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Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies

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Edited By: Tom Kompas

Online ISSN: 2050-2680

Author Guidelines

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

Asia and 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. This is made possible by the generous support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government.


Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission. Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts can be submitted at


Aims and Scope

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.

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies has support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government, and commissions research in areas of particular interest to its Editors and DFAT.

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.

Ethical Considerations

This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.


Author Services

Prior to submission, we encourage you to browse the ‘Author Resources’ section of the Wiley ‘Author Services’ website: http:/ This site includes useful information covering such topics as copyright matters, ethics, electronic artwork guidelines, and how to optimise articles for search engines. Authors of accepted papers will receive an invitation to sign up to Author Services that will enable them to track accepted articles through the production process.

Pre-submission English-language Editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found here. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Manuscript Categories
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.

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.

•      Author identification. To protect anonymity in the reviewing process, authors should avoid disclosing their identity in the manuscript. Authors should withhold their name, affiliation and acknowledgements from the paper until after it has been accepted. References that identify the author(s) should also be removed. A separate title page should accompany all submissions.

Parts of the Manuscript
Manuscripts submitted as Original Articles, Policy Forum Articles and Review Articles should be presented in the following order:

(i) title, (ii) abstract and key words, (iii) text, (iv) acknowledgments, (v) footnotes, (vi) references, (vii) appendices, (viii) supporting information, (ix) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) (x) figure legends,  and (xi) figures.

The title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. Do not use abbreviations in the title. A short running title (less than 40 characters) should also be provided.

Abstract and Key Words
Original articles must have a structured 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.

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

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.

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.

Supporting Information
Supporting information is not essential to the article but provides greater depth and background and may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. This material can be submitted with your manuscript, and will appear online, without editing or typesetting. Guidelines on how to prepare this material and which formats and files sizes are acceptable can be found at:

Please note that the provision of supplementary material is not encouraged as a general rule. It will be assessed critically by reviewers and editors and will only be accepted if it is essential.

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.

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. For submission, low-resolution figures saved as .jpg or .bmp files should be uploaded, for ease of transmission during the review process. Upon acceptance of the article, high-resolution figures (at least 300 d.p.i.) saved as .eps or .tif files should be uploaded. More information about figures is available on Author Services at:

Figure legends. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at

• A cover letter can be included in the ‘Cover Letter Field’ of the ScholarOne system although it is not a requirement. The text can be entered directly into the field or uploaded as a file.

• Two Word-files need to be included upon submission: A title page file and a main text file that includes all parts of the text in the sequence indicated in the section 'Parts of the manuscript', including tables and figure legends but excluding figures which should be supplied separately. Please check that the length of the main text adheres to the length guidelines outlined in the Manuscript Categories section.

• The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the full names of the authors, (iii) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (iv) the full postal and email address, plus telephone number of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent; (iv) a brief Author’s Biographical Note of less than 100 words for each author. The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.



APPS 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:


It is essential that corresponding authors supply an email address to which correspondence can be emailed. Notification of the URL from where to download a Portable Document Format (PDF) typeset page proof, associated forms and further instructions will be sent by email to the corresponding author. The purpose of the PDF proof is a final check of the layout, and of tables and figures. Alterations other than the essential correction of errors are unacceptable at PDF proof stage. The proof should be checked, and approval to publish the article should be emailed to the Publisher by the date indicated; otherwise, it may be signed off on by the Editor or held over to the next issue.

Early View

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies offers rapid speed to publication using Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at


A minimum of 50 offprints will be provided upon request, at the author’s expense. These paper offprints may be ordered online. Please visit, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields. If you have queries about offprints please email


Mr Sung Lee
Managing Editor, Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies
#132 Lennox Crossing
Crawford School of Public Policy
The Australian National University, Canberra
ACT 0200, Australia
Tel: +61 2 6125 9563