Guidelines for Authors

Guidelines for Authors

Submission of articles on subjects of relevance to the journal is welcomed at any time. Authors interested in submitting a paper should send the manuscript using an online submission. The submission should adhere to our guidelines. UMT Publisher currently publishes two issues per year (June and December).

The manuscripts can be in English or if written in Malay, it must include English title, abstract and keywords and submitted to

Papers are accepted on the understanding that they have not been and will not be published elsewhere. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. The editors have the final decision on publication. Papers on acceptance become the copyright of the journal. The journal will be printed in black and white.

The manuscript that is accepted to publish in this journal will be charged USD $150.00.


JSSM accepts research/original article, short communications & reviews article. All paper should adhere to the scope and policy of JSSM and should relate to social sustainability.

Manuscripts should be typed (with a wide margin and double-spaced, Times New Roman (Font 12) on one side of A4 (30 x 21 cm) paper. A full-length research paper is between 8,000 to 15,000 words, a review paper may range between 8,000 to 20,000 words, short communication or commentary is about 2,000 to 3,000 words, letter to editor is less than 2,000 words and book review is about 500 to 1,000 words. In the text, scientific names should be italicised; do not underline any words. Avoid excessive use of italics to emphasize text. In general, manuscripts should be organised in the following order:

Research/Original Article

Title (should be clear, descriptive and concise)

Name of authors

Complete postal address of affiliations

E-mail address of the corresponding author


Keywords (indexing terms): 3 – 5 items


Material studied, area descriptions, methods and techniques

Results and discussion


Acknowledgements (additional information concerning research grants)


Review Article (It does not have a method or result section, no study to describe & no data to be analysed)

Title (should be clear, descriptive and concise)

Introduction (where the topic or problem is introduced & previous research is described)

Discussion (main points are discussed)

Conclusion (article’s strengths & weaknesses)