Waikato Journal of Education

Focus and Scope | Peer Review Process | Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers | Guest Editor Policy | Publishing Ethics Policy | Open Access Policy | Journal Sponsor |

Focus and Scope

The Waikato Journal of Education is a well-regarded peer-reviewed journal. Since the journal was first published in 1995, it 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. Articles 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 creative research in the arts; Pacific education: research and practice; bodies in motion; theorising pedagogy; Māori culture and 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, policymakers 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.


General information

As a general guide, a full Special Issue should comprise of 8–15 articles. Where the review process results in fewer articles than this, a Special Section can be published.

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

Over time, we will develop a set of how-to videos for guest section editors to help you through this process. When the general editor is unavailable to help  just-in-time, the videos should be a useful reference point for getting used to the functions of the WJE site.


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.

  • Manuscripts will be usually 5000–7000 words, including references, or approximately 15 pages with an upper limit of 20 pages. This does not include tables.
  • We ask that you submit two copies one ‘NOT FOR REVIEW’ that includes all authorship and affiliation information and one ‘FOR REVIEW’ being blind review ready. No author information should be included in the text or file information in the FOR REVIEW version. Your submission may be automatically rejected if you have not included a version that is blind review ready.
  • The submission file is in Word document file format.
  • The text is double spaced; uses Times New Roman 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); paragraph breaks are indicated by a line space; 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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • All references have been thoroughly checked and adhere to the guidelines published in the Publication Guidelines of the latest version of the American Psychological Association (7th Edition). Where available, all references must be checked for DOI numbers prior to submission and recorded at end of appropriate references and check all URLs for the references have been provided. Refer http://www.crossref.org/
  • Unless the Journal Manager has been notified prior to publication, you agree for the lead author's contact email address being included on the front page of the article. Email [email protected] if this is not acceptable.
  • Manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal simultaneously.


Author Guidelines

We welcome submissions to the Waikato Journal of Education. In order to submit you need to register first, or if you are registered login.

If you need any assitance with this process please email [email protected]

All authors submitting to Waikato Journal of Education need to adhere to the following ethical guidelines.

Manuscripts need to be original work.

  • Authors should not submit previously published work, nor work which is based in substance on previously published work. 
  • Manuscripts (i.e., the article submitted for review) should not be submitted to more than one journal simultaneously. You will be asked to confirm this when submitting.

Authorship needs to be appropriate and agreed. 

  • All persons who have made significant contribution to the work reported should be named as co-authors. 
  • For the purposes of WJE, 'authorship' is defined as those having substantial input into the substance andcrafting of the material for publication in this journal. 
  • All authors accept equal responsibility for the content of a submitted manuscript or other text. 
  • The corresponding author must ensure all named co-authors consent to publication and to being named as a co-author.

Ethical research approval, conduct and presentation needs to be demonstrated within the text. 

  • Research reported in the paper must be conducted in an ethical and responsible manner, in full compliance with all relevant codes.
  • Ethical information within the body of the manuscript needs to explain the approving organisation and the methods undertaken to protect and respect participants.
  • Where authors are reporting on research undertaken with people/communities (such as in schools), please describe the ethical processes.

Manuscripts need to adhere to professional practices of scholarship.

  • Authors must avoid making statements that belittle people/communities in the submitted articles, which could be misunderstood and dishonour any person's/people/communities’ reputation. 
  • Authors must declare any potential conflict of interest, be it professional or financial and disclose all sources of funding for the research reported in the paper.

Acceptable and non-acceptable content

  • Translations of previously published articles:
    Before an article of this nature could be accepted for WJE, the author must provide proof from the original publisher that this translation is approved. An accompanying letter from the author explaining the reason for the translation and selecting WJE is also required.
  • Extended versions of conference proceedings:
    Extended versions of conference proceedings can only be accepted if the author acknowledges the original source and can show that the extension is substantial and warrants publishing in this extended manner.
  • In the case of suspected duplicate publication, plagiarism, fabricated data, requests for changes of authorship, ghost and or disputed authorship please contact the editor. The editor will follow COPE flowcharts to address any queries. The editor will also use COPE flowchart processes in the case of suspected conflicts of interest identified by an author or reader and in the case of any notification (direct, social media and so on) of possible ethical misconduct.


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.


Special Issues and Guest Editors

To propose a Special Issue or special section, there are two options. Please see these Proposal Guidelines

If your proposal has been accepted, thank you for agreeing to guest edit a Special Issue or Special Section of an issue of the journal.

Please create an account for yourself if you do not already have one. You do this by clicking on Register here

Please contact the Journal Administrator, Margaret Drummond ([email protected]) if you need further assistance.

  • Our issues are usually available in May and November.
  • The following timetable signposts how to keep these endpoint deadlines in mind.
  • The timeframes are indicative only—you may need to adjust the timing given when you start the process and new timetables need to be negotiated with Journal Editors.
  • For the May issue, it is important to be mindful of the summer holiday break (Dec–Jan) and how this may affect your deadline planning.
  • The current timeframe indicates a 9–12-month timeline. It is important for the timeliness of the journal’s publication that timeframes are maintained.
  • WJE special section timeline, See details here

It is important that as Guest Editor you ensure that the Author Guidelines are followed.  

NB: We require all submissions and reviews to use the WJE online system. The online system keeps track of all communication, the reviews and timelines.

Guest editors are crucial to the journal in fostering innovation, community and contributions of educational research excellence and we appreciate your willingness to act in this role. Please use this information to guide you as the Special Issue or Special Section Editor. Feel free to seek support from the journal’s General Editor as you work through this very important task. The Editor and the team want you to be proud of your guest-editorship and the section/issue you are in charge of.


Guest Editor Special Issue Initial Proposal

All Special Issues must receive initial approval from the Waikato Journal of Education’s Editorial Board. Proposals should be emailed to the Editors, Kerry Earl Rineheart at [email protected] and/or David Fa’avae at [email protected].

There are two formats proposals can take:

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

  • The title of the Special Issue.
  • briefCV of the proposed Guest Editors (usually no more than three).
  • A statement of the Special Issue’s relevance for Waikato Journal of Education.
  • Titles and draft abstracts of each of the proposed articles.
  • Brief details of contributors.
  • A rough timeline.

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

  • The title of the Special Issue.
  • briefCV of the proposed Guest Editors (usually 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.
  • A rough timeline.

The Editorial Board 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 oversee the peer review process for the Special Issue and make decisions about structure and length of article types. 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.


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.


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.


Copyright Notice

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Journal Sponsor

This journal is published by the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Division of Education, University of Waikato.