About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work (NZJTW) is a free, open-access, peer-reviewed e-journal containing articles of interest to Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary teachers and teacher educators. The journal aims to disseminate New Zealand and international research on and by teachers and also other articles on current issues which may be of interest to teachers and academics in New Zealand, the South Pacific and internationally.


Peer Review Process

New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work considers all manuscripts on the understanding that

  • the manuscript is your own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work, including your own previously published work.
  • the manuscript has been submitted only to New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work; it is not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere.
  • the manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal.

The review process

All peer-reviewed content and submitted research articles go through a double-blind review process. Each paper is reviewed by two reviewers selected by the issue editor. The editors make final decisions for acceptance and revisions based on the recommendations provided by the reviewers.
Papers that might be of interest to our readership but fall under other categories (such as opinion pieces, teacher reflections and research overviews) will be editorially reviewed by at least two editors. Those papers judged by the editors to be outside of the scope or quality requirements of the journal are returned to their authors.

Editing referees’ reports

Editors are unlikely to amend reviewers’ reports, and generally, any comments intended for the authors are transmitted. However, where reviewers' comments are deemed to be inapropriate or unduely harsh, editors retain the right to amend or contextualise feedback for the authors. We expect reviewers to bear in mind both the significance of maintaining the quality of the Journal, and the significance of the teaching role of reviewers with regards to their peers and junior members of the profession. Reports should reflect the reviewer's academic and professional opinion, but should also aim to support and encourage further efforts from authors.

Publication Frequency

NZJTW is published twice annually, one issue each in May/June and November/December of each year. Occasional special issues might be published in addition to this schedule.
(Please note that our publishing schedule changed in 2021).

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to all its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge and dissemination of ideas. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work.

All articles are made available using a Creative Commons nonexclusive worldwide license (Attribution 4.0 International CC BY 4.0). This licence allows anyone, including the author, to share, copy, distribute, transmit, adapt and make commercial use of the work without needing additional permission, provided appropriate attribution is made to the original author or source.

NZJTW does not charge any fees for submission, publication or access to articles.

Although NZJTW is fully open access, authors may share pre-print and post-print versions at any time. 

Copyright Policy

The New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work has non-exclusive publishing rights. Authors retain copyright over their own work. Authors are welcome to upload their papers in published form into their institution's research repository. They retain the right to republish their papers elsewhere, provided they acknowledge original publication in NZJTW.

The opinions expressed are those of the paper author(s) and not the New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish images or illustrations with their papers in the New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work; neither editors nor publishers of the New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work accept responsibility for any author's/authors' failure to do so.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this Journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Plagiarism Policy

All authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, this has been appropriately cited or quoted. The New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work reserves the right to use professional software to screen any article for plagiarism. If evidence of plagiarism is found at any stage, (before or after the paper's publication), the author will be afforded an opportunity for rebuttal. If the arguments are found to be unsatisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted, and the author will be restricted from publishing in our Journal in the future. We accept all terms and conditions of COPE in relation to plagiarism.

Use of AI in NZJTW

NZJTW expects submitted articles to be the work of the author(s) named on the submission. We do not accept ChatGPT or other AI to be named as co-authors. Notably, an attribution of authorship carries with it accountability for the work, which cannot be effectively applied to AI. Where an AI has been used in preparation of a submission, this should be detailed in the methods section or an appropriate acknowldegment made. It is the author(s)’s responsibility to ensure that the article upholds the standards of academic integrity and rigour, including appropriate referencing of any sources and ideas that might have been used by the author(s) and/or an AI.

Archiving and preservation

This journal's content is preserved using the the LOCKSS and CLOCKSS archiving systems.

LOCKSS is a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

CLOCKSS is global archive that preserves content on behalf of all libraries and scholars worldwide. CLOCKSS preserves content in 12 strategically chosen libraries across the globe to optimize the content’s safety against political and environmental threats.