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Author Guidelines

A manuscript submitted to this journal must comply with the following guidelines:
1. All manuscripts should be written in Australian English and have a word limit of 6,500 words, excluding references, tables and figures or having a page limit of 30 pages including references, tables and figures. However, a longer manuscript may be considered in some occasions.

2. Submissions should be made in the MS Word format. No pdf files will be accepted.

3. Manuscript must be written in A4 paper size (21cm × 29.7 cm or 11 inch × 8.5 inch).

4. There should be a 2.54 cm (or 1 inch) margin in all pages throughout the manuscript. This automatic margin should be pre-set and must be strictly adhered to for all texts, headings, tables and figures.

5. Line spacing throughout the manuscript should be double-spaced (including references). The font ‘Times New Roman’ should be used throughout the manuscript.

6. For the blind review process, no authors name should be shown anywhere in the manuscript. The author should also remove the author’s name from file properties and record the author name as ‘author’. While naming the file the authors should also avoid their names.

7. No header or footer should be included in the manuscript. The manuscript should be page numbered in footer on the middle of the page in Times New Roman with a font size 12.

8. All submissions should be accompanied by a title page showing author(s) name(s), designation(s)/current position(s), institutional affiliation(s), email addresses(s) and other contact detail(s) of all the authors at the bottom of the title page. Identify the corresponding author with an asterisk.

9. All submissions should also be accompanied by a manuscript checklist form.

10. The title of the paper should be shown both on the ‘Title Page’ and on the original manuscript. The title of the paper should not be more than 15 words and it should be centred.

11. If the manuscript is produced based on research support (entirely or partially) from an external grant provider, it must be acknowledged on the title page in a footnote with an asterisk.

12. The abstract should not exceed 250 words (half page). There should be at least 6 keywords after the abstract for indexing purposes.

13. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with accepted protocols of academic writing. It should have a clear flow of ideas; the writing should be clear, coherent and concise. Avoid all jargon, acronyms, racist terminologies and emotional language. The manuscript should not contain any unlawful contents that may harm/pose a threat to the business, people and society.

14. Section and sub-sections are to be numbered sequentially, in bold type and aligned left.

15. The body part the contents should be justified, or aligned both sides.

16. There should be one blank space between each section and subsections.

17. There should not be any blank space between paragraphs of a section and subsections.

18. All figures, tables and charts are to be included in the correct place of the manuscript and not in a separate file or not at the end of the manuscript. Avoid the excessive use of tables and figures. Number all figures, tables and charts consecutively and give each a caption/title below for a figure and above for a table. Type any notes below the figures and tables. Your tables and figures should be your original contribution. Figures, tables or charts from any other publication will only be accepted if the publisher’s permission is attached as separate file at the time of first submission of the article. All tables should be editable in MS Word and no table should be placed in an image format.

19. Figures, texts or tables are not to be coloured or shaded. Figures or tables should NOT break across two pages. No table should be provided in the introduction, in the conclusion or just after the conclusion. All tables should be fitted within the margin and titles of the tables should be centred.

20. If needed, end-notes can be included at the end of the manuscript just before the reference section. Do not use footnotes except acknowledgements in the title page.

21. References are to be provided at the end in alphabetical order and with 1cm hanging indent.

22. There is no submission fee to this journal. However, there is a minimum acceptance fee of US$300 for all manuscripts accepted to this journal. This fee will cover managing the submission of your paper, setup costs, other "first-copy'' costs of your paper; the cost of

23. archiving your paper in the issue of the journal at the journal web-site; language editing and journal specific formatting of your paper. This fee will be waived only for solicited manuscripts.

24. Please note the following for spelling and editing:
a. Use the final "series comma" in lists of three or more items.
b. Use italics for emphasis, book and journal titles, and foreign words. Do not use underlining or bolding in the manuscript.
c. Do not use page, section, or endnote numbers that refer, within your article, to the article itself.
d. When there is any question as to capitalisation, do not capitalise words.
e. As stated in the APA Publication Manual, omit hyphens wherever possible.
f. Arabic words, which should be used sparingly, must be transliterated and italicised.
g. Abbreviations: AJAEF does not use any Latin abbreviations. Use English phrases instead of i.e., etc., and e.g.
h. General matters of style: AJAEF is read not only by scholars, but also by an educated but general audience. When technical or specialised terminology is necessary, explain it in the endnote. Wherever possible, use gender-inclusive language. Write in the active, not the passive voice. In longer articles, include headings and, if necessary, subheadings.

25. The AJAEF Editorial Office reserves the right to adjust the contents (by editing or otherwise altering all contributions) of a manuscript to follow the uniformity of its publications. Authors will receive proofs for approval before publication. Please reply to this proof inquiry within 72 hours. If the editorial office does not hear from the author within this timeframe, the proof will be finalized.

26. The journal will follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style referencing and citation system. Please follow the guidelines below:
a. Include an alphabetical list of references at the end of the paper.
b. Please cross check the in-text citation with reference list to ensure that all sources cited are included in the reference list.
c. For in-text citation, please use author’s last name and the date of publication. For a single author, write (Jack, 2014) or Jack (2014) depending on your sentence. For example:


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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