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The Journal of Public Affairs and Development

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The Journal of Public Affairs and Development (JPAD) is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal that is published annually by the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). With emphasis on transdisciplinary approach in development studies, the Journal caters to readers from a wide range of disciplines, including scientists, practitioners, administrators, policymakers, researchers, and students in social sciences and natural sciences.


The Journal seeks to provide a venue to discuss topics related to development studies and governance, particularly on agrarian and urban development, agricultural and extension education, community development, development management and governance, education management, and strategic planning and public policy.

The JPAD accepts submission of papers that advance understanding on the process and contributions of social sciences in agriculture, forestry and natural resources, economic development, and community development and provide analysis on relationship among various development, policy, and governance issues. Preference is given to papers from research and model applications at the community and institutional levels that blend scientific disciplines and integrate social and technical knowledge.


The College of Public Affairs and Development, as publisher, acknowledges authors’ copyright in articles to be published in the JPAD. However, the College holds the copyright for each issue of the JPAD to protect authors against unauthorized use of its contents and to ensure proper policing of use.


The Journal does not charge submission, processing, or publication fee. The authors (main and co-authors) of published articles will receive a print copy of the JPAD issue containing their article. The authors may also request for an electronic copy of their full article to be used as reference material only and not as an open resource posted online. The request should be addressed to the Managing Editor.

Meanwhile, a print copy of the Journal, which costs PhP250, can be purchased at the University Bookstore located at UPLB Foundation, Inc., A. Aglibut Ave., UPLB Campus, College, 4031 Laguna, Philippines.

To reserve a copy, kindly fill out the JPAD Purchase Request Form and send it to the Knowledge Management Office’s email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Editorial Board




Dean and Associate Professor, College of Public Affairs and Development
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines


Director, Office of Research Coordination
University of the East, Philippines

University Professor Emeritus
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Professor, College of Education
University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines

Professor Emeritus, College of Public Affairs and Development
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration
Co-Director, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA

Professor and Director, Public Policy Graduate Program
School of Public Policy, Oregon State University, USA

Notes for Contributors


The Journal publishes research articles, research notes, and policy papers. Special issues dealing with a specific theme or based on selected conference presentations can also be published at the discretion of the editor-in-chief.

Research articles provide complete description of an original study and offer advances to the current knowledge on development studies and governance. JPAD requires 6,000 – 10,000 words for this type of article and a specific format comprised of:

  1. Title of Article
  2. Name and Affiliation of Author(s)
  3. Abstract and Keywords
  4. Introduction
  5. Methodology
  6. Results and Discussion
  7. Conclusion and Recommendations
  8. Acknowledgement
  9. Literature Cited
  10. Appendices/Endnotes

Meanwhile, research notes highlight commentaries on the application of specific methodology/model, methodological innovations, theoretical insights from the analysis of data, or preliminary empirical findings that merit immediate publication. Research notes are concise, focused articles containing 3,000 – 5,000 words and may not follow the usual format of a research article but it must contain the title, author’s or authors’ information, and abstract and keywords.

Lastly, JPAD welcomes papers that analyze policy issues related to development and governance. Policy papers published in this Journal should be based on a policy-oriented research carried out by academics and professionals of relevant fields. For the JPAD, policy papers are limited to 5,000 – 10,000 words and are written following the format below:

  1. Title of the Article
  2. Name and Affiliation of Author(s)
  3. Abstract and Keywords
  4. Background of the Problem/Policy Issues
  5. Objectives of the Paper
  6. Analysis of Policy Process and Outcomes
  7. Policy Recommendations
  8. Acknowledgement
  9. Literature Cited
  10. Appendices/Endnotes

Title of the Article

  • Limit the title to 15 words.
  • It should be clear, descriptive, and with no abbreviations.

Name and Affiliation of Author(s)

  • Indicate authors’ name and contact information such as designation, name and address of institutional affiliation, email address, and phone number.
  • If there are multiple authors, indicate who the corresponding author is.

Abstract and Keywords

  • The abstract should be 250 words or less.
  • There should be 3-6 keywords arranged alphabetically.

Spacing and Font

  • Use 1.5 space and 12 point, Times New Roman font type.


  • Include tables in the main article. However, those that use more than one page should be placed in the Appendices. Large tables should be avoided.
  • Layout tables in vertical (portrait) position.
  • Number tables in Arabic numerals (e.g., 1, 2, and so on).
  • Indicate references to all tables in the main article.


  • Include figures in the main article.
  • Provide sufficient details of legends used in the figures.
  • Provide figures with high quality resolution.
  • If possible, avoid colored figures and graphs.

Explanatory Notes

  • Use Arabic numerals typed in superscript in the main text.
  • Use explanatory notes sparingly.


  • Use the APA style 6th edition in text citation and references.


