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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 in all or major parts of the manuscript and is under consideration to other journals (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word (*.doc or *.docx) file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • All tables are in Microsoft word table format (not in image format)
  • 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.

Author Guidelines

NPPR Journal publishes original Research Articles, Policy Reviews, and brief Policy Commentary. NPPR adopts a zero-tolerance policy to any form of plagiarised content.

Abstract: Articles submitted for the journal should have a concise abstract of fewer than 250 words. The abstract should contain a brief introduction of the objective and findings of the research.

NPPR requests all authors to translate the abstract in the Nepali language for the benefit of Nepali readers. If the authors are foreigners and are unable to translate on their own, the NPPR journal office will arrange a translation facility.

The original research article is one that builds on the in-depth investigation of the topic of interest. An original article will have an introduction that clearly articulates the context, research gaps and objectives of the study; a section on research methodology; results and discussions; conclusions; and policy recommendations. The length of the article should not exceed 6000 words excluding references. In exceptional cases, the Journal office may consider an article exceeding 6000 words if the author sufficiently justifies the length.

Policy Review is the type of article that presents a detailed review of a relevant policy and its broad impact. This type of paper should follow PRI’s policy review format. The length of the policy review should not exceed 3000 words.

Policy Commentary is a short commentary on any aspect of policy research. The length of such write-up should not exceed 2000 words. We may accept manuscripts in the Nepali language.

All authors interested to submit their articles for the NPPR journal should follow the author guidelines presented below, failure to do so may delay the review of the manuscript submitted.

  • Authors are invited to submit their original manuscripts to the journal using the online submission system available at the journal website (, or by email at /
  • The author(s) must ensure, with a declaration, that the research paper submitted for review is original and is not published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Although original papers will be accepted for peer review throughout the year, the journal editorial board reserves the right to reject any paper if it is not found to meet the requirements of the journal.
  • Calls for papers for special issues will be made separately with specified deadlines. The papers for special issues will also undergo the same process of review as any other regular papers.
  • Authors are requested to write an email if any further information or clarity is needed about author guidelines or any other matter related to NPPR.

Preparation of Articles

Articles must be laid out as follows:

  • All review processes will be handled through an online editorial system. All manuscripts (first submission as well submission of revisions) should be submitted through the online system. Manuscripts sent on personal email or journal’s contact email will not be entertained.
  • Manuscripts should be prepared on a platform compatible with a common word processing application. The first submission can be in a portable document format (pdf). The revised manuscript should, however, be a word processing document along with its pdf version.
  •  Only essential pictures (graph, drawing and so on) and tables will be included in the manuscript with proper explanation and referenced in the main text. Any other relevant (supplementary) information may be put in the appendix(cies).
  • Picture(s) used in the manuscript should be original and can be sent on a separate file with a clear caption below it/them.
  • Tables too can be sent on a separate file with a caption above the table/s.
  • Page margins of the manuscripts should be 1 inch on all sides.
  • Manuscripts should be written in Times New Roman with font size 11 and be double spaced, with references and notes included
  • Referencing should follow the APA Referencing style 7th edition throughout the document. The author(s) can use Mendeley, an open-source and free reference management application, to manage citations and references easily. NPPR secretariat may return your submission if the manuscript does not use referencing applications such as Mendeley, MS word Reference Addon, EndNote, Zotero or any other reference manager.
  • Manuscript should be formatted as follows
    • 1. Introduction
      • 1.1.  subtitles
      • 1.2. subtitles
        • 1.2.1 Third level subtitles
        • 1.2.2. Third level subtitles
    • 2. Literature Review
    • 3. Research Methodology
    • 4. Result and Discussion
    • 5. Conclusion
    • 6. Policy Recommendation
    • 7. References (Avoid referencing news article / op-ed article/ minimize self-citation and self-reference ) 
  • You can also use the manuscript Template for Research Article, for Policy Commentary, for Policy Review 

Also submit the Authorship contribution statement, and Conflict of Interest statement during the submission. for more detail please visit about journal.

