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Wacana Seni : Journal of Arts Discourse

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Wacana Seni : Journal of Arts Discourse


Discipline(s) / Subdiscipline(s):

     1. Arts & Humanities
         - Performing arts
         - Visual arts

     2. Social Sciences
         - Cultural and ethnic studies
         - Media & communication

E-ISSN: 2180-4311
Print ISSN: 1675-3410
Publisher: Universiti Sains Malaysia
Publication type: Print & Electronic
Publication frequency: 1 time(s) per year
Journal Website: http://wacanaseni.usm.my/index.htm

Contact Info

Prof. Dr. Tan Sooi Beng
Wacana Seni Journal of Arts Discoursee
School of the Arts,
Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia

Email: wacanaseni@gmail.com

Wacana Seni Journal of Arts Discourse, a refereed journal of the School of the Arts, published by Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, promotes the advancement of scholarly knowledge about the arts and design particularly in Malaysia and Asia. The journal publishes articles with theoretical approaches from various disciplines, artists’ statements about creative processes, conversational dialogues with prominent artists, as well as reviews of books, recordings, exhibitions, and performances.

For further inquiries please email: Editor-in- Chief: Prof. Dr. Tan Sooi Beng, wacanaseni@gmail.com



Prof. Dr. Tan Sooi Beng

Editorial Board

Editorial Board
  • Dr. Abdul Razak Abdul Aziz
  • Assoc Prof Shanthi Balraj
  • Dr. Izmer Ahmad
  • Dr. Mumtaz P.V. Aboo Backer
  • Dr. Sarena Abdullah
  • Dr. Jason Tye Kong Chiang
  • Dr. A.S. Hardy Shafii
  • En. Johan Awang Othman
  • Dr. Muhizam Mustaffa

    Editorial Advisory Board
  • Prof. Dr. Melani Budianta, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta
  • Prof. Dr. Margaret Kartomi, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Prof Dr.Patricia Matusky, Grand Valley State University, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Mohd Anis Md.Nor, Universiti Malaya
  • Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan, Universiti Malaysia Sabah
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shahanum Mohd. Shah, Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Prof Dr. Astri Wright, Univ. of Victoria, Canada
  • Dr Charlene Rajendran, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



    Wacana Seni, Journal of Arts Discourse is a refereed journal of the School of Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia, published for the advancement of scholarly knowledge about the arts particularly in Malaysia and Asia. Each issue contains articles using different multidisciplinary approaches, artists’ statements about their creative processes, creative dialogues with prominent artists and reviews of books, records, exhibitions, and performances.

    The journal is published once a year. It promotes networking and exchange between  academics and practitioners. Articles appear in English and Malay.

    Editorial Policy

    Copyright policy
    Upon acceptance of an article, Authors will be asked to transfer copyright. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. A letter will be sent to the corresponding Author confirming receipt of the manuscript. A form facilitating the transfer of copyright can be obtained from http://wacanaseni.usm.my/WScopyrightTransferForm.pdf.

    If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the Author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article.

    Articles must be originally written by the author. Work/words of others have to be appropriately cited or quoted.

    Authors attest that all persons designated as authors qualify  for authorship and all those who qualify are listed. All appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors must be included on the paper, and all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission for publication.

    Language policy
    Manuscripts should be clearly and concisely written in standard Bahasa Malaysia or English (UK). Manuscripts written in Bahasa Malaysia must also submit title, abstract, keywords and reference in English. 

    Manuscript Submission
    Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all Authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the Universiti Sains Malaysia Press (USMP).

    ScholarOne Manuscripts™
    Manuscripts must be submitted through the online submission and refereeing system  ScholarOne Manuscripts™.
    New authors must first register at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/wacanaseni
    1. Log-in or click the "Create Account" option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts™.
    2. If you are creating a new account: 
    a. After clicking on "Create Account" enter your name and e-mail information and click "Next". Your email information is very important. 
    b. Enter your institution and address information as prompted then click "Next."
    c. Enter an user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID) and then select your area of expertise. Click "Finish" when done. (Note: The password you select must be at least 8 characters long)
    3. After you have created your account, click "Log-in". You should see a welcome screen with two options: Author Center and Reviewer Center. Select "Author Center" for submission a manuscript.  
    4. After you have logged in author dashboard, click the "Submit a new Manuscript" link in the menu bar. 
    5. Enter data and answer questions as prompted.
    6. Click on the "Next" button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
    7. Your will be prompted to upload your files: 
    a. Click on the "Browse" button and locate the file on your computer. 
    b. Select the description of the file in the drop down next to the Browse button. 
    c. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the "Upload" button. Note: You have a limit of 10 MB combined for all files you upload)
    8. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Editors. Click the "Submit" button when you are done reviewing.
    9. Acknowledgment of receipt will be sent by email shortly after your submission is processed by online submission system. Submitted articles will not be returned. Authors should retain an original copy.

    This Journal practices a double-blind peer review policy. The Editorial Board may exercise their prerogative to reject a manuscript without peer review if that manuscript is judged  to be outside the scope of the Journal, poorly written or formatted or lacking in significance. Authors can provide suggestions of possible reviewers. The referee selected by the Editor may, of course, not necessarily be from the list.

    Manuscript Preparation
    All manuscripts must be prepared and submitted according to the journal’s guidelines. Failure to comply will result in the manuscript not being accepted for consideration for publication.

    Manuscripts about the creative arts and design must be original, typed using Microsoft Word (Times New Roman 12 pt), double-spaced and should not be more than 7500 words in length (including endnotes and references).

    Artists’ Statements regarding the approaches, materials, processes and methods used in creative works should not be more than 2500 words (including endnotes and references). Articles may include up to 5 illustrations with captions and must contain credits to the artist or photographer.

    Conversational Dialogues with prominent artists and Reviews of books, recordings, exhibitions or performances should not be more than 2500 words (including endnotes and references). Images should not exceed 5 in number and must include captions and credits. The dialogues and reviews should pomote critical discourse.

    Types of Manuscript
    Full length research articles and review papers (original manuscript, review, music score and documentation of artwork) are accepted.

    Title Page
    Please provide a title page in a separate document from the manuscript. Title page should be in the following structure.

    Designated title for the manuscript up to 50 words

    Please provide full name of the Author(s). Please give full name (first, middle and last name) but omit titles. Authors attest that all persons designated as authors qualify for authorship and all those who qualify are listed. All appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors must be
    included on the paper, and all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission for publication.

    Give the affiliation of each author and complete mailing address of the institution where the work was conducted. Please denote the corresponding author with an asterisk (*) and provide the email address of the corresponding author.

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