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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 or DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 10-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. Please see 'Author Guidelines' for more support and a template to download.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

General guidelines for publishing

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 who do not adhere to these guidelines.


All submissions should follow a consistent referencing style and we recommend APA style. The submission file should be in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.  Any supplemental files should be in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format or Excel format. Please do not upload PDF files unless they accompany LaTeX files. This template is available for use.

Te Reo Māori

He Rourou encourages authors to integrate te reo Māori into their texts thoughtfully. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori guidelines is a helpful resource to support Māori language orthography. He Pātaka Kupu and The Māori Dictionary are also excellent resources for correct spelling and information which will support learning for authors and readers.

The following guidelines are applicable when using kupu Māori. 

  1. Provide the English translation in brackets the first time the word is used and then only in te reo Māori for the remainder of the article.
  2. A Glossary is only necessary for out of the ordinary kupu or when further research is required. For example, newly created digi tech terms or newly translated terms which you wouldn't yet find in a dictionary.
  3. Optional links to papakupu and resources for the readers (these may be included in the publication by the EIC, rather than individual articles).
Contact information 

Supply complete contact information for all authors: Name, affiliation, complete street address, email address, and phone number. Indicate the corresponding author. During the editing process, you will also be asked to share a high-resolution profile picture and a short biography.


Feel free to use the word template available here. Abbreviations and acronyms should be spelt out at first mention. Pages should be numbered consecutively. Tables, figures and illustrations should be numbered and uploaded as additional files in addition to the in-text version.

Suggested formats

Practice-Based Research Articles

Staff or student projects are often well presented as practice-based research articles. These present important new research results of significance and go through the peer review process. Research articles should include an abstract, an introductory paragraph, up to five figures or tables, and up to 40 references, with text totalling no more than 5,000 words. It is expected that the following sections are clear in the submission.

  • Abstract (all manuscripts should include an abstract of 120-300 words.)
  • Introduction/context
  • Literature review
  • Research question(s)
  • Methodology
  • Results and analysis
  • Discussion/challenges
  • Conclusion and recommendations
The following submissions are also welcomed and undergo editorial review.

Book Review (700-1500 words) on books that span our disciplines. For a separate guide on how to complete this please have a look at this link.

Practitioner reflections (1000-2500 words)

Opinion pieces (1000-1500 words)

Research overviews (up to 1500 words)

If there are other items that you would like to publish please contact the Editor-In-Chief at


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