Submission Guide


Authors are advised to download the following template to help in their manuscript preparation. [DOWNLOAD FILE]


Manuscripts must be original and must not have been previously published or be under concurrent consideration elsewhere. The Journal will accept submissions in masked (blind) review format only; authors should ensure that, other than the title page, the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities. Manuscripts written in either English or Bahasa Melayu are welcomed.

A manuscript should contain between 5000-8000 words in length. Submit your article online at If you have any queries regarding your submission to this journal, please email Only papers with less than 15% similarity rate will be accepted by the Journal of Ethnic and Diversity Studies (JOEDS).


Authors should prepare their manuscripts according to the guidelines provided in this section. Manuscripts that are not prepared according to these guidelines may be returned for revision prior to any editorial consideration.

3.1. Typing

Manuscripts should be typed single-spaced. Use wide margins of at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) at the top, bottom, right, and left of every page.

3.2. Title Page

Each copy of a manuscript must include a separate title page, which should be the first page of the manuscript. The title page should contain the following information: (i) Title of the paper which must be provided in both English and Malay version. If your manuscript is in English (Malay), the Malay (English) version should be placed right below the English (Malay) version and in the italic form. Also, type the title of the paper centered at the top of this abstract page. (ii) The authors’ name, affiliation, address, phone number, fax number, and E-mail address. Denote also the corresponding author. (iii) Any author notes (e.g., acknowledgements, disclaimers, special agreements concerning authorship, special circumstances regarding the study) should also be typed on the title page. The title page will be removed before the manuscript is sent out for review.

3.3. Abstract, Keyword and JEL Classification

All manuscripts must include an abstract not exceeding 200 words (one version in the English language and one version in Bahasa Melayu). Type the two versions of the abstract together on a new page (i.e., the page after the title page). All manuscripts must provide up to 5 keywords below the abstract.

3.4. Headings

Main headings should be used to designate the major sections of a paper. Centre main headings and type in all uppercase letters. Type secondary headings flush left using uppercase letters. Paragraph headings should begin with a standard paragraph indentation and be typed in lowercase letters (except for the first letter of the initial word). End paragraph headings with a period and begin the text on the same line. Do not break up a page to start a new heading.

3.5. Illustrations and Tables

Illustrations and tables should supplement the text and not duplicate it. Because they are more expensive to prepare for publication than text, use them judiciously. All charts, graphs, drawings, and other illustrations should be referred to as figures. Figures should be numbered and titled following the format for tables (described below). However, the title for the tables should be placed on top of the tables while for figures, the title should be placed below. Authors should be prepared to supply final camera-ready prints for all figures at the time the manuscript is accepted for publication.

Begin each table on a separate page and number tables consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Each table should have a title (in uppercase and lowercase letters), centered at the top of the table, that is preceded by the word TABLE and its number (use Arabic numerals).


TABLE 3. Descriptive statistics and correlation matrix

Notes to a table should be placed below the table. General notes that explain the table as a whole should be designated by the word Note followed by a colon. Specific notes that refer to a particular column, row, or individual entry are indicated by superscript lowercase letters. Probability notes indicate level of statistical significance and can be designated by asterisks and daggers (e.g., *p < .05, **p < .01, †p < .10). Begin each type of note (general note, specific note, and probability note, in that order) on a new line, flush left.

In the text, refer to every table and figure by their numbers (e.g., “see Table 3”) and discuss only their highlights. Never write “the table below” or “the figure on page 8” because the position and page number of tables and figures cannot be determined until the typesetter makes the pages.

3.6. Footnotes/Endnotes

Footnotes are not recommended. Endnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript with superscript Arabic numerals. On a separate page, type the text for endnotes in the order in which they are mentioned in the text.

3.7. Appendixes

Lengthy but essential information (e.g., sample questionnaire, technical notes on method, a large table) should be presented in an appendix. Begin an appendix on a separate page, and type the word APPENDIX centered at the top of the page. If they are multiple appendixes, label each one alphabetically: APPENDIX A, APPENDIX B, etc. In the text, refer to appendixes by their labels (e.g., “see Appendix A for questionnaire items”). Provide each appendix with a title.

3.8. Reference Citations

All citation in text must appear in the reference list, and all entries in the reference list must be cited in text. Cite references in text using the last author name-date method [e.g., Kromkowski (1999)]. If a work has two authors, always cite both names every time the work is referred to in the text. If a work has three, cite all authors the first time the reference occurs; in subsequent citations, include only the name of the first author followed by “et al.” and the year. For works with four or more authors, use only the name of the first author followed by “et al.” and the year whenever the work is cited (in the reference list, however, all names must be given). Page numbers should be provided when specific arguments or findings of authors are paraphrased, summarized, or directly quoted. Examples:

First citation in text

Low and Yong (2011: 121-132) argued that . . . . . . . .

Leuz, Nanda and Wysocki (2003) found . . . . . . . .

Subsequent citations

Mat Nor and Yong (2011: 121-132) argued that . . . . . . . .

Leuz et al. (2003) found . . . . . . . .

Do not use ampersands (&) when references are cited as part of the sentence. However, for parenthetical citations of two or more works, use alphabetical ordering and ampersands (&). Separate each cited work by semicolons except for multiple works by the same authors which must be separated by comas.

Several researchers (e.g., Bushee 2001; Darrough & Rangan 2004, 2010; Norman & Kamran 2005; Shen & Chih 2005; Woidtke 2002) supported this argument.

3.9. Reference List

A Roman alphabetically-ordered reference list should be included at the end of the manuscript. All references cited in text must appear in the reference list. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all information in a reference.

