University of Hawaiʻi Press is partnering with the Easter Island Foundation to publish Rapa Nui Journal (RNJ), which serves as a forum for interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences on Easter Island and the Eastern Polynesian region. Abstracts for RNJ articles are published in English, Spanish or Rapanui.
“We are very excited to work with the Easter Island Foundation to publish Rapa Nui Journal and to assist in managing their membership process,” said Pamela Wilson, journals manager at UH Press. “We look forward to connecting with Foundation members and bringing their journal to a larger audience.”
Through UH Press, content from the annual journal, last published in October 2016, may now be read online at Project MUSE. The next issue is due out in 2018. Readers may also sign up online to receive free e-mail alerts of new RNJ content posted on Project MUSE.
“As a nonprofit publisher known for our publications in Pacific Island studies, we feel particularly compatible with the mission of the Easter Island Foundation,” said Joel Cosseboom, UH Press interim director and publisher.
As part of the agreement, UH Press will offer the foundation assistance with managing its member database, journal archives, marketing, subscriptions, warehousing and shipping. Easter Island Foundation memberships, RNJ subscriptions and RNJ contributor guidelines may be found on the UH Press web page.
“The Easter Island Foundation is pleased to be welcomed into the family of publications of the University of Hawaiʻi Press as they assume the publication of the Rapa Nui Journal,” said David L. Rose, president of the Easter Island Foundation. “Rapa Nui Journal has a long history of supporting the publication and dissemination of Polynesian research starting with the hand-typed Rapa Nui Notes over 30 years ago.”
RNJ joins other established Pacific Island studies journals published by UH Press, including The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs, Asian Perspectives: The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific and Oceanic Linguistics.