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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

JMCL accepts manuscripts for reviews on the basis that the manuscript:

  1. Is the author's original work;
  2. Has not been previously published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere;
  3. Does not contain anything abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, objectionable, misleading or deceptive or likely to mislead or deceive.

 It is to be noted that there is no fee for publication, nor will the Author receive any royalties for publication.

Please submit manuscripts to the Managing Editor of the Journal at jmcl@um.edu.my or via online submission [ here ].


1. Articles should not exceed the maximum of 10,000 words (including footnotes); articles shorter than this are favored. Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 150-250 words. 

2. The typesetting format for the whole article is as follows:
• Microsoft Word ONLY
• Font size: 12
• Font style: Times New Roman
• Double-spaced
• Justified margins
3. Footnotes should be used, not endnotes. 
4. Final responsibility for the accuracy of all citations and quotations rests with the contributors.
5. Quotations of more than 30 words should be indented without quotation marks. Shorter quotations within the text should be enclosed by double inverted commas.

Submissions Guide

1.  Manuscripts must be in accordance with our style guide below.
2. Manuscripts must be accompanied with the following information on a separate file:

  • Name of author(s) and affiliation
  • Corresponding address
  • Contact number
  • Email
  • Name of file attached

3. Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

  • JMCL is committed to ensure that its journal is fair, professional and ethical. JMCL’s aim is to uphold the integrity of academic record.
  • JMCL has no tolerance for plagiarism, copyright infringement or other malpractices in publication and views these issues very seriously.
  • JMCL seeks to protect the rights of authors and will promptly investigate claims of copyright infringement, plagiarism, publication malpractice or misuse of published material.
  • JMCL uses a double-blind peer review process to assess all articles submitted. Articles submitted to JMCL are also checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to contain plagiarism or third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, JMCL reserves the right to take action to remedy the situation including, publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies.


Style Guide

We welcome the submission of articles and comments for publication in the journal, and should be submitted to the Managing Editor, Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law (JMCL) at jmcl@um.edu.my. 

Effective from the 2019 December edition, the Journal adopts the Australian Guide to Legal Citation as its house style.

For further information, please see [ here ].