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.
Aims and scope
AJAP is a platform for researchers to discuss and put forward issues in Asian countries, exchange ideas and share experiences related to their areas of expertise and interest covers all topics of accounting and finance.
Submit to the journal
Submission can be made through the Open Journal System, using online submission and review. Manual submission via email also accepted. All submissions must be using the journal template that can be downloaded here or can be requested from our Assistant Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. No submission/process/publication fee for this journal. However, accepted papers for publication in AJAP (if necessary) are to be sent for language editing/proofreading and at the expense of the Authors.
The manuscript must be original work that is not under submission to another journal or under consideration for publication in another form such as a chapter of a book. Authors of submitted manuscripts are obligated not to submit their manuscript for publication elsewhere until an editorial decision is rendered. AJAP is published in an Open Access platform. All articles are free for readers to read, download, copy, print, search or link to the full text. Hence, can be only used for lawful purposes with a proper citation to AJAP. Authors or readers are restricted to republish any full-text articles that have been published in AJAP elsewhere, printed or online, including organisation repository or personal website without an approval from AJAP. The Copyrights for articles published in AJAP remain with the Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya as the Publisher.
All submissions must adhere to the following guideline:
Article files should be prepared using Microsoft Word format. Table and figure should be included in the body of the text. All submissions must be using the journal template and must follow the AJAP format, template, reference and typesetting before desk-review. Submissions that do not follow this requirement shall not be processed. Authors will be requested to do a re-submission, otherwise, the paper will be rejected.
The text should be written using English (United Kingdom) (e.g. behaviour, not behavior; companies not firms; an organisation, not an organization; generalise not generalize; e.g. or i.e. not e.g., or i.e.,). Authors should not use personal pronouns within the text e.g. "I want to investigate…", but use "this paper aims to…”. The Book Antiqua font type with single spacing.
Font and font sizes
The Book Antiqua font type with single spacing
All heading, sub-heading, and text with 9.5pt
Table/Figure title, content, legend, and notes with 8pt
Journal template is available here
Article title should not more than 15 words.
All contributing authors’ names should be placed and arranged accordingly. Please provide the following:
Name and designations;
Affiliation, with a full address with the postal number;
Each of the authors’ email address, most prefer the university or organisation email.
e.g. Dalilawati Zainal, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accounting, Faculty of Business & Accountancy, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Email: email@example.com
Authors who wish to include these items may please provide, one (enter) below the affiliation section. Acknowledgement is ranging to the financial provider or contributing persons who not gain authorship, but authors keen those persons to be mentioned.
Authors should provide not more than 300 words. The abstract should be sectioned as the following:
Research aim: Brief and concise research objectives of the paper.
Design/ Methodology/ Approach: Highlights the research design, methods or approach used for the paper.
Research finding: Synthesis and conclude the research findings.
Theoretical contribution/ Originality: Highlights the theoretical contribution of the study and the originality of ideas of the paper.
Practitioner/ Policy implication: Highlights the implications of the paper to the practitioner and policymaker derive from the paper.
Research limitation: Highlights the limitation in the paper that may become a leading idea for future research.
Keywords: Authors to provide not more than six keywords that relevant and appropriate. The keywords should be widely used and accepted in the literature, not personally made by the authors. Provided keywords are subject to approval by the editorial team and may be replaced. Capitalize Each Word
JEL Classification: Author to provide not more than four relevant and most suitable codes from the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL). It must not more than four, please refer at [https://www.aeaweb.org/econlit/jelCodes.php?view=jel]
Type of Manuscript: Authors must categorize their manuscript into the following category that most closely describes the manuscript before submission being made.
Research paper. This category covers standard research in accounting and finance papers that may involve the construction or testing of a model or framework, action research, testing of data, market research or surveys, empirical, scientific or clinical research. The report may include tables and figures, illustrations, and references, in which hypotheses are tested and results reported. With 7,000 to 10,000 words including tables, figures and references.
Literature review. It is expected that all types of paper cite any relevant literature in specific areas of research in accounting and finance, so this category should only be used if the main purpose of the paper is to annotate and/or critique the literature in a particular subject area. It may be a selective bibliography providing advice on information sources or it may be comprehensive in that the paper's aim is to cover the main contributors to the development of a topic and explore their different views. With 7,000 to 10,000 words including tables, figures and references.
Case study. Case studies in specific areas of research in accounting and finance that describe actual interventions or experiences within organizations. They may well be subjective. A description of a legal case or a hypothetical case study used as a teaching exercise would also fit into this category. With 5,000 to 10,000 words including tables, figures and references.
Conceptual paper. These papers will not be based on research but will develop hypotheses. The papers are likely to be discursive and will cover philosophical discussions and comparative studies of others' work and thinking. With 5,000 to 10,000 words including tables, figures and references.
Book review. A book review is a scholarly review aims to critically analyse a book for its quality, meaning, and significance based on its content, style, and merit. The book review may include a thorough analysis of the book subject, strengths and weaknesses and context. With 3,000 to 5,000 words including tables, figures and references.
