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Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies

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Edited By: Tom Kompas

Online ISSN: 2050-2680

Author Guidelines


1. Submission
2. Aims and Scope
3. Manuscript Categories and Requirements
4. Preparing Your Submission
5. Accepted File Types
6. Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations
7. Author Licensing
8. Publication Process After Acceptance
9. Post Publication
10. Editorial Office Contact Details


Thank you for your interest in Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies.

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies is an Open Access publication with no author publication fees. This means accepted authors can publish using a creative commons licence with no attendant article publication charges, and published articles are made permanently freely available to readers online. More detail on the licencing terms available to authors appears in section 7 below.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at


Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies is the flagship journal of the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. It is a peer-reviewed journal that targets research in policy studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, across a discipline focus that includes economics, political science, governance, development and the environment. Specific themes of recent interest include health and education, aid, migration, inequality, poverty reduction, energy, climate and the environment, food policy, public administration, the role of the private sector in public policy, trade, foreign policy, natural resource management and development policy.

Papers on a range of topics that speak to various disciplines, the region and policy makers are encouraged. The goal of the journal is to break down barriers across disciplines, and generate policy impact. Submissions will be reviewed on the basis of content, policy relevance and readability.


Note: Please abide by the word count guidelines. Articles and abstracts exceeding word limit may not be accepted for review.

Original Articles
Word limit: 7,000 words maximum including abstract and references
Abstract: 150 words maximum, unstructured
References: In general, less than 30
Figures/Tables: Total of no more than 8 figures and tables
Description: Substantive original research that adhere to the journal’s scope and mission. Original articles will undergo peer review prior to acceptance.

Policy Forum Articles
Word limit: 4,000 words maximum including abstract and references
Abstract: 150 words maximum, unstructured
References: Less than 30
Figures/Tables: Total of no more than 8 figures and tables
Description: Papers of special and directed policy relevance, with commentary and policy recommendations. They are usually submitted upon invitation by the Editors. Both solicited and unsolicited articles will undergo peer review prior to acceptance.

The opinions expressed in the Policy Forum are those of the author(s) alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the Journal's Editors and partners.


Wiley Author Resources

Wiley have a range of resources for authors preparing manuscripts for submission available here. In particular, authors may benefit from referring to:

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Manuscript Style

Spelling. Spelling should follow one of Australian conventions and must be consistent throughout the manuscript.

• Abbreviations. In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures. As papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.

Title Page
The title page should contain:
(i) a short informative that contains the major key words. The title should not include abbreviations;
(ii) a short running title of less than 40 characters (abbreviations may be used);
(iii) the full names of the authors;
(iv) the author's institutional affiliations at which the work was carried out;
(v) the full postal and email address, plus telephone number, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent;
(vi) a brief Author’s Biographical Note of less than 100 words for each author;
(vii) acknowledgements.

The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Personal thanks and thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

Main Text File
Manuscripts submitted as Original Articles, Policy Forum Articles and Review Articles should be presented in the following order:

(i) title, abstract and key words, (ii) text, (iii) references, (iv) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes), (v) appendices, (vi) figure legends. Figures and supporting information should be submitted as separate files.

Abstract and Key Words
Original articles must have an unstructured abstract of 150 words or fewer that states the purpose, basic procedures, main findings and principal conclusions of the study. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references.

Five key words, for the purposes of indexing, should be supplied below the abstract.

Please be sure to adhere to the word limit guidelines.

Footnotes should be placed at the foot of each page. They should be numbered and referred to in the text with consecutive, superscript Arabic numerals. Keep footnotes brief: they should contain only short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper and should not normally include references.

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies uses the parenthetical (author date) system of referencing – examples are given below. In the text, give the author’s name followed by the year in parentheses: Smith (2000). If there are two authors, use ‘and’: Smith and Jones (2001); but if cited within parentheses use ‘&’: (Smith & Jones 2001). When reference is made to a work by three or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used: MacDonald et al. (2002). In the reference list, references should be listed in alphabetical order. Page numbers must be included after the year for quoted material; for example, (Smith & Jones 2001, p. 77). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.

