Journal Policies


1.1 Author information

○ Each author/creator must provide a 100-150 word biography. Indicate the author(s) full name, current position, and general interests. If you are within a year of a prestigious award or funding, feel free to mention it.

○ Community connection statement—200-word Métis community connection statement for Circle of Editors to understand your kinship ties and responsibilities to the Métis Nation (which might include family lines, community relationships, connections to place, citizenship, etc.).

○ Our preference is to publish Métis scholarship and scholarship that assists emerging Métis scholars to raise their research profile through co-authoring papers with known scholars. 

Speaker bios are being collected for publication; community connection statements will be viewed only within the Circle of Editors during the initial review process.  

1.2 As part of the submission process for Pawaatamihk, you will be required to indicate that you are submitting your original work, have the rights to the work, and are submitting the work for first publication in Pawaatamihk. You must submit work that is not up for consideration for publication elsewhere and/or has not already been published elsewhere, and you obtained and can supply all permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you (images, graphs, etc.).

1.3 Papers should only be submitted for consideration once all contributing authors consent. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors. The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who have:

(i) Made a substantial contribution to the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data concept or design of the work;
(ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
(iii) Approved the version to be published,
(iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public
responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

Note: A student is usually listed as the principal author of any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

All parties contributing substantially should be listed as authors. Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. First authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the individuals' relative scientific or professional contributions, regardless of their status.

1.4 Acknowledgements

Any contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgments section. Examples include an Elder who has provided guidance, community members who collaborated in meaningful ways, a person who provided technical help, or a supportive colleague. 

Publishing Policies

2.1 Publication ethics

Pawaatamihk supports the highest standards in scholarly publishing. We adhere to practices ensuring transparency in the publishing process and editorial decisions. We expect that authors’ contributions to the Journal have been subjected to ethical review when appropriate and research conducted honestly and ethically. 

2.2 Plagiarism

Pawaatamihk takes issues with plagiarism, copyright infringement, or other breaches of best practices in publication most seriously. Offences of this nature will be dealt with swiftly. We seek to protect the rights of our authors, and we will investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of Pawaatamihk against malpractice. Submitted articles may be reviewed using duplication-checking software. If an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work, including third-party copyright material without permission, with insufficient acknowledgment, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: 

(i) publishing a correction
(ii) retracting the article
(iii) taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's
institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies
(iv) Taking appropriate legal action 

2.1.2 Prior publication

If previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in Pawaatamihk. However, certain circumstances allow previously published material to be considered for publication. Please contact the Circle of Editors if you have questions about your previously published article, poem, or artwork. 

2.2 Contributor's publishing agreement 

Before publication, Pawaatamihk requires the author as the rights holder to sign the Pawaatamihk Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement.

2.3 Creative Commons Licences

Pawaatamihk publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard licence for the Journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial No-Dervis (CC BY-NC-ND),

(i) Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the licence, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use
(ii) NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes
(iii) NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

Authors may use and reuse material published in Pawaatamihk, but only for non-commercial purposes and with appropriate acknowledgment. Meaning Authors can

(i)              Share print or electronic copies of the article with colleagues;

(ii)            use all or part of the article, without revision or modification, in personal compilations or other publications of their own work;

(iii)          publish the article on their personal Web page; and

(iv)           archive an electronic copy of the final, peer-reviewed manuscript in an institutional repository.

(v)             Manuscripts archived within an institutional repository may be made freely available to the public via the internet on the official publication date in the Journal.

For permission to reprint all or part of an article published in Pawaatamihk, please contact the Circle of Editors at

Peer Review Process

All submissions considered for publication for Pawaatamikh are double-blind peer-reviewed. The Circle of Editors reviews all manuscripts to determine suitability for potential publication in Pawaatamihk. Some papers are rejected without peer-review owing to not meeting the standard required or being outside of the scope of the journal. Once a manuscript has passed editorial review, it is sent out to at least two peer reviewers through a double-anonymized peer review process. Material submitted to Pawaatamihk remains confidential while under review, with the author's identity being removed and the peer reviewers’ identity also protected. Peer review is expected to take 4 to 8 weeks, depending on reviewer availability. Corresponding authors are notified of editorial decisions after peer review and are provided with reviewer and editor feedback. 

An editor from the Circle of Editors may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the Journal. In these cases, alternative members of the Board will manage the peer review process, and the submitting Editor will have no involvement in the decision-making process.


On acceptance and publication

If your paper is accepted for publication in Pawaatamihk after the double peer review, you will first be asked to complete the Pawaatamihk contributor’s publishing agreement. Once signed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online in the next semiannual edition. Please note production work will not occur on your submission until the publishing agreement has been received.

3.1 Production 

The Circle of Editors will inform you of your article, poem, book review, or community features' progress throughout the process. Following copy-edit, lead authors or creators will be sent a proof and should be returned promptly. Contributors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all information, including names, affiliations, sequence, and contact details, are correct. 

3.2 Online Upload of Publication

One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open-access journal is the speed of publication. It will be completely free to view and download for all at this time with a DOI.

3.3 Open Access Policy

This Journal provides open access immediately once the issue is published making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. 

3.4 Promoting Your Article

Publication is not the end of the publishing process. You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited by doing the following;

(i)              Update your email signature

(ii)            Update your Website to include the article

(iii)          Update your Research Gate and other research platforms

(iv)           Share your article on Linkedin, Twitter, Pinterest, FaceBook

(v)             Share with your department

(vi)           Share it with friends, colleagues, and participants


4.1 Pawaatamihk’s Circle of Editors considers retractions in cases where pieces have evidence of unreliable data or findings, data fabrication, Identity fraud, plagiarism, gross ethical breaches, duplicate publication, or other reasons. We may consider an expression of concern notice if an article is under investigation. All retraction notices explain why the article was retracted.

Pawaatamihk does not charge article processing fees for publication, and authors should only submit through this site. Pawaatamihk does not use third-party intermediaries to solicit submissions or to communicate with authors.