For Authors

Please read these instructions carefully so that you can make it easier for us for review and process your submission in time. The editor-in-chief reserves the right to reject any submissions that may be found to be non-compliant with the requirements outlined by AJoGPL. Authors should ensure that they upload the correct files at the time of submission.  For more information on our aim and scope refer to the ABOUT section on our website.

Please note that all submissions should be made electronically via our online manuscript submission system. Upon receipt, the author will automatically receive an email acknowledging the receipt of their submission. Contact us via email if you don’t receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours.

How to prepare your manuscript

The TITLE (Arial narrow, 12pts, centre, bold, upper case)

Biographical details:

Author Name and Surname (Arial Narrow, 12 pts, Align left, Italic):
Author Affiliation (name of university/institution):
City & Country:
Email address:

Formatting for AJoGPL

 Articles should not exceed 20 pages in length.

  • All body text throughout your article (Abstract, introduction, body, conclusion and bibliography) should be Arial Narrow, 12 pts, justify text, 1.5 spacing, justify text, (Tables and Figures): 10.

ABSTRACT (Heading style 1: Arial narrow, size 12, bold, all caps, centre)

  • Abstract:The abstract should be written in English (United Kingdom) and should not exceed 250 words.  The abstract should be written in the past tense and should cover six areas which on reading should address:
    • Background: Provide one or two sentences summarising the social, political, economic, institutional, governance, cultural, religious etc…  value (importance, relevance) and the knowledge gap in current literature that your study is going to addresses (i.e. scientific value).
    • Aim: State the overall aim of the study (what are you going to do to address the problem you have identified?).
    • Setting: State the setting for the study (i.e. public, private sector, global, continental, regional, national or subnational settings?).
    • Methods: Clearly state the basic design of the study, and name or briefly describe the methods used without going into excessive detail about the types of evidence used in your research.
    • Results: State the main interesting, surprising, noteworthy findings (i.e. previously unknown facts).
    • Conclusion/Implications: State clearly your most important conclusion and any key policy implications and recommendations.
    • Do not cite references and do not use abbreviations in the abstract.

Keywords: A list of at least five keywords for abstracting and indexing services.

Introduction (Arial Narrow, size 12, bold, all caps, centre)

In this section, you should describe the general perspective of your article. Toward the end of the introduction, you should specifically state your paper’s objectives.


In this section, the author (s) should provide conceptual clarity of the key variables as used in the article. This may cover any theoretical perspectives to be adopted in the article.

 REFERENCES IN TEXT (Basheka (2015) argues that…; “Direct quotation” (Basheka 2015:76)

 BODY: After the conceptual clarity, the article can address the RESEARCH QUESTIONS/PROBLEM (Where applicable), Literature review, METHODOLOGY, FINDINGS AND ANALYSIS (Arial Narrow, size 12, bold, all caps, centre)

(Body Text, Arial, 12 pts, justify text) In this section, you should discuss in details the methodology used in your research if an empirical study was undertaken.

 SUBHEADING UNDER MAIN HEADING (Arial Narrow, size 11, bold, sentence case)

 (Body Text, Arial Narrow, 11 pts, justify text)

  • Sub-heading 1.1 (Bold, 12pt, Arial Narrow, Aligned left, Sentence case)
  • Sub-heading 1.1.1 (Bold, Italic,12pt Arial Narrow, Aligned left, Sentence case)
  • Sub-heading (Italic, 12pt, Arial Narrow, Aligned left, Sentence case)
  • When listing, please use bullet form (no numbering).
  • Please do not format or use any special style in your article.
  • References in the text: Basheka (2017:12), (Nalubega and Uwizeyimana 2018:55), (Auriacombe et al. 2019:4).
  • First time three or more authors are used, type out all the authors, thereafter use first author’ surname et al (et al in italics).
  • All tables and figures should be numbered and given a heading (heading for tables is on top and heading for figures is at the bottom).
  • The source for tables and figures must be provided at the bottom.
  • Remember to give credit to the original authors from which the table or figure was adapted.
  • REFERENCES IN TEXT (Basheka (2015:55) argues that…; “Direct quotation” (Basheka 2020:76)

CONCLUSIONS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS: (Heading style 1: Arial Narrow, size 12, bold, all caps)

The conclusion should be clear and concise. It should provide a discussion on the overall coverage of the paper and include your concluding remarks (Body Text, Arial Narrow, 12 pts, justify text, no in-text references). Implications of the article for policy and leadership should standout.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: (Heading style 1, Arial Narrow, 12pts, justify text)

It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that all information in the article that is taken from another source is substantiated with an in-text reference citation.  Bibliographical particulars should follow the Harvard Referencing Style, be arranged alphabetically and not numbered.

Bibliographical particulars arranged alphabetically, no numbering and according to the simple Harvard method e.g.:

Book with one author:

Berg, B. 2019. Qualitative research methods for the social sciences. 7th Ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon

Book with two authors:

Guerrero, I. K., Andersen, P. A., & Afifi, W. A. 2019. Close Encounters Communication in Relationships (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications Ltd.

Book with more than three authors:

Marshall, C., Marshall, R., Marshall, R., & Rossman, G. B. 2019. Designing Qualitative Reasearch. (2nd ed.). India: Sage Publications Ltd.

Book no author:

The Australian Oxford dictionary (3rd ed.). 2020. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Book (Editor/s):

Marshall, C. (Ed.) 2018. Designing Qualitative Research. India: Sage Publications Ltd.

Chapter in an edited book:

Afifi, W. A., & Morse, C. R. 2009. Expanding the Role of Emotion in the Theory of Motivated Information Management. In T. D. Afifi (Ed.), Uncertainty, Information Management and Disclosure Decisions Theories and Application (2nd ed., pp. 151-170). New York: Routledge.

Journal article (printed):

Nalubega, T. & Uwizeyimana, D.E. 2019. Public sector monitoring and evaluation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implications for Africa. Africa’s Public Service Delivery and Performance Review (APSDPR), 7(1):1-12.

Official publication:

Public Service Commission. 2008. Report on the Audit of Reporting Requirements and Departmental Monitoring and Evaluation Systems within National and Provincial Government. Public Service Commission. Pretoria: Government Printers.

Internet reference:

Patton, M.Q. 1999. Utilization-Focused Evaluation in Africa, training lectures presented at the African Evaluation Association, 13–17 Sept. 1999. Nairobi. Kenya. Available at: (Accessed on 25 March 2020).


BBC NEWS. (2019) Factory gloom worst since 1980. Available at: (Accessed on 25 March 2020).

YouTube videos:

Rutaremara, T. 2018. ITEKINIKA/GUTEKINIKA [Translated by the author from a YouTube Video]. Available at: (Accessed: 28 October 2019).

Title of acts and official documents (in italics e.g.):

Public Service Act, 1994 (Act 103 of 1994) or Public Service Act 103 of 1994. Available at: on 25 March 2020).

Full reference: South Africa (Republic). 2000. Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act 32 of 2000). Pretoria: Government Printers.

Government reports:

Western Australia. Department of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office. (2013). Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Plan 2011–2015. Available at: (Accessed on 25 March 2020).

Unpublished Masters or PhD:

Chilunjika. A. 2018. The performance of automated toll revenue mobilisation systems in Zimbabwe (Unpublished PhD Thesis). University of Johannesburg.