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NCPACS Working Paper Series

Te Ao O Rongomaraeroa National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) Working Paper Series (or “the Series”) is an open access, student and community-run working paper series for peace and conflict-related research. It provides a platform for groups and individuals to share their perspectives and contribute to discourse on topics related to peace and conflict prior to publication in a journal.

The Series is open for submissions from students, practitioners, activists, community members, and the general public. Submissions are especially welcome from tangata whenua, indigenous persons, persons from the global south, the LGBTQIA+ community, and members of communities affected by structural violence and conflict.

Submissions to the Series are invited on any subject related to peace and conflict studies, as well as practice-based research and reflection. All papers accepted for publication are subject to a review process by the NCPACS Working Paper Editorial Team. There is no intention to reject papers, as the team aims to work with the author to make the writing ready for publication.

Papers published in the Series face no copyright restrictions in relation to future publications. Papers in the Series are working papers, so may go on to be published in other academic journals. The Series follows an open access policy in which articles are available free of charge and authors retain rights to their work.

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Aims and scope

Kotahi te kākano, he nui ngā hua o te rākau.
A tree comes from one seed but bears many fruit.

The NCPACS Working Paper Series aims to be a central place to share innovative peace-related research with a wide audience of academics, practitioners and policymakers, and the general public.

The Series is a collection that is edited and reviewed by postgraduate students, recent graduates of peace and conflict studies, or members of the NCPACS Student and Community Association who compose the Editorial Team.

The focus of the Series is broadly centred around peace and conflict.

The Series, based in Aotearoa, supports and seeks to embody the principles of partnership, protection, and participation outlined by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We are especially committed to encouraging indigenous scholars to contribute and will do so by adopting the following principles:

Pātuitanga | Partnership

The Series commits to working with Māori and Moriori research and researchers through this publication series by:

  • Ensuring that indigenous communities in Aotearoa have been consulted before having data or research from their communities published in the Series
  • Guaranteeing that Māori and Moriori communities always have a right of refusal for publication in the Series at any time, especially where their intellectual property is concerned

Whakamarumarutia | Protection

The Series promotes equity for members of Māori and Moriori communities through the following:

  • Normalising and using Te Reo Māori and Ta Rē Moriori where possible
  • Accepting contributions in Te Reo Māori and Ta Rē Moriori
  • Ensuring the structure of the Series places value on place-based and community knowledge and writing in formats, like kōrero
  • Placing no requirement for specific or western-style referencing, especially for work that is based on community knowledge and practice
  • Ensuring that there has been a reciprocal relationship between the researcher and any participants or communities involved in the research

Whakauru | Participation

The Series makes space for participation from Māori and Moriori communities by:

  • Inviting submissions from members of Māori and Moriori communities
  • Promoting participation by members of Māori and Moriori communities within the Editorial Team
  • Inviting submissions from all organisations, groups, and individuals, including those outside academia
  • Encouraging authors to use whatever writing format is the most appropriate for the nature of their work, rather than conform to a western-style academic standard
  • Maintaining open channels for feedback and participation through direct contact with the NCPACS Student Association or the Centre.

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NCPACS Working Papers

Are There US Bioweapons in Ukraine? Putin’s Propaganda Fails to Persuade (PDF)
Matt Fuller, March 2022

Let's start by labelling things as they are (PDF)
Alejandra del Pilar Ortiz-Ayala, February 2022

“It affects me as a man”: Recognising and responding to former refugee men’s experiences of resettlement (PDF)
Rachel Rafferty, June 2019

Let Us Pretend! Imaginative Identification: A Form of Cultural Nonviolence (PDF)
Anita Clarke, May 2016

Tools from the Past for a Problematic Present: How Relevant is Burtonian Theory and Practice for 21st Century Conflict Transformation? (PDF)
Kevin Clements, October 2015

Should you wish to cite these publications, citations should include the author’s name, the date of publication, the paper title, list it is the NCPACS Working Paper Series, and the web address for the Series.

If a paper is subsequently published elsewhere, we will provide the link on our website to the location of its new publication, and all citations should be directed towards there.

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Submission guidelines

Review standards

In an effort to ensure reciprocity in the research published in the Series, in your submission email, please consider and inform the Editorial Team of the following:

  • How there has been reciprocity with the participants/community involved in the research
  • The risks and benefits of publication, and whether that has been shared with the participants/community involved in the research

Formatting the submission file

  • Contents: Please include title, author name, abstract (around 200 words), paper, bibliography, any annexes/appendices, and a short author biography of around 100 words.
  • Presentation: Please ensure your document is free from typographical and presentational errors.
  • Word count: Papers do not have a specific page limit or word count. However, we may ask for some cuts during the review process to enhance readability.
  • References: Please cite your sources consistently with your chosen style. However, we recognise in some cases it is not possible or appropriate to include a western-stye reference section, and submissions without references will still be accepted for publication. Authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscripts are consistently referenced if a system is used, as the Editorial Team will not necessarily check reference formatting.
  • File type: Please submit your paper as an attachment in a Word document format.


Step 1

Submissions should be sent by the author to the Centre with “NCPACS Working Paper Series” in the subject line.

The article for review should be attached as a file attachment in a Word document format.

Please ensure you have addressed the Review standards (above) in the body of your email and the section on Formatting the Submission file (above) in your attached file.

Step 2

Submissions are handled through a student submissions officer who is a part of the Editorial Team. This person identifies reviewers for the paper.

Step 3

Papers undergo a round of peer review from two reviewers. We aim for this process to take about 2 weeks.

Step 4

Authors receive comments and proposed changes in their document via track changes.

Step 5

The author will make necessary changes and return to the student submissions officer, ideally within 2 weeks.

If you disagree with any changes, please inform the reviewers of the reasons why the change cannot be made in a comment on the document.

Step 6

The submission officer will input the article into the Working Paper Series layout and submit it to the university web team for posting.

Step 7

The article will be posted on the website and links may be shared through the Centre and Student Association’s social media or email listservs. A link will be shared with the author.

Step 8

If the author subsequently publishes the working paper elsewhere as an article, the author should notify the Centre who will work with the Editorial Team to update the webpage.

Authors should provide the link to the new publication so that future readers can be directed to the new location of the work.


  • Plagiarism: Please note, all submissions will be checked for plagiarism in a plagiarism checker.
  • Other versions: Papers submitted to the Series should be original contributions and should not be derived from existing publications. If another version of the article is under consideration by another publication, or has been, or will be published elsewhere, authors should clearly indicate this at the time of submission. Papers are expected to be of first submission, if this is not the case a waiver giving us the right to publish the paper must be included.
  • Multiple authors: Papers with multiple authors, group authors, or a collective organisational author are accepted.
  • Languages: Papers in Te Reo Māori and Ta Rē Moriori and languages other than English are accepted and we will do our best to find reviewers who can give feedback in that language. In this instance, the review process may take more than 2 weeks. Please contact us if you are interested in publishing in a specific language.

If you have a question about the submission process that is not answered here, please contact:

The NCPACS Student Association

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Editorial team and reviewers

The Editorial Team is composed of a team of reviewers and a submissions officer and is organised by the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Student Association. We may invite specific reviewers to accommodate particular topics or publication languages.

Anyone can join as a member of the Editorial Team or a reviewer. If you would like to join the Editorial Team or become a reviewer, please contact:

The NCPACS Student Association

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If you have comments on how we are doing or suggestions for improvement, please contact:

The NCPACS Student Association

The Centre

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