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Publisher of the New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Journal


Publication Ethics

Statement of Publication Ethics for the NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal

Originality, Accuracy and Avoidance of Harm

The journal publishes only work that is original.  Authors are asked to declare that their submitted work is original. 

Authors must ensure their manuscript does not contain any libellous matter or content that could be considered libellous.

Manuscripts must be carefully checked by authors before submission to ensure the protection of any participants in the research, and to avoid doing any harm. 

Authors must take care to ensure paper accuracy and correctness before submission (e.g. double check references and dates, ensure that all issues including reliability, validity, and ethics have been considered).

Authors who do not have statistical expertise should have their use of statistics and interpretations fully checked by an expert before manuscript submission.

Manuscripts found to have inaccuracies will be declined.  

Falsification of results and manipulation of images are serious offences. This will not only result in the rejection of the manuscript or withdrawal of the paper, but it can also lead to a life-time ban on the author/s from submitting to the journal.


Corrections and Clarifications

The journal will publish an erratum, addendum or retraction where necessary but authors are asked to help to prevent the need for this by carefully checking the proof of their article before it goes to publication.  Should authors find a significant error in the published articles they should notify the Editors immediately. 



Authors are responsible for securing, when necessary, permission to use quotations or illustrations from copyrighted materials.



Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Authors are asked to take great care to ensure that sources are cited at the point they are used.  Any re-use of wording (including from any previous works by the same author/s) must be attributed or indicated through the use of quotation marks. 

Should an earlier version of the paper, or part of it, have been presented or published in any form elsewhere this must be declared at the time of manuscript submission.  If the manuscript (after undergoing blind peer-review) is accepted by the editors for publication, then, a full written acknowledgement of this must be included on the published article.



Listed authors must have played a significant part in the production of the research and/or preparation of the paper.  Supervisors and advisers must not claim credit as listed authors; such contributions may however be noted in the acknowledgements at the end of the paper.


Conflicts of Interest


  • Conflicts of interest must be declared so that these are known to the Editors who will assess if this interferes with author objectivity and the objectivity of the written report. 
  • Conflicts of interest can include funding and political or organisational sponsorship.  Funding sources and organisational or third-party sponsorship must be declared on the published article.   

Editors and reviewers must declare and withdraw from involvement with a submission when they have:

  • recently had any collaboration with an author/s,
  • been involved in supervising or advising the author/s research work,
  • are employed by the same organisation/ share the same affiliation,
  • have any financial interest or potential to gain,
  • or feel unable to be objective. 



Authors have the right to appeal editorial decisions.  In the first instance they should contact the Editor who managed their submission. Should resolution not be to the authors satisfaction the authors may appeal to the Lead Editor and or to the Publisher.  An external third party, agreed to by both the authors and the Editorial team, may be asked to arbitrate. 


Article reproduction and sharing

Authors must not submit their published article to another publication, republish it online, or transmit or share it in any way without first checking and requesting permission from the NZIRECE Journal first. 

A condition of publication is that copyright in the article is given to the NZIRECE Journal.  A pdf copy will be supplied to the author/s for their personal use and free online access for three months will also be provided to authors. Four years after publication the article will be open access, however it must not be republished or reproduced in any form without written consent from the NZIRECE Journal.


This policy on Publication Ethics should be read in conjunction with:



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