Oceania publishes contributions in the field of social and cultural anthropology. Its primary regional orientation is to the peoples of Australia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia and insular southeast Asia. The central concern of the journal lies with papers that are the product of sustained ethnographic research, but review articles and papers that have direct bearing on the central ethnographic concerns of the journal are also accepted. Correspondence and shorter comments may be published at the discretion of the editor.
Oceania also encourages the submission of thematically connected collections of papers by guest editors. Potential guest editors should consult with the editor on issues of length, style and organization of the collection before submission. In such cases, refereeing will be done as a collection. Oceania is blind refereed and is published three times per year.