About the Journal

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AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples was launched in 2005 by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga: New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence based at the University of Auckland in Aotearoa New Zealand. The name Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga means ‘horizons of insight’.  AlterNative presents scholarly research on Indigenous worldviews and experiences of decolonization from Indigenous perspectives from around the world. AlterNative publishes articles in English but also welcomes submissions in Indigenous languages, as well as ones that have been previously published in an Indigenous language and are translated into English.
 
AlterNative was established with the aim of being an innovative forum for Indigenous scholars worldwide.  Since its inaugural issue, it has been an international and multidisciplinary journal which has created an international Indigenous academic community and has generated an understanding of Indigenous academic discourse.
 
Since 2016 AlterNative is published quarterly in print and continously online. AlterNative publishes papers that substantively address and critically engage with Indigenous issues from a scholarly indigenous viewpoint. All papers must address and engage with current international and national literature and academic and/or Indigenous theory and make a significant contribution to the field of Indigenous studies.  Since 2017 AlterNative is published by SAGE publishing. 
 
Contributors are expected to meet internationally accepted guidelines on carrying out ethical and culturally competent research involving Indigenous peoples and conform to the standards for authors set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).  Please see our Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement on our Author information page for further information.
 
AlterNative is peer reviewed to international standards and our aim is for all papers to be reviewed by Indigenous scholars from within the group under discussion as well as by international Indigenous or non-Indigenous experts in the research discipline. 
 
AlterNative welcomes articles for inclusion in general issues throughout the year. Please see our Author information page for the types of papers we publish.