Professor Dr. Kamaruzaman Yusof, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Dr. Nurazmallail bin Marni, Fakulti Tamadun Islam, UTM, Malaysia
Dr Nasrul Hisyam Nor Muhamad, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Dr Mohd Fauzi Abu-Hussin, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Akmaliza Abdullah, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Professor Dr. Badlihisham Mohd Nasir, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ramli Awang, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Azmi Shah Suratman, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ajmain@Jima'ain Safar, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aminudin Ruskam, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Farahwahida Mohd Yusof, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Dr. Mansoureh Ebrahimi, Fakulti Tamadun Islam Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor.
Dr Roslan Abdul-Rahim, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Editorial Advisory Board
Professor Dr. Hassan Ahmed Ibrahim, International Islamic University Malaysia
Professor Dr. Mohamad Bilal Ali, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Professor Dr. Mohd. Ekhwan Toriman, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Gong Badak Campus
Professor Dr. Abdul Ghafar Ismail, The National University of Malaysia
Associate Professor Dr. Hussin Salamon, Univesiti Teknologi Malaysia
Associate Professor Dr. Wan Sabri Wan Yus, International Islamic University Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ghafarullahuddin Hj. Din, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
Dr Arief Salleh Rosman, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Dr Kassim Thukiman, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
We aim for excellence, sustained by a responsible and professional approach to journal publishing. We value and support our authors in the research community. Please read the guidelines and follow these instructions carefully; doing so will ensure that the publication of your manuscript is as rapid and efficient as possible. The Editorial Board reserves the right to return manuscripts that are not prepared in accordance with these guidelines.
UMRAN policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications. It also prohibits publication of any manuscript that has already been published either in whole or substantial part elsewhere. It also does not permit publication of manuscript that has been published in full in Proceedings. Please refer to UMRAN’s Code of Ethics for full details.
Authors are notified on receipt of a manuscript and upon the editorial decision regarding publication.
Manuscript review: Manuscripts deemed suitable for publication are sent to the Editorial Board members and/or other reviewers. We encourage authors to suggest the names of possible reviewers. Notification of the editorial decision is usually provided within to eight to ten weeks from the receipt of manuscript. Publication of solicited manuscripts is not guaranteed. In most cases, manuscripts are accepted conditionally, pending an author's revision of the material.
Author approval: Authors are responsible for all statements in articles, including changes made by editors. The liaison author must be available for consultation with an editor of The Journal to answer questions during the editorial process and to approve the edited copy. Authors receive edited typescript (not galley proofs) for final approval. Changes cannot be made to the copy after the edited version has been approved.
The manuscript should be arranged as follows: Title, Author’s name, Abstract, Keywords, Text, Acknowledgement, Reference (if necessary), References and Author’s Address and corresponding author’s. An Abstract should be not more than 250 words, describing its main points. The abstract should be followed by five keywords (separated by commas) identifying the manuscript’s content for retrieval systems. Do not use references in abstract. Text is the main part of an article and it should typically contain Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion but not restricted to, depending on the nature of the article. Reference at the end of the article must follow the journal’s referencing style.
1. Regular article
2. Short communications
- Definition: Full-length original empirical investigations, consisting of introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusions. Original work must provide references and an explanation on research findings that contain new and significant findings.
- Size: Should not exceed 7000 words or 10-15 printed pages (excluding the abstract, references, tables and/or figures). One printed page is roughly equivalent to 3 type-written pages.
3. Review article
Definition: Significant new information to readers of the Journal in a short but complete form.
- Size: Should not exceed 2000 words or 4 printed pages, is intended for rapid publication. They are not intended for publishing preliminary results or to be a reduced version of Regular Papers or Rapid Papers.
4. Special issues
Definition: Critical evaluation of materials about current research that had already been published by organizing, integrating, and evaluating previously published materials. Re-analyses as meta-analysis and systemic reviews are encouraged. Review articles should aim to provide systemic overviews, evaluations and interpretations of research in a given field.
Size: Should not exceed 4000 words or 7-8 printed pages.
Definition: Usually papers from research presented at a conference, seminar, congress or a symposium.
- Size: Should not exceed 5000 words or 8-10 printed pages.
Manuscript should be written using the following format:
1. Type : Microsoft Word
2. Font type : Times New Roman
3. Font size : 11
4. Spacing : 1.0
*A manuscript template can be found here (MS WORD 2013 or MS WORD 97-2003)
Manuscripts in general should be organized in the following order:
Definition: Brief reports, case studies, comments, Letters to the Editor, and replies on previously published articles may be considered.
- Size: Should not exceed 2000 words or up to 4 printed pages. With few exceptions, original manuscripts should not exceed the recommended length of 6 printed pages (about 18 typed pages, double spaced and in 12-point font, tables and figures included). Printing is expensive, and, for the Journal, postage doubles when an issue exceeds 80 pages. You can understand then that there is little room for flexibility. Long articles reduce the Journal's possibility to accept other high-quality contributions because of its 80-page restriction. We would like to publish as many good studies as possible, not only a few lengthy ones. (And, who reads overly long articles anyway?) Therefore, in our competition, short and concise manuscripts have a definite advantage.
