Manuscript Guideline

Note to Contributors

All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter and a brief abstract. All necessary contact information should also be included.

Submission of manuscripts will be taken to imply that they contain original unpublished material and are not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Subject to contrary written agreement with the author, copyright in all material accepted for publication will be assigned to Universiti Utara Malaysia Press.

The UUMJLS seeks submission for publication of papers on areas within the law, or related to the law by synthesis with other recognized and scholarly fields. Examples could be (but not be limited to) Law and Semiotics, Law and Psychology, Law and Medicine, Law and Management, Legal Theory, Jurisprudence, Law and Rhetoric, Law and Ethics, Law and Philosophy, Law and Government, Law and Policy, Law and International Studies.

Apart from the information provided above under the ‘Call for Papers’, the UUM Journal of Legal Studies requests that contributors comply with the following standards:

The top and bottom margins for the text should be set at 2.54 centimeters. Those for left and right are 2.54 centimeters.

The title of your paper should be in bold face, each word must be capitalised, single-spaced and centred across the top of the first page using Times New Roman 16pt.

The name of author(s), department(s), institution (s), city(s), country(s) and e-mail addres(s) should be centered below the title of the paper with initial caps and with font Times New Roman 12pt. Please state which author is the corresponding author using (*). Submit your paper to at any time.

Abstract should have the following elements, and should be no longer than 300 words: (a) significance, timeliness and purpose of the paper; (b) research question; (c) thesis statement as a theme; (d) methodology, delimitations and artifacts of the argument; (e) structure of the paper’s argument based on the methodology; (f) research outcome. The abstract should have the same structure as the introduction, but not re-use the same wordage. The abstract should be in Times New Roman 10pt font single-line spaced.

Main Content:
The main content should be in Times New Roman 12pt font. Paper should be between 6000 and 8000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Format Instructions:

All headings should be in bold face. First-level headings should be left justified and capitalizd using Times New Roman 12pt font. Second-level subheadings should be set flush left with initial caps using Times New Roman 12pt font. Third level heading  should be set flush left with initial caps and italic using Times New Roman 12pt font.  Please do not use headings other than these three types. At least a one-line space should separate these headings from the preceding text.

All paragraphs should be full-justified. Single-space the body of the paper. All body text should be in font Times New Roman 12pt, 1.5 line-spaced, with a 12pt line-space between paragraphs. This can be set up in the Microsoft Word Paragraph menu. The paper should be about 6000 – 8000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography. However, larger paper may be accepted. There should be about at least 3 bibliographic entries per 1000 words written. Bibliographic entries should be authoritative. Journal articles cited should be from the most authoritative journals in the field. The UUM JLS encourages qualitative papers.

Figures and Tables
Figures and tables should be placed as close as possible to where they are cited. First-level headings state the table or figure number and may be followed by second-level subheadings.

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.

All referencing should be in APA referencing style, using footnotes and bibliography. Substantial and detailed footnotes are encouraged, to demonstrate the author’s depth of scholarship. Use the Microsoft Word software to create footnotes. All footnotes should be in Times New Roman 8pt, justified, single-line-spaced, with no line space between footnotes. All references should be pin-point references where possible. Please add the square-bracketed numbers, as shown below, to each entry.

1. Ming, J. T. C., Gee, C. S., & Lee, C. L. (2006). Ownership Structure And Corporate Governance: Further Evidence From Malaysia. Banker's Journal Malaysia (130), 21-32.
2. Roche, J. (2005). Corporate governance in Asia. New York: Routledge.

Example of paper format can be found at ‘Format for Paper Submission

We strongly encourage contributors to submit their manuscripts through the link in our website.  Alternatively, you may still submit via email to the Managing Editor, UUM Journal of Legal Studies (UUM JLS) at

Anonymous Review:
To facilitate our anonymous review process, please confine your name, affiliation, biographical information, and acknowledgments to a separate cover page. Include the manuscript’s title on the first text page.  All articles submitted to the Journal must comply with these instructions. Failure to do so will result in return of the manuscript and possible delay in publication.   

UUM JLS is an open-access journal. All articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) that permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction provided that the authors, citation details and publisher are clearly identified. For any reuse or distribution, make clear that the article is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.