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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

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. 


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.


1. Title Page

The title page should contain the following:

• Title of article
• Author
• Qualifications
• Contact details
• Abstract

2. Headings

The headings in an article should be formatted as follows: 

I   HEADING LEVEL ONE (i.e upper-case Roman numeral not italicised; heading in large capitals)
A  Heading Level Two (i.e upper-case letter not italicised; heading italicized)

3. Footnotes 

To be numbered sequentially from 1 to 99 and should appear at the foot of each page.
•  The sources are to be cited as follows:

(a) Cases 

• Case name, year, Vol. Journal or Law Report, page.


Howe v Smith [1884] 27 CLJ 89, 101.

(b) Legislation/Statutes 

• Section, Act, Country, Act No (if applicable)


Section 23, Housing Development Act 2007 (Malaysia), Act 345.

(c) Articles 

• Author, title of article, journal, year, volume, page numbers 
• Do not use ibid or op cit. Repeat author's name, add the first footnote reference, page numbers.


1. Adrian Lee, et.al., “Penalty or Liquidated Damages – A Question of Enforceability”,Journal of Comparative Studies, 1988, Vol. 5, pp. 23-25.
2. Adrian Lee, n1, pp. 26-27.

(d) Books 

• Author, title, edition, publisher, year, page numbers
• Do not use ibid or op cit. Repeat author's name, add the first footnote reference, page numbers.


1. H.P. Lee, Constitutional Conflicts in Contemporary Malaysia, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, 1995, pp. 115-116.
2. H.P. Lee, n1, pp. 117-120.

(e) Internet resources 

• Author, title, name of site/periodical/newspaper, <url> date accessed.


Rupert Cornwall, 30th July 2013, “Middle East Peace ‘Possible in 9 Months’ Claims John Kerry – but Formidable Obstacles Remain” The Independent, <http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/middle-east-peace-possible-in-nine-months-claims-john-kerry--but-formidable-obstacles-remain-8738625.html>. Site accessed on 31.7.2013.