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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The IIUM Journal of Human Sciences is a bi-annual journal based at the Human Sciences Division of International Islamic University Malaysia, using the Open Journal System (OJS). It supports the publication of peer reviewed quality academic works in the human science disciplines. Authors are invited to submit articles which have not been published, or offered for publication elsewhere.


The article must follow the following standards.

  1. The article is prepared in WORD FORMAT, which length is 10–25 pages.


  1. The article must consist of an abstract which provides a brief information on the background of the article, its method, findings, significance, and five keywords. It should consist of 200–250 words.


  1. The font type is Cambria, in font size- 12. The spacing is set at 1.5 space (Before & After: 0 pt). The Margins is 1 inch right, left, top and bottom. Do not indent the paragraphs. Leave a line between paragraphs.


  1. TABLE AND FIGURES. Tables and figures are to be in black and white, completed with titles, sources and notes, and to be explicitly mentioned in the text (e.g., Table 3.3 indicates…). It should be in modifiable format for the publication layout purpose.


  1. WRITING AND REFERENCING STYLES. The Language used in IJOHS is Authors are to adopt American Psychological Association (APA) style for citations and references. Use footnotes instead of endnotes. When citing author(s), please include author’s name and date of publication (e.g., Lee, 2010) in the citation. In cases when the article adopts direct quotations,  the author (s) must be cited with PAGE NUMBER of the cited article (e.g., Lee, 2010, p. 112). Direct quotations of 40 words or more are to be set in block style at the font size of 11.


  1. ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS. Use abbreviation and acronym appropriately. Write the term in full in the first usage of the term with the abbreviation/ acronym in parenthesis. When using the term in the subsequent sentence, use the abbreviated version consistently. 


  1. PUBLICATION FEE. A fee of RM300 is charged per accepted article, to be borne by author/authors.


       8. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL. In cases when the article uses copyrighted material, author(s) are responsible to secure permission to use the material. The letter of permission should be submitted together with the paper.


      9. REFERENCES: Please check that all citation in the article are in the References, and vice versa. Please follow this style of layout (APA Reference Style).



Anderson, L.W. (1984). Time and school learning. London: Croom Helm.


Article/chapter in Edited Book

Rimmershaw, R. (1992). Pragmatic knowledge in expository text comprehension: a recall study with young readers. In B. Van Hout-Wolters and W. Schmotz, (Eds.), Text comprehension and learning from text, pp. 107-124. Amsterdam: Swets & Zeitlinger.


Journal article

Carraher, T.N., Carraher, D.W. and Schliemann, A.D. (1985). Mathematics in the streets and in schools, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 3: 21-29.


Journal article from a subscription database

Tenpenny, P.L. , Keriazakos, M.S., Lew, G.S., & Phelan, T.P. (1998). In search of inadvertent plagiarism. American Journal of Psychology, 11 (4): 529-559. Retrieved July 1, 2002, from Expanded Academic Index ASAP database.


Print journal article, no author named

Recent developments in the law: Universities and other institutions of higher learning. (1999). Journal of Law and Education, 28: 586.


Internet-only journal or magazine article

Gilbert, S. (2002, January). Achieving the embarrassment level, Syllabus Magazine. Retrieved April 16, 2002, from


Unpublished print paper presented at a meeting or conference

Haas, M.F. (1995, March 23-25). The undergraduate research paper: teaching ethical relationships. Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Washington, D.C.


Paper available on the Internet

Benbunn-Fich, R., Hiltz, S.R., & Turoff, M. (2001). A comparative content analysis of face-to-face vs. ALN-mediated teamwork. Paper presented at the 34th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Maui. Retrieved November 8, 2001 from


Unpublished Dissertation

Jenkins, T.S. (1992). Identification and classification of the reasons given by college students for why plagiarism is wrong and a description of how college students respond to explanations and statements about plagiarism. Unpublished dissertation, Michigan State University.

Each submission will be assessed based on the compliance to the above requirements, failing which the article may be returned to author/s.

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