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Instructions to Authors


  • Manuscripts should not be less than 5,000 words and not more than 8,000 words. Manuscripts that do not adhere to this may not be considered for review. Each manuscript must have an abstract (between 150-250 words) and 5 keywords. Papers in Malay and Arabic must have an abstract and title in English.
  • Authors are required to send manuscript in word.docx.
  • To facilitate the blind review process, please ensure that the authors’ names do not appear anywhere in the manuscript or in the filename. Authors’ names, designations and institutional addresses should be in a separate file.
  • The Editorial Board will not edit submitted manuscripts for style or language.
  • Papers submitted to Journal of Nusantara Studies (JONUS) must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, either in electronic or printed form. The corresponding author should declare this when submitting the paper to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Upon submission of a paper, the author/authors are to provide the editorial board with names of two reviewers, complete with their addresses, designations and email addresses. The reviewers must have a doctorate in relevant areas.
  • Journal of Nusantara Studies (JONUS) retains the right to electronically distribute accepted manuscripts but the authors will retain copyright. If authors wish to republish the article, they must write to the Editor-in-Chief and acknowledge Journal of Nusantara Studies (JONUS) as the original publisher.
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to make editorial changes to any manuscript accepted for publication to enhance clarity and style.
  • Manuscripts that do not adhere to any of the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES may not be considered for review.




  • Authors are to submit their paper electronically by using the online submission ( When you are on the page, click on Author and follow the five step submission process.
  • All manuscripts must be typed in Microsoft Word (.docx) and 1.5 spaced. Margins are to be set at Normal (2.54cm all round) and paper size at A4 (21 x 29.7cm).
  • Formatting of references follows APA 6th edition.          

In general, the content of the manuscript should include:

  1. Title (short, precise, and descriptive)
  2. Author(s)’ name(s)
  3. Full address of the affiliation of each author
  4. Telephone number, fax, and e-mail addresses of each author
  5. Abstract (150 - 250 words)
  6. Keywords ( 5 words )
  7. Introduction
  8. Text Body
  9. Methodology (optional for conceptual papers)
  10. Results and Discussion (optional for conceptual papers)
  11. Conclusion
  12. Acknowledgement
*Note: The paper should make significant contributions to academic world.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

This is the statement of ethics for JONUS published by Penerbit Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin Malaysia (UniSZA Press). This statement was adapted from the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and covers the code of ethics for Editor-in-Chief, editorial board members, reviewers and authors.


  • Have the responsibility of ensuring only original work is submitted.
  • Must not reproduce work that has been previously published in other journals.
  • Must not submit any articles that are being reviewed or considered by the journal to other journals simultaneously.
  • Are only allowed to publish their work elsewhere after receiving a formal rejection from the journal or if their request to withdraw their work is officially accepted by the journal.
  • Must inform the Editor-in-Chief or the publisher of any inaccuracy of data in their published work so that correction or retraction of article can be done.
  • Should make significant contributions and be held accountable for any shortcoming in their work. 


  • Must disclose any competing interest before agreeing to review a submission.
  • Can refuse to review any submission due to a conflict of interest or inadequate knowledge.
  • Review all submissions objectively, fairly and professionally. 
  • Reveal any ethical misconduct encountered while reviewing to the Editor-in-Chief for further action.
  • Should ensure the originality of a submission and be alert to any plagiarism and redundant publication.
  • Must not discuss the content of the submission without permission.
  • Adhere to the time allocated for the review process. Requests for extension to review the submission are at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.


  • Actively contribute to the development and the greater good of the journal.
  • Act as ambassadors for the journal.
  • Continuously support and promote the journal.
  • Review any work assigned to them.


  • Evaluate manuscripts fairly and solely on their intellectual merit.
  • Ensure confidentiality of manuscripts and not disclose any information regarding manuscripts to anyone other than the people involved in the publishing process.
  • Has the responsibility to decide when and which articles are to be published.
  • Actively seek the views of board members, reviewers and authors on how to improve/ increase the image and visibility of the journal.
  • Give clear instructions to potential contributors on the submission process and what is expected of the authors.
  • Ensure appropriate reviewers are selected/ identified for the reviewing process.


Authors should submit only original work that is not plagiarized, and has not been published or being considered elsewhere.  Appropriate softwares may be used by the editorial office to check for similarities of submitted manuscripts with existing literature. Inclusion of fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements is unacceptable. Work and/or words from other publications must be appropriately cited or quoted.


Authors should state their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. The methods used in the work should be clearly and unambiguously described so that the findings can be repeated and confirmed by other researchers.


A statement on conflict of interest must be included in the manuscript if authors receive any support that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. 


Name of authors listed in a paper should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the report. Only those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the work must be acknowledged or listed as contributors. It is the duty of the corresponding author to ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper.  All co-authors must approve the final version of the paper and agree to the version of the paper before submission.


Authors should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research output in more than one journal or primary publication. A similar manuscript should not be submitted to more than one journal concurrently as this constitutes as unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Review Procedure  

After the submission deadline of each call for papers, manuscripts submitted to Journal of Nusantara Studies (JONUS) will go through an internal review.  If submitted papers meet the basic requirements of JONUS, they are sent out for double blind review from experts in the field.  Our reviewers are expected to review articles and return their reviews within 4 weeks of having received this. It is common for reviewers who recommend acceptance to also make this conditional on addressing possible errors or issues. If your reviewers make this recommendation, then you will be given the opportunity to adequately respond to their feedback by a required date. This entire review process will take anywhere between 2-3 months after submission of manuscript. The editor’s decision is final.

Paper Fee

Journal of Nusantara Studies (JONUS) is completely free to read and download. However, each accepted paper will be charged a very small amount Article Processing Charge (APC) of MYR 300  for us to cover the typesetting cost. 



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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.

    Please click here to download JONUS Template for blind submission and please click here to download JONUS Template for final submission (Microsoft Word). The only difference in these two templates is that template for the blind submission does not have the authors' name.

  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is 1.5-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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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