The desired position for each table, figure and plate should be indicated in the manuscript.
Equations and Formulae. These must be set up clearly and should be typed triple spaced. Numbers identifying equations should be in square brackets and placed on the right margin of the text.
References. The American Psychological Association (APA) reference system is preferred in this journal, uses the name of the author, the date of publication and, following quoted material, the page reference as a key to the full bibliographical details set out in a list of References, which should include (in alphabetical order by author) every work cited in the text. Authors are asked to ensure that dates, spelling and titles are used in the References are consistent with those listed in the text.
Short Communications should include Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions in this order. Headings should only be inserted for Materials and Methods. The abstract should be up to 100 words, as stated above. Short Communications must be 5 printed pages or less, including all references, figures and tables. References should be less than 30. A 5 page paper is usually approximately 3000 words plus four figures or tables (if each figure or table is less than 1/4 page). Authors should state the total number of words (including the Abstract) in the cover letter. Manuscripts that do not fulfill these criteria will be rejected as Short Communications without review.
*Manuscripts should follow the style of the latest version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Please refer here for further details about the APA style. The journal uses American or British spelling and authors may follow the latest edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary for British spellings.
SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS
The journal publishes articles in the Malay and English languages. Only original manuscripts, not published elsewhere, or under consideration by any other journals, need to be submitted for consideration for publication.
All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter detailing what you are submitting. The template for the cover letter can be found here (MS WORD FOR COVER LETTER)
Papers are accepted for publication in the journal on the understanding that the article is original and the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
Every manuscript submitted will be screened for fulfilment of submission guideline and undergo content review to determine if it suits the scope of the journal and fulfill the quality requirement. The manuscript will be returned to the writer/s if it requires further editing before it is send for review.
UMRAN follows a double-blind peer-review process. Peer reviewers are experts chosen by journal editors to provide written assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of written research, with the aim of improving the reporting of research and identifying the most appropriate and highest quality material for the journal.
In the peer-review process, the papers are sent out for double blind independent review from experts in the field. Authors are encouraged to indicate the names of three potential reviewers during the submission, but the editors will make the final choice.
The editors are not, however, bound by these suggestions. When the editorial board has successfully received feedback from a minimum of TWO reviewers, the corresponding author will be contacted. Comments from the external reviewers are sent to the authors and they are notified of the journal’s decision (accept, accept with revisions, reject). This entire review process is estimated to take between 3-4 months. The editor’s decision is final.
The Editor reserves the right to modify the typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.
English Language Editing
UMRAN emphasizes on the linguistic accuracy of every manuscript published. Thus all authors are required to get their manuscripts edited by professional English language editors. Author(s) must provide a certificate confirming that their manuscripts have been adequately edited. A proof from a recognised editing service should be submitted together with the cover letter at the time of submitting a manuscript to UMRAN. All costs will be borne by the author(s). This step, taken by authors before submission, will greatly facilitate reviewing, and thus publication if the content is acceptable. Author material archive policy Authors who require the return of any submitted material that is rejected for publication in the journal should indicate on the cover letter. If no indication is given, that author's material should be returned, the Editorial Office will dispose of all hardcopy and electronic material.
Authors publishing the Journal will be asked to sign a declaration form. In signing the form, it is assumed that authors have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or previously published material. All authors must read and agree to the conditions outlined in the form, and must sign the form or agree that the corresponding author can sign on their behalf. Articles cannot be published until a signed form has been received.
A decision on acceptance or rejection of a manuscript is reached in 3 to 4 months (average 14 weeks). The elapsed time from submission to publication for the articles averages 5-6 months.
- Page 1: Running title. (Not to exceed 60 characters, counting letters and spaces). This page should only contain the running title of your paper. The running title is an abbreviated title used as the running head on every page of the manuscript. In addition, the Subject areas most relevant to the study must be indicated on this page. Select the appropriate subject areas from the Scope of the Journals provided in the Manuscript Submission Guide.
- Page 2: Author(s) and Corresponding author information. This page should contain the full title of your paper with name(s) of all the authors, institutions and corresponding author's name, institution and full address (Street address, telephone number (including extension), hand phone number, fax number and e-mail address) for editorial correspondence.
Text. Regular Papers should be prepared with the headings Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions in this order. Short Communications should be prepared according to "8. Short Communications." below.
Illustrations. Tables, figures and plates should not be inserted within the pages of the manuscript but should be submitted on separate sheets attached to the article.
- Tables should be prepared with the minimum use of horizontal rules (usually three are sufficient) and avoiding vertical rules.
- It is important to provide clear copy of figures (not photocopies or faxes) which can be reproduced by the printer and do not require redrawing.
- Photographs should be high-contrast black and white glossy prints.