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.

Reviewers are requested to review the article with regard to the following criteria:

* adequate, fair and accurate presentation of the relevant literature in the area of focus
* the validity and power of evidence marshalled to support the author’s argument 
* the extent to which interpretations and conclusions are warranted by the nature and scope of fieldwork
* the contribution to our collective understanding of the particular issue/s the originality and the power of the argument
* overall clarity and coherence.

Publication Frequency and costs

The Journal will publish at least two ‘normal’ issues each year, in June and December. In addition, we publish the SAERA Conference Special Edition each year in October, and in some years another Special Edition may be published, edited by SAERA Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

There is no article submission fee. Article Processing Charges of R 5 000 per article will be levied when the article is published.


All submissions that are selected for review will be submitted to Turnitin software.

Submission and formatting of the article

Contributors should submit an electronic version of the article on the Open Journal System. Authors must provide their ORCiD which is a unique and persistent identifier for researchers. Register at

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. High resolution figures need to be submitted that can be reproduced in black and white.

The names of the author(s) should not appear on the document that is submitted for review.  A blind review version should be submitted, where any citations and references to the author(s) have been replaced by the terms "Author". The name(s), institutional affiliation and full address(es) of the author/s should appear on a separate sheet.

Please ensure that your submission has been thoroughly copy edited before you submit it and that citations and references are correct (APA6th style). Please also submit your submission to software that will identify unoriginal content.

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.

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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