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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

Issues of IJRCS are generally divided into three segments, each of which contains different categories of material with different lengths. Research articles should be between 5000-7000 words, while viewpoints should be between 1500-3000 words. Book reviews should be about 1500 words in length.


The author’s name, institutional affiliation and mailing addresses (email and postal) should be given on the title page of the manuscript only to facilitate blind reviewing. Manuscripts should be double-spaced on A4 sized paper with margins of 1.25” on both the right and left side of the page and 1” on the top and bottom of the page. Each paragraph should be indented. All quotations in the main text should consistently be in double quotation marks. Titles of books should be italicised throughout, while titles of articles should be in double quotation marks.


Contributors should also include a brief abstract of content between 150 and 200 words for each research article. This should be followed by a maximum of 6 keywords in the article, and a brief biographical statement of the author (85 words maximum) for any types of manuscripts.


Submissions should be done online. All inquiries, including inquiries regarding book reviews, can be addressed to


The Journal is published online biannually in June and December. Materials should be submitted for consideration at least 3 months before the targeted date of publication.


The Journal charges a one-time RM 300 publication fee from every accepted research article, and it must be paid before the article is published online.


We do not accept work published previously or submitted concurrently for publication elsewhere. The article must be written in grammatically sound and lucid prose, and follow the methodology of research used in the field of social sciences and humanities.


Spelling and Punctuation: For the purpose of consistency, the Journal requires contributors to use the British spelling throughout, except in cited texts. Double quotation marks should be used all through, except in the case of a quotation within a quotation, where single quotation marks should be used. All punctuation, except colon and semi-colon, should be inside the quotation marks consistently in the manuscript.


Quotations: Any quoted piece that exceeds twenty-five words should be clearly separated from the main text by indenting the left margin. Spelling and punctuation marks are to be retained exactly as in the original text. The name of the author, the title, the page number of the cited work should be indicated in brackets at the end of each citation.  The paper must follow the APA style of citation.


References: References will list full bibliographical references cited in the manuscript.


Copyright Notice: Copyrights of all materials published in the Journal are held exclusively by the Journal and the respective author/s. Any reproduction of material from the journal without proper acknowledgement or prior permission will result in the infringement of intellectual property laws.



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