Manuscript Guideline

Call For papers

With great pleasure, the Editorial/Board of the Journal of International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia, invites you and your friends to submit articles to be considered for publication in our Journal of International Studies (JIS). The Journal of International Studies is refereed academic journal published annually by the College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia. Its main objective is to provide a Channel for the publication of articles based on empirical research, original thoughts, comparative study and commentaries on the contemporary issues of world dynamism from various perpectives, among others politics, international relations, diplomacy, economy, business, cross-cultural management, trade, law, and development. JIS invites prospective authors to submit original and unpublished work in areas that include but not limited to human rights, democratisation, trade arrangements, border disputes, corporate governance, multinational enterprises, logictis and supply chain, global maritime, sustainable development, political violence, and terrorism. Topics that of analysing regional comparative studies are also welcome.

Format and Style

Manuscripts should be written as accurately as possible and should be typed in double-spacing on one side of an A4 paper with margins at least 25mm. The entire paper should be written between 4000 to 8000 words.Manuscripts will be reviewed by a panel of referees. Comments will be made available to the contributors without disclosing the referees' names. Paper already accepted for any publication should not be submitted.

Review of Manuscripts

Manuscripts will be reviewed by the Editorial Board and at least one independent referee. Decisions regarding the publication of a manuscript will be based on the Board's recommendations. The manuscript will be evaluated based on its appropriateness, contribution to the discipline, cogency of analysis, conceptual breadth, clarity of presentation, and technical adequacy. To ensure that manuscripts are evaluated solely on their merit, the author's identity is concealed from referees during the review process. The full names and affiliations of all authors should appear on a separate cover page of the manuscript. Manuscripts submitted by members of the journal's Editorial Board are subjected to the same review procedure. Manuscript submitted will not be returned.

Cover letter

Manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter stating that the material has not been published, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.


The abstract should be brief, self-contained, explicit and should not exceed 300 words. 


Any acknowledgments by the author may appear here. The Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc should be brief and concise. For example:

  • Single grant- This work was supported by the __________ (Name of the Grant) _________( Grant number, year).

  • Multiple grants- separated by comma and space. 
    This work was supported by the Name of the Grant1 [grant numbers xxx, year]; Name of the Grant2 [grant number yyy, year]; and Name of the Grant3 [grant number aaa, year].

  • If Services and Facilities involved:
    Example: The authors gratefully acknowledge use of service and facilities of the Human-Centered Computing Research lab at Unviersiti Utara Malaysia, funded by Prototype Research Grant Scheme, Ministry of Higher Education [grant number and year].

  • Non-funded
    This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for profit sectors.


References should be carefully checked. The references are to be cited in the text in the American Psychological  Association (APA) 7th Edition. A reference list, only of work cited, should be provided at the end of the text arranged in salphabetical order. Examples of the format for books and journals are follows:

Journal Article, One Author

Burns, J., (2000). The dynamics of accounting change: Inter-play between new practices, routines, institutions, power, and politics. Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, 13 (5), 566-96.

Journal Article, Two Authors

Burns, J., & Scapens, R. (2000). Conceptualising management accounting change: An institutionalist framework. Management Accounting Research, 11 (1),3-25.

Book, Two Authors

Emmanuel, c., & Otley, D. (1990). Accounting for management control. London: Chapman and Hall.

Edited Book

Clegg, S., & Hardy, C. (1996). Conclusions: Representations. In Clegg, S., C. Hardy, & W. Nord (Eds.)
Handbook of organizational studies. (59-79). London-Sage.

Electronic Sources

Fredrickson, B. L. (2000, March 7). Cultivating positive emotions to optimize health and well-being.
Prevention & Treatment, 3, Article 0001a. Retreived November 20, 2000, from
preventionivolume.3/pre003000 1a.html.


Full names of agencies should be used in the first citation in any article. Accepted abbreviations or acronyms may be used for subsequent citations.


Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals. Where the table should appear in the text should be incicated by typing separate line, "Insert Table Here". All tables should be on separate sheets of paper and not in the main mody of the text. Titles and column headings should be brief.


Illustrations must be in a camera-ready form. Captions should be typed double-spaced in sequence, on a separate sheet of paer. Photographs, if any, should be large, clear, glossy prints, showing high-contrast. Each shold be identified on the back, complete with the author's name and the number of the illustrations.


Contributors must provide their full name(s), affiliation(s), academic qualification(s), postal addressees), e-mail addressees), telephone and fax number(s) on the first page of the paper. The contributor or the main contributor will receive a complimentary copy of the issues in which his/her article appears and 5 off prints.


Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors transfer copyright to the publisher as part of a journal publishing agreement with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) after the manuscript is accepted, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).