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:: Submission Guidelines

Submitting manuscripts in the correct format will expedite the review process and prevent undue delay in publication. The Publisher reserves the right to return manuscripts that are not prepared in accordance with the specified submission guidelines. For further formatting and referencing aid, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers 15th Edition (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org).

Aims and Scope

Kajian Malaysia publishes articles, book reviews and research notes which by their content or approach, is of interest to a wide range of scholars. Although the journal would focus mainly on works in the field of Malaysian studies, articles with a theoretical content may also be published. The journal is being indexed and abstracted by EBSCOhost, Genamics JournalSeek, Bibliography of Asian Studies and Directory of Open Access Journal database.

Copyright Policy

Upon acceptance of an article, Authors will be asked to sign a license to publish agreement. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. A letter will be sent to the corresponding Author confirming receipt of the manuscript.

If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the Author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article.

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Language Policy

Manuscripts should be clearly and concisely written in standard Bahasa Malaysia or English (UK). It is author's responsibility to ensure that the quality of English language is not compromised. Manuscripts written in Bahasa Malaysia must also submit Title, Abstract, Keywords and References in English.

Manuscript Submission

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all Authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia (USMP).

As a Social Science and Humanities journal, Kajian Malaysia does not encourage manuscripts written by more than three authors. If that happened, we request that you provide us details regarding the contribution of each and every author. This is to ensure academic integrity as each author should provide a significant contribution to the manuscript. If not, the name should only be included in the Acknowledgements.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the online submission and refereeing system and we are pleased to announce that the KAJIAN MALAYSIA is now using the ScholarOne Manuscripts™ system (formerly known as Manuscript Central). This means all manuscripts are now submitted online. This will facilitate the ease of submission of articles, and also accelerate the peer review process because reviewers and editors can review the files online wherever they are in the world. Authors must first register at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/km.


This Journal practices a double-blind peer review policy. At all stages of the review, until the decision to accept has been taken, neither the author nor the reviewer can identify the other.

The Editorial Board may exercise their prerogative to reject a manuscript without peer review if that manuscript is judged to be outside the scope of the Journal, poorly written or formatted or lacking in significance.

Reviewers are matched to the manuscript according to their expertise. Selection of reviewers is made from the Journal’s reviewers’ data bank. If found to be of suitable quality and meets the aims and scope of the Journal, it will then be sent to at least two reviewers. The reviewer selected by the Editor may, of course, not necessarily be from the list. The Journal also welcome suggestions for reviewers from authors, though these recommendations may or may not be used.

After receiving a request to peer review, it is essential that peer reviewers respond in a timely fashion, particularly if they cannot do the review, to avoid unnecessarily delaying the process.

Reviewers are tasked to evaluate a manuscript for its originality and significance of contribution; subject relevancy; appropriate coverage of existing literature; the presentation of methodology, results and interpretation; and manuscript organisation. Reviewers are also required to provide anonymous comment to the author and confidential comment to the Editor.

Typically the review process will take 60–90 days. Should there be any delay, the Journal will alert the reviewers in a timely manner. For any contradict reports, the Journal will seek for further expert opinion. A revised manuscript may be returned to the initial reviewers. Where manuscript revision is required, authors are urged to ensure that the necessary corrections are made before the manuscript can be accepted for production. Author will be notified on the decision made by the Editor.


Manuscripts will be posted on the journal’s website as soon as they are accepted for publication. This will occur in advanced of the cover date of the printed issue. Authors should take this into account when planning their intellectual and patent activities related to a manuscript.

Manuscripts Preparation

Format templates to download
http://web.usm.my/km/KM template 2021_NAA_2.9.2021.doc

Manuscripts must be prepared using Microsoft Word and must be typed using 11 pt (Times New Roman) and double-spaced. Full-length article submissions should be approximately 6,000-8,000 words. The various parts of the manuscripts, where applicable, should be arranged in the following sequence:

  1. Title page (Title, Authorship and Affiliation). The title page should be sent separate document from the main text in ScholarOne Manuscripts™. Please give full name (first, middle and last name) but omit titles. Give the affiliation of each author and complete mailing address of the institution where the work was conducted. Please denote the corresponding author with an asterisk (*) and provide the email address of the corresponding author.

  2. Running head. Please provide suitable running head (short title) within 50 characters derived from the title.

  3. Abstract. The abstract should not be more than 300 words giving a clear, concise and informative summary with scope and purpose, significant results and major conclusions.

  4. Keywords. The Keywords are to facilitate the retrieval of articles by search engines and will be used for indexing purposes, therefore do not use general terms. Keywords selected should not be more than five.

  5. References. Authors MUST pay attention to the accuracy and correct presentation of references.

  6. a) Reference in text
    Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with "Unpublished". Citation of a reference as "in press" implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

    Single author … as described by Davidson (2009)…
    OR … (Davidson 2009).
    Three authors … referring to Zaid, Shahreen and Azlan (2009)…
    OR … (Zaid, Shahreen and Azlan 2009).
    Multiple authors
    (more than 3 authors)
    … following Boyce et al. (2009)…
    OR … (Boyce et al. 2009).

    b) List of References
    A reference list should appear at the end of the manuscript headed 'References' and should include only those references cited in the text. References should be double spaced, arranged alphabetically by author, and chronologically for each author. Where more than one publication by the author in one year is referred, the year should be followed by a suffix a, b or c, etc. The same suffix should be quoted in the reference list. References on this list should appear in the following style:

    • Book

      Brummel, J.H. 1956. A short history of the Malayan Communist Party. Singapore: Donald Moore Press.

