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Malaysian Journal of Chemistry (MJChem)
Instructions for Authors

1.Types of article acceptable

The Journal will comprise original research findings; review articles in specialized fields; short research communications (where the author has no intention of continuing further research) and letters.

Authors are asked to present their papers, particularly the synopsis and introduction, in such a way that they will be comprehensible to specialists on materials other than the one with which the article is primarily concerned. This is not a licence for lengthy discursive treatments; submissions should be as brief as is compatible with clarity. Internal laboratory reports are not usually suitable without drastic revision.



Submissions to Malaysian Journal of Chemistry should be sent in triplicate, to: Chief Editor, c/o Institut Kimia Malaysia, 127B Jln Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur. It will be assumed that authors will keep a copy in case of loss. Manuscripts, drawings and photographs should all be packed securely in flat envelopes and are best stiffened with cardboard to avoid damage.

Authors who are able to do should submit a further copy on diskette in PC compatible softwares eg. Microsoft Word or Wordperfect for Windows, in addition to the three hard copies which are necessary for administrative purposes.

2.1 Review articles

The Chief Editor, will be happy to receive suggestions for suitable subjects for review. Prospective authors of reviews are invited to contact him.

3. Copyright

Submission of an article to Malaysian Journal of Chemistry is taken to imply that it presents original, unpublished work, not under consideration for publication elsewhere. All contributions are studied by referees whose names are not normally disclosed to authors. On acceptance for publication papers are subject to editorial amendment. By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the copyright for their article is transferred to the Publisher if and when accepted for publication. The copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microfilm or any other reproductions of similar nature, and translations.

4.The manuscript

4.1. Language and Style

Manuscripts can be in either English or Bahasa Melayu An abstract in both English and Bahasa Melayu must be submitted if the manuscript is in Bahasa Melayu A translation of the abstract from English to Bahasa Melayu will be provided for foreign contributors. The manuscript is to be typed in double (not 1 1/2) spacing on one side only of A4 paper, with ample (4 cm) top, bottom and left-hand margins.

4.2. Presentation

Papers for Malaysian Journal of Chemistry should include an abstract not exceeding 200 words in length. The main text of the paper should be divided into sections and subsections, as exemplified in the headings of these "Instructions for authors".

4.3. References

References should be numbered consecutively in the text, thus: "According to a recent theory [4] ……"and collected at the end of the paper in the following styles, for journals, proceedings and books, respectively:

4. Johnson, K.L., Kendall, K., and Roberts, AD. (1971) Pros. Roy. Soc. London, Ser. A, 324, 301-313
5. B. L. Archer, "Biochemistry of Enzymic Deproteinisation ofHevea brasiliensis Latex", in Proc. Int. Rubber Conference '75, Vol II, 532 (1976)
6. 1. N. Israelachvili, "Intermolecular and Surface Forces" Academic Press, London (1985) p122

4.4. Illustrations

All illustrations, of whatever type, should be numbered in a single sequence and referred to in the text and caption as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc. The author's name and the figure number should be clearly shown on the front or back of each illustration. Original art-work should be sent; photocopies or any other form of copy will generally be unsuitable for reproduction in the Journal. A separate list of captions for illustrations should be provided and a note inserted in the typescript to indicate where they should appear. Figures will normally be reduced to either single (72mm) or double (148mm) column width and this should be borne in mind when the figures are labelled: a final capital letter height of about 2 mm (after reduction) is preferred.

4.4.1. Line diagrams.

Originals drawn in Indian ink or printed directly from a laser printer on good quality paper should be submitted. Letraset 705 is a good example of the lettering that may be used.

4.4.2. Photographs.

Photographs should be positive glossy prints, unmarked and not creased, and of high contrast. Colour printing is available, subject to the author meeting the extra cost involved.

4.5. Units and abbreviations

It is desirable that SI units be used. If unconventional units are employed (e.g.. deniar) appropriate conversion factors should be given. All abbreviations should be spelt out in full on first appearance, e.g., scanning electron microscope (SEM). 


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