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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Authors

  1. Originality
    The manuscripts must be original work that is not under submission to another journal or under consideration for publication in another form such chapter of a book. Authors of submitted manuscripts are obligated not to submit their manuscript for publication elsewhere until an editorial decision is rendered. All papers will be double-blind peer reviewed.
  2. Type of manuscripts
    Original article~ a standard research in accounting and finance papers of 8,500-10,000 words, including tables and figures, illustrations, and references, in which hypotheses are tested and results reported.
    Conceptual article~ an in-depth discussion papers up to 10,000 words, syntheses issues or topics in accounting and finance. It may discuss best practices and provide guidance for implementation. It may conclude with research note for the future research.
    Review article ~ a review papers up to 10,000 words provide an extensive overview of recent developments in specific areas of research in accounting and finance. It is expected to have an extensive and in-depth analysis of current research trend, identify challenges and highlight a remark on the future research. It may include the methods used, explaining how the selected literature being reviewed.
  3. Typesetting
    The manuscripts must be in English and should be written using Microsoft OfficeTM Word, with Times New Roman font type, size 10.5, with single spacing. AJAP Template is attached. The preferred length of the manuscript is between 8,500 and 10,000 words inclusive of text, tables, figures, references, and appendices.
  4. Front page
    The manuscripts must have a title page that contains the title, name of author/s and affiliation/s, contact address, e-mail and date of last revision. The title of the manuscript should be in bold and centred. For multiple authors, please indicate the corresponding author. Author designation and acknowledgements may be written in a footnote on the title page. This footnote should not be part of the consecutive numbering of footnotes of the manuscript.
  5. Abstract
    The abstract should highlight (1) the purpose of research; (2) the methodology/approach/design used in the research; (3) the research findings; (4) the theoretical contribution and practical implication; (5) the research limitation and future research. The abstract should be followed by not more than six keywords and not more than five or less JEL Classification.
  6. Headings
    The section heading should be in bold, left justified and numbered sequentially in Arabic numerals. First level subheading (e.g. 2.1.) should be in bold, and the second level subheading (e.g. 2.1.1.) should be in italics and bold. All pages should be numbered consecutively.
  7. Tables/figure
    The tables and figures should be numbered separately and sequentially using Arabic numerals. Each table and figure should be given an informative title. The table should be in the format that can be edited. Figures should be clear.
  8. Referencing
    The journal adopts the APA referencing system. All references should be identified in the text by placing cited author’s last name followed by a bracket, e.g. Siddiquee (2006) or Gambling and Karim (1991). All references should be listed at the end of the manuscript, arranged alphabetically by the family name or the main name of the first author. See the following for examples:

Siddiquee, N.A. (2006). Public management reform in Malaysia: Recent initiatives and experiences. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 19(4), 339-358.

Gambling, T. E., & Karim, R. A. (1991). Business and Accounting Ethics in Islam. Mansell: London.


Statement of Publication Ethics
This statement clarifies the ethical behaviour of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in AJAP.

Ethical Guideline for Journal Publication Ethics

  1. The Faculty of Business & Accountancy, University of Malaya as publisher of AJAP takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognise our ethical and other responsibilities.
  2. It is important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society.
  3. The editor of AJAP journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
  4. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
  5. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
    An editor at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Duties of Authors

  1. Authors should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance.
  2. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work.
  3. Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works.
  4. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.
  5. If the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given.
  6. Authors should not publish manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
  7. Authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript.
  8. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
  9. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.