Regular Articles

The research article category is one that with the in-depth investigation of the topic of interest. An original article will have an introduction that clearly articulates the context, research gaps and objectives of the study; a section on research methodology; results and discussions; conclusions; and policy recommendations. The length of the article should not exceed 6000 words excluding references. In exceptional cases, the Journal office may consider an article exceeding 6000 words if the author sufficiently justifies the length. 

NPPR only accepts manuscripts written in English for this category. 

Policy Commentaries

The Policy Commentary article submission is only open to those who have extensive engagement in policy level engagement in the last 2 years. The article should show the topics of interest have clear policy issues that need attention. It will also have a clear justification on how and why this is an issue and present the different policy provisions supporting the main arguments. We expect the article to be around 2000 words, however, it may be more if the author convinces the editorial Team.

The article can be in both languages English or Nepali; If the article is written in Nepali author(s) should provide the Abstract in English as well.

This article will also go through the rigorous double-blind peer review.

We do not entertain personal communication with the intention to influence the submission even if you are invited to submit in this section.

Privacy Statement


Nepal Public Policy Review (NPPR) is dedicated to protecting your personal information and will make every reasonable effort to handle collected information appropriately. All information collected will be handled with care in accordance with NPPR standards for integrity and objectivity and respect for your privacy. This privacy policy describes the information we collect, the purposes for which it is used, and your choices regarding its use. As used in this privacy policy, “we” and “us” include NPPR and our volunteer editors and reviewers, and vendors. “NPPR Sites” includes the following: the web pages and content on the NPPR journal website and any other means through which we interact with you.


Personal Information

We request personal information from you while interacting with the NPPR site, as follows:

  • When you register on an NPPR Site for updates or to receive other types of notifications from us, we will ask for your email address to enable us to send you the information you have requested.
  • If you want to submit a manuscript or other research output to NPPR for consideration or for posting on our sites or as a preprint, we will ask for the following information so that we may consider, process, and possibly publish your manuscript, in conformance with accepted publishing standards: your name, title, telephone number, email address, institution, department and address. You may voluntarily provide us with additional information to help us identify and contact you, such as your middle name, degree, preferred name, secondary phone number, fax number, position, ORCID iD (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier), state or province, and areas of interest or expertise. We will ask for the same information if you want to be considered as an editor or reviewer.
  • If you want to submit a public comment on our website, we will ask for the following information: email, first name, and last name. Your display name, which is auto-generated to include your first initial, last name and randomly selected number(s), will be made public along with your comment. If you request that your account be deleted, your comment will remain on our website but your display name will no longer be associated with your comment.
  • If you register on an NPPR Site, we will gather and store your username and password to identify you at sign-in and to administer your account.
  • If we send you an email with links then we will gather and store the information about the links that you click on in order to track the effectiveness of our communications.

Additionally, NPPR may process some basic personal information about you (email address, name and research interest) that is publicly available to register you as a potential reviewer and expert or to contact you about publishing with NPPR on a particular topic.

Finally, we may collect demographic information about you, such as gender and ethnic origin. We usually collect and use this information on an anonymized basis. If you provide demographic information to NPPR, you do so voluntarily and NPPR will collect, store and use your demographic information in accordance with this privacy policy.

Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

NPPR use cookies and other tracking technologies to collect information.

Background on Cookies

  • Duration. Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” based. Persistent cookies remain on your computer after your browser is closed. Session cookies are deleted automatically once your browser is closed. NPPR only uses session cookies.
  • Category. First-party cookies are served directly by us to your computer or device. Third-party cookies are served by a third party on our behalf. The NPPR site has both first-party and third-party cookies.

Use by NPPR

NPPR uses your personal information as described in the “INFORMATION WE COLLECT” section, to customize your experience on the NPPR site and facilitate our interactions with you.

If you are an author, we use your personal information for the purpose of processing, reviewing, communicating about, facilitating editorial review and peer review and for publishing.

If you are an editor or reviewer, we use your personal information to contact you about your potential or actual role as an editor or reviewer, to request and facilitate your review and handling of manuscripts, and to update you on news and developments at NPPR as it may affect your work with us.

We may also use your personal information to assist with improving the peer review system and further communication, as part of PRI’s ongoing research program on the

We may also collect your name, email, address and phone number at conferences or events.

