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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 single-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.

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 separated Title Page file with the names of all authors and co-authors
- Main document file (Manuscript without author(s) information) with abstract, keywords, main text, figures, tables and references
- Figures in PNG/JPEG with at least 300 dpi

 File Format
The text should be single-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
It is recommended to 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. It is also recommended to submit figures and tables in separate files at the same time. 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 of at least 300 dpi 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)
Should be as short as possible.

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.  

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Journal of Research Management & Governance (JRMG) is peer reviewed international journal committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics. Therefore, the prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. To that purpose, all the actors of JRMG publication:- authors, reviewers and members of the editorial team, are expected to fully adhere to our policy regarding publication ethics and malpractice, and respect the following statements:

Editor's Responsibilities
1. Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
2. Editors must ensure that each manuscript received by the journal is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors.
3. Editors should ensure the integrity of the publication review process. As such, editors should not reveal either the identity of authors of manuscripts to the reviewers, or the identity of reviewers to authors.
4. Editors must ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential before publishing.

Editorial Board's Responsibilities
1. The Editorial Board is responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles should be published.
2. The Editorial Board must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.
3. The Editorial Board is accountable for everything published in the journal, thus he/she has complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article. However, the published manuscript would not represent the stand or opinion of the Editorial Board and the Management Team of JRMG, or the Institute of Research Management & Services, University of Malaya.
4. The Editorial Board should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper. They shall conduct a proper and fair investigation into ethical complaints.

Reviewer's Responsibilities
1. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
2. Reviewers must not have conflicts of interest with respect to the research, the authors or the research funding.
3. Judgments by the reviewers should be as objective as possible. There shall be no personal criticism of the author. They should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
4. In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the editor so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer.

Author's Responsibilities
1. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
2. They must ensure that the manuscript has not been issued elsewhere. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
3. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
4. If at any point of time, the author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in a submitted manuscript, then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the editor. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.

The ethics statements for our journal are based on the Ethical Code of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).