Editorial Process


All articles are initially screened and those that passed the prescreening will undergo the peer review process. The JPAD has specified criteria for both prescreening and peer review.

  1. Prescreening

    The editor-in-chief (EIC) prescreens all article submissions. He/she may decide whether to subject the article to peer review, reject it in its current form, or suggest revision based on the following screening criteria:

    • The article conforms to the stated scope and aims of the Journal.
    • The article follows the required format as indicated in the Notes for Contributors.
    • The abstract provides brief discussion of the problem, general objective, methodology, highlights of the results/analysis of policy alternatives, conclusions, and recommendations.
    • The Introduction presents the problem, objectives of the paper, and related literature or policies.
    • The results and discussion are presented according to the objectives of the paper.
    • The article’s linguistic quality is acceptable.
    • The article should be original and innovative.

    The article which passed the prescreening will undergo a double-blind review by three reviewers (two external referees and one member of the Editorial Board). Reviewers are recognized and well-published experts in their fields of specialization.


  2. Peer Review

    Reviewers will evaluate the paper will be based on the following criteria/guide questions:

    Research Articles

    • Is the article relevant to the field of development studies and governance?
    • Is the abstract clear, well-written, and understandable?
    • Are the research design, analysis, and use of data appropriate?
    • Are the conclusions clear and supported by the findings of the study?
    • Does the article provide recommendations with policy implications?

    Research Notes

    • Is the article relevant to the field of development studies and governance?
    • Is the abstract clear, well-written, and understandable?
    • Are the research design, data, and analyses robust and credible?
    • Are the proposed extension/revision to the methodology/model justified?
    • Does the article clearly articulate the theoretical insights provided?
    • Are the preliminary findings salient to the advanced understanding of development studies and governance?

    Note: Depending on the focus of the article, some of the questions above may not be applicable.

    Policy Papers

    • Is the policy being analyzed relevant to the Journal?
    • Does the article provide adequate description of the policy issue?
    • Does it provide a clear purpose of the policy analysis?
    • Does it present and analyze the policy process and outcomes?
    • Does it provide persuasive and comprehensive argument for selecting the preferred policy alternative?
    • Does it provide practical and logical steps to implement the recommended policy?

    Reviewers may suggest the following:

    • Accept article as is;
    • Accept article with minor revision;
    • Article needs major revision; or
    • Reject article for publication in the JPAD.

    For accepted papers with minor revision, the EIC will review the revised paper to determine if it has addressed the comments of the reviewers. However, those with major revision, revised papers will be forwarded to the reviewers who requested to see the revisions made. Otherwise, the EIC will evaluate the revisions made.

    For inclusion in the JPAD, the article must get the approval of at least two of the three reviewers.


  3. Language Editing

    All articles accepted for publication in the JPAD will undergo language editing and proofreading. Additional information may be asked from the authors to maintain the Journal’s quality standards.

    • The article falls within the aims and scope of the Journal.
    • The article is original and has not been published or being considered in other publications, print or online.
    • It follows the specific formatting requirements indicated in the Instructions for Manuscript Submissions.
    • All literature mentioned in the text are listed in the Literature Cited and vice versa.
    • The article is clear, well organized, and written in American English.
    • The article has been spell checked and grammar checked.
    • Criteria for prescreening and peer review have been reviewed and considered in the article.
    • The authors have agreed to or observed the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement of the Journal.
    • The cover letter, which indicate what type of article is the manuscript and its relevance to the JPAD, will be sent to the email address of the Knowledge Management Office of CPAf, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement


All parties involved in the publication of the Journal of Public Affairs and Development (JPAD) should adhere to the ethical standards of the JPAD. Below are the duties of the publisher, editors, reviewers, and authors.


  • The publisher accepts articles that have never been published in identical or substantially similar form, under simultaneous consideration by another publication; nor will be submitted to other publications.
  • The publisher promotes original papers based on rigorous data collection/comprehensive policy reviews, appropriate data analysis, and sound conclusion and recommendations.
  • All submissions including those submitted by the editorial board and previous editors-in-chief (EICs) will undergo peer review. EIC and associate editor are discouraged to submit a paper to the journal issue they are handling.
  • The Journal employs double blind peer review after the article passes the initial screening, which is conducted by the EIC and associate editor. It is committed to ensure the anonymity of the reviewers.
  • If accepted in the peer review stage, the article goes through language editing and copy editing. Laid out manuscript is subjected to series of proofreading before its printing.
  • The publisher encourages authors to declare in the article the source(s) of funding of their study.
  • The publisher does not discriminate authors based on their age, gender, religious belief, ethnicity, nationality, and academic or political orientation.
  • The publisher condemns any form of publication misconduct. Forms of misconduct include, but are not limited to, errors/inaccurate information, undisclosed conflict of interest, and plagiarism. The publisher is also not accountable to any copyright infringement committed by the authors in their articles. Investigation and pertinent actions will be undertaken to address these concerns.
  • The publisher is committed to conduct periodic review and revise, if necessary, its editorial policies.


