Size: (5000-8000 words)

PJGD publishes both invited and unsolicited feature articles. These articles relied on quantitative or qualitative research relevant to the broader scope of the journal ranges from the disciplines of political science, governance, development, leadership, national and international law, globalization, human rights, economics, environmental science, public policy, international relations, international organizations, gender, peace and conflict management, international political economy, multiculturalism, civil society, etc., as well as conceptual materials distilling the literature. Conceptual work should offer new insight, applying topics under the scope of the journal. Invited feature articles may be on the current issues under the purview of the scope to highlight the authors’ contribution to a growing area, bringing together their key results, while synthesizing a balanced discussion of related work to set the authors’ innovative thinking on a wider context.

The Feature Article shall contain the following in the order given.

Title page

  • The ‘Title of the Article’ must be written in full.
  • The full names, institutional addresses, and e-mail addresses of all authors must be included on the title page. The corresponding author should be clearly indicated.


The abstract of the manuscript should not exceed 350 words and must be structured into Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion followed by 5 keywords. The abstract should be in Times New Roman and Italic with font size 11.

Structure of Feature Article

While there are no strict guidelines on the writing style, however, a feature article should generally include three parts: beginning, middle, and end.

  • The beginning consists of an introduction or background to the research area, previous developments followed by a clear statement of the problem, objectives, and its importance
  • The middle part contains facts, quotes, descriptions, anecdotes, opinions, and analysis of the content. An outlook on the future progression of the field, including how the author’s research could impact that.
  • The end is the conclusion or a rounded ending.


The referencing should follow the APA Style of citation to be used both in the main body of document followed by automatic generation of Reference after inserting into the types of source like a book, book section, journal article, article in a periodical, conference proceedings, report, website, document from the website, electronic sources, art, sound recording, performance, film, interview, patent, case, miscellaneous. Accuracy in citations and references is the author’s responsibility. 

APA in-text citation style uses the author's last name and the year of publication, for example: (Alam, 2011). For direct quotations, include the page number as well, for example: (Alam, 2011, p. 6).


Acemoglu, D. & Robinson, J. (2012). Why nations fail. New York: Crown Business.

Book with Edition Specification

Adams, W.M. (2009). Green development: Environment and sustainability in a developing world (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Editorial Book

Asrat, A. (2016). The Ethiopian highland massifs: Spectacular volcanic landscapes with high biodiversity. In Anhaeusser C. R., Viljoen M. J., Viljoen R.(eds.). Africa’s Top Geological Sites. Cape Town: Struik Nature, pp. 189-196.

Research Working Paper

Bayly, C.A. (2008). Indigenous and colonial origins of comparative economic development: The case of colonial India and Africa. Policy Research Working Paper 4474, The World Bank.


Abuiyada, R. (2018). Traditional development theories have failed to address the needs of the majority of people at grassroots levels with reference to GAD. International Journal of Business and Social Science 9(9):115-119.


Online scholarly opinion/belief/impression/analysis etc.

Canela, G. (2014). Freedom of speech as a key element of the development
agenda. (Accessed: 27 April 2020).

Hassan, S. (2016). Ethiopia: The people want their country back. pambazuka. (Accessed: 26 April 2020).

Online Journal with Identifier (DOI, DOAJ, INDEX, ISSN, etc.)

Broadman, H.G. & Recanatini, F. (2001). Seeds of corruption – Do market institutions matter? Economic Policy in Transitional Economies 11(4): 359-392. DOI: 10.1023/A:1015264312632

Online Newspapers

El-Said, M. (July 13, 2020). AU-sponsored Nile dam talks end fruitless: Concerned parties to present separate final reports on GERD negotiations to AU chair on Tuesday. Daily News Egypt. Retrieved on 26/12/2020 from

Illustrations, figures, graphs, and tables

They must not be used from other sources for copyright reasons. The author is responsible for understanding and following the principles that govern the fair use of quotations and illustrations and for obtaining written permission to publish, wherever necessary.

Captions for Illustrations, figures, graphs, and tables

Each caption should include a one-sentence title that summarizes the content of the illustrations, figures, graphs, and tables. Captions should summarize the data such that a reader can comprehend the without having to refer to the text.

Use of Italics

The following must be italicized in the Manuscript besides the APA Style:



   et al



       inter alia

  per se



 de jure and de facto

Expression of Views and Their Responsibility

The views expressed in the articles/reviews/reports published in this PJGD are those of respective authors/reviewers/researchers. Jimma University or Department of Governance and Development or the Editorial Board of PJGD shall in no way be responsible for them.