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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 distinguished international editorial board. Our publishers, Taylor & Francis, produce four issues per year and make JPH available electronically or in hardcopy through over 20,000 libraries worldwide. Editorial correspondence can be sent to the editors at For further information or online submission go to

Article and essay prizes

JPH awards a prize of AUD 1,000 for the best article published in each volume. The inaugural prize was awarded in 2011 to Frank Quimby, The hierro commerce: culture contact, appropriation and colonial entanglement in the Marianas, 1521 - 1668. Graeme Smith, Chinese reactions to the anti-Asian riots in the Pacific earned the 2012 prize.

In conjunction with the Pacific History Association at the Biennial Pacific History Association Conference, JPH also awards the Gunson Prize for the best essay by a postgraduate or senior student. For further information see the 2014 Gunson Essay Prize in Pacific History.


Entries now being accepted for the 2014
Gunson Essay Prize in Pacific History.

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