The Journal of Samoan Studies (JSS) is a multidisciplinary academic open-access online journal. It is published by the National University of Samoa through its Centre for Samoan Studies.

The Journal of Samoan Studies aims to disseminate research findings on Samoa.

All articles submitted in English or Samoan languages to JSS should conform to international academic standards and will be peer reviewed.


  1. Normal issues of the JSS will contain articles on a range of topics in the social and human sciences, sciences or applied science, arts, education, and literature, relating to Samoa.
  2. Special issues may be guest edited (as faculty-based or department-based collections in any of these disciplines).

JSS is comprised of three sections:

  1. Articles
  2. Shorter communications and comments
  3. Books and Media Reviews

Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word, double spaced using font style Calibri 11. Articles should be approximately 5-6000 words, and no more than 1000 words for shorter communications comments and book and media reviews.

Manuscripts should be organised as follows:

  1. Title
  2. Author’s name
  3. Institutional affiliation of the author
  4. Abstract
  5. Main text without numbers, subheadings are acceptable.
  6. Acknowledgements and/or notes
  7. References


Citations should be inserted in parentheses in the text with page references separated by a colon. For example (So’o’ 2008:23-27).

The full reference should be listed at the end of the text and should only include those cited in the text.

For a book use the following example:

So’o’, Asofou.  2008. Democracy and Custom in Sāmoa: An uneasy alliance. Suva:  Institute of Pacific Studies. University of the South Pacific.

For an article in an anthology use the following example:

So’o, Asofou. Civil and Political Liberty: The case of Samoa. In Elise Huffer and Asofou So’o (eds.) Governance in Sāmoa.  Canberra and Suva: Asia Pacific Press at the Australian National University and Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific

For an article in a journal, use the following example

Huffer, Elise and Asofou So’o, 2003.  Consensus versus dissent: Democracy, pluralism and governance in Sāmoa. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 44:3, 281–304

If you are citing an article from an online journal or e-book, add the URL.