Author Guideline

  • Call For papers

    With great pleasure, the Editorial/Board of the Journal of International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia, invites you and your friends to submit articles to be considered for publication in our Journal of International Studies (JIS). The Journal of International Studies is refereed academic journal published annually by the College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia. Its main objective is to provide a Channel for the publication of articles based on empirical research, original thoughts, comparative study and commentaries in international relation studies, international business, foreign relations, diplomacy, political science, strategic and security studies and related fields.

  • Format and Style

    Manuscripts should be written as accurately as possible and should be typed in double-spacing on one side of an A4 paper with margins at least 25mm. Each manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages. Manuscripts will be reviewed by a panel of referees. Comments will be made available to the contributors without disclosing the referees' names. Paper already accepted for any publication should not be submitted.

  • Review of Manuscripts

    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, contribution to the discipline, cogency of analysis, conceptual breadth, clarity of presentation, and technical adequacy. To ensure that manuscripts are evaluated solely on their merit, the author's identity is concealed from referees during the review process. The full names and affiliations of all authors should appear on a separate cover page of the manuscript. Manuscripts submitted by members of the journal's Editorial Board are subjected to the same review procedure. Manuscript submitted will not be returned.

  • Cover Letter

    Manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter stating that the material has not been published, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

  • Abstract

    The abstract should be brief, self-contained, explicit and should not exceed 200 words. Local contributors are required to submit two (2) abstracts, one in Malay and the other in English.

  • Endnotes

    Endnotes should be used.

  • References

    References should be carefully checked. The references are to be cited in the text in the author-date format-APA (6th ed.) and Chicago style. A reference list, only of work cited, should be provided at the end of the text arranged in salphabetical order. Examples of the format for books and journals are follows:

    • Journal Article, One Author

      Burns, J., (2004 ). The dynamics of accounting change: Inter-play between new practises, routines, institutions, power, and politics. Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, 13 (5), 566-96.

    • Journal Article, Two Authors

      Burns, J., & Scapens, R. (2004). Conceptualising management accounting change: An institutionalist framework.Management Accounting Research,11 (1), 3-25.

    • Book, Two Author

      Emmanuel, C., & Otley, D. (1990). Accounting for managemnet control. London: Chapman and Hall

    • Edited Book

      Clegg, S., & Hardy, C. (1996). Conclusions: Represantations. In Clegg, S., C. Hardy, & W. Nord (Eds.) Handbook of organizational studies. (59-79). London-Sage.

    • Electronic Sources

      Fredrickson, B. L. (2000, March 7). Cultivating positive emotions to optimize health and well-being. Prevention & Treatment, 3, Article 0001a. Retrieved November 20, 2000, from

  • Abbreviations

    Full journal title should be used, for the first citation in any article. Accepted abbreviations or acronyms may be used for subsequent citations.

  • Tables

    Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals. Where the table should appear in the text should be indicated by typing separate line, "Insert Table Here". All tables should be on separate sheets of paper and not in the main body of the text. Titles and column headings should be brief.

  • Illustrations

    Illustrations must be in a camera-ready form. Captions should be typed double-spaced in sequence, on a separate sheet of paper. Photographs, if any, should be large, clear, glossy prints, showing high-contrast. Each should be identified on the back, complete with the author's name and the number of the illustrations.

  • Contributors

    Contributors must provide their full name(s), affiliation(s), academic qualification(s), postal addressees), e-mail addresses), telephone and fax number(s) on the first page of the paper. The contributor or the main contributor will receive a complimentary copy of the issues in which his/her article appears and 5 off prints.

  • Copyright

    It is a condition of publication that authors vest copyright of their articles, including abstracts, to the Journal of International Studies