      Chapter in book
      Phibbs, B. 1987. Herrlisheim: Diary of a battle. In The other side of time: A combat surgeon in World War II, 117–163. Boston: Little, Brown.

      Multiauthor book
      Carr, A. and D.J. Schuurman. 1996. Religion and feminism: A reformist Christian analysis. In Religion, feminism and the family, eds. A. Carr and M.S. Van Leeuwen, 11–32. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.

    • Journal

      Article in journal
      Schaller, M. 1982. Securing the great crescent: Occupied Japan and the origins of containment in Southeast Asia. Journal of American History 69(2): 392–414.

      Article in forthcoming issue
      Schaller, M. Forthcoming. Securing the great crescent: Occupied Japan and the origins of containment in Southeast Asia. Journal of American History 24.

      Special issue journal
      Karr, A.F., S. Kinney and J.F. Gonzalez. eds. 2009. Special issue, Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality 1(2).

    • Reports

      Federation of Malaya. 1956. Final report of the rice committee. Kuala Lumpur: Government Printing Office.

    • Unpublished work

      Efimova, L.M. 2008. New Russian evidence on the Calcutta Youth Conference (February 1948) and Soviet policy toward Indonesia. Paper presented at the Roundtable on the sixtieth anniversary of 1948. Reassessing the Origins of the Cold War in Southeast at the Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore. 10–11 July.

      O’Guinn, T.C. 1987. Touching greatness: Some aspects of star worship in contemporary consumption. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, New York.

      Coe, J.J. 1993. Beautiful flowers and poisonous weeds. Problems of historicism, ethics and internal antagonisms – The case of the Malayan Communist Party. PhD diss., Department of History, University of Queensland.

      Working paper
      Ferber, R. 1971. Family decision-making and economic behaviour. Faculty Working Paper 35, College of Commerce and Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urban Campaign.

    • Online source

      Asian Development Bank. 2007. Key Indicators 2007: Country Tables. http://www.adb.org/Documents/Books/KeyIndicators/2008/Country.asp (accessed August 2008).

      Mitchell, A. and B. Frank. 2001. Scars still raw, Bush clashes with McCain. New York Times, 25 March. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/25/politics/25MCCA.html (accessed 2 January 2002)

      Messelink, H.E., V.J. Maele and H.S. Oatey. 2015. Intercultural competencies: What students in study and placement mobility should be learning. Intercultural Education 26(1): 62‒72. https://doi.org/10.1080/14675986.2015.993555

      Hicks, R.J. 1996. Nuclear medicine, from the center of our universe. Victoria, Austl.: ICE Multimedia. CD-ROM.

    • Newspaper

      New Straits Times. 7 November 2006.

      New York Times. 2002. In Texas, ad heats up race for governor. 30 July.

    • Secondary Source

      T: (Zukofsky 1931)
      R: Costello, B. 1981. Marrianne Moore: Imaginary possessions. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

      Zukofsky, L. 1931. Sincerity and objectification. Poetry 37 (February): 269. Quoted in Castello 1981, 78.

  7. Endnotes. Endnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. If used, they should be indicated in the text by superscript numbers, and kept as short as possible.

  8. Headings

    First level heading
    (uppercase, bold, flush left)

    Second level heading
    (upper lowercase, bold, flush left)
    Example: Second Level Heading

    Third level heading
    (upper lowercase only for first word (the rest lowercase), bold, flush left)
    Example: Third level heading

    Fourth level heading
    (upper lowercase only for first word (the rest lowercase), italic, flush left)
    Example: Fourth level heading

  9. Listing

    Lists may be either (run into) the text or set vertically (outline style). If the items are numbered, a period follows the numeral and each items begins with a capital letter.

    Outline style
    Compose three sentences:
    1. To illustrate the use of commas in dates
    2. To distinguish the use of semicolons from the use of periods
    3. To illustrate the use of parentheses within dashes

    Run in
    You are advised to pack (1) clothes, (2) sneakers, and (3) camera.

  10. Tables, figures and illustration. Please submit tables, figures and illustrations in a separate file, not embedded in text files. Figures and photos should be labelled with Figure 1: and tables with Table 1: and assigned in Arabic numerals. Figure title should place on bottom of the figure and table title should place on top of the table. Please see the example.

  11. Proof. Proof will be sent to corresponding authors via email as a PDF file. It is therefore essential that all submissions contain the e-mail address of the corresponding author. To avoid delays in publication, proof should be checked immediately for typographical errors and returned as instructed in the proof e-mail.

  12. Contact details. For further information, please contact:
    Kajian Malaysia
    School of Distance Education
    Universiti Sains Malaysia
    11800 USM Pulau Pinang, MALAYSIA

    Tel : 604-653 2278
    E-mail: kajian@usm.my