All editorial correspondence should be addressed to If you send a message to the editor’s Massey University address, it may be mislaid or delayed. The assistant editor, Emma Pettigrew, handles the day-to-day email, and will refer any problems to the editor, Sam Peterson, who edits your paper, makes final decisions on publication or rejection of papers, and organises the setting and printing of the Journal.

Upon their receipt, submitted papers will be quickly assessed for suitability by nominated committee members. If initially considered broadly acceptable, each paper will be forwarded to the editor and two reviewers. If you have not formatted it for NZJAPS, included unjustified opinions, or failed to obey requirement for length, tables, figures and citations, it will be rejected, or returned to you for correction.

Authors are requested to suggest suitable independent reviewers at the time of abstract submission. Ideally these people will be employed outside your department or institution and will, of course, be expert, or at least well-versed, in the topic of your paper. Append the names and contact details of three or more potential reviewers to your abstract. These may or may not be used, at the discretion of the committee.

You will receive anonymous reports from each reviewer and the marked-up document from the editor. If the reviewers recommend rejection of your paper, you will be advised by the editor. If publication of your paper is recommended, you are expected to make all corrections required by the editor and reviewers, and/or to explain to the editor in writing if you disagree with any such expected corrections.

When your corrected typescript is submitted, it will be sent to our setter. The resultant “galley proofs” will be sent to you in PDF form and you can make final corrections on the hard copy. At this stage, only minor or critical changes should be made, such as data corrections, updating “in press” citations, or correcting names of authors. Extensive content-related revisions initiated by authors at this stage are not encouraged. In addition, there is only one more check by the editor (the final read though), therefore any errors that are not corrected may, unfortunately, be published. The corresponding author is expected to check with all the co-authors for their approval on any changes. There is a document regarding copyright that you must submit along with your final corrections. Failure to meet any of the requirements or deadlines may result in your paper not being published. 

Instructions for authors can be found here: Instructions for Authors