Guidelines for authors


Corresponding author needs to register with JWLA before submission. Register your "user name" by adding your name and surname. Choose your own unique password.

1.1 All author(s) should make use of the template in submitting their work. No other formats or documents will be accepted by the JWLA.

1.2 The cover page and manuscript should be submitted as two documents.

1.3 Author(s) also has to provide evidence that the manuscript had been subjected to plagiarism screening software. Turnitin is a good option.

Author(s) of manuscripts should acquaint themselves with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition. Submission of manuscripts entails that it has not been published before or considered for publication elsewhere. JWLA will not be held legally responsible for such misconduct. Manuscripts should be submitted via JWLA' s website.

1.4 Publishing fee

Once manuscripts have been accepted for publication in JWLA a total of  ZAR 5750.00 are payable upfront. Corresponding author or individual responsible for payment should pay this amount direct into the account number that will be provided on the invoice. Please quote name, surname (corresponding author) and article title followed by the invoice number. E-mail proof of payment to Author(s) will retain copyright of an article, however will grant JWLA permission to publish the content thereof.

1.5 Outline of manuscripts

Authors are encouraged to visit for formatting support of manuscripts with reference to the APA style. Cover page and manuscript should be submitted as seperate files.

1.6 Title page

The title page (in bold) should contain:

  • The title of the manuscript (not more than 10 words)
  • Author(s) name and surname
  • E-mail addresses of author(s)
  • Affiliation(s)
  • Telephone number(s)

*Corresponding author should be clearly indicated.

JWLA encourages authors to provide their unique ORCID ID. If you do not have an ORCID ID, please access to register.

Provide a statement of ethical clearance obtained.


Authors to acknowledge if any funding was obtained to conduct the research as well as contract research.

Provide the names and e-mail addresses of three (3) possible reviewers, who could assist with the blind peer-review process.

The next page should start with the abstract with no clear indication of author(s). A running head should be positioned to the left hand margin, at the top of each page with only 50 characters, including spacing and any punctuations. The running head should be italicised and in bold.


2.1 Abstract

All manuscripts should contain an abstract of 150 words with no references or abbreviations. The abstract should contain a brief introduction, problem under investigation, method, findings, implications, conclusion and suggestions for future research (implications based on the findings should be directed towards industry professionals or managers based on the empirical results).

2.2 Keywords

Provide four keywords that support the research being conducted.

2.3 Manuscript

Manuscripts should be numbered consecutively at the top right of each page. Use Word processing software plain number 3 as a guideline. Spelling and grammar used by author(s) should be British English (United Kingdom). Double spacing (2,0) is required by JWLA. Do not press enter after headings, sub-headings and paragraphs. All text should be left-aligned and not justified. First paragraph under a heading in text to be left aligned. Second paragraph should be indented with first-line hanging (1.27cm). Manuscript length should not exceed 5000 words, excluding tables, figures and references.

2.4 Manuscripts should contain the following headings:


1.1       Sub-headings


2.1       Sub-headings


3.1       Sub-headings




2.5 Formatting of text

All manuscripts to be submitted for review should be saved in MS Word format (.docx).

2.6 Font size

Times New Roman 12 pt.

2.7 Margins

All margins on all sides of every page should be 2.54 cm (1 in.).

2.8 Paragraphs

Indent the first line of each paragraph. Set the tab key on 1.27 cm.

2.9 Tables

Use the MS Word table function and do not insert tables from Excel. Font size for tables should be Times New Roman 10 pt. and single-spaced.

2.10 Figures

Use the MS Word function to create figures. All figures should be outlined with a border.

All tables and figures should be placed in text of the manuscript.

2.11 Citing sources in text

Kruger (2010) confirms that subjective well-being consists of two parts…

Lifestyle segmentation could be associated with happiness (Demby, 2015).

Within this context, motorcyclists could be viewed as “leisurerites” (Chang & Lai, 2015).

Satisfaction with life comprises of discrete positive and negative emotions (Ruiz-Mafe, Tronch, & Sanz-Blas, 2016).

2.12 Direct quotation

“Much research has demonstrated that leisure activities do contribute to subjective well-being” (Sirgy, Uysal, & Kruger, 2017, p. 206).

2.13 Citing of multiple authors in text

The citing of multiple authors should be done in alphabetical order and not as per publication year, e.g. Anderson et al., 2012; Daskalopoulou, 2014; Hudders et al., 2013.

2.14 The use of et al in text

Three to five authors, first cite all authors and if subsequently used then list first author and ad et al., e.g. Kruger, Saayman, & Ellis, 2014 (Kruger et al., 2014).

Six or more authors, do not cite all authors; however, directly use the et al. guideline.

2.15 Citing of internet sources in text

2.15.1 Instagram

News 24 (2019) reports on the State of the Nation Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa…

Cite the surname of the author or publisher and year of post.

2.15.2 Social media

Roberts (2019) or (Roberts, 2019)

2.15.3 Instagram

News24 [@News24]. (2019, February 07). OVERVIEW: General praise on Ramaphosa’s SONA 2019 speech #SONA2019 [Instagram report]. Retrieved from

2.15.4 Social media

Roberts, N. [Nicole]. 2019, April 30). Psychology today [Facebook statement]. Retrieved from

2.16 Book

Uysal, M., Sirgy, M. J., & Kruger, S. (2018). Managing quality of life in tourism and hospitality. United Kingdom: CABI.

2.17 Chapter in book

Naudè-Potgieter, R-A., & Kruger, S. (2018). The bet is on: A case study of the Naudè-Potgieter model of casino employees’ happiness in the workplace. In M. Uysal, M.J. Sirgy, & S. Kruger (Eds.), Managing quality of life in tourism and hospitality (pp.139-149). United Kingdom: CABI.

2.18 Conference proceedings

Van Loggerenberg, E., Van der Merwe, P., Nienaber, A., Kruger, S., & Kruger, M. (2012). In E. Slabbert (Ed.), Taking a holiday: Does it impact positively on pharmacists' well-being? Proceedings of the SAIMS conference (pp. 119-1135). Stellenbosch, South Africa.

2.19 Thesis online version

Venter, D. (2016). A quality of life framework for an adventure-based sport (Doctoral thesis, North-West University, South Africa). Retrieved from

2.20 Journal articles

Shiota, M. N., Campos, B., Oveis, C., Hertenstein, M. J., Simon-Thomas, E., & Keltner, D. (2017). Beyond happiness: Building a science of discrete positive emotions. The American Psychologist, 72(7), 617–643.

2.21 Computer software and mobile applications

IBM Corp. (2013). IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows (version 22.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved from

Putranto, A. (2019). Psychology Dictionary Offline (version 2.17) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from


First line of all references should be left aligned. In the next line, authors are requested to use hanging indentation 1.27cm from your word processor in all references.