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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.

Author Guidelines

AMCA Journal of Community Development (AJCD) publishes both types of articles, articles of original research, and reviews on the latest progress made in a given area of research. We are seeking submissions for forthcoming issues. The manuscripts submitted to AJCD should neither be published previously nor be under consideration for publication in another journal.
AJCD follows a double-blind peer-review process, whereby authors do not know reviewers and vice versa. AJCD is willing to select and publish the article with the highest quality research globally. To achieve this goal, the entire peer-review process will be done objectively and fairly.

Technical guidelines for submission. The manuscript structure includes abstract and keyword, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusions, and references. The paper should be written in professional English. All manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word format employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points or the end of the text.

The manuscript is written using Times New Roman font, 12 points, double spaced; do not use the automated features of your application (endnotes, headers, footers, especially for references); type a double space at the end of each paragraph; avoid using bold characters to emphasize words or sentences within the text; and number consecutively all pages, including references.

The Manuscript should be more than 3000 words and no longer than 8,000 words for full-length articles (including appendices and references). Each manuscript must have an abstract (not exceeding 200 words) and 5 keywords. Manuscripts that do not adhere to this will not be considered for review. The citation and reference use APA style. The authors are encouraged to include hypermedia links within their articles and ensure these are ready to use.

Tables and figures. Size a table or a figure to fit in a single column or across two columns. Avoid large tables (i.e. those that fit more than a single page), unless necessary. Every table and figure should be cited in the text in numerical order (i.e. Table 2 cannot be cited before Table 1). Place table footnotes below the table, indicating them with superscripted lowercase letters or asterisks (for significance values and other statistical data).

Every table should have a caption that is concise but clear enough to explain its main components independently from the text. If the table contains previously published material, cite the source at the end of the caption.

Images should be of sufficiently high resolution to be easily viewed when printed (minimum of 300 dpi). Every figure should be cited in the text in numerical order (i.e. Figure 2 cannot be cited before Figure 1). Figures should be referred to as "Figure" not "Fig." Denote figure parts with lowercase letters (e.g. Figure 1a, Figure 1b).

References and citation. For efficiency and conciseness, an author needs to provide 10-25 references. Use a reference manager such as Mendeley to build your reference list. A reference must be cited for it to appear in the reference list. If you have cited and formatted your reference correctly, it will automatically appear in the reference list.

Additional information. Authors submit the manuscript to AJCD online at Questions concerning this policy should be directed to the editors at


Articles published in AJCD are copyrighted by the author(s). For educational purposes, the contents of AJCD can be freely copied or reproduced as long as the source of the article is mentioned clearly. Written requests must be submitted to the editor in chief to obtain permission to reproduce the contents of AJCD for purposes other than educational purposes. The contents of the article are the responsibility of the author(s).

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