Peer-reviewed International Journal for Oceanic Studies

Latest Issue (vol 34)




Navigation in the Rainforest: The Case of the Batek in the Upper Lebir River Watershed, Malaysia

People and Culture in Oceania, 34: 1–23, 2018

Discourse on the Last Descendent: The Chief as a Constellation of Signs in Contemporary Fiji

People and Culture in Oceania, 34: 25–54, 2018

Diversity of Banana Cultivars and their Usages in the Papua New Guinea Lowlands: A Case Study Focusing on the Kalapua Subgroup

People and Culture in Oceania, 34: 55-78, 2018


Changing Cropping Systems in Sundanese Villages in West Java, Indonesia

People and Culture in Oceania, 34: 79-88, 2018

Encountering Micronesia through Sociolinguistic Fieldwork

People and Culture in Oceania, 34: 89-100, 2018

High Prevalence of Undetected Tuberculosis and Its Link to Low Utilization of Health Services and Poor Health Seeking Behavior of Prolonged Cough Patients in Rural Coastal Papua New Guinea: Prior to the Global Fund Program

People and Culture in Oceania, 34: 101-111, 2018


Since volume 34, all contents have been provided as pdf files in J-STAGE, from 6 months after the publication.
Since volume 17, all contents have been provided as pdf files in National Digital Library, from 6 months after the publication.

Aims and scope

As the official journal of The Japanese Society for Oceanic Studies, People and Culture in Oceania aims to publish original research and communications of scientific interest. The language of publication is English and the relevant scientific fields include physical and cultural anthropology, linguistics, prehistory and archaeology, human ecology, geography, ethnobotany, etc. The geographical regions of research are Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Australia, and Island Southeast Asia, although research on adjacent areas, e.g., Taiwan and the Malay Peninsula, is also acceptable when the theme is relevant to the interests of Oceanists. The journal will be issued annually, in December. The editor welcomes submissions of original papers and communications. Communications include brief reports on scientific research and methodology, notes and remarks of interest, and book reviews. All manuscripts will be subject to peer review.

Instructions to contributors

Manuscripts for PCO can be submitted throughout the year. Those that reach the Editor by June 15, 2019 will be considered for Volume 35.

  • Manuscripts submitted to the journal should not be simultaneously under consideration elsewhere.
  • Original papers should not exceed 30 text pages (single-space) in length at the time of submission. Communications should not exceed 8 pages.
  • The manuscript should include the title, an abstract not exceeding 300 words, and key words (fewer than 10 in number). An abstract is not necessary for a paper submitted as a Communication; however, if the contributor wishes, an abstract of about 100 words may be included.
  • Tables (with a brief explanatory heading) and figures should be prepared on separate sheets, and their approximate location should be indicated in the body of the text. Figures should be about twice the size desired for printing and suitable for reproduction. The heading of each figure should be typed on a separate sheet.
  • Reference citations and other details should follow the format of the papers published in previous issues. Please note that minor format changes were made in Vol. 22.
  • Submission in electronic form is encouraged. For the initial submission, send the manuscript to the Editor (pco [at] as attachment files in MS-Word and PDF formats. The electronic manuscript should be strictly anonymous. Authors should not identify themselves in the manuscript itself. Author's information (full name(s) of author(s), e-mail address(es), affiliation(s), a short running title, and the complete address of the person to whom the proofs are to be sent) as well as the title of the paper should be included in the body of the e-mail message.
  • To submit a manuscript by mail, send three hardcopies in the following form: typed double-spaced throughout on either A4 or letter size paper, with wide margins (at least 2.5 cm) at the sides as well as at the top and bottom of each page.
  • For the final manuscript of accepted submissions, a MS-Word RTF version of the text should be submitted together with either an electronic PDF version or a final hardcopy of the manuscript.
  • The editorial committee reserves the right to charge authors for extra costs such as for drawing figures, or necessary English editing.
  • Manuscripts and communications concerning editorial matters should be addressed to the editors (E-mail: pco[at], People ad Culture in Oceania.

    How to subscribe

    Membership in The Japanese Society for Oceanic Studies (JSOS) is open to all individuals who are interested in people and culture in Oceania. The annual dues are 6,000 Yen (or US$ 20). Membership includes an annual subscription to People and Culture in Oceania. For non-members of JSOS, the subscription price per volume is 6,000 Yen (or US$ 40), including postage. Application for membership and subscription inquiries should be addressed to the secretary of the society:

    NIWA Norio (E-mail: secretary[at]
    National Museum of Ethnology
    10-1 Senri Expo Park, Suita, Osaka 565-8511

    Subscription orders from overseas countries should be paid in U.S. currency by any of the following means:

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    UMEZAKI Masahiro (University of Tokyo, Japan)

    KUWAHARA Makiko (Kinjo Gakuin University, Japan)

    Editorial Board

    KURATA Makoto (Tokyo Medical University)

    NAKAZAWA Minato (Kobe University)

    NIWA Norio (National Museum of Ethnology)

    BABA Jun (Wako University)

    YAMAGUCHI Toru (Keio University)

    YAMAMOTO Matori (Hosei University)

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