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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 New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work is a free, national peer-reviewed e-journal containing articles of interest to Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary teachers. The journal aims primarily to disseminate New Zealand education research and also other articles on current issues locally and internationally that may be of interest to teachers and prospective teachers. The New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work continues a tradition of promoting critical analysis and debate on matters of professional and public concern that have direct relevance for all with an interest in education.


The editors are Nesta Devine and Leon Benade who are supported by a national editorial board. The journal is published in April and October each year. The journal is included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org) and the full text databases of EBSCO Publishing.


Authors may submit manuscripts for the following categories:

  1. Peer-reviewed

Peer-reviewed articles should not exceed 6000 words and should focus on topics of broad relevance to the work of teachers across all or any educational sectors. Submitted articles are double blind peer-reviewed, drawing on a national panel of reviewers.  

  1. Editorially-reviewed

Editorially reviewed pieces may include:

Opinion pieces. Contributors are encouraged to submit opinion pieces on topical issues relating to teachers and education. At their discretion, the editors may invite opinion pieces on topical issues each issue. Opinion pieces should be 1000-1500 words.

NZJTW Forum. Contributors have an opportunity to submit responses to previously published articles. A number of authors may develop grouped contributions on topical themes or subjects of interest to teachers.  The editors may also invite authors to develop a forum on a subject of interest. Forum contributions pieces should not exceed 1500 words. Abstracts are not required, but referencing is.  

Teacher reflections. Reflective discussions of teachers' work by teachers in the field on topics of interest to the educational community, from early childhood to tertiary. Length 1000-2,500 words.

Research overviews (especially co-authored by project, theses or PhD/EdD supervisors and students). These are normally outlines of research projects or theses and should not be longer than 1,500 words.

 Book reviews. Reviews of 500-1000 words are welcomed. These may also be solicited by the editors.



  1. Pitching of articles

The target readership for the journal is practising teachers and interested academics in all sectors of New Zealand education from early childhood to tertiary. More generally, there is an international readership. Therefore, it is expected that articles published in the journal will be tailored to this readership. Articles should be

  • Written to be read by busy, reflexive teachers;
  • free of technical jargon or, where this is necessary to the argument, explained in non-technical terms;
  • informed, but not dominated, by relevant scholarly and research literature; and
  • socially critical in their orientation (i.e., with a critically reflective focus on the topic and not just a ‘how-to’ approach).
  • Distinctively New Zealand terminology must be made clear to an international audience.
  1. Format expectations

    APA Style. Articles submitted for publication should follow APA guidelines (6th edition).

    Grammar and Spelling. Before submitting material, please ensure that it grammatically correct and you have done a full spell check.

    Pictures. Please supply these separately in JPEG format and indicate in the text approximately where you would like them to be placed and include a caption.

    Charts and Diagrams. Please supply these separately and indicate in the text approximately where you would like them to be placed and include a caption.

    Colour. As we publish in PDF format you are welcome/ encouraged to include colour photos, charts and diagrams.

    Formatting of Text. Please use the journal’s Article Template


  1. Submission guidance.  

Please follow the submission guidelines on the journal website.

Please state clearly the category of your article.

To ensure that peer reviewed articles are anonymous to the reviewer, upload only your blinded copy as the main file. Relevant tables and charts may be uploaded as supplementary files. Ensure these are blinded. You may also refer to the helpful guidance on the website.

NZJTW will not consider for publication material that has been published elsewhere or included in conference proceedings (unless it is re-worked).

At the time of submission please include ‘About the Authors’ information as follows: a good colour photo and a paragraph of professional information including your institutional affiliation. Please email this as a separate file to the Editor.   

Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged by email.

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