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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The following author guidelines are for RESEARCH ARTICLE submissions only. If you wish to submit a commentary, piece of creative writing for our Poets' Corner or a book review, please refer to the specific author guidelines by following the hyperlinks.


Articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words (including references and endnotes), be submitted in OpenOffice or Word format and use APA referencing style (6th edition).

General layout

A4, portrait, margins 2.5cm left, right, top and bottom

Body Text: Calibri Light 11pt, justified, double-spaced

First level headings: Calibri Light, 11pt, bold, upper case first letter; e.g., Literature review

Second level headings: Calibri Light, 11pt, bold, italic, upper case first letter; e.g., Literature review

Third level headings: Calibri Light, 11pt, underline, upper case first letter; e.g., Literature review

Do not number headings

Title page

A4, portrait, margins 2.5cm left, right, top and bottom

Title: Calibri light, 11pt, bold, first letters upper case; e.g., Moa Constrictor: Decolonizing Aotearoa

Author name(s): Calibri light, 11pt, bold only last name(s); e.g., Anthony Garcia Gonzales

Affiliation(s): Calibri light, 11pt, e.g., Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Mailing address of corresponding author

Email address of corresponding author

First page

Title: Calibri light, 11pt, bold, first letters upper case; e.g., Moa Constrictor: Decolonizing Aotearoa

Abstract: Calibri Light 11pt, justified, between 150 and 200 words long. The abstract should state the research gap, research questions, principal findings and major conclusions. References and non-standard abbreviations should be avoided or must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

Keywords: Provide up to 6 keywords

Acknowledgements: List here the agencies that funded your research or individuals who assisted you in the research or writing process.


Define non-standard abbreviations at their first mention in the text. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.


Use endnotes instead of footnotes. Number them consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers, e.g. 1

Figures and tables

Number figures and tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text (Calibri Light, 11pt, bold). Each figure and table should contain a caption (Calibri Light, 11pt) above the illustration and be completed by a full stop. Words and numbers contained within in a figure or table must use Calibri Light 10pt, e.g., Figure 1. Moa constrictors in total numbers per annum, 1840-2018.

Figures and tables should be self-explanatory. If notes are necessary use superscript lower case letters, e.g., Native Birdsa, within the figure or table and place the explanation underneath the illustration, e.g., a Excludes Moa.

Submit each figure and table as a separate file and name the file accordingly, e.g., Figure 1. Put a placeholder (upper case) in the main document where you envisage the figure or table to appear, e.g., <FIGURE 1 ABOUT HERE>

Third party material

If submissions to this journal contain materials that have not been created by the authors or has been used by the authors in previous submissions to this or other publications, authors are required to clear third-party copyright for online use of these items.


Use APA referencing style (6th edition). Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).

In-text reference example

Moa constrictor first appeared in 1840 (Smith, 2000a, 2000b, 1999; Tuscany & Jones, 1999; Zappa et al., 2010). Zappa et al. (2010) assert that… but according to Tuscany and Jones (1999) the Moa…

The reference list should be arranged alphabetically. Multiple publications by the same author should be arranged chronologically (the earlier one first). More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by lower case letters placed after the year of publication.

Book, one author

Kakapo, J. (2006). Freedom next time: The Moa and its social construction. London, England: Bantam.

Book, two authors

Morpork, R., & Ruru, C. (2008). Moa policy in New Zealand: Institutions, processes and outcomes. Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson Education.

Book, three authors

Tui, G. J., Fantail, C. T., & Robin, W. E. (2009). The Moa handbook (4th ed.). New York, NY: St Martin’s Press.

Book chapter

Moa, B. (2008). Does constriction affect Moa health? In K. Dew & A. Matheson (Eds.), Understanding health inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 97–106). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Journal article

Toucan, E. T. (2014). An overview of cyberbullying in Moa education. Adult Learning, 26(1), 21–27.

Newspaper article with author

Kiwi, E. (2007, November 1). Myth-busting the Moa. New Zealand Herald. Retrieved from http://www.stuff.co.nz/nzh/

Newspaper article, no author

Moa inquiry doubted. (2009, April 23). The Dominion Post, p. 5. Retrieved from http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/


Kea, R. (n.d.). How to speak Moa. Retrieved April 12, 2009, from http://www.tereomoa.ac.nz

Double Blind Review            

Submitted articles are initially screened by the editors. If the content of the submitted article fits the scope of the journal, it goes through a double-blind peer review process. To that end, each paper is reviewed by two independent reviewers that are selected by the editor in charge. Reviewers are required to agree to and abide by the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Reviewer comments that violate these guidelines will be deleted by the editors. Final decisions for revision or acceptance are made by the editors based on the recommendations provided by the reviewers. Revisions will be based on the comments of the reviewers and editors.

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