NZSR Submission Guidelines

New Zealand Science Review provides a forum for the discussion of issues of relevance to science in Aotearoa New Zealand in the past, present and future. It is aimed at scientists, decision makers, and the interested public. Readability and accessible language are essential. Manuscripts on the above topics are welcome, and should be emailed to the editorial board (current members: Craig Stevens, Troy Baisden, Lucy Stewart, Simon Hills, Ben Dickson, Tara McAllister, and Alexis Marshall). 

Suitable topics range across:

  • Science strategy/policy
  • Aotearoa New Zealand relevance of major advances
  • Science education
  • Māori science/research
  • Science planning
  • Freedom of information
  • Medalist, biographies & obituaries
  • Record of govt science-relevant strategies
  • History of science
  • Engagement between science and society
  • Reviews of conferences, books and other forms of relevant media.
  • Opinion pieces on issues of contemporary interest*

Primary research results are NOT in scope unless they are shedding light on one of these areas. Please contact the Editorial Board if in doubt (

We have three classes of article with expected maximum lengths:

  • Normal article 5000 words
  • Short articles are 2500
  • Media review is 800

Article types or lengths outside this are possible - get in touch with the Editorial Board. There are no costs paid by the author for publication, but voluntary page charges to help offset costs are appreciated.

Full manuscripts (with author’s name removed) will be sent for peer review, and authors will be sent copies of the reviewer’s comments and a decision on publication. Manuscripts may be accompanied by biographies of not more than 100 words on each author’s personal history and current interests including links to social media accounts.  This will be published with the article.

Articles may be submitted in MS Office Word, rich text format, or plain text. Diagrams and photographs should be on separate files (preferably eps, tif, jpg or png at 300 dpi), not embedded in the text. All tables and illustrations should be numbered separately – Tables 1, 2, 3, 4, etc., and Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. – and be referred to in the text. Footnotes should be eliminated as far as possible. Diagrams and photographs will be printed in black and white, so symbols should be readily distinguishable without colour, and hatching should be used rather than block shading. The online version of an article will be typeset in  full colour.

References should preferably be cited by the author–date (Harvard) system as described in the Lincoln University Press Write Edit Print: Style Manual for Aotearoa New Zealand (1997), which is also used as the standard for other editorial conventions. This system entails citing each author’s surname and the year of publication in the text and an alphabetical listing of all authors cited at the end. Alternative systems may be accepted if used accurately and consistently. Provision of a reference library export in *.bibtex or *.ris format is appreciated. 

*Where an issue is highly contentious or likely to do harm to members of the community the Editorial Board reserves the right to not publish, defer publication or solicit a counter-opinion. See: Nature Editorial “Research must do no harm: new guidance addresses all studies relating to people” Nature, 606, 434 (2022), doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-01607-0

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