Guide to Writing Articles for University Journals



The full name of an agency should be stated in full the first time it is mentioned. An abbreviation or acronym may be used at subsequent mentions.



A contributor should provide his/her full name, fax number and full addressEach contributor shall receive one complimentary copy of the journal.



Articles should be typed on A4-sized paper with at least 25 mm margins and double-spaced. Each article should not exceed 25 pages. Articles should be sent through online at

The author should state his/her name on the cover of the article. The article must be accompanied by an official letter which states that the material submitted has not been previously published or under consideration for other publications.


The abstract should be clear, complete and concise. An Abstract summarizes the major aspects of a paper. It should succinctly summarize the purpose of the paper, the methods used, the major results, and the author’s impretations and conclusions. It should not exceed 250 words. Manuscript in Bahasa Melayu must include title and structured abstract in English.


Any acknowledgments by the author may appear here. The Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be brief and concise. For example: · Single grantThis work was supported by the __________ (Name of the Grant) _________ (Grant number, year).

Multiple grants- separated by comma and space. This work was supported by the Name of the Grant1 [grant numbers xxx, year]; Name of the Grant2 [grant number yyy, year]; and Name of the Grant3 [grant number aaa, year].

If Services and Facilities involved: Example: The authors gratefully acknowledge use of service and facilities of the Human-Centered Computing Research lab at Unviersiti Utara Malaysia, funded by Prototype Research Grant Scheme, Ministry of Higher Education [grant number and year].

Non-funded This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for profit sectors.



References should be prepared according to the American Psychological Association (APA) style 7th ed.

A list of references should be appended at the end of the text. Examples of references written according to the APA style are as follows:

Material written by one author

Milgrams, S. (2005). The experience living in cities. New York: Basic Books.

Material written by more than one author

Levinson, D., & Langer, T. (2004). Arts of environment. New York: King Crown Press.

Supplementary information – edition

Elthon, T. (2002). Philosophy of language (2nd ed.). Massachusetts: Addison Wesley.

Supplementary information – edition and volume

Fairclough, N. (2002). New labour, new language (3rd ed., 8). New York: MacMillan.

Supplementary information – editor

Khairul Faisal Ahmad (Ed.). (2004). Isu-isu semasa berkaitan Biro Bantuan Guaman. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

Supplementary information – editor

Azhar Abu Bakar. (2003). Taksiran dan percukaian: Amalan di Malaysia (Narimah Atan, Peny.). Kuala Lumpur: DewanBahasa dan Pustaka.

Supplementary information – translator

Ary, D. R., & Creemers, B. (2005). Persidangan meja bulat: Bahasa Inggeris mendepani cabaran (Hazamaratul DamrahSyariat, Pentj.). Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.(Original work published in 2004).

Article from edited book

Frege, J. M., & Grice, G. Z. (2004). Situations and attitudes. In J. Barwise, & R. Carnap (Eds.), Studies in the way of words (4th ed., pp. 201-229). Chicago: Chicago University Press.


Idris Aman. (2003). Analisis wacana kritis perutusan Perdana Menteri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Jurnal Bahasa3(1), 48-79.


Kalter, N. (2004). Social readjustment. In The Psychosomatic Encyclopedia, 5 (pp. 631-633). New York: Meredith.

Periodical – newspaper

Lue Kang Heng. (2006, 29 Mei). Pergeseran dalaman MCA: Tanggungjawab siapa? Sin Chew Jit Poh, hlm. 4.

Periodical – magazine

Indah Hj. Taip. (2006, 29 Mei). Tiada pekerjaan atau terlalu memilih: Dilema siswa masa kini. Siswa, 25, hlm. 4.

Periodical – bulletin

Hassan Ismail. (2006, April). Khasiat buah-buahan tempatan. Buletin FAMA, 7, hlm. 5.

Article from Internet

Hinkle, L. (1993). Teaching English or science and technology. Retrieved from http://www.elc.ttc/

Research report

Hishamudin Isam. (2005). Peribahasa sebagai medium menyerlah potensi diri kanak-kanak luar bandar. Laporan penyelidikan yang tidak diterbitkan. Fakulti Komunikasi dan Bahasa Moden, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

Media material – cassette

Kahn, R., & Perlin, S. (speaker). (2002). Stresslife events: Relationships on health. (Cassette Recording No. 2212). New York: Wiley.

Media material – film

Tiara Eu Abdullah. (Penerbit). (2005). Puteri Gunung Ledang [filem]. Kuala Lumpur: Eternity.


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