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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 Word or RTF document file format. No PDF files please.
  • FORMATTING: * 1.5 spaced; * Times 12 point font; * two spaces for new sentences (for ease of reading); * italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses);
  • 1MB maximum file size overall unless pre-arranged.
  • Harvard in-text referencing. See
  • Additional notes at the bottom of the page, not end-notes.
  • For peer-review works, a 100-200 word abstract has been supplied and key words nominated (for cross referencing). A shorter abstract is welcome for edited material.
  • Reference list. Full details of each item cited. See URL references to list date accessed and re-checked as active.
  • Hyperlinks within main text, footnotes or references have been tested and and ready to click by readers (e.g.,
  • Additional items not cited may be appended for inclusion at the Editor’s discretion, ie biographical or other.
  • Images and graphics are welcome, especially for Practice articles. These can be sent as .jpg or .gif files. Please do not 'lock' in text graphics files as they may need to be resized during editing.
  • Author(s) full title supplied including organisation and role or association if applicable. Internet links to profiles or project sites are welcome.
  • In keeping with the nature of the publication, all correspondence will be conducted by email. Please make sure that a primary and/or reliable email address is used when submitting editorial as this will also be used to communicate with you for the duration of the editorial process. Please supply a second address if you anticipate being away from your main email over this time.
  • The text provides all available DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to each source used as a reference. For assistance on locating the DOIs, please go to the free service to retrieve all available DOIs to add to the references.
  • Authors should submit material directly to the Editor via: Commonwealth Journal of Local GovernanceDiane Bowden Editorial Assistant, Cardiff University, Email:

Author Guidelines

This journal does not charge any type of article processing charge (APC) or any type of article submission charge. 

There are two sections within the journal for which material may be submitted.

1. Peer reviewed content (typically 6000-8000) words including references/notes). This can comprise:

    • Papers – presenting results from scholarly enquiries
    • Case studies – detailing analysis of best practice, examples of innovation, accounts of work or initiatives, positive and/or otherwise for others to learn from
    • Literature reviews – the critical examination of scholarly literature of relevance to the sector.

2. Edited content (500-2000 words). This can comprise:

  • Practitioner reports – an outline of a project or initiative with a focus on findings and lessons
  • In-country Reviews – an outline of trends developments in local government in a place, region or country
  • Conference Reports – an overview of a relevant conference with a focus on sessions or keynotes of relevance to the readership or aims of the journal
  • Work in Progress – an outline of current or ongoing research or activities either for networking purposes or knowledge sharing
  • Opinion or Commentary – your view about a current issue or experience of current topics related to local government in the Commonwealth
  • News and Reviews – Industry news, a recently read or new book, text or themed journal issue, or one suggested by the Editorial Board.

Please download Author Guidelines and style guide

Complaints Procedure

Authors who wish to submit a complaint related to the peer review process or other editorial decisions should contact the Managing Editor Diane Bowden at as a first point of contact. Issues which cannot be resolved satisfactorily by the Managing Editor may be escalated to the Editorial Advisory Board or to the Publisher, UTS ePress by contacting

For further information, please see the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors and Publishers.

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Data Privacy Policy

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here.

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.



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