Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Waikato Journal of Education is a well-regarded peer-reviewed journal. Since the journal was first published in 1995it has made a major contribution to the scholarship on a wide range of topics in the field of education, particularly issues connected to curriculum, learning and teaching. Papers have included reports on educational research and practice and viewpoints on education policies, theories and practices. Issues often have a special focus.

Previous special issues and sections have included sections on creative research in the arts; Pacific education: research and practice; bodies in motion; theorising pedagogy; Māori culture and education; Māori education, teacher education, curriculum, ethics and tertiary education; educational leadership; and new voices in ethnography. The journal appeals to a diverse readership that includes academics, graduate students, teachers across all sectors from early childhood to tertiary, policy makers and "the public".

The journal aims to publish two issues per year. This may alter at times.

The journal is open access. The final published version of every article (or Version of Record) is permanently and freely available online for anyone, anywhere, to read. The journal uses a Creative Commons Licence, which must be respected at all times. There are no charges for submitting or processing any manuscript.

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Editorial

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General Section

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Special Issue: Digital Learning: Critical perspectives and lifelong possibilities

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Book Review

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Doctoral Thesis Abstracts

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Foreword

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Contributors

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Special Section: Te Kōhao o Te Rangahau—The indigenous lens on research

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Special Edition: Initital teacher education and the New Zealand curriculum

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Curriculum, teaching and learning

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Māori and Pasifika education

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Politics and teacher education

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Information and communications technology (ICT) and e-learning

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Research Methods

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Special Section on Curriculum

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Special Section: Community and family literacies in Aotearoa New Zealand: Critical analysis of current policies and prac

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Special Issue on Creative Research in the Arts

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Commentary

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Introduction

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TEFANZ Special issue

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Special Section: Theorising pedagogy

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Special Section: Teacher education and teaching:Trends and possibilities

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Poems

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Special Section: Māori culture and education

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Special Section: Educational Leadership

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Special Section: New Voices in Ethnography

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Special Section: Pasifika

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Special Issue: Nine Years of National-led Education Policy

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Special Issue: Research backstories: Reflexive accounts from postgraduate scholars

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Doctoral Abstracts

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Theory

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Methodology

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Classroom Practice

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Subject Specific

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Open and tertiary learning: Expanding spaces for student agency

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School-based digital learning: Cross-curricula computational thinking

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Peer Review Process

The Waikato Journal of Education has a blind peer review policy and all articles are reviewed by scholars with appropriate expertise. The reviewers can be nationally and/ or internationally based and may include members of the Editorial Board.

The journal requires that all manuscripts are stripped of items that might identify authors before submission. This stripping includes any citations of authors' work, institutional affiliations, contextual information, and the like. Placeholders can be inserted where necessary, such as: [author, date] in the body of the text. In a reference list, the same applies, including the title of the work. We suggest authors keep a master manuscript copy with all author information intact for use for revision and the final submission processes that require author information.

Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers

We ask all peer reviewers to make every reasonable effort to adhere to the following ethical guidelines for articles they have agreed to review:

  • Reviewers must judge each submitted manuscript on its merits.
  • When reviewing a manuscript, reviewers should declare any perceived conflicts of interest that could potentially bias their review.
  • Reviewers must keep the peer review process confidential; information or correspondence about a manuscript should not be shared with anyone outside of the peer review process.
  • Reviewers should provide a constructive, comprehensive, evidenced, and appropriately substantial peer review report.
  • Reviewers must avoid making statements in their report that might be construed as impugning any person's reputation.
  • Reviewers should make all reasonable effort to submit their report and recommendation in a timely manner, informing the editor if this is not possible.
  • Reviewers should call to the journal editor's attention any significant similarity between the manuscript under consideration and any published paper or submitted manuscripts of which they are aware.
WJE expects reviewers to provide constructive critical reviews aimed at strengthening the quality of the manuscript as a whole. This includes reviewers commenting on the ethical stance of the manuscript where appropriate, and raising questions as needed. These might include aspects such as: unethical research design, insufficient detail or protection of research participants, inappropriate data manipulation and presentation. It is important too that reviewers are alert to possible plagiarism and offer comment on the extent of originality.
 
Please note that your review will be seen by the author, but your name will not be revealed as part of the blind review process. Your review will be acknowledged by email.
 


 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

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

 

Copyright Notice

Authors retain copyright of their publications.

Author and users are free to:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

AttributionYou must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

 

Publishing Ethics Policy

The Publishing Ethics Policy for the Waikato Journal of Education is comprised of:

The peer review process and ethical guidelines for peer reviewers

Online submission and ethical guidelines for authors and authorship

Complaints procedure

Should authors, readers or reviewers have a complaint, this must be sent in writing to the General Editor, outlining the basis of the complaint.

The General Editor will review any complaint on the basis of WJE policies and procedures. The General Editor may convene an extraordinary Editorial Board meeting to resolve matters before responding to the complainant with a final ruling and/or next steps.

 

Guest Editor Special Issue Policy

All Special Issues must receive initial approval from the Waikato Journal of Education Editorial Board. Proposals should be emailed to noeline.wright@waikato.ac.nz. There are two formats proposals can take:

1: A detailed formal proposal which includes the titles and abstracts of the proposed articles. This proposal format must contain:

  • The title of the Special Issue;
  • A brief CV of the proposed Guest Editors (no more than three);.
  • A statement of the Special Issue’s relevance for the Waikato Journal of Education;
  • Titles and draft abstracts of each of the proposed articles;
  • Brief details of contributors;
  • An outline timetable.

2: A proposal for a Special Issue Call for Papers. This proposal format must contain:

  • The title of the Special Issue;
  • A brief CV of the proposed Guest Editors (no more than three);
  • A statement of the Special Issue’s relevance for Waikato Journal of Education;
  • And the likely content to be covered;
  • A draft of the Call for Papers;
  • An outline timetable.

The Editorial team will consider whether the initial proposal is of interest to the journal and the proposed Guest Editors will be informed of approval. A member of the Editorial Board will liaise with Guest Editors regarding progress of the Special Issue and any queries that arise throughout the process. 

Guest Editors are expected to adhere to the submission process, peer review process and ethical standards of the journal.

Guest Editors will also be given full support and guidance regarding the use of the online submission and reviewing system used by Waikato Journal of Education.

4. General information

Length
As a general guide, a full Special Issue should comprise of approximately 8-12 articles. Where the review process results in fewer articles than this a Special Section can be published.

Timetable
Authors should work to clear deadlines set by the Guest Editors.



 

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