Call for Submissions | Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal (APPRJ)

Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal (APPRJ) invites public relations scholars, professionals, and graduate students from the Asia Pacific region to submit public relations and communication research, theory, professional practice, comment, case studies and book reviews.

Please note the journal is peer-reviewed. Contributions submitted to the ‘Articles’ section will go through a peer-review process and will be reviewed by academics working in the public relations and communication disciplines. Other submissions (book reviews and commentaries) will be reviewed by the APPRJ editor prior to publication.

Author Guidelines

  • Papers must be submitted in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, two copies of papers must be submitted (one blind and one with personal details)
  • The blind copy must follow the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review
  • The referencing style must follow the APA documentation style
  • The language used must be non-sexist
  • Maximum word limit is 5000 words

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, which is found in About the Journal
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed

Copyright Notice

The author assigns The Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal a nonexclusive license to the publication rights in their articles. The author may use their articles elsewhere after publication without prior permission from the publisher provided that acknowledgment is given that (THE JOURNAL) was the original source of publication.

The author warrants that the work is their original work and does not infringe any copyright or other rights held by any other party and is not being considered by another journal for publication. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain clearances for the use of any copyright material prior to submission of a paper.

Ensuring a Blind Review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with “Author” and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors’ name, article title, etc.
  2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file

For Microsoft 2003 and previous versions, and Macintosh versions of Word:

  • Under the File menu select: Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save

For MacIntosh Word 2008 (and future versions)

  • Under the File menu select “Properties”
  • Under the Summary tab remove all of the identifying information from all of the fields
  • Save the File

For Microsoft 2007 (Windows):

  • Click on the office button in the upper-left hand corner of the office application
  • Select “Prepare” from the menu options
  • Select “Properties” for the “Prepare” menu options
  • Delete all of the information in the document property fields that appear under the main menu options
  • Save the document and close the document property field section

For Microsoft 2010 (Windows):

  • Under the File menu select “Prepare for sharing”
  • Click on the “Check for issues” icon
  • Click on “inspect document” icon
  • Uncheck all of the checkboxes except “Document Properties and Personal information”
  • Run the document inspector, which will then do a search of the document properties and indicated if any document property fields contain any information
  • If the document inspector finds that some of the document properties contain information it will notify you and give you the option to “Remove all,” which you will click to remove the document properties and personal information from the document

For PDF files:

  • With PDFs, the authors’ names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat’s main menu

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