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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 1.5-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.
  • Submission files should not contain any author identifiable information as articles are double blind reviewed. For example, replace all author names with "Author", and replace all institution names with "Institution". Use a Document Inspector to remove all other personal information from your file.

Author Guidelines

Preparing your paper

Please prepare your paper according to the following outline:

  • Electronic format Word 2003 or above
  • No more than 4000 words (excluding references)
  • Times New Roman 12pt font with no more than three levels of headings
  • Margins (left/right and top/bottom) of 2.54 cm
  • Pages numbered bottom centre
  • Justified text  
  • 1.5 spacing
  • One space after full stop, before beginning next sentence
  • Spelling: tertiary learning advisor (TLA); Aotearoa New Zealand

Each paper will include an abstract, introduction and conclusion.


  • APA Referencing (7th Edition please)
  • Use hanging indent, NOT tabs or spacebar. To use hanging indent, select text, hold down Ctrl key and press the T key (or format, paragraph, indentation, special, hanging)
  • No space between each reference

Detailed formatting information is provided below: 


  • Font inside – Times New Roman, font 12
  • Table # - No italics – title is in italics eg. Table 1. Distribution of referees’ recommendations by category (1 space after full stop after number 1)
  • Left aligned
  • Situated above the table, 1 line between table and title


  • Figure # - Italics, title not italics eg. Figure 1. Sample feedback to student (1 space after full stop after number 1)
  • Centred
  • Situated below actual figure, 1 line between figure and title

Long Direct Quotes

  • Indented 1.27 cm


  • 0.63 and 1.27


  • 0.63 and 1.27

Styles for headings: APA style




Centered, Bold, Title Case Heading

Text begins as a new paragraph.


Flush Left, Bold, Title Case Heading

Text begins as a new paragraph.


Flush Left, Bold Italic, Title Case Heading

Text begins as a new paragraph.


Indented, Bold, Title Case Heading, Ending With a Period. Text begins on the same line and continues as a regular paragraph.


Indented, Bold Italic, Title Case Heading, Ending With a Period. Text begins on the same line and continues as a regular paragraph.

In text

Direct quotations

  • Double quotation marks

‘colloquialisms’ & ‘emphasis’

  • Single quotation marks

Headings and titles

Title case. That is, capitalisation of: 

  • first word of title/heading;
  • first word of subtitle;
  • first word after a colon, em dash or end punctuation, even if it’s a minor word;
  • major words, including second part of a hyphenated word;
  • words of four letters or more (“With”, From’ “Between”)

Student voice and quotes from research

  • Treat like references – no italics


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