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Author Guidelines


All manuscripts must be submitted through this online system.  We no longer accept hardcopy or email submission.


Sains Malaysiana is a refereed journal committed to the advancement of scholarly knowledge and research findings of the several branches of science and technology. It contains articles on Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences. The journal publishes articles, reviews, and research notes whose content and approach are of interest to a wide range of scholars. Articles under Engineering (design, simulation, education, etc), survey, architecture,and computer sciences are not covered in the scope.

Sains Malaysiana is published by an autonomous Editorial Board drawn from the Faculty of Science and Technology, 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 12 on A4 paper not exceeding 25 pages, not more than 6 figures and 6 tables.


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 languages. For authors who are unable to provide the abstract in Malay version, 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 references. Manuscripts must conform to the references in Penerbit UKM style or the Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press). The references style adopted should be consistent throughout the manuscript.

Template of manuscript can be accessed HERE


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 Sains Malaysiana, 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.


A copy of proof will be sent to the author(s) for final checking and it is the responsibility of the author(s) to submit corrections to the Editorial Board.


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 manuscript has not been previously published, nor is it submitted simultaneously to another journal for consideration.
  2. I have read the Author Guidelines when preparing the manuscript.  The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined, which is found in About the Journal.
  3. The manuscript was written with double spacing,  font Times, size 12 and not more than 25 pages.
  4. All illustrations including figures, charts and graphs, are labelled and supplied on pages separate from the text. The desired placement in the text are clearly indicated. All illustrations are referred to and numbered serial, as figures. All illustrations are 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.

  5. The document is available in Microsoft Office format (doc, docx, rtf) and PDF format.  The file in PDF format is uploaded as the main file and .doc file is uploaded as a supplementary file.
  6. Name, address and email address (institution's email) of  three possible referees outside the authors' institution are indicated in the COMMENTS TO THE EDITOR.
  7. I understand that the submitted manuscript may be subjected to similarity checks using the appropriate software.

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