Publication submissions

Discussion Paper series

Since 1996 SSGM has been producing a Discussion Paper series, addressing current issues effecting development in the region. Discussion Papers are made available in both electronic and print form. We welcome contributions that are 8000-12,000 words in length (including endnotes and references) and which address topics of interest to a wide audience of academics, policy-makers and others interested in issues in contemporary Melanesia, Timor Leste, and the broader Pacific. The discipline areas include, but are not limited to, anthropology, geography, law, politics, development studies, gender, international relations, criminology, and sociology. Multiple author contributions that debate or present different sides of an issue are also welcomed. Discussion Papers are blind and double peer reviewed by reviewers drawn from both the policy and academic community as appropriate. SSGM Discussion Papers must be referenced in accordance with the SSGM Editorial Style Guide and should be submitted to the submissions editor. Please ensure the paper is anonymous, and submit it together with an abstract of not more than 200 words, and an author’s biographical statement of not more than 100 words in a separate document. For more information or submission please contact Kathryn Skorkiewicz (

In Brief series

In Briefs are intended to be academic and evidence-based works, rather than opinion pieces, and are also double peer reviewed. They must be only 1250–1300 words in total (including notes and references) as they are designed to be only one page double-sided once typeset. They must be referenced in accordance with the SSGM Editorial Style Guide, and authors are encouraged to keep references to a minimum. In Briefs should be submitted to the submissions editor , together with an abstract of not more than two sentences and an author biographical statement of one or two lines. We also welcome ‘miniseries’ submissions, where several In Briefs explore a particular theme or concept from different angles. Given the word limits for In Briefs, authors may add information through the use of hyperlinks embedded in-text. Pieces that have already been published as blogs will not be accepted for publication as In Briefs unless they are substantially rewritten. For more information (see the Notes for authors and Notes for reviewers) or submission please contact Kerry Zubrinich (

Working Paper series

As part of SSGM’s effort to make research our accessible to a wide audience and in a timely fashion we are re-invigorating our Working Paper Series. We welcome submissions of conference, seminar or other work-in-progress papers that can be uploaded to the web. For more information or submission please contact

Studies in State and Society in the Pacific

SSGM produces a book series through ANU Press and we welcome submissions of either single author monographs or edited collections for the series. Potentional authors should consult about any potential submission and the ANU Press submission guidelines. For more information or submission please contact

SSGM Editorial Style Guide (84.94kb, PDF)

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