Submission Guidelines

In addition to general papers, the Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing also publishes other works including commentaries, knowledge transfer articles, creative works, editorials, book reviews, extended abstracts, research briefs and paper reviews. For more information regarding submission in these areas please contact us at

General Submission Guidelines

The guidelines here will help you to develop an article for submission. For further detail please see our Submission Guidelines. Once the editors review your article and decide that it is within the realm of the Te Mauri: Pimatisiwin, the paper is sent out for peer review. If you have any questions about the format and structure of your article, please contact us.    Articles should be addressed to the Managing Editor at

  1. Articles should be between 3000 – 5000 words maximum and relate to wellbeing research in indigenous communities.
  2. The research reflected in the article submitted for publication must be conceived of by indigenous people and the writing of the article must be indigenous-led, that is, the lead author must be indigenous.
  3. Articles may be sociological, psychological, medical, anthropological, experiential, methodological, qualitative or quantitative in nature. The intent is to include articles from community members, researchers, and health professionals which will be equally accessible to all readers. Papers by community members, graduate students and health professionals are welcome. For more information, please contact the Managing Editor.
  4. The research has been conducted in accordance with ethical standards of the funding body, profession, locale or other relevant standards, inclusive of any relevant Indigenous requirements.
  5. All submissions must include a completed Submission Checklist:
    1.  Articles must be original work. Articles must not have been previously published, nor can they be before another journal for consideration.
    2. The research reflected in the article submitted for publication is conceived of by Indigenous people and the lead author is Indigenous.
    3.  The research has been conducted in accordance with ethical standards of the funding body, profession, locale or other relevant standards, inclusive of any relevant Indigenous requirements.
    4. A biography of each author (no more than 100 words) must be supplied. This should include a note about the nature of the author’s relationship to the community research.
    5. Contact details for the submitting author (address and email).
    6. An abstract of 200 words or less.
    7. There is no identifying information within the submitted article for double-blind peer review purposes. Authors and acknowledgements are found on the title page document
    8. A suggested list of keywords.
    9. Articles should use the APA (American Psychological Association) referencing system. This system is available on all major referencing software.
    10. All agencies that provided funding or support for the work presented in the article being submitted must be clearly identified.
    11. It is strongly urged that all authors include a paragraph at the bottom of the first page acknowledging related research contributions from the wider community.
    12. A recommendation of at least three individuals who can complete a peer review in the area of research addressed in the article submitted. Authors must provide an institutional address and institution email address for any suggested reviewers.
    13. The article has been proofread for spelling, typos and grammatical errors before submission.

Peer Review Process

Articles will be sent out to at least one academic reviewer and one community reviewer. Reviewers are selected on the basis of their knowledge in the research and health area, with expertise in the topic of the submitted article.

The Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing follows a blind peer-review process.  Authors suggest reviewers, whom the Journal contact and invite to peer-review manuscripts.  All identifying information is removed from manuscripts prior to sending them to reviewers and all identifying information is removed from reviews before being sent to authors.

Copy Editing

Articles are edited for clarity, grammar, punctuation, spelling and proper citation. The Copy Editor may contact the author for clarification.

Author Verification

The edited article is then sent back to the author to confirm that meanings have not been changed in the copy editing process. This is also a chance for the author to verify details such as the accuracy of references, name spelling, data in tables, and that picture captions are with the right picture.

Schedule for Publication

Shortly after the author returns the verified article, it will be scheduled for publication.

Publication Frequency

The web-based publication will be available twice a year. Submissions are aligned with the upcoming publications. Check the website for further details.

Open Access Policy

Te Mauri- Pimatisiwin provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Authors retain the copyright to their work and that has the right of first publication of the work.

All content of the journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License. This license allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.

The license also prevents others from using the work for profit without the express consent of the author(s). The license also prevents the creation of derivative works without the express consent of the author(s). Note that derivative works are very similar in nature to the original. Merely quoting (and appropriately referencing) a passage of a work is not making a derivative of it.

Disputes and Concerns

In the event of a disputes that contravene (or are not addressed by) the policies and/or submission guidelines, decisions will be taken to the Editors for a final decision.

Artwork and Photos

Drawings & Artwork should be 1.5 to 2 times the size used in the publication. If an illustration will be used as a quarter page in the journal, it should be at least a half page original.

To be returned, original artwork or photographs should be clearly labelled on the margin or on the back with your name and address.

Artwork can be submitted as:

  • Pen & Ink drawings
  • Original Artwork
  • Adobe Illustrator Files
  • Adobe Photoshop Files

Photographs should be sharp and properly exposed, and can be either black & white or colour. A snapshot sized photograph (3×5 to 4×6 inches) should be scanned at 300 dots per inch. 8×10 pictures can be scanned at 150 dots per inch.

Digital photographs should be shot at the camera’s highest quality. Please send in more photos than is needed, with appropriate location references in the text. The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is still true.

References and Quotations

Te Mauri: Pimatisiwin adheres to APA style and all articles submitted must use the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2020) for formatting. For APA style information, authors can refer to the APA style website, or numerous other sites that are available on the internet

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