The section heading should be in bold, left justified and numbered sequentially in Arabic numerals. The first level subheading should be in bold, and the second level subheading should be in italics and bold. All pages should be numbered consecutively. For example:
3. Research Methodology
3.1. Data and Sample
3.1.1. Measurements of Variables
188.8.131.52. Measurement of Independent Variable
The tables and figures should be numbered separately and sequentially using Arabic numerals and start with 1 and through the paper (without sub-section) e.g. Table 1., Table 2… Table 11. Each table and figure should be given an informative title. The table should be in the format that can be edited. Tables and figures should be included in the text. Tables should be submitted as data, not as an image.
The figures should be numbered sequentially using Arabic numerals and start with 1 and through the paper (without sub-section) e.g. Figure 1., Figure 2… Figure 11. Each figure should be given an informative title. The figure may in the format that can be edited. Figures should be included in the text and submitted as data or as an image. Figure and Figure Title should be centralised. A retrieved figure should be appropriately cited, and the author is responsible for the Copyright in adopting or adapting the figure.
Signs, numbers, formulas and equations
In the text, signs such as ‘%’ and ‘&’ should spell out in full, i.e., ‘per cent’ and ‘and’. Indifferent, a number in the text should be presented in the mathematical form e.g. ‘300’ and ‘9’ not ‘three hundred’ and ‘nine’. Decimals number should be used not in a fraction. Only take 3 numbers after the decimal point and decimals number e.g. 0.983. All equation and formula should be written using Microsoft Word Equation function or manually written, not in the format of an image.
Citation in the text
The journal adopts the APA referencing system. All references should be identified in the text by placing the cited author’s last name.
Cited ALL author’s last name for the first citation and the following only cite the first author followed by et al.
e.g. Mohd Sabrun, Muhamad, Yusoff and Darus (2018) emphasised that earnings management... (First-time citation)
Mohd Sabrun et al. (2018) also suggest that... (Second-time and next citation)
Citation in text by mention the author's name followed by the text:
According to Zainal (2017), Musallam and Muniandy (2017), Norziaton, Devi, and Meng (2017)...
Citation in text by mention the author's name after the text (in bracket):
Researchers (e.g. Zainal, 2017; Musallam & Muniandy, 2017; Norziaton, Devi, & Meng, 2017) have found that...
The reference list should be sort from A to Z, the indentation should be Hanging with .70. Following are rules in the Reference:
Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work. Location, Country: Publisher. DOI URL without automatic link (if any).
e.g. Neftci, S. N. (2009). Principles of financial engineering (2nd ed.). London, England: Academic.
For edited book
Author, A. A. (Eds.). (Year of publication). Title of work. Location, Country: Publisher. DOI URL without automatic link (if any).
e.g. Muhamad, R., & Salleh, N. A. M. (Eds.). (2019). Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility in Malaysia. London, England: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429057182
For book chapter
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher. DOI URL without automatic link (if any).
e.g. Rogoff, B., & Mistry, J. (1985). Memory development in cultural context. In M. Pressley & C.J. Brainerd (Eds.), Cognitive learning and memory in children (pp. 117-142). New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
For journal article
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of the article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), pages. DOI URL without automatic link (if any).
e.g. Sofian, F. N. R. M., & Muhamad, R. (2020). Modified integrated Islamic CSRD index and financial performance of Malaysian Islamic banks. Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, 31, 418-424. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JIABR-10-2018-0158
Notes: Some article in a journal only paginated by volume. Journal title with an ampersand ‘&’ should be spelt out as ‘and’ e.g. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability should be Accounting, Auditing and Accountability.
For government document
Name of Department or Agency. (Year). Title of document (Document Reference Number). Location: Publisher. DOI URL without automatic link (if any).
e.g. National Institute of Mental Health. (1990). Clinical training in serious mental illness (DHHSPublication No. ADM 90-1679). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
For private organisation report
Name of organisation. (Year). Title of report. Location: Publisher.
e.g. American Psychiatric Association (2000). Practice guidelines for the treatment of patients with eating disorders (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of paper, volume number, pages. DOI URL without automatic link (if any).
e.g. Herculano-Houzel, S., Collins, C. E., & Lent, R. (2008). The basic nonuniformity of the cerebral cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105, 245-249. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas. 0805417105.
Note: Give the URL of the home page when the online version of the article is available to avoid nonworking URLs.
For unpublished conference paper
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year, Month). Title of paper. Paper presented Conference Name, Location. DOI URL without automatic link (if any).
e.g. Nadaraja Kannan. (2006, Nov). The economic depression of the 1930s: Its impact on race relations in the Federated Malay State. Paper presented at the International Association of Historians of Asia Conference, Manila, Philippines.
For online newspaper article
Author, A. A. (Year, Month Date). Title of the article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from URL
e.g. Brody, J. E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain agile. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com