Combined Call for papers for Covid-19 Special Issues, 2020

As part of our Tautoko Strategy, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence is committed to ensuring that our researchers have a platform for communicating key messages regarding Covid-19 and the wider implications this may have on whānau and communities.


We know that the work of our research community will be critical to addressing the challenge of COVID-19, to support this purpose, our Co-Directors alongside the MAI Journal and AlterNative Journal Co-Editors are calling for a special collection for both journals of Situation Reports focused on Covid-19 as it impacts our Indigenous communities.


A Situation Report is a short piece authored by a leading research expert(s) that provides a quick, clear, concise understanding of a developing critical issue relevant from an Indigenous perspective – focusing on meaning and context, in addition to the facts.  A Situation Report clearly calls for attention or action.


We are currently seeking Situation Reports that consider the impacts, challenges and opportunities of Covid-19 for Indigenous populations. We are interested in receiving Reports from our Indigenous academic experts from around the world who can reflect on the experience for our Indigenous communities and the action now required. We are interested in receiving work from many different disciplines, including public health, medicine, science, social sciences, commerce, arts, humanities, law, and engineering. 


Submit your Report using our single submission portal.  If you have a preference for publishing in the MAI Journal or AlterNative Journal please make this known at the time of submission.  The final choice will lie with the Co-Editors. 


MAI Journal submissions will critically analyse and address Māori and Pacific issues in Aotearoa New Zealand.


AlterNative submissions will critically analyse and address Indigenous perspectives with a global, comparative or country specific focus (including Aotearoa New Zealand).


We are committed to doing what we can to support you and we will be working through a process that will aim to publish online, these Situation Reports as they become ready, within 6 weeks of submission. These Situation Reports will be collated to sit within one of NPM’s two peer-reviewed Journals; MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship and AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.


Submission and Deadline Details

  • We are committed to publishing open access research relevant to the current pandemic
  • My submission will be published in the MAI Journal or Alternative Journal, depending on my content. If I have a preference, I will note this at the time of submission.  Final decision lies with the Co-Editors.
  • My submission is 2,000 words maximum including title, keywords, abstract and references
  • My submission meets the journal requirements, submit your paper here in the Submission Portal
  • There will be a limited single peer review process for these submissions to ensure a timely turn around through to publication.
  • We believe these articles will be of value to researchers and practitioners at this time


For any questions

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