All citation (regardless of race) must follow the format: Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. Year. Title. Place of Publication: Publisher format. Several references by the same author(s) should be ordered chronologically (earliest date first). Multiple references to works by an identical author(s) with the same publication date should be arranged alphabetically by the title that follows the date (excluding A or The) and differentiated by adding lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.) immediately after the year. For periodicals, include an issue number only if the pages of the periodical are not numbered consecutively throughout the volume (i.e., if each issue begins with page 1).

Begin the reference list on a new page and type the word REFERENCES centered at the top of the page. Type each entry using a hanging-indent format and follow the reference style of the examples below.

Books and book chapters

Black, F., Jensen, M.C. & Scholes, M. 2002. The capital asset pricing model: Some empirical tests. In Studies in the Theory of Capital Markets, edited by M.C. Jensen & R.A. Rozeff, 201-239. New York: Praeger.

Brigham, E.F., Gapenski, L. & Ehrhardt, M.C. 2010. Financial Management: Theory and practice. 13th edition. Fort Worth: The Dryden Press.

Maddala, G.S. 2001. Introduction to Econometrics. 3rd edition. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.


Abdullah, A.R. & Affandi, M.A. 2011. The future of the Gen-X entrepreneurs. Malaysian Business 31 May, 123.

Acharya V.V. & Pedersen, L.H. 2005. Asset pricing with liquidity risk. Journal of Financial Economics 77: 375-410.

Davis, J.L., Fama, E.F. & French, K.R. 2000. Characteristics, covariances, and average returns: 1929 to 1997. Journal of Finance 55(1): 389-406.

Hodrick, R.J. & Zhang, X. 2001. Evaluating the specification errors of asset pricing models. Journal of Financial Economics 62: 327-376.

Proceedings, presented papers, and dissertations

Locke, E.A., Durham, C.C. & Poon, J.M.L. 1995. Knowledge seeking as a group strategy to attain goals. In New developments in group dynamics and group effectiveness, E. A. Locke (Chair). Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 18-20 May, Orlando, USA.

Ibrahim, M.H. & Said, R. 2011. Disaggregated consumer prices and oil prices pass-through: evidence from Malaysia. Proceedings of the VI Malaysian National Economics Conference: Vol. 1, edited by Mansor Jusoh, Nor Aini Idris, Tamat Sarmidi, Mohd. Adib Ismail & Ahmad Mohd Yusof, 5-7 June. Malacca, Malaysia, 296-305.

Che Embi, N.A. 2010. An examination of the initial performance of Malaysian shariah-compliant IPOs. Unpublished PhD. Diss., Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia.

Poon, J.M.L., Stevens, C.K. & Gannon, M.J. 1996. Effects of learning style and training method on reactions to cross-cultural training. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, 12-15 August, Cincinnati, USA.

Electronic reference

Bartol, K.M., Koehl, D. & Martin, D.C. 1987. Quantitative versus qualitative information utilization among college business students. [CD-ROM]. Educational and Psychological Research 7: 61-74. Abstract from: SilverPlatter File: PsycLIT Item: 75-24812.

Funder, D.C. 1994(March). Judgmental process and content: Commentary on Koehler on base-rate [9 paragraphs].Psycoloquy [On-line serial], 5(17). Available E-mail: psyc@pucc Message: Get psyc 94-xxxxx

Washington, H.J. 2010. Common factors in debt financing: New evidence from an emerging market. Available at http://sbtn.locklibrary/bondfinance_0127.pdf

3.10. Order of the Manuscript Pages

Arrange the pages of the manuscript as follows: Title page, abstract, keywords, text (including tables and figures), endnotes, acknowledgement (if any), references, appendixes.


  1. Upon receiving a submission, the Editor sends an email of confirmation to the submission's author within one to three working days. If you fail to receive this confirmation, your submission email may have been missed.
  2. Peer review. We use a double-blind system for peer-review; both reviewers 'and authors' identities remain anonymous.  Two experts will review the paper: one editorial staff member and one external reviewer.  The review process may take two to three weeks. 
  3. The peer-reviewed result will be notified by email.
  4. The authors revise the paper and pay the publication fee if the submission is accepted. The fee for processing the manuscript is MYR300 for locals and MYR1000 for international.
  5. A PDF version of the journal is available for download on the journal's website, free of charge.

Recruitment for Reviewers: The author(s) is encouraged to suggest three reviewers with no conflict of interest for the editorial team to contact. If there is no suggestion, the editorial team has the complete discretion to name the reviewers for the submitted manuscript.

  • Reviewer 1
  • Reviewer 2
  • Reviewer 3


If your paper is accepted for publication, authors will be prompted with an email notification on the decision of your manuscript with the acceptance letter. All manuscripts accepted are subject to Article Processing Fee (APF). 

Article Processing Fee (APF) RM 100 per submission for local authors, and RM 300 for international authors if it is ACCEPTED for publications.

Note: There is a special waiver on the publication fee for the inaugural volume of JOEDS for the year 2022- April 2023 (first two issues)


It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that his or her submitted works do not infringe any existing copyright. Furthermore, the author indemnifies the editors and publisher against any breach of such a warranty. Authors should obtain letters of permission to reproduce or adapt copyrighted material and enclose copies of these letters with the final version of the accepted manuscript. It is also the author’s responsibility to protect the anonymity and confidentiality of the respondents or to obtain letters of permission from the respondents if such anonymity and confidentiality are to be compromised.


The editors and publisher of Journal of Ethnic and Diversity Studies (JOEDS) have made every possible effort to verify the accuracy of all information contained in this publication. Any opinions, discussions, views and recommendations expressed in the article are solely those of the authors and are not of JOEDS, its editors or its publisher. JOEDS, its editors and its publisher will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages arising therefrom.