mimica and Dr Nancy Williams

Impact Factor: 0.551

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 62/82 (Anthropology)

Online ISSN: 1834-4461

Associated Title(s): Archaeology in Oceania

Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Oceania. Please consult the following instructions to help you prepare your manuscript, and feel free to contact us with any questions. To ensure fast peer review and publication, manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review. We look forward to your submission.


Oceania publishes contributions in the field of social and cultural anthropology. Its primary regional orientation is to the peoples of Australia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia and insular southeast Asia. The central concern of the journal lies with papers that are the product of sustained ethnographic research, but review articles and papers that have direct bearing on the central ethnographic concerns of the journal are also accepted. Correspondence and shorter comments may be published at the discretion of the editor.

Oceania also encourages the submission of thematically connected collections of papers by guest editors. Potential guest editors should consult with the editor on issues of length, style and organization of the collection before submission. In such cases, refereeing will be done as a collection in addition to papers being refereed individually Oceania is anonymously peer refereed and is published three times per year.


Submissions must be original works not previously published and not under consideration or scheduled for publication by another publisher. The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editors, who reserve the right to refuse any material for publication.

Manuscripts should be in a clear, concise, direct style. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the Editors and the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader.


Wiley Author Resources
Prior to submission, we encourage you to browse the ‘Author Resources’ section of the Wiley ‘Author Services’ website: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/author.asp.This site includes useful information covering such topics as copyright matters, ethics, and electronic artwork guidelines.

Optimising Your Article for Search Engines
Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.


Article Types

Original Articles

Manuscripts should generally be no longer than 10,000 words including references. However, we also recognize that in an ethnographic journal there is a place for longer papers, yet not on the scale of a monograph. Manuscripts submitted as Original Articles should be presented in the following order: (i) title page, (ii) abstract and key words, (iii) text, (iv) acknowledgments, (v) notes, (vi) references, (vii) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and (viii) figures.

Book Review essays

Review essays are discussions of a number of books in light of developments in the field, and should be approximately 4000 words. While not necessarily the length and scope of a research article, these essays are original interventions in ongoing debates and discussion. These essays are reviewed by anonymous referees.

Book reviews

The approximate word count of reviews should be 500-1000 words. The book you have reviewed is, of course, yours to keep.


Title page

• Title style. Article titles to be in title case, bold and centred
• Author names to be centred in roman
• Author affiliation centred and in italics
• Abstract heading to appear in full caps, centred, not bold

Example of correct format for title page information:

The Carnival of Custom: Land Dives and Millenarian Parades

Joan Smith

University of Sydney


General Style

• Key words to be placed directly under the abstract.
Heading styles. All Level 1 headings in the article are to be in caps and centred. Sub headings are to be in bold roman lined left.
Paragraph style. The first line of the first paragraph after a heading should not be indented. All other paragraphs should have their first line indented. There is no line space between paragraphs.
Use italics for emphasis, not underline or bold. Be sparing with this device.
Commas. Use single inverted commas at all times, not double. Only use double when there is a need for inverted commas within a quote e.g.: ‘he was no longer “the last big man” of the village’.
Spelling should follow either Australian or American conventions and must be consistent throughout the manuscript.
• In general, when acronyms or initialisations or abbreviations are used, the full name must be used initially, followed by the initials in brackets. Thereafter the initials alone are used.
Quotes. Short quotes (less than 30 words) should be indicated by single quotation marks. Longer quotes should be separated as an indented paragraph with a single line space before and after the quote.
Endnotes are to be used sparingly. If they are used, endnotes should be indicated in superscript in the text and printed at the end of the paper under the centred heading NOTES. The journal does not use Footnotes.
Acknowledgments, if any, to be placed immediately after the text under the centred capitalised heading ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. Please do not include thanks to anonymous reviewers.
Book Review style. Title of review and publication details to be set out following this example:

Faingu City: a modern Mekeo clan in Papua New Guinea

By Steen Bergendorff

Lund: Lund University Press. 1996

Pp: xii + 279

Price: US$38

Note that the title of the book is in italics, the name of the author is bold, line breaks occur as indicated.

Your name, as reviewer, to be placed at the end of the review, together with your institutional affiliation, right justified. Please do not list references. If reference is made to other publications, details are to be embedded in the text.


