The Journal of Pacific History

The Journal of Pacific History is a leading refereed journal dedicated to the study of the Pacific Islands, their peoples and their pasts.

JPH serves a broad community of historians, prehistorians, anthropologists and scholars from a cross-section of disciplines. We publish articles in political, economic, religious and cultural history; critical surveys; comment; and analysis of contemporary developments. We also publish review articles, reviews (of books, media, performance and exhibitions), primary documents and notes on source materials. Contributions of a comparative or theoretical nature that address questions of significance for Oceania are welcome. JPH on occasion publishes articles in French.

Our journal was launched in 1966 from the world’s first department of Pacific History at the Australian National University. JPH has been in continuous publication ever since. Today it is guided by two editors and a large and distinguished editorial board. Our publishers, Taylor & Francis, produce four issues per year and make JPH available electronically or in hard-copy through over 20,000 libraries worldwide.

Presentation of Fijian mats and tapa cloths to Queen Elizabeth II during the 1953-4 royal tour. New Zealand Free Lance : Photographic prints and negatives. Ref: PAColl-7171-61. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.


Prize for best article
AUD 1000, awarded annually

Gunson postgraduate essay prize
AUD 1000, awarded biennially in conjunction with the Pacific History Association conference

Meet the Board

Our board members reflect a diversity of expertise and international standing.

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Upcoming Issues

Look out for our forthcoming special issues on the following topics:

  • Histories in languages of Oceania
  • The Nuclear Era in the Pacific

Free Articles

Did you know that Taylor and Francis are offering some Journal of Pacific History Articles for free?

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