Special Issue Guideline

  1. All special issues must receive initial approval from MJS Editorial Board. Only xxx  papers will be considered.
  2. MJS Editorial Board has appointed xxx as the special issue editor. She/ He will form the Editorial team for this Special Issue.
  3. The publication will be for xxx. This depends when the manuscript are submitted to MJS.
  4. Selected articles should be at least 70% from international authors while local (Malaysian) authors will be 30%.
  5. The review process and editorial procedure: Special issue articles should fulfil all the normal requirements of MJS guidelines. The special issue’s principle editors will select the articles and if the articles meet the appropriate standard of scope, quality, originality, and significance, authors need to submit their papers via online submission system at ejournal.um.edu.my/index.php/MJS. Manuscripts must be in English. Editors should make it clear to authors that being invited to submit a paper is not a guarantee of its publication. Authors should submit their papers to the appropriate Special Issue, from a dropdown menu within the system, when asked during the submission process.  The submitted papers will then be available within the online system for the editors to send out for double blind peer review.
  6. Editors are expected to oversee the peer review process for the Special Issue but final acceptance approval for each paper will be given by the MJS editorial board. In this case it will be x from MJS, X people from the organizer.
  7. Please note that the MJS Editorial Board will take the final decision on the manuscripts.
  8. In addition, where a “major revision” has been requested, the revised paper should also be peer reviewed. In summary, guest editors are expected to apply the same editorial rigour as the journal editors. All papers will as far as possible be reviewed by scientists outside the circle of volume contributors. Reviewers should be from oversea (2:1)
  9. Length: A full Special Issue should comprise of approximately 10 -15 articles or 120 pages only. If the review process results in fewer articles than this a part-Special Issue can be published. If there are other good articles accepted by reviewers then it will be published in normal issues.
  10. Special issue will be in addition to the normal three (3) issues per year. The review process should proceed promptly. We reserve the right to publish any late papers in a subsequent regular issue if the late papers have fallen behind agreed deadlines.
  11. All final accepted papers will be uploaded by MJS editorial assistant in the MJS website and each article is accepted it will be published and be citable on SCOPUS as an Article in Press until the full Special Issue is accepted and completed. Authors will be sent proofs to check during this time.
  12. Cost: All cost to be covered by party requesting special issue. Final accepted papers will be uploaded by MJS editorial assistant.
  13. Editorial administrative fees of USD xxx x x months to be paid to Editorial Assistant by the party requesting the special issue.
  14. Name of Guest editors of special issue will be included in the front cover while details about the conference will be included in the second page.
  15. We recommend you share & return the entire document to MJS secretariat or email to mjs_um@um.edu.my. Template and document form will be given by the MJS secretariat to the editor.
  16. Special Issue charges will be USD750 per issue