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For Abstract Submission Only



An abstract should be between 300 and 500 words and it must contain

·         Statement of problems or research question

·         Very brief statement of methodology and sample period, if any

·         A short statement of findings and conclusion



For Full Paper Submission Only


As a guide, papers must be between 3,000 and 3,500 words in length and must be contained within 20 pages including tables and references. A title of not more than fifteen words should be provided. All papers must include


·         an Abstract

·         introduction,

·         Literature review,

·         Methodology,

·         Findings/discussion,

·         conclusion/implications and

·         references.


Please use the checklist provided below to ensure that your paper meets the requirements prior to submission. In case of noncompliance to these guidelines, your paper may not be considered .

Please send us your paper in word format, not PDF files.


Papers must be written in A4 paper size. (21cm x 29.7 cm) and the automatic margins that have been set for this paper size must be strictly adhered to for  all text, headings, tables and figures.

Title of the paper is no more than 15 words, centred and in 16pt font.

Author(s) name(s) appear below paper title in 14pt font and centred

Leave two empty lines before and after the name(s) of the author(s)

All text  in  Arial provided

Section/sub-titles are in numbered sequentially, in bold and 14pt font

Leave one empty line before and after each section/sub-title

Line spacing throughout paper is single-spaced (no double spacing please)

Abstract is in italics and justified both with 2.5 inch margin on both sides

Field of Research is indicated after Abstract. Leave two empty lines after Field.

All text is in 12pt font except sub-titles

Author(s) affiliation, address and email is provided at the bottom of the first page in 10pt font

Figures, tables and charts are included within the body of  the paper

Figures, text or tables are not coloured or shaded

Tables or figures do not break across two pages

All text is justified

Double space between two paragraphs are provided

No table provided in introduction, within conclusion and just after conclusion

All tables are provided within the margin and titles of the tables are centred

No space left at the beginning of the sentence of the new paragraph

Heading of the table or figure is provided on the top of the table or figure

End-notes are included – if applicable (Please do not use footnotes) before reference section

Paper has been checked for grammar and spelling

References provided at the end in alphabetical order and 1cm hanging indent. Please delete all brackets before and after year of publication

No headers to be included in the paper

Page numbers to be included in a footer on the bottom right hand corner of the page in Times New Roman size 12.

 References should be complete and in Harvard style.  

They should contain full bibliographical details and journal titles should not be abbreviated. For multiple citations in the same year use a, b, c immediately following the year of publication. References should be shown within the text by giving the author's last name followed by a comma and year of publication all in round brackets, e.g. (Fox, 1994). At the end of the article should be a reference list in alphabetical order as follows :

(a)       For article:

Bhatt, V.V. 1993.  “Development  banks as catalysts for  industrial development’, International  Journal of Development Banking”, vol. 11,  no. 1,  pp. 47-61. 

(b)       For books

Gerschenkron A.1966, Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of

Essays,  Belknap,  Massachusetts.

(c)       For chapter in edited book

surname, initials and year, "title", editor's surname, initials, title, publisher, place, pages, e.g.

Bessley, M. and Wilson, P. 1984, "Public policy and small firms in Britain", in Levicki, C. (Ed.), Small Business Theory and Policy, Croom Helm, London, pp.111-26. Please note that the chapter title must be underlined.

            Update: 12-05-2014