The International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies is an open access, double-anonymous peer-reviewed journal that seeks to disseminate scholarship across the Humanities, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Law and Education in the field of Indigenous Studies. 




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A typical manuscript will be between 6,000-8,000 words (double-spaced pages) including tables, endnotes and references (APA 7th edition). 

All submitted manuscripts should be original, unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere at the time of submitting to the International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies.

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All articles submitted to the journal will undergo a double-anonymous peer-review by at least two reviewers. Reviews should normally take around 4-6 weeks; however, we have been experiencing delays with reviewer acceptance and reviewers submitting reports on time. Reviewers will be recruited from our reviewer pool, and other suitably qualified academics based on the subject matter of received submissions. The peer-review process involves obtaining advice on manuscripts from reviewers who are experts in the field. All reviewed articles will be treated confidentially prior to their publication. 

It is important to note that all decisions of the Chief Editors are final and not subject to review or appeal.


The Journal publishes two issues each year (one by June and the other by December). The timing may vary slightly depending on the quality of submissions received.

Accepted articles are published immediately under an Early Release branding.


Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). This Licence allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.


Authors are permitted (and encouraged) to post their work online in institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites. Pre-print versions posted online should include a citation and link to the final published version in International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies as soon as the issue is available; post-print versions (including the final publisher's PDF) should include a citation and link to the journal's website.

This journal currently utilises the CLOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. We have recently applied for archiving with Sherpa Romeo. If approved this will ensure that all published articles are archived as required.


This journal provides immediate and free to download open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This journal fulfils DOAJ's definition of open access.


  • Papers must be submitted with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or thesis) and are not currently under consideration by another journal.
  • The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the other co-authors. It is also the authors’ responsibility to ensure that the articles emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the necessary institution. Further correspondence and/or galley proofs will be sent to the corresponding author(s) before publication unless otherwise indicated.
  • It is a condition for submission of a paper that the authors permit editing of the paper for readability.
  • All articles submitted can be checked for plagiarism. Authors retain copyright and articles are licenced via Creative Commons to make published articles more readily available and useable. There are no APCs (Article Processing Charges). Authors can submit and publish at no cost. We reserve the right to grant licences to third parties which own/manage reputable public access databases to include online access to the journal and its articles.
  • Special Editions also require blind peer-reviewing and are subject to the same editorial policy.
  • Authors or Special Edition editors who do not comply with agreed timelines for production schedules may have the publication of their papers delayed.
  • All production decisions are made by the Chief Editors are final and not subject to review or appeal.


This journal follows the Code of Conduct for best practice and ethical journal editing and publication (see COPE http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines). Recognising our ethical and other responsibilities, we take all possible measures against malpractice and we are committed to ensuring that reprint, advertising or other commercial revenue or political gain has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. We publish papers based only on their quality, importance, originality, and relevance to our remit. We evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, citizenship, ethnic origin, or political philosophy of the authors. We are committed to ensuring ethics in publication and high quality of scholarship. Conformance to standards of ethical behaviour is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

In the event that the Editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, the Editors will deal with the allegations appropriately. The Editors are willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.


We follow standards for dealing with retractions based on best practices. This includes:

  • A retraction note titled “Retraction: [article title]” signed by the authors and/or the editor is published in the electronic version.
  • The online article contains the retraction note.
  • The original article is retained unchanged (except for the addition of the retraction note).

In the case of a retraction requiring a corrected version. We will publish a link to the corrected re-published article and keep a history of the previous published article.

Published articles will only be removed under serious infringes involving legal rights, defamatory content, court order and/or were the article might pose a serious health risk. The article will be removed with text stating it was removed for legal reasons.

Authors: By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) warrant that the manuscript is their own, original work and that it has neither been published previously nor is currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Submitting the same manuscript concurrently to more than one journal is unacceptable. Publishing the same research in more than one journal is forbidden. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work and include a reference list with their paper. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical conduct and is unacceptable. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication. All authors need to have significantly contributed to the research. Financial support must be acknowledged by the authors. Finally, all authors are obligated to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes, in case of detection.

Editors: The editors of this journal will evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit and fit with the journal's themes. The editors are responsible for deciding which submitted papers should be published. The editor and any editorial staff must maintain confidentiality and not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, journal manager and the publisher. The editors will not use unpublished information in their own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors will take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper. The editors will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred.

Reviewers: This journal uses a double-anonymous peer-review process which assists in making editorial decisions. Once reviewers accept the assignment, they are assigned a due date to complete the review. Ideally, this review process would take no longer than 6 weeks.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by the reviewer without the express written consent of the author. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers. Peer reviewers’ identities are protected as are authors.


All articles submitted to the journal may be subject to checks for plagiarism. Apart from peer review, the journal uses the software iThenitcate to check for possible plagiarism.

Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical conduct and is unacceptable. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.