Information for the contributors

Objective of SJPG

The SJPG aims to focus at advancing science and the art of policy and governance. It seeks to do so by fostering and sharing knowledge and experiences among academics, practitioners, and researchers and students of administrative sciences. This journal will address the common issues which its audience at different levels is facing the world over. Its central theme is the continuing need to improve both efficiency and effectiveness in a situation of scarce resources and rising public expectations, especially of service quality. The journal will cover theories, concepts, methods and practical experiences which have a bearing on how these issues can best be managed.

The reviewing process

Primarily, each paper is reviewed by the editor(s) and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, it is then sent to two referees for double blind peer review. Based on their recommendations, the editor then decides whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected.

Copyright

Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. For ease of dissemination and to ensure proper policing of use, papers and contributions become the legal copyright of the publisher unless otherwise agreed.

Manuscript requirements

  • Articles should be between 2000 to 4000 words in length.
  • The title should be in appropriate size.
  • A brief autobiographical note should be supplied including:
    • Full name
    • Affiliation
    • E-mail address
    • Full contact details
    • Brief professional biography.

NB This information should be provided on a separate sheet and authors should not be identified anywhere else in the article.

  • Abstract: Authors must supply an abstract of around 250 words in total.
  • Provide up to six keywords which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper.
  • Headings must be short, clear and reflective.
  • Notes or Endnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in brackets and listed at the end of the article.
  • All Figures (charts, diagrams and line drawings) and Plates (photographic images) should be submitted in both electronic form and as hard copy originals. They should be of clear quality, in black and white and numbered consecutively with arabic numerals.
  • Tables should be typed and included as part of the manuscript. They should not be submitted as graphic elements. Supply succinct and clear captions for all tables, figures and plates. Ensure that any superscripts or asterisks are shown next to the relevant items and have corresponding explanations displayed as footnotes to the table, figure or plate.
  • References to other publications must be in Harvard style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency.
    You should cite publications in the text: (Adams, 2006) using the first named author's name or (Adams and Brown, 2006) citing both names of two, or (Adams et al., 2006), when there are three or more authors. At the end of the paper a reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied:
    • For books: Surname, Initials (year), Title of Book, Place of publication, Publisher.
    • For book chapters: Surname, Initials (year), "Chapter title", Editor's Surname, Initials, Title of Book, Place of publication, Publisher, pages.
    • For journals: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of article", Journal Name, volume number, pages.
    • For published conference proceedings: Surname, Initials (year of publication), "Title of paper", in Surname, Initials (Ed.), Title of published proceeding which may include place and date(s) held, Place of publication, Publisher, Page numbers.
    • For unpublished conference proceedings: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of paper", paper presented at Name of Conference, date of conference, place of conference, available at: URL if freely available on the internet (accessed date).
    • For working papers: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of article", working paper [number if available], Institution or organization, Place of organization, date.
    • For encyclopedia entries (with no author or editor): Title of Encyclopedia (year) "Title of entry", volume, edition, Title of Encyclopedia, Place of publication, Publisher, pages.
    • For newspaper articles (authored): Surname, Initials (year), "Article title", Newspaper, date, pages.
    • For newspaper articles (non-authored): Newspaper (year), "Article title", date, pages.
    • For electronic sources: if available online the full URL should be supplied at the end of the reference, as well as a date that the resource was accessed.

Final submission of the article

Once accepted for publication, the editor may request the final version as an attached file to an e-mail or to be supplied on a CD-ROM labeled with author name(s); title of article; journal title; file name. Authors should note that proofs are not supplied prior to publication. The author must ensure that it is complete, grammatically correct and without spelling or typographical errors.