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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file for manuscript is in Microsoft Word file format ONLY.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Name, address and email address (institution's email) of three possible referees/reviewers outside the authors' institution are indicated in the COVER LETTER TO THE EDITOR.

Submission
Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript through the Open Journal Systems (OJS). Only electronic Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) files can be submitted through the OJS. Please refer to Type of Article for the appropriate format for the manuscript. Online submissions are intended to facilitate rapid publication and minimize administrative costs. Submissions must be done by one of the authors. The submitting author takes responsibility for the paper during submission and peer review. If for some technical reason submission through the OJS is not possible, the author can contact jrmg@um.edu.my for support.


Terms of Submission
Manuscripts must be submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are not currently under consideration by any other publisher. The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the manuscript’s publication has been approved by all the other co-authors and all necessary related institutions and funding agencies. Only an acknowledgment from the editorial office officially establishes the date of receipt. It is a condition of submission that the authors permit editing of the manuscript for readability. All inquiries concerning the publication of accepted papers should be addressed to the Journal Manager.


Peer Review
All manuscripts will undergo double blind review process and are expected to meet standards of academic excellence. If approved by the Editor, submissions will be considered by peer-reviewers, whose identities will remain anonymous to the authors. The Editor reserves the right to assign peer-reviewers that may not be on the list of reviewers suggested by the authors. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles.


Article Types and Lengths
Full-Length Article
Full-length articles report original observations and studies, the results of the studies, and a discussion of the significance of the results. Total length should be 7,500 words or less.


Short Communication
Short communications should be similar to a research article, but with briefer Materials and Methods and Discussion. Reporting of case study should be please under this sections. Total length should be 2,000 words or less (not including abstract, references, or figure and table legends).


Case Study
Case study on subjects of particular interest to The Journal of Research Management and Governance, approximately 1000-2000 words.


Opinion Paper
Reports original and personal views on subjects of particular interest to The Journal of Research Management and Governance. Authors should outline and craft selected arguments by bringing original and groundbreaking ideas and imaginative research solutions. The proposed structure of an opinion paper is:



  • Introduction to the topic;

  • Presentation of innovative and original hypotheses, and discussion of published data;

  • Analysis of the impact of the proposed hypotheses and of the target audience.


Opinion papers should be based on published data, and should not expand on opinions by others, and should be written in a logical, professionally sound and convincing way. The structure may slightly vary but each paragraph should develop a single item. The length of an opinion paper is a maximum of 3,000 words plus 1 figure, 1 table, and a maximum of 10 references including factual articles and reports.


Book Review/Conference Report


Reports of the conferences and meetings. The Journal is pleased to consider reports of other meetings that may be of interest to the readership. These will usually be between 1,200 and 1,500 words in length and must be submitted within six weeks of the date of the meeting or conference.


Book review are usually commissioned by the editorial team and are between 750-1,000 words long. However you are welcome to suggest websites/books for inclusion.


Formatting of Manuscript
To submit your manuscript, you will need the following files:



  • A Title page file with the names of all authors and co-authors

  • Main document file with abstract, keywords, main text, figures, tables and references


 File Format
The text should be double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. The submission file should be in Microsoft Word file format.


Subdivision - numbered sections
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.


Figure Captions
Authors should include all figures and tables in the file of the manuscript. Figures and tables should not be submitted in separate files. If the article is accepted, authors will be asked to provide the source files of the figures. All figures should be cited in the paper in a consecutive order. Figures should have sufficient resolution or quality to facilitate the review process unless the resolution is intentionally set to a lower level for scientific reasons.


Table Captions
Tables should be cited consecutively in the text. Every table must have a descriptive title and if numerical measurements are given, the units should be included in the column heading. Vertical rules should not be used.


Title Page and Authorship Information
The following information must be included in the manuscript:



  1. Title: Should be as short as possible.

  2. Author names: Include all authors in the order the names should be published.

  3. Affiliation information: Include full affiliation addresses of all authors. If there are multiple affiliations, designate through numbered footnotes.

  4. Corresponding author: Include full name (First Name followed by Last Name), mailing address, telephone number, and email address.


Main document (with no authorship information)
Title
Should be as short as possible.


Abstract
A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principle results and major conclusions. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free and should not exceed 250 words.  


Keywords
The authors should provide 3 - 5 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid ‘and’, ‘of’, etc.).


Introduction
This section should be concisely written with no subheadings.


Materials and Methods
This part should contain sufficient detail so that all procedures can be repeated. It can be divided into subsections. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference.


Results and Discussion
This section may be divided by subheadings or may be combined. Results should be clear and concise.


Conclusions
This should clearly explain the main conclusions of the work highlighting its importance and relevance. 


Acknowledgments
All acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the very end of the paper before the references and may include supporting grants, presentations, and so forth.


References
Authors are responsible for ensuring that the information in each reference is complete and accurate. All references should be cited within the text; otherwise, these references need to be removed.


References Style:
References should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). The APA website includes a range of resources for authors learning to write in APA style, including an overview of the manual, free tutorials on APA Style basics, and an APA Style Blog. For more information about APA referencing style, please also refer to the APA FAQ.


According to APA style, in text citations should follow the author-date method whereby the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Chen, 2017). The complete reference list should appear alphabetically by name at the end of the paper.


A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below.


Authors should note that the APA referencing style requires that a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) be provided for all references where available. Also, for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.


Journal article
With DOI
Chen, C.D., Chang, L.W. & Tan, H.W. (2017). Starting of a new scholarly journal. Journal of Research Management, 1(2), 48–53. doi: um.ippp/um.jrmg.001.2.002


With no DOI
Chen, C.D., Chang, L.W. & Tan, H.W. (2017). Starting of a new scholarly journal. Journal of Research Management, 1(2), 48–53.


With URL
Chen, C.D., Chang, L.W. & Tan, H.W. (2017). Starting of a new scholarly journal. Journal of Research Management, 1(2), 48–53. Retrieved from https://jrmg.um.edu.my/past-issues/001.2.002


Book
Chen, C.D. (2017). Starting of a new scholarly journal. KL, Malaysia: University of Malaya Press.


Article/Chapter in Book
Chen, C.D. (2017). Starting of a new scholarly journal, pp. 48–53. In Chang, L.W. & Tan, H.W. (eds), Scientific writing. KL, Malaysia: University of Malaya Press.


No Author Given
World Health Organization (WHO). (2017). Chemical Management. Geneva, Switzerland.


Proceedings
Chen, C.D., Chang, L.W. & Tan, H.W. (2017). Starting of a new scholarly journal. Proceeding of International Conference of Research Management, 28-30 August 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. KL, Malaysia: University of Malaya Press.


Theses/Dissertations
Chen, C.D. (2017). Starting of a new scholarly journal. M.A. thesis, University of Malaya Press, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Internet Document
Chen, C.D. (2017, October 4). How to start a new scholarly journal [Video file]. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ccd17JRMGCcd.


Copyright
It is a condition of publication that manuscripts submitted to the journal have not been published, accepted for publication, nor simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) agree that copyright for the article is transferred to the publisher, if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication.