Submission Guidelines


  • JURNAL MELAYU is published in Malay and English. Papers in Malay should have abstracts and keywords in English and vice versa. Each manuscript must have an abstract (200-250 words) and 5 key words, separated by semi colon, and in alphabetical order.
  • Academic papers should be between 5000-8000 words, while creative pieces should be between 3000-5000 words for short stories and novel and drama fragments, and 3 pages for poetry. Book reviews should be about 3-6 pages in length.
  • Authors are required to conform to the Reference Guidelines (APA style) as given below.
  • References should be between 15-20 and 30% of the references cited should be journals articles. Authors must make sure that some of the references are current (published within the last five years).
  • Authors are required to use the Style Template with Tables and Figures embedded in the text itself. Format the manuscript accordingly before submission. The mechanical elements of arrangements, spacing, length, and consistency of usage in form and descriptions should be studied before submission.
  • Authors are required to inform the Editorial Board the software used if the manuscript contains any phonetic or IPA symbols. Authors are required to send the manuscript in Word Doc and PDF format.
  • Authors are to check manuscripts for accuracy of language before submitting to the journal. The Editorial Board will NOT edit submitted manuscripts for style or language. Non acceptance of a manuscript may result if there are an unacceptable number of grammatical errors.
  • For papers in English, authors are required to follow the British spelling  (e.g.  centre, labour, capitalise)
  • This is a double-blind review process; please be sure that your name does not appear anywhere in the manuscript or in the filename. Author’s name, designation and institutional address should be in a separate document.
  • Papers submitted for consideration of publication in JURNAL MELAYU must NOT be under consideration for publication elsewhere either in electronic or printed form. These papers should also have NOT been published previously. The corresponding author should declare regarding this issue when submitting the paper to the Chief Editor.
  • Upon submission of a paper, the author/authors must also provide the editorial board with names of four reviewers from different institutions, complete with their addresses, designation and email address.
  • An author may publish ONLY in an alternate issue of JURNAL MELAYU. The rule remains in case of co-authorship.
  • JURNAL MELAYU retains the right to electronically distribute accepted manuscripts but the authors will retain copyright. If authors wish to republish the article, they must write to the Chief Editor and acknowledge JURNAL MELAYU as the original publisher.
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to make editorial changes to any manuscript accepted for publication to enhance clarity and style.
  • Due to the increasing volume of submissions, manuscripts that do NOT adhere or comply to any of the submission guidelines, will NOT be considered for review.
  • Any form of inquiries (via email, sms, phone, etc) cannot be entertained. The final decision for paper publication is made by the Chief Editor and the editorial board members.
  • Papers on theories and practices including those on discussions of and reflections on methods, techniques, and ideas useful in the classroom are welcomed.
  • There must be a critical discussion of issues as well as new and significant contributions to the related fields. Articles can be from any of the following areas:
  • Malay Language and Linguistics
  • Traditional and modern Malay/Indonesian literature
  • Malay/Indonesian culture




Title of Paper (Times New Roman, font size 14, not more than 10 words)


AUTHOR/S (name/s, affiliation, e-mail of the corresponding author)


(Times new roman, font size 11, italic)




Insert your abstract here following this structure: Introduction, Methods, Results, and discussion. Use Times New Roman font size 12. The abstract should not be more than 250 words and in one paragraph only. Papers should have abstracts and keywords in both Malay and English. The title of the paper, abstract and keywords in English should follow the keywords in Malay. Page layout of the paper is Size Letter 8.5” x 11” and Margin Office 2003 Default.

Keywords: 5 keywords separated by semicolon [;]




Use Times New Roman font 12 and single spacing for texts in a paragraph. Paragraphs are justified. No spacing between paragraphs. Next paragraphs indent.


FIRST LEVEL SUB-HEADING (All capital letters, Font 12)


No spacing between paragraphs. Next paragraphs indent. Do not use numbers or alphabets in headings and sub-headings. (Example A, Introduction 1, Body 1.1).


Second Level Sub-Heading (Capitalise each word, Font 12)


No spacing between paragraphs. Next paragraphs indent.


Third level sub-heading (Capitalise first word, Font 12)


No spacing between paragraphs. Next paragraphs indent.




