Article guidelines

Manuscript Submissions

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Submission topics must relate to the scope of the Journal. Research articles, including all references, tables, and figures, should be 4,000-7,000 words and should not normally exceed 7,000 words. Submissions that significantly exceed this limit will only be accepted for review by prior arrangement. Tables and figures are encouraged, and they should be placed within the text, not at the end.

Shorter articles or abstracts may be featured as one of the following:

Project Notes – shorter pieces describing innovative projects, applications, or interventions (approx. 1,000 words);

Book Notes – opinion pieces and reviews of recently published scholarly books on relevant topics (approx. 1,000 words);

Conference Notes - reviews of recent conferences (approx. 1,000 words).

Manuscripts submitted for review and possible publication in JHLR must be original material that has not been published.  All submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed. Submissions will be submitted for plagiarism control using Urkund.

If you are a new author and uncertain about whether your paper meets the standards required by a peer-reviewed journal, please consider seeking advice and assistance from a senior colleague or a professional editor.

Information on the evaluation criteria used to review your manuscript can be found under the Reviewers tab.

Full Paper

A publishable paper should normally contain the following components, although they need not be organized in this way:

  1. abstract (150-250 words, describing the research problem, the method, the basic findings, the conclusions, and the recommendations);
  2. keywords;
  3. introduction (what is the problem?);
  4. methodology presenting the research method and/or theory used; if an application or experiment, a description of the participants and how they were chosen;
  5. a presentation of results or findings and an analysis of data (if applicable) and how results impact theory and practice;
  6. conclusion;
  7. references.

Preparing Manuscripts


Manuscripts must conform to APA standard. Consult the latest Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Helpful summaries can be found at:

Follow the author-date method of citation in text. Ensure you provide page numbers for all direct quotes. Prepare an unnumbered reference list in alphabetical order by author. When there is more than one article by the same author(s), list in chronological order. References should include the names of all contributing authors. Ensure that all references are accurate and that any references cited in the text appear in the reference section.

Examples of the basic reference list format can be found at: For more information on citing sources, visit APA Style Help. Notes, if necessary, must appear at the end of the article (before the reference list) as end notes. Use the end note feature provided by your word processor.


Refer to the latest Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for guidance on expression (including grammar and ways to reduce bias in language) and style (including punctuation, capitalization, headings, etc.).

Submissions must be in English. Both British or American English spelling is acceptable, but usage must be consistent throughout. Please spell-check all submissions.

To abbreviate the name of an organization or agency, use capitals and no periods (e.g., YWCA). For first occurrence, provide the full name with the abbreviation in parentheses, and use the abbreviation as required after that, for example, University of Canterbury (UC).

Use italics sparingly to identify special terms or to indicate special emphasis.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, check your submission’s compliance with all of the following items. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned without processing.

  1. The submission is in MS Word or rich text format using 12 point Time New Roman font. Paragraphs should not be indented.
  2. The submission is between 3,500 and 7,000 words.
  3. To enable double-blind reviewing to take place, a separate front page carries the title of the paper, name/s and affiliation/s of author/s, the word count for the main text of the paper, and full contact address for the corresponding author  – postal, email, fax and telephone. Author name/s and contact details do not appear elsewhere in the submitted manuscript. Authors’ own work is not cited in a way that will identify the author/s.
  4. The main text of the article begins on the second page. At the top of this page put the title of the article.
  5. A one-paragraph abstract (upper limit 250 words) must accompany the initial submission.
  6. Avoid more than two levels of headings in the main text. The first level of heading is: Left-aligned, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading with no period. The second level of heading is: Left-aligned, Italicised, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading with no period. Headings are not to be numbered.
  7. Tables and figures should not be used excessively and should be numbered as per APA conventions. Supply a brief caption above each table and below each figure, including a gloss on any abbreviations used. Keep detail on tables and figures to the minimum needed to substantiate the points made in the text. Ensure all figures are of sufficient quality to reproduce adequately.
  8. Authors will be responsible for obtaining any necessary copyright permissions for reproducing figures, long citations, press clippings, etc. Any costs for use of copyright material are to be met by the author.
  9. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the e-mail accompanying the submission).
  10. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

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