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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 Microsoft Word. Author must upload the article in two format; without affiliation and with affiliation.
  • 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.
  • Manuscript specifications : The entire manuscript, including a structured abstract– in 250 words or less (no more than 100 in any one section) in English and Bahasa Melayu. The length of manuscript must be between 6000 and 8000 words EXCLUDING title page and references.
  • Manuscript and reference list according to the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Manual 7th. ed. Any acknowledgments by the author with or without any grant must be stated before references.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Journal of Social Development is published by Universiti Utara Malaysia Press for the School of Applied Psychology, Social Work and Policy. This Journal is published once a year in Malay and English in September every year. The article encompass all aspects of social and human development studies, and also welcome writing on any other subjects from social and human development perspective.

Article sent for publication in Journal of Social Development must be written according to the following:


TITLE, ABSTRACT & KEYWORDS: Must be in Malay and English language.

EMAIL ADDRESS (corresponding author)

ABSTRACT: Abstract should include objective, methodology, sample, instruments, data analysis, and results of the research in not more than 250 words. Abstracts need to be written in both Malay and English language. Keywords not more than 5 words.

INTRODUCTION: The background includes literature review, theoretical approach, problem statement, and objectives or research questions or hypothesis.

METHODOLOGY: Research method section includes sampling, research design, instruments, and procedures for data collection and analysis.

RESULTS: Results section displays descriptive and inferential data. Please limit the number of pictures, tables or graphs to not more than 5.

DISCUSSION, IMPLICATION AND SUGGESTION: This section discusses how the results obtained answer the research questions. The implication section describes how the result of the research is significant to stake holders especially for professionals in such field.

CONCLUSION: Conclusion of the study.

REFERENCES: Authors need to ensure that references in the text and in the list are accurate and follow the format using APA style 6th edition.

FORMAT TYPESET: The articles need to be written using Font Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced. The length of the articles should be not more than 20 pages