Author Guidelines

Aim and Scope

The Whitireia Journal of Nursing, Health and Social Services annually publishes articles that reflect the interests of Te Kura Hauora School of Health & Social Services. We invite manuscripts from undergraduate and postgraduate students, academic staff, and healthcare and social-work professionals. This includes research articles, scholarly articles, conference presentations, reflections, editorials and creative work. Creative submissions may include poetry, short fiction, creative prose, personal essays and artwork, but should reference the healthcare and social service practice.

Word Count

Articles: 4000 words or less (excluding references and abstract). Manuscripts exceeding this word count will be considered if accompanied by a cover letter.

Research Briefs: 3000 words or less (excluding references and abstract). This can include reports on a small research project, a research-based conference presentation or an aspect of a larger research project.


Your article must include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts need to summarise the research, including the context and key findings.


Authors should identify three to five keywords that highlight the main themes in the article.

Author Bios

Please include a short author biography in the following format: name, qualifications (e.g., RN, BN, PG Cert); role (e.g., lecturer, doctoral student) and institution.


To ensure that the journal is accessible to readers, please write in clear, professional language and explain any specialist terminology.

Table, Diagrams and Images

All tables, diagrams and images must be supplied as print-quality, editable files (jpegs or tifs, 300 dpi).


  • Authors are responsible for the use of correct references and citations, and for ensuring they are styled correctly.
  • The journal follows the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition referencing conventions.
  • Please ensure that any references that have been styled by software such as EndNote or Mendeley meet APA requirements.
  • Include in the reference list only those titles that are referred to in the article. Online references must include either a DOI or URL.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts meeting the above requirements should be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document to with ‘Attention: Coordinating Editor, Whitireia Journal of Nursing, Health and Social Services’ in the subject line.

Acceptance and Publication

Authors should submit articles with the knowledge that the work has not been previously published

nor submitted for publication elsewhere. The responsibility for originality belongs to the individual author/s.

Publication Process

The editorial committee will send all submissions for peer-review and then decide which submissions to publish. The Whitireia Journal of Nursing, Health and Social Services works closely with the students of the Whitireia Publishing Programme, and throughout the year, authors will work alongside publishing students to edit and typeset journal submissions. This relationship provides a valuable experience where authors receive ongoing editorial support and feedback on their writing and publishing students gain practical experience.