AJODL Guideline For Authors

The journal is published bi-annually 30th June and 23rd December and the AJODL committee invites paper submission any time of the year. It is an international peer-reviewed journal that practices double-blind review. All articles are reviewed by at least two reviewers and a second review by either the Chief Editor or Publication Committee Chairpersons. Articles will also be subjected to language editing by the Executive Editor. This journal is indexed under the Malaysian Citation Index (MCI). 

Please be informed that the manuscript submitted must be original, previously unpublished, and not under consideration for publication in any other format elsewhere. If it is published in this journal, it must not be published elsewhere in the same form or even in any translated form without written consent of the publisher, Open University Malaysia.

The manuscript submitted must be approved by all named authors. It must also be approved by responsible authorities (if such conditions are applicable). The responsibility of obtaining such permission lies with the author(s). The author(s) must also obtain required written permission and credit the source(s) if the submitted article contains any excerpts from other copyrighted works is included.

We welcome contributors from all around the world to submit their articles in this journal. Please send your manuscript to ajodl@oum.edu.my or to the Chief Editor by the corresponding author with their full name, full postal address, email address, manuscript title and the copyright transfer form. Failure to submit the copyright transfer form will result in the manuscript not to be published.

Manuscript Template and Format

The manuscript must be prepared using the attached Microsoft Word template in English (UK). Please download the provided manuscript template and use it to prepare the manuscript. The number of accepted pages of the manuscript is between 6 and 10 pages.

The font used must be Arial 10 pt and single spaced. The manuscript must have the following section: (i) Title, (ii) Name of authors with postal and email addresses, (iii) Abstract, (iv) Keywords, (v) Introduction, (vi) Body of text with headers, (vii) Conclusion and (viii) Reference. An acknowledgement section could be added between the conclusion and the reference section. The reference listed must adhere to the APA referencing format. All figures (including graphs) and tables must be clearly depicted and labelled.

Please note that failure to comply the above format and regulation will result in the manuscript not to be considered for publication. 

Copyright and Open Access Initiative

Upon the acceptance of the manuscript, the author(s) must sign the copyright transfer form which is an agreement from the author(s) to transfer the copyright of the manuscript to the publisher. Fill out the attached copyright form, sign, scan and email it to Chief Editor upon receiving an acceptance letter from the Chief Editor.

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other forms of distribution or use of the published articles as permitted through the Open Access Permission or written approval from the AJODL requires credit to the AJODL as the copyright holder.

Open Access Permission

As per the Open Access Initiative by the AJODL:

  • the AJODL articles are easily accessible by all through the link given in the next section.
  • all users are allowed to read, download, print, copy, distribute, display or use them for any other lawful and non-commercial purposes on condition that proper credit is given to the authors and the AJODL (as the copyright holder).
  • For use other than the above, please send in a written request to ajodl@oum.edu.my.