Submission Guidelines


1. Quality of the research
2. Originality of the research or ideas
3. Significance of the research or ideas to our readership.
4. Peer reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers
5. Final acceptance or rejection is by the Editorial Board
6. The Editor and the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to improve communication quality and to comply with the format of the journal.
7. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia reserve the right to have papers and related materials presented in conferences they organized or in other separate projects published in this journal.
8. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia reserve the right, under certain circumstances, to withdraw any articles or materials published in this journal.
9. This journal is published in good faith, that is, to facilitate knowledge sharing and possible networking among scholars in the spirit of goodwill. As such the Publishers and the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia reserve the right not to entertain any act by any individual or party to engage them in any legal claims and undertakings regarding the journal.


1. A soft copy of the original manuscript file (Microsoft Word) should be submitted through online system. Please visit:

2. Authors are required to use the style template (Style Sheet Template). Format the manuscript accordingly before submission.
3. Submissions should be double-spaced, with top, bottom and side margins at least 30 mm. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the top right-hand corner, beginning with the title page.
4. If authors use Word 2007, please use and save as compatible with 2003 doc. version.
5. EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:
Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:


As and when the publisher decides to publish the hard copy version of this journal, authors must enclose a signed cover letter declaring that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. If tables or figures have been reproduced from another source, a letter from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher), stating authorization to reproduce the material, must be attached to the cover letter. For the hard copy version, articles may not be published until this signed cover letter has been received.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia hold the copy right for papers and related materials presented in conferences they organized and which may be published in this journal.  


1. Spelling. The Journal uses British spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary. Use `ize` and `z` (e.g. `industrialize`, `globalization`).
2. Units. All measurements must be given in SI or SI-derived units. All currency must have the US$ equivalent.
3. Abbreviations. Abbreviated terms are in order only when terms are used repeatedly. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.


1. The length of an article should not be less than 4000 words and not more than 6000 words (including references, endnotes and tables).

2. Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) title page, (ii) abstract and key words, (iii) text, (iv) acknowledgments, (v) references, (vi) endnotes, (vii) figure legends, (viii) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and (ix) figures. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated as endnotes.

3. Title page

The title page should be on a separate sheet and contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the full names of the authors and (iii) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (iv) the full postal and email address of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent. The present address of any author, if different from that where  the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote. This title page will be detached before the paper is sent to referees.

4. Abstract and keywords

Authors must provide an abstract that states in 250 words or fewer the major points made and the principal conclusions reached. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references. Six keywords (for the purposes of indexing) should be supplied below the abstract in alphabetical order. Papers in Malay must have an abstract and title in English with similar abstract content.

5. Text

The text should be organised into an introductory section, conveying the background and purpose of the report, and then into sections identified with subheadings.

6. Acknowledgments

Authors may wish to acknowledge the source of financial grants and other funding. The contribution of colleagues or institutions, excluding reviewers, may also be acknowledged.

7. References

Authors are to use the Harvard (author, date) system of referencing (examples are given below). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.


Newman E (2007) Criminal legacies of war economy. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 3 (3), 49- 62.


Momsen J (2010) Gender and development. Routledge, London. Second edition.

Chapter in a book

Potter L (1995) The eastern Sundaland region of Southeast Asia. In: Kasperson JX, Kasperson RE, Turner BL II (eds) Regions at risk, pp. 460-518. United Nation University Press, Hong Kong.


Bray RCL (1988) Place imagery in small towns: A cross-cultural study of Perth, Ontario and Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire (PhD dissertation). Department of Geography, University College London.

Online source

Utusan Online. Those who drag sultan into politics should apologise - Muhyiddin [Article on the Internet] 10 August 2010 [Cited 11 Aug.2010]. Available from:

8. Endnotes

Brief endnotes should be listed at the end of the paper only.

9. Tables

Tables should be consecutively numbered in the text in Arabic numerals. Table sizeshould not exceed full text width (122.7 mm) and height (205 mm).

10. Figures and legends

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. All figures must be supplied in camera-ready format, sized no larger than the full text width (122.7 mm). Original slides and un-mounted high-resolution photographs on glossy paper may be submitted if the author does not have access to scanning facilities. Legends should be concise, comprehensive and self-explanatory. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.


The PDF proof is a final check of the layout, and of tables and figures. Alterations other than the essential correction of errors are unacceptable at PDF proof stage. After checking and approved by authors the article should be emailed back to the Editor/Publisher on the determined date. Otherwise, it may be signed off on by the Editor.


Until further notice, all of the Geografia – MJSS PDF copies may be downloaded free of charge. Advice on hardcopy offprints and journal will be issued in due course. The corresponding author of each article will be sent an email notification upon the online publication of his/her article.