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Author Guidelines

Notes for Contributors
1. Contributions should be electronic, double spaced, using A4 page size and be around 8,000 words in length including endnotes and bibliography. Your manuscript should be set out as following: title, abstract and then the main body of text, followed by acknowledgements then references. The main body of text should contain no personally identifying details of the author. Pages should be numbered and the title of the manuscript should be inserted in the header so that it appears on every page. The manuscript should be left justified and doubled spaced. All text in the main body of the manuscript should be in a font of Times size 12 or equivalent and use New Zealand spellings. Main headings should be in capitals and subheadings should be in sentence case italics, left justified. Manuscripts should be submitted with as little formatting as possible. Please bear in mind that should your manuscript be accepted for publication, the production team will set the proofs in Sites structure and format. Do not use published articles in Sites as a guide for manuscript preparation.

2. Abstracts should be unstructured and about 150 words in length.

3. Please provide up to five keywords that describe the content of your submission. These should sit immediately below the abstract.

4. Please submit a short biographical note about the author in the space provided in the electronic submission page. This should include address for correspondence, institutional affiliation, and research interests, and should not exceed 100 words

5. Please also ensure that you have included a brief acknowledgement of any funding you have received towards this research. This should be in the form of a short note placed after the main body of text.

6. All images should be submitted in digitised TIFF format as email attachments accompanying the electronic text. Please ensure these have been scanned at the highest resolution possible.

7. All permissions for reproduction of images, tables etc. (e.g. from previously published work) are to be obtained by the author at the time of manuscript submission. Figures and Tables are described numerically i.e. Figure 1, Table 2 etc.

8. Sites uses a modified version of the Chicago 16 B (in-text author-date citations). The main modification is that Sites uses single quote marks around chapter or paper titles in the list of references to fit in with the single quote mark text style. Visit and tab to Chapter 15, for details and examples of Chicago 16 B style. Please provide page references for in text citations and paraphrases. Theses and dissertations are to be included in the references list. Title case is used for all titles. A hanging indent is used to format the references list. Responsibility for arranging the bibliography in the Sites style remains with the author and is a requirement for publication.
Note that when several works by the same author are listed, they are listed in chronological order and after the first listing, the author’s name is replaced by a 3 em dash (Found in Advanced symbols in Word), e.g.,
Pollan, M. 2006.
———. 2009.

Pollan, Michael. 2006.

———. 2009.

Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin.

Book with multiple editions:
Crabtree, Benjamin, and William Miller. 1999. Doing Qualitative Research. 2nd ed. London: Sage.

Edited book:
Greenberg, Joel, ed. 2008. Of Prairie, Woods, and Water: Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Co-authored book:
Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. 2007. The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945. New York: Knopf.

Multiple authors:
Heatherton, Joyce, James Fitzgilroy, and Jackson Hsu. 2008. Meteors and Mudslides: A Trip through . . .

García Márquez, Gabriel. 1988. Love in the Time of Cholera. Translated by Edith Grossman. London: Cape.

Chapter in an edited book:
Gould, Glenn. 1984. ‘Streisand as Schwarzkopf.’ In The Glenn Gould Reader, edited by Tim Page, 308–11. New York: Vintage.

Chapter in an edited book with multiple editions:
Borkan, Jeffrey. 1999. ‘Immersion/Crystallization.’ In Doing Qualitative Research, edited by Benjamin Crabtree and William Miller, 179–194. 2nd ed. London: Sage.

Blair, Walter. 1977. ‘Americanized Comic Braggarts.’ Critical Inquiry 4 (2):331–49.

Online article:
Karmaus, Wilfried, and John F. Riebow. 2004. ‘Storage of Serum in Plastic and Glass Containers May Alter the Serum Concentration of Polychlorinated Biphenyls.’ Environmental Health Perspectives 112 (May):643–47.

Theses and dissertations:
Choi, Mihwa, 2008. ‘Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Dynasty.’ PhD diss., University of Chicago. URL if available.

ABC Online Indigenous. n.d. ‘NT Intervention.’ Accessed 17 May 2015 from

Conference presentation:
Jones, Arthur, and Joan Smith. 2017. ‘On Anthropology.’ Annual Conference on Anthropology and Cultural Studies, London, June 24-27.

9. Sites uses endnotes rather than footnotes. In your submission, these should appear at the end of the document (following the references). Should your manuscript be published by Sites, these notes will be placed in the journal style by the production team.

10. Quotations shorter than 3 lines of text should be indicated by single quote marks. Quotations longer than 3 lines of text should be separated from the main text by a single line and indented from the left margin.

11. All quotation marks (other than those appearing in the citation of previously published work as double, or those which mark a quotation within a quotation) should be single rather than double. E.g.,
McNamara (2004) has also identified how ‘the good death of the original hospice movement has been abandoned in favour of a philosophy of a “good enough” death’ – a notion that appeals to many.

12. Sites policy for the use of Māori language in the text is to use macrons and to not italicize Māori words. Less frequently encountered Māori words should be followed in the text by an English translation (in brackets).

13. Sites policy on peer review is that each manuscript is reviewed by two anonymous reviewers. These reviewers are selected nationally or internationally as appropriate to the content of the article. Submitting authors should note that the scope of Sites is the study of society and culture in the Pacific in its broadest possible configuration and that we welcome the work of anthropologists, indigenous studies scholars, sociologists, cultural theorists, historians and other scholars with similar interests.

14. Prospective authors must supply with their electronic submissions a statement indicating that the text which they submit is not under consideration for publication by any other journal. Authors should also note that once a manuscript has been formally accepted for publication, the editor may make slight revisions to the style or grammar of the text. All accepted authors will receive a PDF file of their paper in its final version before it goes to press and will be asked to make one final proof read in 48 hours and then return the file with any minor grammatical or spelling errors noted to the editor for correction. Please note that it is not possible to make any more substantial changes at this stage.

15. Please submit manuscripts electronically. Authors will need to register on the Sites website and follow the submission instructions for authors.

16. Please direct queries to Ass. Prof. Chrystal Jaye,, University of Otago.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The text is double -spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  2. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  3. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.

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Individual readers and non-profit libraries acting for them, are permitted to print or download a single copy of an article without charge for use in research or teaching. Permitted use includes providing a link to an article, or hosting a PDF article in online Learning Management Systems or E-Reserve Systems for authorised users. A single article may be used in print or online Course Packs. Interlibrary loan is permitted. New Zealand Copyright Law and Copyright Licensing New Zealand Education Licence provisions apply. This consent does not extend to other kinds of copying, such as copying for general distribution, for advertising or promotional purposes, for creating new collective works or for resale.
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