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Author Guidelines

Articles must be original. The work must not been published elsewhere and should not have been submitted to another journal for review. The corresponding author must secure the permission of all named co-authors. The research on which the article is based must have been cleared by an approved ethics board.

Formatting of the article

Contributors should submit an electronic version of the article. The maximum length of articles is 7 000 words. Each paper should be accompanied by a 100–150 word abstract.

This should be formatted in Times New Roman 12 point. 1.5 line spacing. Where necessary authors may wish to indicate levels of subheadings (i.e. first level, second level). Footnotes should be kept to a minimum, and authors are asked to keep tables and diagrams to the most feasible level of size and simplicity.

The name(s), institutional affiliation and full address(es) of the author/s should appear on a separate sheet. Authors should also provide their ORCiD which is a unique and persistent identifier for researchers. Register at

A blind review version should be submitted, where any citations and references to the author(s) have been replaced by the terms "Author".

Please ensure that your submission has been thoroughly copy edited before you submit it and that citations and references are correct.

References and citation style

The references and citations should conform strictly to the format in the latest revised manual of The American Psychological Association (APA).

Citations in the text should appear as follows:

No country in the world can afford the schooling its people want (Reimer, 1971).

Direct quotations are indicated by “quotation marks” and a page number.

Beauchamp and Thomas (2009, p. 175) argue that “the concept of identity is a complex one”.

Long quotations of more than 40 words should start on a new line and be indented with no quote marks. All direct quotations need a page number as well as author and date.

Citations of two authors

Smith and Jones (2012) or (Smith & Jones, 2012)

Three to five authors
At first mention: Smith, Jones, Khan, Patel, and Chen (2012) or (Smith, Jones, Khan, Patel, & Chen, 2012)
At subsequent mentions: Smith et al. (2012) or (Smith et al., 2012)

The references should be listed alphabetically in full at the end of the paper using APA 6th style.

Basic Format for Books

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Place: Publisher.

Books with more than one edition
Author, A. A. (2012). Book title: And subtitle (4th ed.). Place: Publisher.

Format for Edited Books
Editor, A. A. (Ed.). (Year). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Place: Publisher.

Format for Chapter in an Edited Book
Author, A.A. (Year). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B.B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages). Place: Publisher.

Journal articles
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number (issue number), pages.

Forthcoming article
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (in press). Title of article. Title of Journal. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxx

Article published online ahead of hard copy
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). Article title. Title of Journal. Advance online publication. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Articles in magazines and newspapers

Author, A. A. (Year of publication, date of publication). Title of article. Name of Newspaper or magazine, pp. x-x.

Theses and dissertations

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Unpublished PhD/MEd thesis/dissertation, Name of University, City.

Policy documents

Department/ Ministry name. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Place: Publisher.

For e.g. Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET). (2010). Draft policy on minimum requirements for teacher education qualifications selected from the HEQF. Pretoria: Government Press.

Working papers

Author, A. A. (2012). Title of work (Working Paper No. 123). Location: Publisher.

Conference papers (unpublished)

Presenter, A. A. (2012, February). Title of paper. Paper presented at the meeting of Organization Name, Location.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. The text is 1.5 spaced; uses a Times Roman 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.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  6. The submission has been copy edited.

Copyright Notice

Authors retain copyright of their work, with first non-exclusive publication rights granted to Journal of Education. Authors agree that any subsequent publication of the article will credit the Journal as the site of first publication and provide a link to the Journal website.

Authors contributing to Journal of Education agree to publish their articles under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, allowing third parties users to copy, distribute and transmit an article as long as the author is attributed, the article is not used for commercial purposes, and the work is not modified or adapted in any way, and that in the event of reuse or distribution, the terms of this license are made clear. Note: Authors who may need to comply with the particular open access requirements of their funding bodies can apply to JoE for a more liberal licence, such as Creative Commons CC BY.


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