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Opportunity for students to have their academic ECE writing published

researchHave you completed a position paper as part of an academic course of study during 2017 or 2018 and received a high grade for it? 

A special issue of the NZ-International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal is in preparation to showcase the best of student writing on issues relevant to early childhood education.

Submissions to the special issue are now invited. The deadline for submissions is 5 November 2018 so you will need to get in quick.

What is a position paper?

A position paper shows the writer has a strong understanding of the literature on a topic, is able to assess the evidence and assert an arguable claim. The position taken must be validated by using primary references and evidence.  Different sides of the argument should be explained and the strengths and weaknesses of your position should be discussed. Possible solutions (if any), changes, or courses of action should be identified and evaluated. 

Script Preparation

Please follow the instructions closely when preparing your manuscript. Manuscripts which exceed word limits, do not adhere to manuscript requirements, or have spelling and grammatical errors will be returned for correction prior to commencement of the review process.

The word limit is 3,000 - 3,500 words (excluding the reference list). 

An abstract of 100–200 words should be included on the first page of the manuscript below the title.

For blind peer-review do not include the author(s) name(s) on the title page and take care not to show author name(s) anywhere else on the manuscript.

The position paper should conform to the following general structure

  • An introduction (identify the issue and state the position to be taken in the paper)
  • The body (background information, supporting evidence or facts, and discussion of the different or opposing sides of the issue)
  • A conclusion (include suggested courses of action or  possible solutions)

Consult articles in the latest issue of the journal on general matters of style, such as conventions in headings, indentation, and referencing. Style must conform to that described in the latest Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Footnotes and endnotes should be avoided if at all possible (essential information should be contained in the text).

A maximum of four graphs, figures, photographs or tables may be included. These should only be included if absolutely essential. They should be referred to in order in the text. Avoid using shading.

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


What you also need to know

There is no paper charge for publication in the NZIRECE Journal.

A condition of publication is that copyright in the article is given to the NZIRECE Journal (published by ChildForum).

Manuscripts are blind peer-reviewed by two (sometimes three) reviewers. Authors are provided with a copy (or summary) of the reviewers’ feedback. This is regarded as a formative process to assist authors to improve the quality of their manuscript.

When a manuscript is accepted for publication an updated Word version will be requested. It is the author(s)’ responsibility to ensure all references are acknowledged and referenced in APA style and that the final version is accurate in every detail.

An editor may check and provide feedback on your writing or any publication/dissemination issues with content, with an opportunity for the author to make final changes before publication.

The publisher reserves the right to make minor alterations or deletions to manuscripts, or to shorten manuscripts, without consulting the author(s) and not materially affecting the substance of the work.



The cover page should show the name of the author(s), email and postal addresses, and phone numbers. 

Only the title and no identifying information about the author(s) should appear on the manuscript itself. An abstract should be included, followed by an introduction, and then the main body of the paper. An accurate list of references should be included at the end. 

Email your manuscript (without author details), a cover page (with author details) to the Guest Editor for this special issue Dr Qilong Zhang  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

In your email message to Dr Zhang, state the name of the university or tertiary education institution and course for which the position paper was written for and confirm that improvements have been made to the paper following marking and before submission to the NZIRECE Journal.  Only original work that has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere can be considered - please confirm that it is original work and has not been published or submitted elsewhere.

The deadline for submissions is 5 November 2018.   

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