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How to submit a paper

The Journal welcomes original research, literature reviews; exemplars/practice stories/case studies, audits and research methodology articles. In general, articles should be from 3000-5000 words. It is important that articles submitted for review have not been published previously in any form.


Articles should be submitted electronically with double line spacing and a left hand margin of 3cm and a size 12 font. The article should be submitted as an electronic file copy in a WORD document or RTF file.

Authors should use the following section headings: Abstract, Key words, followed by the Introduction and further subheadings, depending on the type of article, to structure the article.


In addition, all authors are requested to provide the following details in a separate “Author information” document:

  • Name and qualifications

  • Occupation (current area of practice/expertise)

  • Email address and daytime phone number for correspondence during the review process

  • Declaration of interests

Articles should be submitted electronically to the Journal via email to the co-editor, Lesley Dixon, at The subject box of the email should read “NZCOM Journal paper submission”.

The receipt of each submission will be confirmed.

If you do not receive a response within five days please phone 03 377 2732 to discuss your submission.


The Journal is committed to providing quality articles. It is important the articles do not compromise the integrity. Authors are asked to declare if they have any commercial, personal or organisational interests involved in the production of their research or other writing submitted to the Journal.

Download Author Cover Sheet here

To view the full contributor guidelines click here.

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