Journal Submission

MAI Journal is peer reviewed to international standards by reviewers both in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. All papers will be reviewed by at least one indigenous reviewer.

If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please first read the Author Guidelines and ensure that your paper complies. Then submit your paper using our online submission system. Submissions via email will not be accepted and all submission must comply with the author guidelines and word limits.

For queries about content or paper submissions, contact the editorial office on


Contributions are welcomed from all scholars working on indigenous research topics, but must be appropriate to the themes and aims of our journal. MAI Journal focuses on the Aotearoa New Zealand context and welcomes articles from international authors whose work may be of particular relevance to Aotearoa New Zealand. There are two main types of manuscript accepted by MAI Journal:


  • These make up the main content of the journal.
  • This should be a piece of novel work that substantively addresses an indigenous issue or theme in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Will be peer reviewed to international standards.
  • Initial submissions should be limited to 7000 words.
  • Articles must include a 100–150 word abstract


  • Comment or opinion pieces on a topical issue. Containing new insight or opinion.
  • Limited to 3000 words.
  • Peer assessed by editors/editorial board to ensure appropriateness.
  • Limited number published.
  • Commentaries must include a 100-150 word abstract.

Situation Reports

A Situation Report is a short piece of up to 2,000 words authored by a research expert(s) that describes a critical issue for an Indigenous people, with minimal scholarly analysis and referencing.. These will only be considered by the Editors if there is no potential for indigenous scholarly research to describe the situation; for example, a language with few speakers that is under threat. These are reviewed by the Editors and Editorial Board, not by peer review.

Author Information
Please enter a SINGLE corresponding author in this field.
Please enter the email address of the corresponding author in this field.
Please enter any other authors involved in this paper, in order, in this field.
Confirmation of Journal Requirements
It is important that you read and understand the MAI Journal Author Guidelines (Author Guidelines MAI Journal.pdf) prior to submitting to ensure your article complies with the content and format specifications. Please confirm the following by clicking the boxes below
Please list all sources of financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the article; and in the decision to submit it for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated.
Ethics Information
Any submission that has data collected from human subjects requires ethics approval. Authors should explicitly state that any necessary ethics committee approval was secured for the study reported. Research must have been approved by relevant bodies such as institutional review boards, research ethics committees or national authorities as well as recognized knowledge holders from the indigenous community. The peer review of this manuscript will include ethical considerations. The editor or publisher may require proof of ethics committee approval and proof of participant consent to be produced.
File Uploads
Please note all submissions must be uploaded in Microsoft Word format (.doc,.docx). If you have any images or tables please place them in a word document and upload them as supplementary file(s).
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: doc docx.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx xls.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx.