ISSN: 1834-6057

Instructions for Authors

Shima publishes English language articles and uses a simplified style of Harvard referencing (see below) and authors will be expected to submit their final manuscripts in the prescribed house style. (Also see article pages in current issue available for download on this site for general layout issues.) Articles should be between 4000-8000 words in length.

In addition to articles, Shima publishes feature reviews, island reflections, and photo essays.

All manuscripts should be submitted in electronic form in Word format.


  • All articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 150-175 words.


  • All abstracts should be followed by a maximum of five key words/terms.


  • All articles should be accompanied by a map (or maps) showing the location of all significant places named in the text. Maps should follow cartography standards and include a caption/legend (with all symbols and lines appearing on the map), a scale, an orientation and a location inset. Maps should be submitted apart from the manuscript in either of the following formats .jpg, .tif, .eps, preferably in black & white or grayscale. Authors are responsible for arranging permission to reproduce previously published maps. (For further information/queries, please contact Philip Hayward

Photographs and/or diagrams

Photographs and/or diagrams may be used, provided authors obtain permission to reproduce any previously published material.

House style specifications

  • Use footnotes instead of endnotes.
  • Leave line breaks after every paragraph.
  • Do not indent any lines.
  • Explain all abbreviations and foreign language terms.
  • Use double inverted commas “…” for direct quotations and singles ‘…’ for figures of speech (etc.)
  • Put all quotes of over 30 words in italics and separate from preceding line with a line break.
  • Use round brackets (…) rather than square […]
  • All journal, book, film, TV program, DVD and/or album titles should be in italics, all journal article, poem, play, novel and/or artwork titles should be in single inverted commas.

Reference all quotations in following style (Author, year: page)

Then include full bibliographic reference in a final Bibliography section at the end of the article in following formats:

Authored book:
Author surname, author initial (year) book title, city of publication: publisher
Eg – Harris, G (1998) Tasmanian Architecture, Hobart: Art Press

Edited book:
Editor surname, editor initial (ed) (year) book title, city of publication: publisher
Eg – Konaba, T (ed) (2006) Hokkaido Remembered, Hong Kong: Lee & Co.

Chapter in an edited book:
Author surname, author initial (year) chapter title, in editor surname(s), initial (ed) book title, city of publication: publisher: page range
Eg – Heale, R (2004), ‘Macquarie Island Radio’, in Berbert, T and Gloriana, A (eds) Sub-Arctic Island Media Issues, Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaysia Publishing: 111-134

Journal article:
Author surname, author initial (year) title, journal name, issue: page range
Eg – Leavis, F.R (2005) ‘Norfolk Island Reggae Revival’, Perfect Beat: The Pacific Journal of Research Into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture v8 n2: 23-39

Paper in published conference proceedings:
Author surname, author initial (year) paper title, in editor name(s) (ed) Proceedings title: page range
Eg – Tope, B (2009), ‘Tahitian Pottery 1400–1433’, in Obata, A (ed) Refereed Proceedings from the 4th Pacific Pottery Symposium, University of the Pacific, Suva: 121-134

Press/magazine article:
Author surname, author initial (year) title, publication name, issue: page range
Eg – Baldacchino, G (2006) ‘Malta win European soccer championships for 3rd time in a row’, Valetta Herald July 23rd: 1-2

Website article:
Author surname, author initial (year) title, website name: website address – month, year accessed
Eg – Kolo, Z (2001) ‘Cocoa Trade Exposed’, Globalisation Online: — accessed May 2012

For any other publication specifics contact editors.


Final copy for downloadable pages is set in Constantia — but articles are accepted in any standard font and copy is especially appreciated in the following format:

Subtitle in 12 upper & lower case bold
Subheaders in 10 upper and lower case
Main text in 9 upper and lower case
Endnotes in 9 upper and lower case
Bibliography in 9 upper and lower case
Prospective contributors are welcome to discuss ideas for article submissions and/or theme issues with the editors prior to submission. (Philip Hayward