Instruction for Author

INSTRUCTION FOR AUTHOR

 

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  1. Template Manuscript for SMJ
  2. Cover Letter SMJ
  3. Guidelines for SMJ Contributor

Submission Procedure 

The manuscript must be sent in Microsoft Word (.docx / .doc) format and concisely written in English Language (United Kingdom).

The cover letter, the manuscript and the attachments must be emailed. For easy tracking and reference, please use:

  • “SMJ Submission” as the email’s subject title to gafellgt@sarawak.gov.my

Cover letter: The submission must include a cover letter (see the Cover letter sample template for submission) explaining the novelty of the work and in what way does the manuscript benefit Sarawak or the journal.

Title page: The first page of manuscript should include a Title, Name of Author(s), Email address(es), Affiliation(s), ORCID ID (https://orcid.org/register) and a brief CV of 50 words about the corresponding author.


Article type 

Original full length research paper

The length for the original research paper is between 1500-8000 words of text (Counting only main text: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion). Manuscript should be ordered accordingly in the following style:

  1. Abstract (Please provide an abstract of 150-250 words)
  2. Keywords (Please provide 3-6 keywords related to the manuscript)
  3. Introduction 
  4. Materials and Methods
  5. Results
  6. Discussion
  7. Conclusion
  8. Acknowledgement
  9. Author contributions (eg: John has conceived the ideas, designed the methodology, specimen’ identification, data analysis and led the writing of original draft; Ahmad and Sara have been involved in data analysis.) 
  10. Declaration of Competing Interest 
  11. References (15-20 references) 
  12. Appendices (where applicable) 
  13. Figures and Tables: All Figures (charts and graphs and any illustrations) and Tables should be clearly presented.  Figures (maximum of 6 figures) and Tables (maximum of 4 tables) must be supplied on separate pages from the text.

Short communication

Shorter report on research results that follows the structure as original full length research paper. Maximum length for short communication is between 1500-8000 words of text (Counting only main text: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion). Manuscript should be ordered accordingly in the following style:

  1. Abstract (Please provide an abstract of 150-250 words)
  2. Keywords (Please provide 3-6 keywords related to the manuscript)
  3. Introduction
  4. Materials and Methods
  5. Results and Discussion
  6. Conclusion 
  7. Acknowledgement 
  8. Author contributions (eg: John has conceived the ideas, designed the methodology, specimen identification, data analysis and led the writing of original draft; Ahmad and Sara have been involved in specimen identification and data analysis.) 
  9. Declaration of Competing Interest 
  10. References (15-20 references) 
  11. Appendices (where applicable)
  12. Figures and Tables: All Figures (charts and graphs and any illustrations) and Tables should be clearly presented.  Figures (maximum of 6 figures) and Tables (maximum of 4 tables) must be supplied on separate pages from the text.

Review articles

Review articles encompass manuscripts that review previously published research of primary research. It should give a critical overview of current trends and thoughts. Maximum length for review articles is between 1500-8000 words of text (Counting only main text: Introduction and Conclusion). Manuscript should be ordered accordingly in the following style:

  1. Abstract (Please provide an abstract of 150-250 words)
  2. Keywords (Please provide 3-6 keywords related to the manuscript)
  3. Introduction
  4. Sub-topics
  5. Conclusion 
  6. Acknowledgement 
  7. Author contributions (eg: John has conceived the ideas;  Mary led the writing of original draft)
  8. Declaration of Competing Interest 
  9. References (10-20 references) 
  10. Appendices (where applicable)
  11. Figures and Tables: All Figures (charts and graphs and any illustrations) and Tables should be clearly presented.  Figures (maximum of 6 figures) and Tables (maximum of 4 tables) must be supplied on separate pages from the text.

The manuscript must be typed using Times New Roman font with double spacing throughout with liberal margins. SMJ reserves the right to reject manuscript if the author fails to comply with the instructions in this guideline.


Font sizes to use:

  1. 13 pt for Title 
  2. 11 pt for name(s) of author(s) 
  3. 11 pt for main text and sub-title (bold) 
  4. 10 pt for Abstract and Quotations  (fully justified, hanging paragraphs) 
  5. 10 pt for Notes & References

Tables

  1. Captions to be at the top and numbered consecutively within the manuscript. 
  2. Font size: 10 pt

Figures

  1. Captions to be at the bottom and numbered in a single sequence based on their order within the manuscript.
  2. Font size: 10 pt

Plates

  1. Captions to be at the bottom and numbered (in roman numerals) in a single sequence based on their order within the journal. 
  2. Font size:  10 pt

Endnotes

  1. Should be assembled at the end of the main text as Notes (before References). 
  2. Font size:  10 pt

Citation & References

Citation

In-text citation should be given in the APA Style. Cite references in the text by the author’s surname and year of publication. The following are examples of citations:

  1. Single author: ….(Yeap, 2004) 
      OR ...as reported by Yeap (2004)... 
  2. Two authors: …...(Simon & Micheal, 2001) 
      OR…. Simon and Micheal (2001) stated that…... 
  3. Three or more authors: …..(Tan et al., 1988) 
      OR  ….following method by Tan et al. (1988) 
  4. Single author or same authors in the same parenthesis: (Sara & Rose, 2015a, 2015b)

In-Text Quotation

  1. Single author: ….(Yeap, 2004, p. 123) 
      OR ...as reported by Yeap (2004, p. 123)...


Reference List

 

  1. The list of references should include works that are cited in the text and any published work from reliable sources. 
  2. Should be given with the authors' names and dates of publication in the text and works listed at the end of the article in alphabetical order of authors' names using the latest APA style. 
  3. Font size:  10 pt

 


Sample

REFERENCES

Journal

Laidlaw, F. F. (1915a). Contributions to a study of the dragonfly fauna of Borneo. Part III. A collection made on Mount Kinabalu by Mr J.C. Moulton in September and October 1913. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1915. 25–39. 


Laidlaw, F. F. (1915b). Some additions to the dragonfly fauna of Borneo. The Sarawak  Museum Journal 2(6). 273–275. 


Smith, T. J., Boto, K.G., Frusher S.D. & Raymond, G.L. (1991). Keystone species and mangrove forest dynamics: The influence of burrowing crabs on soil nutrient status and forest productivity. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science. 33. 419–432.


Book

Likens, B. (2005). Ecology: Population ecology. In Biology, edited by Campbell N.A. & Reece J.B. Seventh Edition. Pearson-Benjamin Cummings: San Francisco.




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