The AJGE only accepts original research article submission from governance and education disciplines, between 5,000-8,000 word count from the first word of title to the last word of the reference list. Abstract should between 200-250 words inclusive of keywords and/or phrases.
To be considered for the review process, submitted article must conform to the following guidelines:
- The entire article is written in American English, single-spaced, one column, letter size (8.5 inches x 11 inches), Times New Roman font size 12 except for title (font size should be 16 boldface); author/s name (in boldface), affiliation and email address (font size 14 italicized, not boldface). Author/s must refrain from identifying himself/themselves directly (or indirectly) within the body of the article or in the research instruments to ensure unbiased peer review process.
- Article title must not exceed 15 words excluding preposition and in boldface.
- Author and affiliation is written one space below the title. Author full name including middle initial (if any), affiliation below it and email address (preferably with university/agency domain, i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org). If more than one author, one space below the title is the first author (then affiliation and email address), succeeding authors are listed below without space in-between. A corresponding author should be clearly stated when the article has more than one author with the exact email address for online correspondence.
- The major and essential sections or parts of the research article include: Abstract; 1. Introduction; 2. Literature Review; 3. Research Methodology; 4. Results and Discussion; 5. Conclusion and Recommendations; References; and Acknowledgement (whenever applicable).
- Side margin is one-inch from all sides. Leave one space before and after each of the 5 major sections, the same applies for the Acknowledgement and References.
- Subsections are sequentially numbered with one decimal place. There is no space of the paragraph immediately below it. Succeeding paragraphs follow with no space and with half inch indention.
- Abstract must clearly reflect within word limit the study objectives, methods, findings, conclusion and recommendations. Avoid in-text citations in the abstract, spell out acronyms completely. The last part presents no more than ten keywords and/or phrases. Ensure not to exceed 250 word count.
- Introduction. This part articulates the study rationale, motivation, significance, scope and limitations and study setting. The main substance is the rationale which argumentatively justifies why it is important to have carried out the study. Concisely, it is logically lucid and comprehensible to convey the article readers of the salient contribution of study to the discipline. Ensure to articulate a thesis statement either at the beginning, middle or end part of the introduction. The last paragraph should present the main and specific study objectives.
- Literature Review. Authors should succeed in lucidly bringing out the inherent content and functions of the literature review. Citations of unpublished reports, theses and dissertations are strongly discouraged. In-text citations must be sourced from articles recently published in peer-reviewed journals preferably within the last three years, except for cited theories, laws and legal declarations still enforced towards the completion of the submitted article. Book citations have also to be recent not more than five years after publication. In this part, briefly describe the theories upon which the study was anchored on, whenever applicable, this should be under subheading “Theoretical Background”. Subsequently provide a “Conceptual Framework” of the study clearly presenting (in a schematic diagram) the interrelatedness of the study variables extracted from the main and specific study objectives.
- Research Methodology. Clearly articulate and fully describe the research design employed in the study. If with respondents, concisely describe how they were chosen, briefly outline the sample size estimation used and sampling techniques adopted. Comprehensively describe any research instrument used, the data collection methods, highlighting any specific assumption or requirement for using them and whether these were met. Accurately describe the data analysis methods employed justifying their use in the study.
- Results and Discussion. Ensure that the discussion of findings and analysis are methodologically sound, appropriate, complete and accurate as the main meat/substance of the study. All the stated research specific objectives are clearly and appropriately addressed, answered and explained. The findings are clearly interpreted, their implications are substantially provided and comprehensively discussed. Research or statistical hypotheses are addressed and discussed (whenever applicable). Summary tables and charts fully and appropriately titled, described, discussed to reflect salient findings, patterns and trends reinforcing answers to the research objectives. Discussions of findings and results are interlinked with the literature reviews to show affirmation, parallelism or contradictory results of related previous studies in the discipline.
- Conclusion and Recommendations. Conclusion should be as concise as possible addressing the main objective of the study. They are not a repeat of the foregoing discussions, instead a non-biased judgments of the key study findings. Whenever applicable, concisely provide in the conclusion whether study affirms or refutes existing theory/s articulated in the theoretical background. Typically, the last paragraph of this part of the manuscript presents the recommendations which articulate suggestions based on the study findings and derived conclusion, be they at the policy front or for further investigations.
- Acknowledgment. Funding source which provided financing or any assistance towards the completion of the submitted article deserves appropriate acknowledgement.
- References. One space before and after “References” word. Only sources cited in the manuscript, either as in-text citations, data and chart sources are listed in alphabetical order by author/s of publisher, follows a 0.3 inch hanging format, no space before and after each listing. Each reference entry should contain all the necessary information clearly referring to a published work. Every cited reference in the text should be on the reference list. Following APA format, online source URL have to be exactly copy pasted towards the end of each online reference introduce by “Retrieved from”. However, when the online source has a DOI, reflect it instead of the URL.
- Referencing style. The AJGE adopts the latest version of the American Psychological Association (APA) reference listing and in-text citations. Author/s must consult appropriate APA citation guidelines to ensure correctness of usage.
- Place table title above each table, whereas place figure or plate title below each image. Titles for tables and captions for figures must concise and understandable.
- Use Hindu-Arabic numerals instead of Roman numbers, do not spell out unless they are used at the beginning of a statement. Hindu-Arabic numbers one to ten have to be spelled out completely, except when used for tables and lists. Use the word “percent” in the text for percentage and decimal fractions.
- Write in italicized form all scientific names of species mentioning author/s during first mentioned in the text and without author in succeeding citations.
- Endnotes and footnotes are discouraged, unless necessary, in the manuscript. Spell out acronyms or unfamiliar abbreviations the first time they are used in the paper.
- The AJGE adheres to the International System of Units, the metric system. Units of abbreviations are used only beside Hindu-Arabic numerals (i.e. 8m). Plural form or period for abbreviation of unit is not accepted. Use the bar for compound units (i.e. 15 kg. ha/yr). Place zero before the decimal for each number less than one (i.e. 0.01).