Tuhinga: Information for authors 

Tuhinga is a peer-reviewed academic journal, which publishes results of Te Papa’s original scientific and cultural research, research on Te Papa’s collections, and related matters. The Editorial Board is anxious to ensure a good balance of papers from different disciplines, to reflect the breadth and range of Te Papa’s scholarship.

Tuhinga is now published online. On publication, authors will be sent a link to the online journal. Hardcopies will no longer be available, though a print on demand option is currently being developed.

The timetable for producing each issue of Tuhinga is as follows:

30 September: last date for initial submission of manuscripts.

31 January: all papers refereed, edited, revised, re-submitted, and ready for the publication process.

June: publication date.

Refereeing will be anonymous, unless the referees wish to disclose their identities. Each paper will be sent to two referees. The referees’ comments will be forwarded to the author. Authors will be expected to make any revisions promptly in order to meet the publication timetable. Authors who do not wish to comply with some or all suggestions by referees must justify their refusal to the Editor.

Submission of papers

Manuscripts should be sent to Te Papa Press. Authors should supply an electronic version of the manuscript text as a Word document, including tables and captions to the illustrations. Illustrations should be sent as separate low resolution files (JPG’s), but high resolution electronic files will be needed for the final submission of the revised manuscript (see below under Illustrations).

Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 2cm margins. Colour, half-tone and line illustrations are welcomed. It is helpful to mark the approximate position of each table or illustration in the text in the form <:FIGURE 1 here>.

Points to remember

  • The title should be short, accurate and informative.
  • Each paper should begin with an abstract of 100-150 words and up to 10 keywords.
  • Headings should not be too numerous and the heading hierarchy should be kept to a minimum. Headings should not be numbered.
  • Tuhinga will be produced on A4 paper size, normally with double columns. Illustrations and tables should therefore be designed to fit a full page (preferably portrait), a page width, or a column width. In the case of full-page illustrations, please make adequate allowance within the block for the caption. Illustrations should be numbered consecutively, regardless of whether they are line drawings, colour or half-tones.
  • All illustrations and tables must be referred to in the text. The following formats may be used:

             (Table 1) or Table 1 shows…

             (Fig. 1) or As indicated in Figure 1…

  • Captions should follow the format:

              Fig. 1: Description (credit [where appropriate]).

In systematic papers, full citations to publications which include original descriptions of species and genera discussed in the text or listed in synonymies, should be listed under the References.


All publications included in the References section must be cited within the body of the paper, either in the text, tables, notes, appendices, etc.

Referencing must be according to one of the two following styles:

            Author-Date or

            Notes and bibliography.


The author-date style is preferred by those in the physical, natural, and social sciences.

All publications included in the References section must be cited within the body of the paper, either in the text, tables, appendices, etc. They need to be cited as in the following examples, with text citations in the form: “(Jones 1999: 26)” or “Jones (1999: 26) commented that…”. Titles of journals and books should be given in full, including their complete pagination. 


Palma, R.L. (1991). A new species of Rallicola (Insecta: Phthiraptera: Philopteridae) from the North Island brown kiwi.  Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand  21(4): 313-322.


Ewing, H.E. (1929). A manual of external parasites. London: Baillière, Tindall & Cox. i-xvi + 225 pp.

Chapter in book

Murray, M.D., Palma, R.L. and Pilgrim, R.L.C. (1993).  Ectoparasites of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds. Pp. 959-962 in Marchant, S. & Higgins, P.J. (eds) Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (Vol. 2).  Melbourne: OxfordUniversity Press. i-xiii + 984 pp.

Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and provided in the form of a list of Notes, numbered consecutively and listed after the Acknowledgements and before the References.

Notes and Bibliography

The notes and bibliography style is preferred by many in the humanities, including those in literature, history and the arts. This style presents bibliographic information in notes and often as well in a bibliography.


In a note, list the specific page numbers consulted, if any. In the bibliography, list the page range for the whole article.

  1. Joshua I. Weinstein, ‘The Market in Plato’s Republic,’ Classical Philology 104 (2009): 440.
  2. Weinstein, ‘Plato’s Republic,’ 452–53.

Weinstein, Joshua I. ‘The Market in Plato’s Republic.’ Classical Philology104 (2009): 439–58.


  1. Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin, 2006), 99–100.
  2. Pollan, Omnivore’s Dilemma, 3.

Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.

Chapter in book

  1. John D. Kelly, ‘Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War,’ in Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, ed. John D. Kelly et al. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), 77.
  2. Kelly, ‘Seeing Red,’ 81–82.

Kelly, John D. ‘Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War.’ In Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, edited by John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, Sean T. Mitchell, and Jeremy Walton, 67–83. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.


All images must be provided as either:

a) original artwork including good quality photographic prints

b) photographic negatives or colour transparencies

e) high-resolution digital files with a minimum resolution of 350dpi

Digital image files must be TIF or EPS files.

PDFs or JPGs will be not accepted as they do not re-size well and are difficult to use in high-quality book layout.

All images, charts or diagrams need to be provided separately in their original format, and not pasted into a Microsoft Word document.

If colour accuracy is critical, please provide a colour-accurate reference image (in hardcopy) with your digital file.

If line art (maps, graphs, charts, etc) are provided electronically, they must be at 1200dpi and saved as bitmap TIF images, or as vector images i.e. Illustrator or Freehand files.

NB: Generally, only very expensive digital cameras can provide images of sufficient quality to reproduce well in print. Most only produce images at 72 dpi, which are unacceptable. For the same reason, contributors should not use images downloaded from websites.

Our typesetters are not scientists. To save them guesswork (and to save us time-consuming/expensive to-ing and fro-ing), we ask that contributors indicate, with their illustrations, where in the text an illustration should go and (if necessary) what size it should be, which way it should face, whether it should run in colour if this is possible, etc.

Digital cameras, scanners and monitors all operate at different calibrations – i.e. different colour settings. There is no guarantee that the colour one person sees on their screen will match our screens, the printer's proofs, or the final print job. If colour is a critical aspect of a contributor's illustrative material, they will need to provide a colour-accurate reference image (hardcopy) for our imaging experts to match.

Te Papa staff and others working in-house might prefer to consult our photographers, rather than risk having to re-provide incorrectly supplied images.

To avoid disappointment, please contact Te Papa Press tepapapress@tepapa.govt.nz

Phone 04 381 7470 with any image-related query before submitting images for publication.

In-house authors

To ensure as smooth a process with Te Papa’s inhouse imaging and photography team, we ask that you please adhere to the following rules when you are seeking images from them:

  • Clearly state that the images you are asking for will be used in Tuhinga. ‘A publication’ is not sufficient, please directly mention Tuhinga
  • Please try to request all of your images in one go. If there is more than one author of the article, please try to collate your image requests, or identify that the images are for a ‘joint paper, with xxx’
  • The imaging team needs as much information as possible. This includes:
  • Accession number
  • MA number, where relevant (ie, if you are happy with the image supplied on KE Emu, and don’t require any change to it)
  • If the image requires new photography (please specify that it should be as per Tuhinga style, photographed on a white background with a drop shadow, unless you need it to be otherwise)
  • Any notes on how you would like an object to be photographed, such as if a group shot is required, or a certain angle should be used.


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