No spacing between paragraphs. Next paragraphs indent.



You can refer to tables in this way: Table 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on.

Refer to Table 1 first, then only insert Table 1 below the text or paragraph (as shown). 

TABLE 1. Insert title of Table 1 (Font size = 11)

Heading (Font size = 11)

Heading (Font size = 11)

Heading (Font size = 11)

Content (Font size = 11)

Content (Font size = 11)

Content (Font size = 11)



For Figure: Figure 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on.

Refer to Figure 1 first, and then only insert Figure 1 below the text or paragraph.

Figure 1 (example)

FIGURE 1. Insert title of Figure 1. The title of Figure 1 must be below the figure. (Font size = 11)






Use Times New Roman font size 12. The paragraph must be justified.





Do not use footnotes but collect all as endnotes and place after the main document but before References.


Citation of authors

The author-date system of citation is used. If there are two authors, the cited paper should be written in this way (Hartmann & James, 2001). Cite papers with one author and two authors in this manner (Atkins, 1996; Leech & Nesi, 1999). Follow this format if you cite a secondary source (Lemmens & Wekker, 1990 as cited in de Schryver, 2003).



REFERENCES (examples)

Journal Article

Nor Hashimah Jalaluddin & Rozaimah Rashidin. 2008.  Rasuah dalam Karya Sastera Melayu Klasik: Satu Analisis Semantik Kognitif. Jurnal e-Bangi, 3(3), 1-31.

Campbell, Christine. 2006. Saga and Pungkad: Two Novel Views of Nation Building. Jurnal Melayu, 2, 155-178.



Aveling, H. 2000. Shahnon Ahmad: Islam, Power and Gender. Bangi: Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Di Sekitar Dunia Sastera dan Permasalahannya.  1993. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.


Chapter in Book

Ajid Che Kob. 2007. Dialektologi. Dlm. Zulkifley Hamid, Ramli Md. Salleh & Rahim     Aman (Peny.) Linguistik Melayu. Bangi: Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaaan Malaysia, hlm. 127-143, Edisi Kedua.


Muhammad Haji Salleh (Peny.). 2012. Pandangan Dunia Melayu: Pancaran Sastera. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

Dodd, S. 1989. Lexicomputing and the Dictionary of the Future. In G. James, (Ed.). Lexicographers and Their Works. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, pp. 83-93.


Internet Source

Faizah Abdul Majid, Zalizan Jelas & Norzaini Azman. 2002. Selected Malaysian Adult Learners’ Academic Reading Strategies: A Case Study. Retrieved August 16, 2005 from    


Nazmi Yaakub. 2010. Interlok Menghina Kaum? Dlm. Berita Harian Online, 20 Disember. (Atas talian). Muat turun 14 April 2011, dari


Conference Paper / Proceedings

A. Wahab Ali. 2011. Unsur-unsur Tradisi, Baru dan Asing dalam Pembentukan Novel Malaysia dan Indonesia. Kertas kerja, Seminar Antarabangsa Kesusasteraan Asia Tenggara ke-3, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur, November.

Shahizah Ismail Hamdan. 2008. Science Fiction Minds and Bodies: Reconsidering the Borders of Human Subjectivity. Paper presented at The Novel and Its Borders Conference at the Centre for the Novel, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, July.



Rattiya Salleh. 2001. Hikayat Carang Kulina: Analisis Teks dan Kesinambungan dalam Kehidupan Masyarakat Melayu Muslim Patani. Unpublished Ph.D thesis, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi.

Teo, Kok Seong. 2005. A Sociolinguistic Description of the Peranakan Chinese of Kelantan, Malaysia. Unpublished Ph.D dissertation, The University of California, Berkeley.



Abu Hassan Morad. 1988. Tok Guru Menghina? Berita Harian, 10 Disember: 9.



Hassan Ahmad. 2001. Falsafah dan Pemikiran Melayu. Dewan Masyarakat, Januari: 8-10.



APPENDIX A (on a different page, if there is any)

APPENDIX B (on a different page if there is any)




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About the Author/Authors

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Insert a short biodata of the second author (maximum of 50 words).