The Journal of Research Management & Governance (JRMG) (e-ISSN: 2637-1103) is an official journal of the University of Malaya. It is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal with readership throughout the field of sciences and non-sciences. The JRMG was established to provide a platform for scholars, experts, researchers, practitioners, and students from various fields to come together under a common interest in the field covering all aspects related to management and administration of research in universities, research organizations and funding agencies including (but not limited to) strategies and policies in research management and administration, development of research management professionals, management and storage of research output, impact and implication of research and the changing research environment at both national and international levels to publish original research, review papers, and other scholarly works that are freely accessible to the whole scientific community, locally and internationally. JRMG invites review papers, research articles, as well as short communications touching upon any aspect of research management & governance.

From the outset, the Journal 's main aim was to provide fast and efficient online publication tools to the scientific community, while keeping that community in charge of every aspect of the peer-review and publication process, in order to ensure the highest quality standards.

Consequently, the Advisory and Editorial Boards, composed of distinguished and active scientists in the field, jointly establish with the Scientific Director of the Journal 's scientific policy and ensure the scientific quality of accepted articles. Editors and referees generally operate anonymously but are free to reveal their identity to the authors.

When submitting a paper to the Journal, contributors must choose and provide keywords that best define the subject of their work. The JRMG Editor-in-Chief will then assign the submission to a member of the Editorial Board by choosing the best match of the author's keywords with the areas of expertise of the available editors, taking editor workload into account. Editors take full responsibility for the submission, either reviewing the pre-print themselves or sending it to as many referees as may be necessary. Editors may also consult a fellow member of the Editorial Board.

The criteria for acceptance are scientific quality, originality and relevance. Length should be appropriate to the information presented. Editors are asked to apply a strict quality filter in selecting contributions for publication.

Manuscripts submitted to JRMG must not have been published or be under consideration for publication in other refereed journals, nor should they be sent to other journals while being considered for publication in JRMG.

The Editorial Board is JRMG 's most important asset. Editors are in charge of the peer-review of submissions and take themselves the final decision on whether or not to publish a contribution. JRMG has a large Editorial Board, in order to provide competent coverage for all the areas indicated by the keywords and thus avoid generic decisions or the inappropriate selection of referees. The Editor in charge takes full responsibility for the paper. He/She can assess it him/herself or send it to one or more referees. The Editorial Office is in charge of supervising the functioning of the Journal in collaboration with the Editorial Board.

The Editorial Office monitors the Journal daily, provides assistance to authors, editors and referees, and takes action in the event of any problems or delay that may arise.

The Journal of Research Management and Governance (JRMG) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published annually by the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. JRMG aims to provide a platform for sharing and dissemination of knowledge in the area of research management. Articles published in JRMG cover all aspects related to management and governance of research in universities, research organizations, funding agencies and governments.  JRMG is intended to address topics including (but not limited to):

  • research ecosystem
  • study and practice of research management profession
  • strategies and policies
  • research policy and ethics
  • changing research environment
  • quality and innovation in research administration and management
  • human resource management and development, organizational behaviour etc.
  • full economic costing and research funding
  • knowledge transfer from research to application
  • data science and data curation as applied to research management
  • impact of research
  • developments within the higher education environment
  • implications of major external influences on research management (e.g. funding, research collaborations, politics, world economy, megatrends etc.)

 The main objectives of this journal are: (1) to publish quality articles in research management and governance, and (2) to discover and advance best practices in this area.

 The Editors will consider papers for manuscripts based on novelty and contribution to the advancement of research management. JRMG publishes Full-Length Articles, Short Communications, Case Studies, Opinions and Book Review/Conference Report (see Types of Articles). 

Types of Articles
The following types of contribution are published in the Journal of Research Management and Governance:
1. Full-length article:
Full-length articles report original observations and studies, present the results comprehensively, and discuss of the significance of the results. The articles must be of interest to the general readership of this journal.  Total length should be 8,000 words or less. 

2. Short communications: 
Short communications will be accepted for important and original advances. Such accounts may be of a preliminary nature but should always be complete and should not exceed of 2000 words.

3. Case Studies:
These articles report observations and/or results of a close study on a relevant issue and propose a solution.  Total length should be 4,000 words or less.

4. Opinions:
Authors can contribute viewpoints on the interpretation of current issues and practices in research management and governance.  The articles must be supported by evidence and should encourage constructive discussion.  The article must not contain unpublished data and/or emotionally-charged argumentation. Total length should be 2,000 words or less.

5. Book Review/Conference Report:
Book reviews cover books relevant to research management and governance.  These articles are to provide the book’s description, strength and weakness to the general readership of this journal. Total length should be 1,000 words or less.

Conference reports describe a research conference, symposium or seminar and present the topics covered in the form of a mini-review. The mini-review can be based on a theme from a given conference, symposium or seminar.  Total length of the article should be 3,000 words or less.