Oceania

Cover image for Vol. 85 Issue 1

Edited By: Dr Jadran Mimica and Dr Nancy Williams

Impact Factor: 0.351

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 62/82 (Anthropology)

Online ISSN: 1834-4461

Associated Title(s): Archaeology in Oceania

Editorial Principles and Policy Regarding Special Issues of Oceania


A special issue needs to be thematically and/or conceptually coherent. It requires an introduction that develops both a clear rationale for the collection and explores some of the more specific ways in which the papers, and their organisation and focus, must measure up to the objectives of the collection. In our experience successful special issues are something of a labour of love on the part of their special editors.

  1. We will not send collections, or individual papers from collections, out for refereeing until we have a complete, properly edited and formatted collection of papers including an introduction and any relevant tables, figures and illustrations.
  2. Individual papers will be refereed as stand-alone papers according to our standard procedure. However referees will be advised that the paper is part of a proposed special issue and will be sent the Introduction to the special issue.
  3. The whole collection will be sent to one external referee for comment on the overall integrity of the collection. Their brief will include both the quality of the Introduction, as well as the relevance of the individual papers to the issue.
  4. The Editorial Committee will decide on the acceptability of the collection as a collection. It will also consider the acceptance of individual papers both on the basis of their general publishability and their relevance to the collection.
  5. We recognise that special issues that highlight the importance of the regional ethnography to broader anthropological debates may occasionally include papers with a regional focus that would not normally be considered by Oceania.
  6. Timeframes for publication and deadlines would need to be met. Preliminary advice on these can only ever be in probable terms, and remains at the discretion of the Editors. Oceania has no set policy on the number of special issues it publishes but timely publication of individual submissions is a priority.
  7. Special issues must comply with the maximum and optimum size of an issue. The Editors are happy to provide advice on proposals for special issues but the limited nature of that advice is important to recognise. General advice on matters such as figures, photographs, and style remains the same as for individual submissions.

Commitments to publish can of course, only be made on the basis of the refereeing process and compliance with any requirements that emerge from that process.  

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