Journals – Open Access

The Journals listed are are either fully open access or have open access articles (available to open access anyone under Creative Commons principles) and cover a broad range of topic areas. They may have interesting and relevant articles and discussions for your work and practice.

Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal

International, peer-reviewed, open access journal that provides a platform for research, analysis and scholarly debate on social work theory, policy and practice. Published quarterly, it particularly welcomes work offering critical perspectives on contemporary policy developments, indigenous social work, post-colonialism, anti-racism, feminism, and progressive social work theory, policy and practice.

Ata: Journal of Psychotherapy Aotearoa New Zealand

Aims to promote psychotherapy in Aotearoa New Zealand, both in and beyond this country. It is (we are) committed to biculturalism; this is expressed in the structure of the journal, with two (sets of) editors and two editorial boards.

The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

The research reported includes formal epidemiological inquiries into the correlates and causes of diseases and health-related behaviour, analyses of public policy affecting health and disease, and detailed studies of the cultures and social structures within which health and illness exist.

The Australasian Journal on Aging

Publishes original work in any area of gerontology and geriatric medicine, including curated selections of journal publications on particular topics. Some articles are free access.

Conversation, The

The Conversation Australia and New Zealand is a unique collaboration between academics, researchers and journalists. Articles free to read and republish on a wide range of topics.

Decolonisation of Criminology and Justice

The DCJ is a fully open access, peer-reviewed journal which publishes research outputs that aim to contribute to the decolonization of criminology and justice. Supported by the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Auckland University of Technology.

Health and Social Care in the Community

Promoted critical thinking and informed debate about all aspects of health and social care, including reviews, policy analysis and research papers. Some papers are free or open access.

Journal of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists

Provides a range of articles, literature reviews, commentary and reflections relevant to the work of clinical psychologists. 

Journal of Educational Leadership Policy and Practice

Publishes papers by researchers, practitioners and administrators in the field of educational leadership.

Evaluation Matters – He Take Tā te Aromatawai

Evaluation Matters—He Take To Te Aromatawai is an online, international, interdisciplinary journal published annually by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER), in conjunction with the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA). Many articles are free access.

Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing

Te Mauri Pimatisiwin the Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing is a peer-reviewed, open-access, scholarly online journal that shares multi-disciplinary indigenous knowledge and research experience amongst indigenous health professionals, leaders, researchers and community members.

Journal of Primary Health Care

An online medical journal that contains peer-reviewed scientific research relevant to general practice and primary care in New Zealand.

Kōtuitui New Zealand Journal of Social Science Online

Kōtuitui aims to showcase the increasing number of individual and collaborative research endeavours across the social sciences. The Māori name ‘Kōtuitui’ means ‘interweaving’, and reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the journal.


Published quarterly by the New Zealand Law Society, providing a broad discussion of topics and issues.


Mai Journal

MAI Journal is an open access journal that publishes multidisciplinary peer-reviewed articles that critically analyse and address Indigenous and Pacific issues in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

MAI Journal publishes two issues per year, June and December.

Mahika Kai Journal

The aim is to present and collate national and international indigenous scholarly and practical perspectives of mahika kai that includes indigenous food, land and environmental practices, paradigms, principles and innovation. The first issue published some of presentations of the Mahika Kai Conference in 2019.


NZ Annual Review of Education

Provides a forum for researchers, policy makers and implementers, and practitioners to present well-documented analytical reviews of policy issues of significance to the New Zealand educational sector, as well as recent research addressing key educational developments and trends, set in a comparative international context.

New Zealand Journal of Counselling

The New Zealand Journal of Counselling is a publication of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. The Journal’s aim is to promote counselling practice and research that reflect the unique cultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand, respecting and encouraging the partnership principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi.


New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations

Fully open access, peer-reviewed journal which publishes research and commentaries that aim to contribute to an in-depth understanding of employment relations. Covering topics such as employment law and human resource management, occupational health and safety, training and development, labour economics and public policy

New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy

An annual, online, open access journal for music therapists, students, and others interested in music therapy.


New Zealand Journal of Psychology

Published online by the New Zealand Psychological Society; the most recent issue available to the public three months after publication date and archives also available.

New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work

The New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work is a free, national peer-reviewed e-journal containing articles of interest to Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary teachers.

New Zealand Principal

Provides topical articles, success stories and opinions on education and school matters. 

Pacific Health

Pacific Health is a peer-reviewed journal with a focus on health, communities and the environments of the Pacific Rim – including Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, East and South East Asia and Australia.

Psychology Aotearoa

Published by the New Zealand Psychological Society twice a year, past issues are open access (the current issue is members only). Features content of interest to psychologists in a range of areas including the teaching, training and practice of psychology in New Zealand, psychology research, application of psychology to current social and political issues and aspects of the contemporary psychology scene in New Zealand and overseas.

Policy Quarterly

Published in pdf format by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. Latest November 2021 issue is on Social Insurance and includes a range of other areas including reducing energy hardship, local alcohol policies, resetting benefits and informing anti-racism health policy.

Practice: The New Zealand Corrections Journal

The journal offers in-depth, academic and practice-focused articles. Corrections recommends it for all those working professionally with offenders, especially in New Zealand. Recent topics include perpetrator perspectives on what helps stop family violence, assessing risk of re-offending, evaluation of a prison based alcohol and other drug programme for young men.

Research Review New Zealand

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Provides four page summaries (pdf form) of medical and health related research in a wide range of topics including medical conditions, mental health, natural health, public health, Māori and Pacific health.

Women’s Studies Journal

Promoting Feminist Scholarship and Activism

Scope: Contemporary Research Topics

This is a series of peer reviewed open access journals published annually in November by Otago Polytechnic Press, Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Mataini ki Otago .

Health and Wellbeing

Since 2017, six  issues have been published annually on the themes of Islands; Collaboration; Rural, Occupation, Place and Activity. The theme for 2022 is Sustainability.  See for the articles in each of the 6 issues.

Kaupapa Kai Tahu

Every two years since 2011 issues of Kaupapa Kai Tahu have been published to showcase Kai Tahu and other iwi research at Otago Polytechnic.

More research will be added to this page very soon.
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