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NZJHRM Style and Submission Guidelines - For Publication


The New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management (NZJHRM) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal dedicated to sharing research about best practice human resource management in New Zealand and the South Pacific region.


The aim of the Journal is to be recognised as the professional organisation for HR practitioners in New Zealand, and in so doing, to be an information broker for the HR community at large. The establishment of an on-line academic journal dedicated to developing knowledge of New Zealand HR practice and research is a key development for HRNZ in partnering the HR profession. Any articles or papers sent to the Journal for consideration must be relevant to the New Zealand or Asia Pacific region and have an understanding of HR and comply with the criteria of excellence in the genre that you are writing in. International studies and settings are welcome so long as they have implications for HR practice that is applicable for our readers.

The journal will accept a range of outcomes including empirical studies (both quantitative and qualitative), case studies, practical interventions, literature reviews, commentaries and theoretical and conceptual developments, which highlight examples of current HR practice.

Articles submitted for review with the NZJHRM are on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. All submissions will initially be checked for suitability by the Editor, and sent out for review if deemed appropriate. If not, the submission will be returned by the Editor with feedback.

We recommend that the authors should retain electronic copies of their submitted paper. Copyright of published articles is held by the HRNZ. No limitation is placed on the personal freedom of authors to use their subsequent work or material contained in their papers. Of course, any future use of material should adequately referenced back to published material.

To submit an article or paper for publication to the NZHJRM for consideration, please use our application form document template by clicking here.

Any enquiries regarding the Journal should be directed to Memerbs of the Editorial Review Board. Please ensure your submission follows the guidelines listed below.


  • All submissions must be in an electronic format using “Word” and sent to [email protected]
  • All submissions should be double-spaced [although tables and figures can be single spaced], with wide margins (2.5cm all around), font 12 times new roman, and presented in the following order:

    First page: Paper title, author name/s and contact details. Any acknowledgements go at the bottom of the first page.
    Second Page: Paper title, abstract [150-200 words] and keywords [up to six]
    Third page: Body of the paper
    Last pages [in this order]: references, tables, and figures [separate pages for each section].

  • Pages should be numbered consecutively starting on the first page.
  • Spelling should follow New Zealand/Australian, USA or British conventions and must be consistent throughout the submitted article or paper. For example, either organization or organization can be used but applied consistently throughout the paper.
  • The paper title should be short (12 words maximum), informative and contain the major keywords. The second page should repeat the title and include a 150-200 word abstract (containing no abbreviations or references), and up to six keywords.

  • Up to three weights of sub-headings may be used. Subheads should be kept concise, and the levels should be clearly differentiated, following these guidelines:

    Level One [All capitals, bold, left aligned]
    Level Two [Each word capitalised, bold, left aligned]
    Level Three [Each word capitalised, italics, left aligned]
  • The use of footnotes is strongly discouraged. If there is a need for further information and clarity of any point, work these into the paper rather than append a footnote.

  • Articles should be between 6000-7000 words in length, although longer articles will be considered. Research notes are shorter articles that make a substantive contribution to HRM knowledge on a specialised topic (4000-5000 words) as are case studies (4000-5000 words). HR practice papers (up to 4000 words) are practitioner oriented, and material may be presented in a variety of formats: commentaries, interviews etc.



Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively in separate sequences. Each figure/table should have a self-explanatory title and the desired location of each figure/table should be noted in the text as follows:




  • Numbering of tables and figures should be in Arabic numerals (e.g., 1, 2, 3) and be consistently cited between text and legend.
  • Tables and figures should be precise and bold to permit reproduction. Shading densities should be between 20% and 70%.
  • All line diagrams and photographs are termed 'Figures'. Line diagrams should be of suitable quality.


A short autobiographical note of up to 200 words should be added at the end of the paper. Details should include the following: full name, highest qualification, current position and name of their organization and any special notes or acknowledgements [e.g. research interests].


NZJHRM uses the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing system, which is one of the Author-Date reference styles. When quoting in/directly from a source, the source must be acknowledged in the body of the paper with the author/s name, the year of publication and if quoted directly, a location reference (e.g. page number/s) is also required. Multiple references should be shown in alphabetical order unless the authors feel the order must be otherwise to indicate, for example, the relative importance of the references.

Entries in the list of references should be alphabetised by the last name of the (first) author, or, if no author is indicated, by the first main word in the title. If several works by the same authors are cited, they should be listed in order of publication, the earliest first, with publications from the same year differentiated by designating them ‘1999a’ and ‘1999b’, and so on. Individual entries should be set out as follows.

For Books [reference section]:

Krause, K. L., Bochner, S., & Duchesne, S. (2006). Educational Psychology for Learning and Teaching (2nd ed.). South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: Thomson.

For Books [in text]:

(Krause, Bochner & Duchesne, 2006) or Krause, Bochner and Duchesne (2006) stated that “...” (p. 32). In subsequent citations: According to Krause et al. (2006)…

For Book Chapters [reference section]:

Helber, L. E. (1995). Redeveloping mature resorts for new markets. In M.V. Conlin & T. Baum (Eds.), Island Tourism: Management Principles and Practice (pp. 105-113). Chichester, England: John Wiley.

For Book Chapters [in text]:

(Helber, 1995) or Helbert (1995) stated “…” (p. 106).

For Journal Articles [reference section]: Haar, J. M. (2006). The downside of coping: Work-family conflict, employee burnout and the moderating effects of coping strategies. Journal of Management & Organization, 12(2), 146-159.

For Journal Articles [in text]:

(Haar, 2006) or Haar (2006) suggested “…” (p. 149).

For Electronic Journal Articles [reference section]:

Haar, J. & Spell, C. (2003).

The influence of media attention towards family-friendly practices: Was New Zealand’s paid parental leave a family-friendly fashion whose time had come? New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management, 3, 1-23. 

For Electronic Journal Articles [in text]:

(Haar & Spell, 2003) or Haar and Spell (2003) asserted that “…” (p. 17).


Upon submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgement from the Secretariat of the Editor of the Journal.  This acknowledgement will be your receipt of your article submission and will advise you of the time frame for processing your submission.

Your submission will be assigned an article number for tracking purposes and any references to the author will be taken out so the reviewers only receive a blind copy. The Editor will forward on the blind copy of the submission to two subject matter experts. It is the aim of NZJHRM to complete reviews within 10 -12 weeks.

Author/s will be subsequently emailed regarding the decision on their submission. If the author/s is/are requested to revise and resubmit work to ensure that it complies with our criteria for publication, then the author is given up to 8 weeks to resubmit their article to the Secretariat. The revised article will be forwarded to the Editor who will validate the requested changes have been made to the submission to comply with our publication criteria.

On successful publication, the author will be notified electronically and the paper will be published on the NZ Journal of Human Resource Management at the earliest convenience of the journal.

In summary, all submissions for consideration should compile with our style and submission guidelines and be sent to [email protected] in the first instance.

  • To access our submission form to submit your article for publication, please click here.

To download a pdf version of the NZHJRM Style Guide, please click here.

If you have any enquiries regarding the Journal, please email us at [email protected].