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Author Guidelines


Jurnal Sains Kesihatan Malaysia is a refereed journal committed to the advancement of scholarly knowledge and research findings of the several branches of health sciences. It contains articles related to healthcare, rehabilitation and diagnostic and applied health sciences. The journal publishes original articles and reviews whose content and approach are of interest to a wide range of scholars.

Jurnal Sains Kesihatan Malaysia is published by an autonomous Editorial Board drawn from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. In addition, distinguished scholars from local and foreign universities are appointed to serve as advisory board members and referees.


The Journal publishes manuscripts written in the Malay and English language.  Manuscript submitted to the journal for publication should be original contribution and must not have been previously published or is under consideration simultaneously by any other publication.

The manuscript should be typed with double spacing, single column and font size 12pt on A4 paper and should be submitted using the online submission system at Starting from 1st. of April 2014, all submissions must be made through this online system.


The title of a manuscript should be concise, descriptive and preferably not exceeding 15 words. The manuscript must include an abstract, describing its main points within 150 - 250 words in the Malay and English language. For authors who are unable to provide the Malay version of the abstract, the editor will provide assistance.

In general, the contents should comprise of Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement and References.   The manuscript should be supplied with 3-5 keywords.

All illustrations including figures, charts and graphs, must be labelled and supplied on pages separate from the text. The desired placement in the text should be clearly indicated. These illustrations should be referred to and numbered serial, as figures. All illustrations should be clearly drawn in permanent ink or photographed in sharp black and white and reproduced in the form of high - contrast glossy prints or digital images and provided in camera ready form.

References in the text should be denoted by giving the name(s) of the author(s).  All alphabetically ordered references list should be included at the end of the manuscript.  All references cited in the text must appear in the reference list. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all information in the reference. Manuscripts must conform to the references in Penerbit UKM style or the Chicago Manual of Style(UniversityofChicago Press). The references style adopted should be consistent throughout the manuscript.

Authors are encouraged to use EndNote (Cite As You Write) which includes UKM Style (Gaya UKM) in citation and references.


When human subjects are involved, manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and written consent of each subject. Authors should be aware of the Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki), which has been published in the British Medical Journal (18 July 1964).

When experimental animals are used, the methods section must clearly indicate that adequate measures were taken to minimize pain or discomfort. Experiments should be carried out in accordance with the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC) or with the Guidelines laid down by the NIH in the US regarding the care and use of animals for experimental procedures or according to the appropriate Ethics Committee on Animal Experimentation. All studies using human or animal subjects should include an explicit statement in the Methods section identifying the review and approval committee for each study.

Editors reserved the right to reject the submitted manuscripts if there is doubt whether appropriate procedures have been taken.


It is the author's responsibility to ensure that his or her submitted work does not infringe any existing copyright. Authors should obtain permission to reproduce or adapt copyrighted material and provide evidence of approval upon submitting the final version of a manuscript.


Manuscripts will be reviewed by the Editorial Board and at least one independent referee. Decisions regarding the publication of a manuscript will be based on the Board's recommendations. The manuscript will be evaluated based on its appropriateness for Jurnal Sains Kesihatan Malaysia, contribution to the discipline, cogency of analysis, conceptual breadth, clarity of presentation and technical adequacy.  Manuscripts submitted by members of the journal's Editorial Board are subjected to the same review procedure.


One set of proofs will be sent to the author(s) to be checked for printing errors and it is the responsibility of the author(s) to submit corrections to the Editorial Board.


There is no publication fees for submission to Jurnal Sains Kesihatan Malaysia (Malaysian Journal of Health Sciences).


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  5. All illustrations, figures, and tables are must be labelled and supplied on pages separate from the text. The desired placement in the text should be clearly indicated.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements (UKM Style) outlined in the Author Guidelines which is found in About the Journal.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  8. I understand that the submitted manuscript may be subjected to similarity checks using the appropriate software.
  9. Please provide names, affiliations and email addresses of TWO (2) potential reviewers that would be able to give a fair judgement on the research work that has been submitted to JSKM.

Copyright Notice

It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors assign copyright to the Penerbit, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, using the form available on the Copyright Assignment Form page. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning copyright, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia is notified in writing and in advance.

Our journal offers an open access articles, which is under the Creative Common license type : Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)


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