Citations within the text should be set out as (Jones 1974) or (Jones 1974:29) or (Jones 1974; Smith 2008; Tebbin 1999). Note that within the brackets, names of authors must be in alphabetical order. All references cited in the article must be listed, in alphabetical order, at the end of the paper under the centred heading REFERENCES. Only references used in the article are to be in this list.

The authors’ names in this list are to be in capitals, followed by their initial, then the date, then the relevant article or book e.g.:

LINDENBAUM, S. 2008. Tradition and Magic. London: Blackwells.

If a book by an author is referenced, the title is in italics (as above). If an article is referenced, it is in roman, no inverted commas, and the journal it appeared in is in italics. If several works by the one author are listed, the author’s name is not repeated on the subsequent works. Simply state the year of publication and the title of the work, indented on the subsequent works.

Web references when author is unknown should be included in the reference list under an appropriate identifying name e.g. Bataluk Cultural Trail. http://www.maffra.net.au/bataluk/cult.htm. Accessed 20 July 2011.

With web references, it is advisable, but not mandatory, to archive them using WebCite http://www.webcitation.org/ and indicating this in the reference list.

In the reference list, cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when seven or more, list the first three followed by et al. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A 2000, unpublished data). All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.


Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. For submission, low-resolution figures saved as .jpg or .bmp files should be uploaded, for ease of transmission during the review process. Upon acceptance of the article, high-resolution figures (at least 300 d.p.i.) saved as .eps or .tif files should be uploaded. More information about figures is available on Author Services at: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/digill.asp.

Colour Figures. All figures submitted in colour will be published in colour online. Authors will be advised whether charges will apply should they opt to publish their figures in colour in the print issue. No other publication fees are applicable.


Wiley is able to host online approved supporting information that authors submit with their paper. Supporting information must be important, ancillary information that is relevant to the parent article but which does not or cannot appear in the printed and online edition of the journal. Supporting information can comprise additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Like the manuscript accompanying it, it should be original and not previously published. If previously published it must be submitted with the necessary permissions. For details about preparation of supporting information, please refer to the supporting information guidelines available here: https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/Prepare/supporting-information.html.

Please note that the provision of supplementary material is not encouraged as a general rule. It will be assessed critically by reviewers and editors and will only be accepted if it is essential.


Manuscripts should be submitted via email to tigger.wise@sydney.edu.au.

Required documents. Each submission must include: a covering letter, title page, and manuscript, together with a file containing a totally anonymised version to be sent to referees.

Book reviews should be submitted as an attachment Word document. Note that a copyright form needs to be signed for all book reviews.


Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper. More details on the copyright and licencing options for the journal appear below.

Wiley’s Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit http://www.authorservices.wiley.com/ for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.


Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; the responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author. The proof should be checked, and approval to publish the article should be emailed to the Publisher by the date indicated; otherwise, it may be signed off on by the Editor or held over to the next issue.

Early View

Oceania offers rapid speed to publication using Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at http://www.doi.org/faq.html


A minimum of 50 offprints will be provided upon request, at the author’s expense. These paper offprints may be ordered online. Please visit http://offprint.cosprinters.com/, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields. If you have queries about offprints please email offprint@cosprinters.com

Author Marketing Toolkit

The Wiley Author Marketing Toolkit provide authors with support on how to use social media, publicity, conferences, multimedia, email and the web to promote their article.


Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to sign a license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley’s OnlineOpen option.

Copyright Transfer Agreement: The terms of the Oceania copyright transfer agreement can be viewed here, although actual signing will take place via Wiley’s electronic system after acceptance. In signing the agreement it is assumed that authors have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or previously published material and have permission to publish from any Traditional Ownners involved in the research.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. In addition, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access—known as “gold road” open access.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please click here.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements.

Funder Open Access and Self-Archiving Compliance: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access and Self Archiving Policies, and click here for more detailed information specifically about Self-Archiving definitions and policies.


Editorial Office, Oceania Publications
146 Burren St (C37A)
Newtown Campus
University of Sydney
New South Wales 2006
Email: tigger.wise@sydney.edu.au; tel: 02 9351 0025; fax: 02 9351 0047.

Author Guidelines Updated 18 April 2017