The Scopes are a series of open access journals that publish research in a broad range of topics including learning and teaching, art and design, Māori knowledge and health and wellbeing. 

The series consists of five core standalone publications each with their own editorial board and editorial team. Four are published annually and one every two years. Additional special issues are published annually that focus on particular research themes. 

Scopes are published by Otago Polytechnic Press. All Scopes adhere to Publishing Ethics & Malpractice. 

Series Editor
Professor Leoni Schmidt


Formats include and are not limited to: articles; essays; original research; practice and project reviews,conference and travel reports; reviews, residencies and publications; and moving, interactive works (to be negotiated with the editors for the online version, with contextualising paragraphs and stills to appear in the text version). Other suggested formats will also be considered; and special topics comprising submissions by various contributors may be tendered to the editors. The maximum word length for feature articles is 4000 words, with other formats at a shorter length. Please ask editors for more guidance on word limits for your submission.


Each journal will have a Call for Papers. Submissions should be sent by electronic format by the deadline for the Call for Papers, for review and potential inclusion in the annual issue to the editors of each issue. Please consult the information for contributors below and the hardcopy or online versions of the previous issues for examples at this website. Peer review feedback will be sent to all submitters in due course, with details concerning the possible reworking of documents where relevant. In the event of major rewrite,  submitters can resubmit for another round of peer approval subject to the timeline for print production. All final decisions concerning publication of submissions will reside with the editors. Opinions published are those of the authors and not necessarily subscribed to by the editors, or the institution.


Submissions should engage with contemporary practices in ways which may contribute to critical debate and new understandings. High standards of writing, proofreading and adherence to consistency through the APA referencing style are expected (Chicago endnotes referencing style for Art & Design). For more information, please refer to the APA Manual of Style; and consult previous issues for examples, for other Scope journals. Please take particular note of online referencing formats and follow the style guide accordingly.

Submissions must be in a plain word document (please don't use Word-styles to apply formatting). PDFs will not be accepted for the text component of the submission.

A short biography of no more than 50 words; as well as title; details concerning institutional position and affiliation (where relevant); and contact information (postal, email and telephone number) should be provided on a separate cover sheet, with all such information withheld from the body of the submission.


For final print publication purposes images should be sent as separate TIFF or high res JPEG, with resolution equivalent to at least 300 dpi, by email or electronic transfer. Indicate in the article the approximate placement of images with <<figure 1>> Maximum image print area is 130mm wide x 180mm deep. All image files should be labelled with the author’s name and numbered in the order in which the images appear in the document e.g. “smith_figure_1.tif”. “smith_figure_2.tif” etc. The author should supply a separate list of full captions in a word document. All images must be accompanied by reproduction permission.

Provision of high resolution images is a prerequisite for images to be considered for possible publication. Publication of images is at the editors' discretion depending on availability of space and budget considerations. Image quality is also taken into consideration when making these decisions. Copies of written copyright permissions should also be included with all images for work that is not the author's.


For peer review and editorial advice and comment, the editors of each journal rely on a range of appropriate reviewers, but in the first instance on members of their Editorial Boards. 

For further information please see the colophon for each separate issue.
Leoni Schmidt (Series Editor) 


  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • Supply all author details, including institution, current address and contact email on a separate file
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses) and the submission file is saved as a .doc or .docx file.
  • Brief author bio including institutional affiliation
  • Indicate the nominated, submitting, contact author by including their present address
  • Indicate the type of article (e.g. Article, Case Study)
  • Quoted material is used with written permission and clearly identified in the manuscript
  • Use the APA 6th ed. style of referencing, with endnotes (Chicago endnotes for Art & Design) please check with editor for preferred referencing style. Please see previous issues for examples.
  • Numeric data are given in SI units
  • Prepared tables, figures and their captions- all illustrations, figures, and tables placeholders are within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Images are provided as TIFF, JPEG or EPS files and are at least 300dpi.  Image files are labelled with the contributor's name and number in the order which they should appearas above and sent as individual attachments by email or electronic transfer.
  • Written reproduction permission has been obtained for all images. A supporting page of information detailing authorship, full title, origin and permission for all images is supplied.


Publishing Ethics and Malpractice statement 
Scope and Junctures  (26 January 2021) 


This document covers Otago Polytechnic Ltd’s overarching ethical considerations for publishing issues of Scope: Contemporary Research Topics and Junctures: Journal of Thematic DialogueFurther information about our publishing processes can also be found in our Editor’s Manual (available on request from 

Ethical considerations for research undertaken at Otago Polytechnic Ltd is covered by our Research Ethics Committee 

Otago Polytechnic Ltd also recognises the Royal Society of New Zealand's Code of Professional Standards and Ethics in Science, Technology, and the Humanities.   

Ethical Considerations in publishing 

Authorship of the paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. See Determining Authorship i 

Originality and plagiarism: Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and that the work and/or words of others have been appropriately citedquotedand referenced. 

Permissions: As a rule, permission should be sought from the rights holder to reproduce any substantial part of a copyrighted work. This includes any text, illustrations, charts, tables, photographs, or other material from previously published sources. permissions form provided by the editor should be completed to re-use content published by Otago Polytechnic Ltd.  Exceptions to this are specified in endnote. ii (If in doubt authors should discuss this with their editor) 

Prior publication: Work published in Scope is deemed to be original work that has not previously been published  or is under consideration by another publisherWe do however accept work that is an artwork that has previously been exhibited in a gallery context, or that has been: 

  • re-interpreted from a previously published abstract.  
  • published as an academic thesis, or  
  • published as an electronic preprint.  

Acknowledgement of sources: Appropriate acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given using full journal citations. 

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest. 

Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. Any correction or retraction will be made on the online version on our website.  

Compliance:  Statements of compliance are required if the reported research involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use Research involving animal or human subjects needs to indicate which body reviewed and approved ethical approval.  

Open Access & Data Mining: Scopes and Junctures are open access journals this means anyone can download open access content via our DOI retrieval function and by aggregators. 

ArchivingElectronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content in the event a journal is no longer published shall be maintained by Otago Polytechnic Ltd. 

Editors responsibilities 

Each journal has their own chief editor and sometimes a co-editor/s as well as an editorial board.  As the publisher the overall responsibility for these publications is provided by the Series Editor who represents the publisher.  The roles of the chief and co-editors are contained in Manual for Editors 

Author responsibilities 

Authors are required to: 

  • cite the ethics approval number for their work if it involves research with human or animal participants/subjects
  • ensure that the manuscript they are submitting to Scope has not already been previously published by or under consideration by another publisher  
  • include a list of references that have been cited in the work 
  • identify all authors who have significantly contributed to the researchsee endnote i Determining Authorship 
  • inform editors if they need to make retractions or corrections of mistakes after publication
  • acknowledge any financial support received for the research

Complaints procedure 

Complaints related to editorial practice or decisions must be received in writing to the Series Editor whose role is to investigate such complaintsThe Series Editor may facilitate mediation between the complainant and the Journal Editor, and/or make a ruling based on the information provided.  Any complaints of alleged research misconduct related to published work in Scope or Juncturesand that are authored by Otago Polytechnic staff or students will be referred to the Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies