Author Guidelines

General guidelines for preparing the manuscript for submission are summarized in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.; APA, 2020). Authors may also find the following documents helpful for preparing manuscripts for submitting in the JFAR. Before submitting your manuscript in JFAR please visit Policies & Guidelines and Scope of the Journal.

The manuscript should be submitted as a single Microsoft Word file including all contents. The author owns full rights to the text provided and the changes will be made by the editors and publishers with the consent of authors. In the case of the reprinting of previously published material, the author is solely responsible for obtaining permission in this regard.

All articles and research notes should be generally organized into the following sections: (i) Abstract, (ii) Introduction, (iii) Basic Hypotheses, (iv) Methodological Issues involved, (v) Basic Results, (vi) Limitations of Analysis, (vii) Policy Implications, and (viii) Conclusions. Sub-sections should carry clear and distinct sub-headings.

The first page of the manuscript should contain the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), and a footnote giving the current affiliation of the author(s) and any acknowledgements. Each article will be prefaced by a short abstract of 250 words. The abstract should state the theme and structure of the article, the approach (es) taken, the specific advance made on previous inquiries and any policy prescriptions. The abstract should be followed by JEL classification and keywords.

Abstract, Keywords and JEL/AMS codes

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases (APA) and at least three JEL/AMS Codes for identification of the key area of the subject. The abstract should explain the purpose of the research, the primary results, and major conclusions. It should not exaggerate or contain material, not in the main text.


A strong introduction engages the reader in the problem of interest and provides a context for the study at hand. In introducing the research concern, the writer should provide a clear rationale for why the problem deserves new research, placing the study in the context of current knowledge and prior theoretical and empirical work on the topic. The summary of the results should have been dealt with in the introduction.

Literature Review

The author needs to extend the background to the article’s introduction and identify the most relevant previous literature on the topic for positioning the paper and demonstrate its significance. A separate section for setting out the theoretical or conceptual framework is recommended. In short, this section of the literature review should explain the motivation for the paper and the importance of this research relevant to the contributions.


The author is required to provide relevant and reliable empirical or other material in support of the conclusion and show that the methodology is appropriate and systematic.

Results and Discussion

Results should be clear and concise. The significance of the results of the research work, without repetition, should be mentioned in the text.

Tables and Figures

Tables should be numbered and headed with appropriate concise titles. It is preferable to present the tables after the main body of the text and not inserted in the manuscript. Tables for the main text and each of its appendices should be numbered serially and separately. The title of each table, as well as the captions of its columns and rows, should be clearly expressive of the contents. The source of the table should be given in a footnote immediately below the line at the bottom of the table; but, unlike other footnotes, which must be numbered consecutively, it should not be numbered.


The original contribution of the paper and the discussion of implications of findings should be clearly mentioned in this section. Provide a critical assessment of the limitations of the study, and outline possible directions for future research.

Article Length

The length of an article, including the title, author information, abstract, text, tables, figures, notes, references, and appendices, should not exceed 5000-7000 words.


The full form of abbreviations for abstracting and indexing purposes should be presented in the article.


All references used in the text should be listed in alphabetical order of the authors’ surnames at the end of the text. References in the text should include the name(s) of the author(s) with the year of publication in parentheses. List of all these references needs to be presented at the very end of the paper under the heading of “References”. Moreover, References should be inserted by using any Reference Manager Software (i.e. Endnote) in APA 7th style.


The papers for submission to the JFAR must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere and original unpublished work is welcomed only. The author is personally responsible to get the consent to reproduce copyright material from other sources.

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