About Journal

Journal of Management and Development Studies

The Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC) has been publishing "Administration and Management Review" since 1987. The journal has now been renamed Journal of Management and Development Studies, and is published annually by the Editorial Board of NASC. It is an international, research-based, peer reviewed academic journal that provides a forum for scholars, planners, and practitioners from Nepal and abroad who work in the fields of public administration, public policy, federalism, governance, public management, and development. The Journal seeks to publish high-quality empirical, theoretical, review, and policy articles with a particular focus on not only Asian countries, but also other regions of the world. All submitted manuscripts are initially reviewed by the editorial board and, if deemed suitable, undergo a double-blind peer review process. This journal publishes accepted articles first on the NASC journal portal, and then in a hard copy volume once a year.

The aim of this journal is to address some of the most contemporary issues of public administration, public policy, federalism, governance, public management, and development at the local, national, and global levels. The journal adds value to academic experts, researchers, policy makers, government agencies, international bodies, and students.

Focus and Scope

The journal welcomes original research articles on various issues related to public administration, public policy, federalism, governance, public management, and development. The focus of the journal is not only limited to Asian countries, but also extends to the rest of the world. The target audience of the journal comprises not only academics, but also policy makers and practitioners engaged in education and research in the fields of public administration, public policy, federalism, governance, public management, and development.

Peer Review Process

This journal follows a double-blind peer review process to ensure objectivity, impartiality, and rigor in upholding the quality of published articles. Manuscripts submitted to the journal will initially be reviewed by the editorial board to ensure adherence to the journal's writing guidelines, focus, and scope. If the article does not meet the journal's standards, the author will be notified. If the manuscript is deemed suitable, it will be sent for blind peer review to two experts in the field. The entire review process will be completed within six months, and the following recommendations may be made by reviewers:

  • Accepted: The manuscript is acceptable for publication.
  • Accepted with minor revisions: The manuscript is acceptable for publication once it is revised in response to the reviewer's concerns.
  • Accepted with major revisions: Deficiencies in the manuscript, such as data analysis, the main theory used, and rewriting of paragraphs, need to be revised.
  • Rejected: The manuscript is not acceptable for publication.

Once the editorial board receives the manuscript with minor or major revision notes, it will be returned to the author. Authors will be given three weeks to complete major revisions and two weeks for minor revisions. The manuscript will be reviewed again by the editorial board to confirm that the author revised it in response to the reviewer's notes. If the authors do not take the necessary revisions seriously, the manuscript may still be rejected in the final decision.


Once the manuscript is accepted by the editorial board, it undergoes a proofreading process to ensure its linguistic quality.

Publication Confirmation

The final manuscript will be sent back to the authors to ensure that its content is consistent with their writing. The authors may correct any typographical errors found in the final manuscript. Once approved by the authors, the manuscript will be published online on the NASC journal portal and in a hard copy volume once a year.

Article Processing Fee

The journal does not require a manuscript processing fee. Therefore, no fees will be charged to the authors for submitting or publishing their article.


Plagiarism is considered unacceptable by the journal. All submitted manuscripts will undergo plagiarism checks during editorial board screening, and only those manuscripts that pass the screening will be subject to peer review. Additionally, revised manuscripts will also be checked for plagiarism. Failure to uphold academic integrity will be treated seriously.

Declaration of Interest

The author(s) are required to disclose any financial or personal relationships with individuals or organizations that may potentially influence their work. A conflict of interest statement must be included by the author(s) when submitting their manuscript. If there are no relevant competing interests to declare, the author(s) should indicate this in the article. For example: The authors report no competing interests to declare.

Repository Policy

The journal is indexed in Nepal Journal Online, therefore all accepted articles comply with the repository's compliance. The contents of the journal are also available on NepJol (https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/jmds).

Open Access Policy

To facilitate a broader global exchange of knowledge, the journal offers immediate and free access to its content for academics, researchers, policymakers, government agencies, international institutions, and students. Additionally, the journal permits the reading, downloading, copying, and distributing of published articles.

Information for Librarians

NASC encourages research librarians to include the journal to their library's electronic journal collections. The NASC also encourages librarians to visit its office to acquire hard copies of the journal for their library.

Author Guidelines

Please take the time to read and follow the guidelines as closely as possible to ensure that your article meets the requirements of the journal. Authors are advised to adhere to the following format and style:

  • Authors must ensure that their written work is entirely original, and has not been previously published or submitted to other journals.
  • Articles should focus on issues related to public administration, public policy, federalism, governance, public management, and development.
  • The following order should be followed for the article: title page; abstract; keywords; text including introduction, literature review, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgments, declaration of interest, and references.
  • The article should be written in error-free standard British English, and non-sexist and non-racist language should be used.
  • The abstract (maximum 200 words) should be placed at the beginning of the paper and should include 4-6 keywords for online searches.
  • Manuscripts (research articles) should be between 2,500-5,000 words (excluding references and appendices). If an author submits a book review, it should be between 1,000-1,500 words.
  • Use 12-point Times New Roman font, 1.5-line spacing, and 1-inch margin on all sides.
  • Single quotes should be used throughout the text. The spelling of words in quotes should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be kept separate from the text (indent the first line of a paragraph).
  • Abbreviations should be written the first time they appear, for example: Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC).
  • Use ‘percent’ instead of % in the text. In tables, graphs, etc., % can be used.
  • Write a specific date in the form 15 July 2015. Decades should be referred to as the ‘twentieth century’, ‘1990s’.
  • Tables, figures, and formulas should be in Microsoft Office Object format (if possible) so that the desktop manager can rearrange them when needed.
  • All figures and tables must be cited in the text, and have a source.
  • All technical terms should be defined in the body of the article, but those that require detailed explanations should be defined using endnotes.
  • If the manuscript is written by more than one author, indicate how each author contributed to the publication of the manuscript in terms of scholarly activities, including conceptualization and design of the research framework, data processing and analysis, review of relevant literature, discussion, conclusions, and implications.
  • Author(s) and contributor(s) are requested to provide a short biographical note (no more than 100 words) for each author, indicating full name, email, academic background, current position, and organization (if any).
  • References should be placed at the end of the manuscript.
  • Author(s) should properly cite other works, and arrange references accordingly in APA 7th referencing style (https://apastyle.apa.org/).

Submission Email

Authors are requested to submit their manuscripts to this email address.

Email: journal@nasc.org.np