About the Journal

Focus and Scope

aboriginal policy studies is an online, peer-reviewed and multidisciplinary journal that, on a bi-annual basis, publishes original, scholarly, and policy relevant research on issues relevant to Métis, non-status Indians and urban Aboriginal peoples in Canada. We encourage the submission of articles by and for a wide audience of scholars, researchers, community activists, and policymakers. Though focused on the Canadian milieu, we welcome comparative work from an international Indigenous context pertinent to Canadian readers. A similarly broad scope of methodological approaches is encouraged. 

La revue Études des politiques des Autochtones est une publication en ligne pluridisciplinaire et évaluée par les pairs qui, deux fois par année, publie des recherches originales, érudites et relatives à la politique sur des sujets touchant les Métis, les Indiens non inscrits et les peuples autochtones vivants en milieu urbain au Canada. Nous invitons la soumission d’articles par et pour un vaste public d’érudits et d’érudites, de chercheurs et chercheuses, d’activistes communautaire et de décisionnaires. Bien que nous nous concentrions sur le milieu canadien, nous acceptons avec plaisir la proposition d’études comparatives provenant d’un contexte autochtone international et intéressantes pour le contexte canadien. Nous encourageons également un large éventail d’approches méthodologiques.

Peer Review Process

aboriginal policy studies utilizes an editorial board representing some of the most well-known and well-regarded Aboriginal policy experts from across Canada and internationally. The editorial board helps to ensure the timely reviews of manuscripts in their area of expertise and advice on the journal’s overall content.

Submitted manuscripts are first reviewed by the editor to ensure they meet the style guidelines, word count, and subject matter set out in the journal’s general guidelines. Manuscripts that pass the internal review are subsequently sent out for assessment to two external reviewers. These reviews are normally required within thirty days, at which point the reviewer will submit an evaluation based on an assessment of: originality; importance to researchers or practitioners in the field; interest for researchers or practitioners outside the field; and methodological rigour. Wherever possible, one of the reviewers will include a member of the Editorial Board.

aboriginal policy studies has a double-anonymous manuscript review policy.

Publication Frequency

Journal articles will be published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents, semi annually.  Anticipated publication dates are October and April.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


For more information on the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta please see http://www.ualberta.ca/NATIVESTUDIES.

Genesis of aps

aboriginal policy studies was established following a seminal meeting of the Research Advisory Circle to the Aboriginal Policy Research Network (APRN), Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and non-status Indians, in the summer of 2009. The journal is the scholarly, arms-length successor to a prior initiative undertaken by the APRN and the Institute on Governance, an Ottawa-based think tank. That initiative, which concluded in the spring of 2010, yielded the Aboriginal Policy Research Series: to access those papers, please follow
the following link:

Sources of Support