In the reference list, cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when seven or more, list the first three followed by et al. Do not use ibid. or op cit. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A 2000, unpublished data). All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.

Journal article
            Choe YS, Jeong J (1993) Charitable Contributions by Low- and Middle-Income
            Taxpayers: Further Evidence with a New Method. National Tax Journal 46, 33–39.

Online article not yet published in an issue
An online article that has not yet been published in an issue (therefore has no volume, issue or page numbers) can be cited by its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The DOI will remain valid and allow an article to be tracked even after its allocation to an issue.
            Murphy K, Tyler TR, Curtis A (2009) Nurturing regulatory compliance: Is
            procedural justice effective when people question the legitimacy of the law?
            Regulation & Governance doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2009.01043.x

            Fujita M, Krugman P, Venables AJ (2001) The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions,
            and International Trade
. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

Chapter in a book
            Anderson K, Tyers R (1990) How Developing Countries Could Gain from
            Agricultural Trade Liberalization in the Uruguay round. In: Goldin I,
            Knudsen O (eds) Agricultural Trade Liberalization: Implications for Developing
, pp. 387- 424. Organization for Economic Co-operation and
            Development, Paris.

Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate page with the legend above. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.

These should be placed at the end of the paper, numbered in Roman numerals and referred to in the text. If written by a person other than the author of the main text, the writer’s name should be included below the title.

Figure Legends
Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text.

Preparing Figures
Although we encourage authors to send us the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes we are happy to accept a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions.

Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.

Supporting Information
Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article but that provides greater depth and background. It is hosted online, and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. Click here for Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

Note, if data, scripts or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their paper.


The journal accepts submissions in both Word and LaTeX.

LaTeX Article Submission

Please use “article” class for LaTeX submissions and include any associated packages/files with the submitted LaTeX source files. Please also include a PDF of the manuscript. Do not add coding to “force” line breaks or the positioning of “floats”, as this will need to be removed in the conversion of the file to XML. As articles undergo considerable conversion and transformation during production, we achieve the most efficient processing if articles are presented in as generic a form as possible.

LaTeX Bibliography

If you wish to use a citation package such as BibTeX and natbib.sty then please do so. Be sure to use the appropriate citation style for the journal, to help the reviewers to assess your article. There is no bespoke “.bst” file for APPS. Please provide all the necessary bibliographic information in a standard format. This will allow for clearer conversion and formatting by the typesetters.


Editorial Review and Acceptance

Papers are accepted for publication in the journal on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. All manuscripts are peer reviewed and considered for publication by both an Editor and the Editor-in-Chief. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editor-in-Chief, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

Manuscripts should be in a clear, concise, direct style. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the Editor-in-Chief and the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader.

Wiley's policy on confidentiality of the review process is available here.

Publication Ethics

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Note this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read our Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors here. Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines can be found at


Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies is an Open Access journal, so authors retain the copyright for their manuscript by signing a Creative Commons agreement. If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

The following license agreements are available:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) license
Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs (CC-BY-NC-ND) license

RCUK or Wellcome trust funded authors will be directed to sign the open access agreement under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license in order to be funder compliant.

For more information on the terms and conditions of these licenses, please visit:


Accepted article received in production

When your accepted article is received by Wiley’s production production team, you (corresponding authors) will receive an email asking you to login or register with Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication licence at this point.


Once your paper is typeset you will receive emaile notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof, associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file. Please note that you are responsible for all statements made in your work, including changes made during the editorial process and thus you must check your proofs carefully. Note that proofs should be returned 48 hours from receipt of first proof.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before your article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Once your article is published on Early View no further changes to your article are possible. Your Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.


Now is the time to start promoting your article. Find out how to do that here.

Measuring the impact of your work

Wiley also helps you measure the impact of your research through our specialist partnerships with Kudos and Altmetric.


Mr. Martyn Pearce
Managing Editor, Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies
Engagement Team
Crawford School of Public Policy
The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia
Tel: +61 2 6125 6413

Author Guidelines updated 30 January 2017