Submission of Manuscript

All papers must be submitted via AJAD's online submission system. If the submission is successful, there will be an automatic reply from AJAD sent to the email address of the corresponding author. After an initial evaluation, papers of high interest will be sent out for external peer review. While AJAD aims to notify authors of acceptance, rejection, or need for revision within four months of submission, the high volume of submissions and demands on referees may not always permit attaining this target evaluation and peer review timeline. Nevertheless, AJAD aims to have manuscripts reviewed within six months.

Articles submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished, and not being considered for publication elsewhere. In cases of related previous publications, a cover letter is required in the submission, explicitly stating the bibliographic details of the paper, including the weblink. Articles that are identical to previously published or being considered for publication in other journals will not be considered in AJAD.

No publication fee requirement. AJAD does not require payment from authors to publish their papers in the journal. All submissions undergo the same rigorous process of evaluation and peer review.

Scope of Publication

AJAD publishes papers primarily covering Southeast, South, and East Asia only tackling the following scope of agriculture and development:

globalization social capital
agricultural investments trade reforms
technical efficiency impact evaluation
agricultural labor and markets multilateral arrangements
biodiversity conservation food value chain
technological adoption project analysis
credit and microfinance public policy reforms
environmental management political economy
sustainable development rural development
inclusive and sustainable agriculture urban-rural migration
geographical information systems climate change adaptation
natural resource management food security initiatives
consumer behavior and preferences community development
water resources management precision agriculture technologies
climate change mitigation and adaptation agricultural policies and governance
urban agriculture comparative and competitive advantages

AJAD Style Guide

Submission Format

Articles must be in English (American) with the content arranged as follows:

  • Title of the article (maximum of 15 words)
  • Author's complete name, affiliation, and address (omit social titles)
  • Abstract (maximum of 300 words)
  • Keywords and JEL classification (if applicable)
  • Main text
  • References (use the Chicago Manual of Style [CMOS 16th edition] author-date format)
  • Tables
  • Figures

The length of each article must not exceed 8,000 words. References are not included in the word count but should be limited to literature cited only to maximize discussion in the main text. Total pages for tables and figures (at maximum two tables and/or figures per page) should not exceed half the length of the main text. The manuscript must be submitted as an MS Word file, typed double-space on A4 paper setting.


The journal uses gender-neutral language, and American rather than British spelling. For words that have several acceptable spellings and/or formats, AJAD prefers format in the Webster's Third New International Dictionary (Unabridged).

Foreign words (i.e., not in English) must be italicized, including proper nouns, e.g., title of program, publication, or event.

Numbers from zero to nine should be spelled out except when followed by a unit of measure (e.g., three; 3 kg); Arabic numerals should be used for all other numbers (e.g., 14). Dates should be written as follows: 14 April 2012.

Tables, Figures, Measurements

Each table and figure (accompanied by the original tabulated data) must be on a separate sheet of paper, numbered in order, and placed at the end of the article. To facilitate layout and typesetting, the editable files of the tables and figures will be required when a paper is accepted for publication.

Text for tables should not be smaller than 9 points. Scanned or digital photos should be of high resolution (minimum of 300 dpi).

All measurements should be expressed using International System of Units (SI). National units (e.g., cavan, rai, chupa) should be avoided; in cases where these can't be avoided, the equivalent values in SI units must be shown.

Similarly, the US Dollar equivalent should be given when other monetary units are used.

Bibliographic Citation

AJAD generally adopts the author-date format of the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) 16th Edition in formatting reference entries and in-text citations (with minor styling modifications).

  • Basic structure of a reference list (CMOS 15.6)

    In a reference list entry, the year of publication is the second element, following the author's name. The elements are separated by periods, and the first-listed author's name, according to which the entry is alphabetized in the reference list, is usually inverted (last name first). Titles are capitalized headline style unless they are in a foreign language; titles of larger works such as books and journals are italicized; and titles of smaller works such as journal articles are presented in roman and enclosed in quotation marks. Noun forms such as editor, translator, volume, and edition are abbreviated, but verb forms such as edited by and translated by are spelled out.

    Example (with AJAD style modifications):

    Albiston, C.R. 2005. "Bargaining in the Shadow of Social Institutions: Competing Discourses and Social Change in the Workplace Mobilization of Civil Rights." Law and Society Review 39 (1): 11-47.

  • Basic structure of an in-text citation (CMOS 15.7)

    AJAD uses the author-date system for in-text citation. In the author-date system, a citation in the text usually appears in parentheses and includes only the first two elements in a reference list—the author and the year of publication (hence the name of the system), with no intervening punctuation. In addition, a page number or other locator may be added, following a comma. Terms such as editor or translator, abbreviated in a reference list, are not included in a text citation.


    As legal observers point out, much dispute resolution transpires outside the courtroom but in the "shadow of law" (Mnookin and Kornhauser 1979)….Here we empirically demonstrate that workers' and regulatory agents' understanding of discrimination and legality emerge not only in the shadow of the law but also, as Albiston (2005) suggests, in the "shadow of organizations."

In addition, references in a language other than English may be listed as is, and indicated in what language in parenthesis at the end of the reference entry in a list. A translation of the entry may be included in parenthesis at the end of the entry.