Journal of Education will publish two general issues per year, and at least one special issue.


Unsolicited papers are welcome for consideration and should be addressed to the Editor of the Journal of Education. Submitting authors should note that a fee of R3 000.00 per article will be levied on published submissions.

Institutional Research Offices of higher education institutions usually pay this type of fee. Authors whose affiliated organisation may not have instituted this practice are asked to contact the Editor, as the levy is a means of sustaining the journal, and is not intended as a deterrent to aspiring authors!

Guide for Authors (updated July 2016)

Articles and essay reviews (maximum 6 000 words); debate, discussion and research notes (2 500 words); book reviews (2 000 words); and book notes (200 words) will be considered.

The Editorial Committee will make a first decision regarding all articles that are submitted. Articles that are selected for review will be sent to two or three peer reviewers for blind review. Appropriate papers will be refereed for significance and soundness. Papers are accepted on the understanding that they have not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Reviewers are requested to review the article with regard to the following criteria:

●     adequate, fair and accurate presentation of the relevant literature in the area of focus
●     the validity and power of evidence marshalled to support the author’s argument
●     the extent  to which interpretations and conclusions are warranted by the nature and scope of fieldwork
●     the contribution to our collective understanding of the particular issue/s
●     the originality and the power of the argument
●     overall clarity and coherence.

Contributors should submit an electronic version of the article by e-mail to the Editor at This should not be formatted, and preferably not use a variety of fonts and font sizes or use paragraph styles. Where necessary, however, authors may wish to indicate levels of subheadings (i.e. first level, second level). Each paper should be accompanied by a 100–150 word abstract. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum, and authors are asked to keep tables and diagrams to the most feasible level of size and simplicity. Tables and diagrams should also be sent in separate files. The name(s) and full address(es) of the author/s should appear on a separate sheet.

Copyright resides with the publishers of the journal.

The journal is committed to being an open source, peer reviewed journal. All articles are posted on the journal website

Readers are free to make a limited number of copies of articles for non-profit research and educational purposes. In cases where multiple copies are required for teaching purposes, we trust that South African institutions affiliated to the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (Pty) Limited (DALRO) will follow normal procedures with respect to the reproduction of publications. Educators or publishers outside South Africa wishing to reproduce articles in publications or compilations of readings should contact the Editor.


Referencing style

The Journal of Education makes use of the APA 6th style of referencing.

Citations in the text should appear as follows:

No country in the world can afford the schooling its people want (Reimer, 1971).

Direct quotations are indicated by “quotation marks”.

        Beauchamp and Thomas (2009, p. 175) argue that “the concept of identity is a complex one”.

Long quotations of more than 40 words should start on a new line and be indented with no quote marks. All direct quotations need a page number as well as author and date.
Citations of two authors

Smith and Jones (2012) or (Smith & Jones, 2012)

Three to five authors

At first mention: Smith, Jones, Khan, Patel, and Chen (2012) or (Smith, Jones, Khan, Patel, & Chen, 2012)
At subsequent mentions: Smith et al. (2012) or (Smith et al., 2012)

The references should be listed alphabetically in full at the end of the paper using APA 6th style.

Basic Format for Books

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Place: Publisher.

Books with more than one edition

Author, A. A. (2012). Book title: And subtitle (4th ed.). Place: Publisher.

Format for Edited Books

Editor, A. A. (Ed.). (Year). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Place: Publisher.

Format for Chapter in an Edited Book

Author, A.A. (Year). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B.B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages). Place: Publisher.

Journal articles

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number (issue number), pages.

Forthcoming article

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (in press). Title of article. Title of Journal. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxx

Article published online ahead of hard copy

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). Article title. Title of Journal. Advance online publication. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Articles in magazines and newspapers

Author, A. A. (Year of publication, date of publication). Title of article. Name of Newspaper or magazine, pp. x-x.

Theses and dissertations

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Unpublished PhD/MEd thesis/dissertation, Name of University, City.

Policy documents

Department/ Ministry name. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Place: Publisher.

For e.g. Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET). (2010). Draft policy on minimum requirements for teacher education qualifications selected from the HEQF. Pretoria: Government Press.

Working papers

Author, A. A. (2012). Title of work (Working Paper No. 123). Location: Publisher.

Conference papers (unpublished)

Presenter, A. A. (2012, February). Title of paper. Paper presented at the meeting of Organization Name, Location.

Internet resources


When citing an entire website, it is sufficient just to give the address of the site in the text. The BBC (

Web page

If the format is out of the ordinary (e.g. lecture notes), add a description in brackets.

Author, A. (2011). Title of document [Format description]. Retrieved from http://URL



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