Size: (3000 – 5000 words)

PJGD accepts research notes which are not a full research as defined under Research Article or Review Article but are discussion notes, previous work, scientifically driven established methods, null results, research proposals and data management plans seeking to advance a new idea, theoretical perspective, research program, or methodological approach in organization studies. Therefore, one of the important roles of research note is to serve as a form of incubator or laboratory for new thinking in the field of organization studies and is capable of advancing an intelligible and solid argument in favor of a particular theory, study or methodology. The length of the research notes differs; however, PJGD accepts the research notes in between 3000 to 5000 words and will follow the peer-review process.

The research notes shall contain the following in the order given.

Title page

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


For research note, abstract is not required.

Body Part

Research notes should clearly identify and describe the new idea, theoretical perspective, research program or methodological approach.

Materials and Methods

Author should identify the search strategies or specific organizational method (if applicable).


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 book, book section, journal article, article in periodical, conference proceedings, report, website, document from 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).

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.