  • The editor-in-chief (EIC) and associate editor are responsible for the initial screening of the articles submitted to the Journal. Their decisions should be based on the relevance of the article to the JPAD and conformity to the Journal’s style.
  • The EIC shall identify reviewers who have the needed expertise to provide critical assessment of the paper and have good publication/citation history.
  • The EIC takes full responsibility for the acceptance or rejection of the articles. His/Her decision should be based on the reviewers’ recommendations and the articles’ conformity to the ethical guidelines of the Journal. He/She may confer with the reviewers or the editorial board in making the decision.
  • The EIC and associate editor are discouraged to divulge any information to anyone other than the author, reviewers, and editorial board.
  • The editors are expected to respect and maintain the anonymity of the reviewers and authors during the peer review process.
  • The editors shall ensure fast and fair peer review and editorial processes.
  • The editors are forbidden to use the information/data in unpublished articles for their personal benefit, unless they have acquired written consent of the author.


  • Invited reviewers agreed to evaluate the paper because they have the required expertise to provide critical assessment and can help the journal editors make editorial decisions.
  • Reviewers understand that the Journal requests for prompt review of the article.
  • Invited reviewers who would like to decline the request should notify the EIC so that other potential reviewers will be considered. They may refrain from reviewing papers because they have conflict of interest, they cannot submit their evaluation on time, or the topic of the article is not their expertise.
  • Reviews shall be objective, expressed clearly, and supported by appropriate arguments.
  • Confidentiality of the papers being reviewed should be maintained. All information obtained through the peer review shall not be used for personal benefit, nor be shown to or discussed with others without the permission of the editor.
  • Reviewers shall inform the editors if there are any uncited literature or any forms of plagiarism.


  • Authors commit that the paper submitted to the JPAD, in identical or similar form, has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • The article adheres to the standards and guidelines of the Journal.
  • Authorship shall be limited to those who had sufficiently contributed to the write up of the article. Other individuals who provided valuable support in a particular stage of the research shall be named in the Acknowledgement section. Likewise, institutions and organizations that contributed to the success of the study should be duly acknowledged.
  • All co-authors agree to the content of the paper, to its submission to the JPAD, and with the policies of the Journal.
  • Authors signify that the articles contain no element of data fabrication, data falsification, plagiarism, and copyright infringement.
  • Authors shall disclose all sources of financial support and other potential reasons of conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of the study. Likewise, they shall inform the editors of any expert with potential conflict of interest, who may be considered as reviewers of the paper. However, the editors have the prerogative to invite or not the said experts.
  • Authors are required to address the comments and suggestions of the reviewers and editors for the improvement of the paper.
  • Authors are expected to notify promptly the editors of any fundamental errors in their published paper and cooperate with them to perform the appropriate actions.
  • All relevant literature are cited/quoted accurately including the works/words of others that significantly influence the nature of the study and, when relevant, authors’ published works on the same topic.
  • Obtaining permission to use quotations, illustrations, or portions of copyrighted works is the responsibility of the authors. They are also expected to acknowledge them in the article.
  • Authors have the copyright in the articles they published in the JPAD. However, the College holds the copyright for each issue of the JPAD to protect authors against unauthorized use of its contents and to ensure proper policing of use.

Dealing with Publication Misconduct

  • Should there be a publication misconduct, the complainant should write to the EIC and specify the details and evidence to support the allegations (e.g., intellectual piracy, inaccurate data).
  • The concerned author(s) or reviewer(s) will be given a copy of the complaint for his/her/their response.
  • EIC will promptly lead the investigation of the alleged misconduct of author(s) or reviewer(s).
  • Decisions vary considerably depending on the range of misconducts and will be made only with sufficient evidence.
  • The chair of the editorial board shall consult with the other members in making the decision.
  • For minor issues (e.g., inaccurate data, misleading text, wrong explanations), authors will be requested to provide the correct information immediately. The EIC will publish promptly an erratum if the paper has already been published. Otherwise, publication of his/her paper will be postponed until the author resolves the problem.
  • In the case of serious breaches of publication ethics (i.e., intellectual piracy, malicious manipulation of data), the EIC may resort to retraction of the paper if it is already been published or reject the article if it is not yet published.
  • If the alleged misconduct against the reviewer is justified with evidence, s/he will no longer be considered as future reviewer of any article.
  • If the publisher made editorial mistakes, the EIC will promptly publish an erratum in the next immediate issue.


Contact Us

For inquiries, please contact:

Knowledge Management Office

College of Public Affairs and Development
University of the Philippines Los Baños
College, 4031 Laguna, Philippines
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