Information Disclosure to Third Parties

If you submit a manuscript or other research content to us for possible publication, we will send the title and abstract of your manuscript to one or more potential external/volunteer editors and reviewers to gauge their interest in reviewing your content. If they agree to review your content, we will send them your full manuscript and any revisions and relevant comments you have provided. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, we share information about you, your manuscript, or other research content as reasonably necessary with volunteer curators. In addition to volunteer curators, we may share the foregoing information with journalists prior to publication for the purpose of promoting your work.

We may also disclose personal information as reasonably necessary for the purposes described in this privacy policy to other third parties, as follows:

  • To respond to claims asserted against us or comply with legal process (e.g., subpoenas or warrants), or lawful requests from government or law enforcement authorities (as required to meet national security or law enforcement requirements), and to enforce or comply with our agreements, terms of use, and this privacy policy
  • Academic research groups and third-party providers of tools or services that help inform NPPR how to improve the peer review system and scientific communication
  • To comply with applicable law, or as required or permitted by law
  • To protect the safety of any person or to prevent any illegal activity
  • Author’s institution and/or ethics committee and other third parties, as appropriate, where we have identified a failure to comply with our publishing standards and guidelines or to uphold the integrity of research in cases of suspected research integrity breaches

NPPR will never disclose demographic information, described in the “INFORMATION WE COLLECT” section above, to others, unless it is necessary deemed according to PRI data sharing policy.

No Sale or Leasing of Your Information

Except as described in the “Information Disclosure to Third Parties” section of this privacy policy, we will not disclose your personal information to third parties without your consent. We will not sell or lease your personal information to any third party. We may disclose aggregate demographic and statistical information with our business partners; this information is not specific to the identification of you as an individual.


We keep your personal information for as long as is necessary to provide services to you, and for as long as your account and/or registration with NPPR is active. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce our agreements.


We use reasonable and appropriate physical, technical, and administrative safeguards to protect your information from unauthorized use, access, loss, misuse, alteration, or destruction. We endeavor to protect the personal information we receive, gather and store, by such means as password protection, firewalls and other means. We also require that third party service providers acting on our behalf or with whom we share your information also provide appropriate security measures in accordance with industry standards.

Transmissions over the internet are never entirely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of information you submit via a NPPR site while it is in transit over the internet. Any such transmission of information by you over the internet is at your own risk.


NPPR may make changes to this privacy policy from time to time. Changes to this privacy policy will be made by updating this page. Please visit this privacy policy regularly to read the current version.

Legal Basis for Use of Your Information

The information we require, as identified in the “INFORMATION WE COLLECT” section of this privacy policy, is processed under the following legal basis:

Your Rights

Deletion of Personal Information

You may be entitled to request that we delete your personal information in certain specific circumstances. If you wish to exercise this right, please submit your request at

If you are an author and have submitted a manuscript or other research outputs to NPPR, or you are an editor or reviewer that has reviewed manuscripts or other research outputs submitted to NPPR, some of your personal data will be retained as necessary for NPPR to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim; for archiving policy research; and for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information. We may retain your personal data for the purposes of preserving NPPR publishing standards and ethical guidelines, which authors are made aware of before submission of any manuscript or other research output. Such personal data includes your name, institutional affiliation, title and email address. 

We will consider all such requests and provide our response within a reasonable period (but no longer than one calendar month from our receipt of your request unless we tell you that we are entitled to a longer period under applicable law). We may require you to verify your identity before we respond to your request. Certain personal information may be exempt from such requests in certain circumstances, including as provided for in this privacy policy.

Access, Update, Data Portability and Other Rights

You may also be entitled to access your information, update your personal information which is out of date or incorrect, restrict use of your personal information in certain specific circumstances, place a data portability request (applicable only when we use your personal information on the basis of your consent or performance of a contract, and where our use of your information is carried out by automated means), and ask us to consider any valid objections which you have to our use of your personal information where we process it on the basis of our or another person’s legitimate interest. Requests should be directed to

We will consider all such requests and provide our response within a reasonable period (but no longer than one calendar month from our receipt of your request unless we tell you we are entitled to a longer period under applicable law). We may require you to verify your identity before we respond to any of your requests. Certain personal information may be exempt from such requests in certain circumstances, including as provided for in this privacy policy.

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