Guidelines for Contributors

Authors intending to submit papers to TKKA must observe the usual protocol of submitting new work which has not been submitted to any other publication for consideration, or has been published elsewhere.

These instructions are provided as a set of guidelines. As the manuscript moves along the publication process, changes in formatting may be requested.

Peer-review process:

Articles accepted for publication must meet high standards of scholarly peer review. All manuscripts are reviewed and comments will be provided directly to the author(s). The process is open by choice — the author(s) and reviewers choose whether to reveal their own names. We encourage reviewers to give open and constructive feedback.


Manuscripts are to be submitted to one of the editors as an attachment to an email.


Submit manuscripts in 'Rich Text Format' (rtf), except for Word users who should submit their manuscripts in Word format.


Text in manuscripts should be set out in double-spaced, indented (1.27cm) paragraphs. Please use a Times font (e.g. Times, CG Times, Times New Roman), size 12. Do not include extra lines between paragraphs. (More on the manuscript details below.)

Title Page:

Include the title of your manuscript in bold capitalised text. You should also provide your name, affiliation, and contact information (including fax and e-mail address) on the first page of the manuscript. The title of the paper should also be included on the first page of the manuscript (prior to the abstract).


Include an abstract of 200 words or less on the first page of the manuscript. Please make sure that this abstract is about the entire paper and not an introduction to the paper.



The body of the text can vary in length from 1500 to 8000 words. As a general guideline, editorials, observations, and review essays tend to be shorter (1500 to 3000 words) than theoretical and empirical based research papers (5000 to 8000 words).


Editorials, literature reviews, debates, pictorial essays, poetry, mini-collections on specific topics, and research papers.


Manuscripts written in languages other than English and Te Reo Māori may be accepted for review after consultation with the editors.

Writing Style:

The style that we advocate emphasises clarity, accessibility, and care in writing. Manuscripts are accepted in a wide range of writing styles, e.g. informal, personal, story telling, academic.

Use of Language:

Manuscripts must be written in non-sexist, non-racist language.


Authors should use the author-date system for citations: (Corker and French, 1999; McDowell, 1999, 96-122; Bell et al., 1994).


Quotations, both excerpts from other published material and from primary research (interview transcripts, for example), should be included in the text if less than 40 words. Quotations of more than 40 words should be indented (left side only) by 1.27cm, single-spaced with a line inserted both before and after the block of text. Do not use quotation marks (single or double) to mark the text.

Figures, Tables, Illustrations:

All should be in electronic format and be included in the body of the paper. Please do not use tabs. Use the table creation tool in your word processor.

Section Headings:

Use bold type for first-order section titles (i.e. Heading 1). Use type that is both bold and italic for second-order section titles (i.e. Heading 2 ). Use italics for third-order section headings (i.e. Heading 3). Do not indent paragraphs and begin text on the same line as third-order headings.


There is no spelling style preferred. Consistency within the manuscript is expected.

Punctuation Standard:

Punctuation is expected. Use "..." for ellipses — in quotes to indicate that part of the quote is missing and in the text to indicate a pause.


Obtaining copyright permission for reproductions is the responsibility of the author(s). Due acknowledgement is expected.


Acknowledgments are to be included at the end of the body of the text, before the list of references.


Footnotes are to be used sparingly and placed at the bottom of the page. Use the word processing feature for creating footnotes. Please use Arabic numerals.