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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, RTF, or WordPerfect 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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Editorial Criteria

The criteria for publication of research and review manuscripts in the Local Administration Journal are that they have:

  • Novelty primarily in terms of empirical findings but LAJ welcomes theoretical discussions.;
  • Groundbreaking or rigorous methodology and research design; or
  • Discovery of administrative innovation that would potentially benefit the society.

In addition, manuscripts should have the following qualifications:

  • Writing quality.
  • Presentation quality. Theoretical frameworks and empirical findings should be clear, adequate, and well-structured.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor under conidiation for publication elsewhere.

Research and Review Articles

A research or review manuscript should be no longer than 15 A4-pages (approximately 5,000-6,000 words) andshould have the following components:

  1. Title page
    1. Manuscripttitle
    2. Names, positions,and affiliations of all authors. The corresponding author should provide contact information, especially email address.
  2. Please write a concise abstract(approximately 250 words) and provide three to five keywords.
  3. Main text
    1. Introduction
    2. Objective
    3. Theory and/or prior studies
    4. Hypothesis (optional)
    5. Conceptual framework
    6. Methods
    7. Findings
    8. Conclusion and discussion
    9. Acknowledgement (optional)
    10. References

Book Reviews

A book review should be no longer than 10 pages (approximately 3,500-4,000 words). A book review should include the book’s basic information—i.e. title, location, publisher, year of publication, and total page number.

Online Submission

The Local Administration Journal operates an online submission system that allows authors to submit manuscripts online and track their progress via a web interface. All manuscripts must be submitted via the online submission system at

Publication Charges

There are no submission fees, publication fees, or page charges for this journal.

Ownership of Copyright

The copyright of all articles published in the Local Administration Journalis owned by the College of Local Administration, Khon Kaen University.

Manuscript Style

Paper Size: Prepare an A4-size paper with normal margins (2.54 cm or 1 inch) on all sides of the page.

Typefaces: Use Sarabun with LAJ Template

File Types: Preferred formats for your manuscript are .doc and .docx files.


References should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). For further information about the APA referencing style, please refer to the APA website:

References in the Body of Your Manuscript

The APA in-text reference is in the author, date format, meaning that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Stallmann, 2016), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the manuscript.When directly quoting from a text you must include a page number in the citation.

  • If you mention the author in the text, follow the format: author (date).
    • For a work by one author, in the signal phase, name the author and place the publication year in parentheses:
      • Research by Kamnuansilpa (2006) supports…
      • Kamnuansilpa (2006) has found
    • For a work by two authors, use the word “and” between the authors’ name:
      • Kamnuansilpa and Wongthanavasu (2006) found…
    • For a work by three to five authors:
      • Research by Kamnuansilpa, Wongthanavasu, and Sudhipongpracha (2006) supports…
    • For a work by six or more authors, use the first author's name followed by et al. in the signal phrase:
      • Kamnuansilpa et al. (2006) argued…
  • If the author is not mentioned in the text,place both the author’s name and date in parentheses: (author, date).
    • A work by one author: (author, date)
      • (Kamnuansilpa, 2006)
    • A work by two authors: (1stauthor & 2ndauthor, date)
      • (Kamnuansilpa & Wongthanavasu, 2006)
    • For a work by three to five authors, list all the authors in parentheses the first time you cite the source: (1stauthor, 2ndauthor, & 3rdauthor, date)
      • (Kamnuansilpa, Wongthanavasu, & Sudhipongpracha, 2014)
    • In subsequent citations, only use the first author's last name followed by "et al." in parentheses.
      • (Kamnuansilpa et al., 2014)
    • A work by six or more authors: Use the first author's name followed by et al. parentheses.
      • (Kamnuansilpa et al., 2004)

Reference List (APA 6th Edition Citation Style)

Author, A. A. (year). Title of work. Location: Publisher.

Lamoureux, M. (2013). Internal controls handbook: The power sector and NERC compliance. North Charleston: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform.

Book chapter
Author, A. A. (year). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book(pp. xxx-xxx).Location: Publisher. 

Pollitt, C. (2005). Decentralization: a central concept in contemporary public management. In E. Ferlie, L. E. Lynn Jr, & C. Pollitt (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of public management (pp. 371-397). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 

Author, A. A. (year). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(Issue), page-page.

Dhillon, J.K. (2001). Challenges and strategies for improving the quality of information in a university setting: A case study. Total Quality Management, 12 (2), 167-177. 

Lowatcharin, G., & Stallmann, J. I. (2019). The differential effects of decentralization on police intensity: A cross-national comparison. The Social Science Journal, 56(2), 196-207. doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2018.10.003

Newspaper article
Author, A. A. (year, month date). Title of article. Title of Newspaper, p. X. 

Kamnuansilpa, P. (2015, June 20). Lottery reform is running out of chances. Bangkok Post, p.9.

Corporation/Group/Organization's Name. (year, month date). Title of webpage or article. Retrieved from URL

Canadian Cancer Society. (2013). Cancer research. Retrieved from

Webpage with an author
Author, A. A. (year, month date). Title of webpage or article. Retrieved from URL

Welch, N. (2000). Toward an understanding of the determinants of rural health. Retrieved from


Sabbagh, S. A. (2009). Investigating oral presentation skills and non-verbal communication techniques in UAE classrooms: A thesis in teaching English to speakers of other languages (master’s thesis). American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (retrieved from 

Translated References

References in a language other than English should also be translated to English. 

Boramanun, N. (2009). Principle of administrative law on public service. (4th ed.). Bangkok: Winyuchon Printing House. (In Thai)

Krueasaeng, P. (2015). Quality of the Thai Education and Directive Principle of Fundamental State Policy. Executive Journal, 35(2), 46-60. (In Thai)

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