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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 is original research, and has not been previously published. It has not been submitted to another journal for consideration.
  • The submission must be accompanied by a cover letter with content stated in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, PDF or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

  1. Manuscripts must be in English and should not exceed 8,000 words including diagrams, figures, tables, etc. An abstract not exceeding 200 words, and up to five keywords and JEL classifications (two-digit codes) should be included.
  2. The manuscript for publication in the Journal should be sent to the Editor as an attachment (in Word) by email to: The submission must be sent through an official email address of the institution that the corresponding author is attached to.
  3. The submission must be accompanied by a cover letter from the corresponding author stating that the manuscript is original, has not been published before, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. This statement must also declare that all named authors have contributed to the preparation of the manuscript and agreed to the submission.
  4. All submissions must adhere to the ethics in publishing, in particular the avoidance of plagiarism. Manuscripts are subject to a double blind review process.
  5. The contents of the manuscripts shall be the sole responsibility of the authors and publication does not imply the concurrence of the Editorial Board or the publishers.
  6. Manuscripts should be typewritten with double spacing. A manuscript should be divided into sections with short titles or subtitles. All pages should be numbered consecutively.
  7. The first page of the manuscript should contain: (i) the title of paper, and (ii) the name, institutional affiliation (with full address) and official email address of all the author(s).
  8. Acknowledgements and information on grants received should also be given in a footnote on the first page of the manuscript, which should not be included in the consecutive numbering of footnotes.
  9. Important formulae (displayed) should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript as (1), (2), etc. on the right-hand side of the page. Where the derivation of the formulae has been abbreviated, it is of great help to referees if the full derivation can be presented on a separate sheet (not to be published).
  10. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and be numbered consecutively through the text with superscript Arabic numerals.
  11. References to publications should follow the APA referencing style. References should be typed after the text, and should include only the most relevant papers cited in the text. In the text, references to publication should appear as follows: … Brown (1969) … or … Jones (1969, p. 102) … or (Brown & Jones, 1972, pp. 13-15) … Up to five authors are to be cited in full the first time and subsequently with et al. Where there are six or seven authors, mention the first author’s name followed by et al. in all instances and list all the names in the references. For cases with eight or more authors, cite the first author’s name followed by et al. but for the references list the first six authors’ names followed by an ellipsis (…) and the last author’s name. The author should make sure that there is a strict ‘one-to-one correspondence’ between the names (years) in the text and those on the list. The complete references should be listed alphabetically after the text as:

For monographs

Oshima, H.T. (1987). Economic growth in monsoon Asia: A comparative survey. Tokyo: Tokyo University Press.

For contributions to collective works

Wagner, N. (1990). European investment in ASEAN. In L.Y. Soon (Ed.), Foreign direct investment in ASEAN (pp. 153-192). Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Economic Association.

For periodicals

Tan, P.P., Galagedera, D., & Ting, S.S. (2015). Modelling price movement in trading volume-volatility relations. Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies, 52(2), 135-156.

For newspaper articles

Ruban, A. (2014, June 26). Highways are interlined. The Star, p. 27.

For webpages

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. (n.d.). Agribusiness. Retrieved from

Note that journal and book titles should not be abbreviated.    

  1. Illustrations (including graphs and diagrams) will be scanned from originals supplied by the author. They should be printed in black and white and of high quality. All illustrations must be at least half A4 paper size. All illustrations should be referred to as figures and should be numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Illustrations of insufficient quality which have to be redrawn by the publisher will be charged to the author.
  2. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals headed with short titles.
  3. Any manuscript which does not conform to the above instructions may be returned for necessary revision before publication.



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