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About the Journal

New Zealand Science Review provides a forum for the discussion of issues of relevance to science in Aotearoa New Zealand in the past, present and future. It is aimed at scientists, decision makers, and the interested public. Readability and accessible language are essential.

Suitable topics range across:

  • Science strategy/policy
  • Aotearoa New Zealand relevance of major advances
  • Science education
  • Māori science/research
  • Science planning
  • Freedom of information
  • Medalist, biographies & obituaries
  • Record of govt science-relevant strategies
  • History of science
  • Engagement between science and society
  • Reviews of conferences, books and other forms of relevant media.
  • Opinion pieces on issues of contemporary interest*

Primary research results are NOT in scope unless they are shedding light on one of these areas. Please contact the Editorial Board if in doubt  (

We have three classes of article with expected maximum lengths:

  • Normal article 5000 words
  • Short articles are 2500
  • Media review is 800.

However, article types or lengths outside this are possible - get in touch with the Editorial Board.  There are no costs paid by the author for publication, but voluntary page charges to help offset costs are appreciated. 

*Where an issue is highly contentious or likely to do harm to members of the community the Editorial Board reserves the right to not publish, defer publication or solicit a counter-opinion. [see: Nature Editorial “Research must do no harm: new guidance addresses all studies relating to people” Nature, 606, 434 (2022), doi:]

The content in the journal is Open Access.

Articles are licensed under terms CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0  ( except where noted.

The journal was first published in December 1942. It was crown quarto size (slightly smaller than B5) and 12 pages long (see Gregory, G. 2013. Not to be forgotten: New Zealand Association of Scientific Workers, New Zealand Science Review Vol 70 (1), 10-19.).